Sloppy Ducks Drop Another One

Behind another turnover filled effort, the Oregon men's basketball team lost again, this time to Oregon State, 76-72. The loss is Oregon's fifth in a row and makes postseason play a tougher goal to attain.

Although the Ducks hung close all game long and took a number of leads, they couldn't ever hold on to one long enough to put a scare into the Beavers.

Much of that could be drawn back to Oregon not getting out in transition. The Ducks did a poor job on the glass and therefore didn't get a lot of fast break buckets.

"We thought they were slow in transition and we couldn't get the ball out and run," Oregon Head Coach Ernie Kent told OSN. But, Kent explained, his team didn't do that.

Oregon took their last lead with 9:50 left after Aaron Brooks nailed an NBA range three pointer. The Ducks were up 48-47 and had some momentum.

Oregon State's Chris Stephens came right back and scored five straight points which stopped Oregon's run and got the Beaver crowd back into it.

From there on, the Beavs controlled the contest in all senses. They got to what seemed like every rebounds, kept the tempo where they wanted it and even though the Ducks cut into the OSU lead, it was never in doubt.

It was tough for the Ducks to get anything going offensively when they struggled to get rebounds on the defensive end. Many of the problems, according to Kent, came from the lack of solid play from the big men.

: "There were plays to be made by our bigs: blockouts were there, rebounds were there and fronting in the post," Kent told OSN. "We need more production out of (them)."

The Ducks struggled defending David Lucas and Nick DeWitz. Lucas, a product of Tigard High School, had 22 points and nine boards, as did DeWitz.

While the play of the big men can be looked at as Oregon's primary negative, the Ducks did get two huge games from Malik Hairston and Brooks.

Hairston played 35 minutes and looked great. He scored 20 points and grabbed six boards. He was extra smooth around the basket and looked on the verge of taking the game over at times.

Brooks led the Ducks with 21 points in 33 minutes and also grabbed six rebounds. He hit a number of clutch shots and kept the Ducks in it when the game was starting to slip away.

"I thought they both played real well," Kent told OSN about Brooks and Hairston.

Jordan Kent also brought it for the Ducks again today. He finished with nine points and eight boards in 33 minutes of play.

With Oregon's 3-7 Pac-10 record giving them a firm grasp of ninth place in the league, the Ducks are going to have to get it going in order to even get in the Pac-10 Tournament as it only takes the top eight teams.

Their work doesn't get any easier as Washington and Washington State roll into Eugene next week. The pair of games will be a real test for the Ducks as fans will see if they bounce back from this Civil War loss or if the losing streak will continue.


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