Brooks' 31 Lifts Tired Ducks to Win

NASSAU, Bahamas – Aaron Brooks' 31 points helped a tired Oregon squad overcome a first quarter deficit as the Ducks defeated the Wreckers, a Bahamian club team, 97-69 Tuesday night.

The Ducks trailed 22-17 after the first quarter, but outscored the Wreckers 23-9 in the second quarter to take a 40-31 halftime lead. Oregon pulled away in the second half for the 28-point win.

"We're dead tired right now," said head coach Ernie Kent. "But our guys did a good job pushing through and getting the win tonight."

Junior Maarty Leunen had his best game of the trip with 26 points and a game-high 19 rebounds. The Redmond, Ore., native also had three assists and three steals. Brooks, a senior from Seattle, Wash., also had seven assists to go with his 31 points.

"Maarty was just huge for us tonight and Aaron played really well, too," said Kent.

Malik Hairston continued to be Oregon's most consistent player, scoring 22 points with six rebounds. It was the third straight 20-point game for the junior from Detroit, Mich.

Other scorers for the Ducks, who have played three straight games with only seven players, included junior Mitch Platt with nine points, senior Adam Zahn with seven and senior Adrian Stelly with two.

Stelly, from Portland, Ore., had nine rebounds and a team-high eight assists. Platt, from Henderson, Nev., grabbed eight rebounds as the Ducks outrebounded the Wreckers 51-20.

As a team, Oregon shot 39-of-80 from the field and 12-of-28 from three-point range.

Bryce Taylor was held out of Tuesday's game, but Kent said he is hoping the junior guard will be available for the team's next game on Thursday. Taylor hurt his right ankle in practice last Wednesday.

"We really need Bryce back," said Kent. "Our guards have played a lot of minutes on this trip so we need some help for those guys, but also, we want Bryce to get some games in to benefit from this tour. He was really playing well before he hurt his ankle."

Games on this exhibition tour are being played under international rules, which include 10 minute quarters, a 24-second shot clock and a wider, trapezoid free throw lane.

The team has an off day on Wednesday before facing the Explorers on Thursday and the Crimestoppers on Friday to wrap up its Bahamas tour.

Scoring: Oregon 97 (39-80, 12-28, 7-17) – Brooks 31, Leunen 26, Hairston 22, Platt 9, Zahn 7, Stelly 2, Scharfer 0. Rebounds: Oregon 51 – Leunen 19, Stelly 9, Platt 8, Hairston 6, Brooks 3, Zahn 3, Schafer 3. Assists: Oregon 23 – Stelly 8, Brooks 7, Hairston 4, Leunen 3, Platt 1.

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