Cold to Hot: Ducks win in OT

The Oregon Ducks used a 30-point performance by Aaron Brooks and hot shooting by Tajuan Porter in the final two minutes to put the game into overtime that led to 79-73 win over the home court Rice Owls. The Ducks recorded their first road win of the season and improve to 5-0 while the Owls are now 2-3 for the year.

Trailing by 10 with 1:43 left in the game at 60-50, the Ducks rallied back behind three 3-pointers from Tajuan Porter and the hard play of Brooks and Maarty Leunen and put the game into the overtime session with the score even at 66.

Brooks led the way in OT session with six points with Leunen adding five points to help the Ducks solidify the win.

For the game Brooks was 10-for-16 in field goal shooting including 3-for-5 behind the 3-point arc. He also had seven free throws on 10 attempts. Leunen finished with 15 along with Porter. Bryce Taylor contributed 11. Chamberlain Oguchi was saddled with foul problems all-night and ended the game with six points in front of his hometown friends and family.

Leunen and Taylor also had game high 12 rebounds apiece.

Rice forward Morris Almond recorded 28 for the home team.

For most of the game the Ducks were ice cold shooting a cool .307 in the first half. Brooks seemed to carry the struggling Ducks in the second half by timely shooting, but as the game neared the end it looked like Ernie Kent's crew would suffer their first loss of the season. However, aided by the Owls' horrible free throw shooting percentage of 53.3 percent (16-30) Oregon was able to hang around in the final moments of regulation play Porter went off hitting three-straight 3-point shots.

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