Ducks Rout Portland 76-49 to Improve to 12-0

Eugene, Ore. - The 20th ranked Oregon Ducks (12-0) defeated the University of Portland Pilots (3-12) Thursday evening at McArthur Court 76-49 equaling Oregon's best start since the 1946-47 season. The Ducks need two more victories to match the best start in school history.

It was a game of runs in the first half as Oregon opened by scoring the first eight points of the game. The Pilots did not score until the 14:24 mark of the half but answered with their own nine-point run to take a one point lead midway through the half.

The Ducks closed the first half by outscoring the Pilots 18-3 to lead 34-21 at the break. The run was sparked by Churchill Odia who made a steal leading to an intentional foul on Portland. Odia hit one of two free throws and a three on Oregon's next possession to break open a close game.

Oregon shot only 31 percent from the field in the first half on 11-35 shooting but dominated the glass with a 31-16 rebounding advantage. Joevan Catron had an impressive 13 boards in the half to go along with five points while Adam Zahn contributed eight points and six rebounds.

The second half was the Maarty Leunen show. After an early barrage of Aaron Brooks baskets put the Ducks comfortably ahead for good, Leunen found his shooting stroke. Leunen made a variety of field goals including two three pointers to go along with an old-fashioned three-point-play. Leunen scored 21 points in the final half and finished with a career high 24 points and 14 rebounds for the game. It was Leunen's fifth double-double of the year and the eighth of his career.

Brooks enjoyed the display put on by Leunen saying "Maarty is an excellent scorer and it was fun to watch him tonight." Leunen noted that he didn't force anything and "all of my shots came from the offense."

Oregon led by at least 21 points for the last ten minutes of the game. Brooks scored 19 points on the night and Catron finished with a career high 17 rebounds. The Ducks held the Pilots to a season low 25 percent from the field on 15-60 from the floor. First year Portland coach, Eric Reveno, credited Oregon's defense saying "their athleticism and defensive pressure" caused us problems.

Oregon was again without Jr. forward Malik Hairston who missed his second consecutive game with a bruised heel. Coach Ernie Kent indicated that Hairston remains a question mark for Oregon's Pac-10 opener at Corvallis against Oregon State on Saturday. However, both TaJaun Porter and Chamberlain Oguchi returned to action against the Pilots after missing several games each.

Portland lost for the ninth time in their last ten games, and are currently last in the West Coast Conference. Portland was led by senior guard Darren Cooper who scored 12.

Oregon now turns its attention to Oregon State and the start of Pac-10 play. Brooks is anxious for the league schedule and said that Oregon "is ready to begin Pac-10 play. It is an exciting time of the season for us, as we prepare for the start of our new conference season."

Notes: Oregon entered the game as one of only four unbeaten Division 1 teams nationally.

The basketball version of the Civil War tips off at 1:00 PM this Saturday

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