Taylor Returns, Leads Ducks in Win

NASSAU, Bahamas – Bryce Taylor and Malik Hairston each scored 22 points to lead Oregon to a 94-69 win over the Shockers, a Bahamian club team, Thursday night. It was the first action for Taylor, a junior from Encino, Calif., since spraining his ankle in practice last Wednesday.

"Bryce played really well for us," said head coach Ernie Kent. "He picked up right where he left off before he got hurt and it was a big lift for us to have him back tonight."

The game was close through the first half, with the Ducks holding just a two point lead at intermission, 41-39. But Oregon outscored the Shockers 29-12 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Aaron Brooks, a senior from Seattle, Wash., scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half, while Hairston added 12 after halftime. Hairston, a junior from Detroit, Mich., has scored 20 points or more in all four games during Oregon's foreign tour.

"We moved the ball well again tonight, which has been the trademark characteristic for this team," said head coach Ernie Kent, whose team amassed 31 assists on 36 field goals. "We've just come to understand the benefits of sharing the ball."

The Ducks got another double-double from junior Maarty Leunen, who scored 10 points with 11 rebounds. Senior Adam Zahn was also productive off the bench again, grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds to go with eight points.

Others scoring for the Ducks were Mitch Platt with six points, Ray Schafer with four and Adrian Stelly with two. Stelly and Brooks led the team with eight assists each, while Brooks had eight rebounds as he neared a triple-double.

As a team, Oregon shot 36-of-70 from the field and 10-of-25 from three-point range. The Shockers kept the game close by hitting 20-of-36 free throws, compared to 12-of-21 for the Ducks.

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.

Oregon wraps up its five-game tour Friday by facing the Crimestoppers, known in the Bahamas as the all-star team of the islands.

Scoring: Oregon 94 (36-70, 10-25, 12-21) – Hairston 22, Leunen 10, Platt 6, Brooks 20, Taylor 22, Zahn 8, Stelly 2, Schafer 4.
Rebounds: Oregon 53 – Zahn 13, Leunen 11, Brooks 8, Hairston 8, Platt 6, Stelly 4, Taylor 2, Schafer 1.
Assists: Oregon 31 – Brooks 8, Stelly 8, Hairston 5, Leunen 4, Platt 2, Zahn 2, Taylor 1, Schafer 1.

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