Brooks saves the Day

The 17th ranked Oregon Ducks (16-1) cleared a big hurdle on Sunday night by slipping by No. 8 Arizona (13-3) 79-77. The win wrapped up a sweep of the Arizona schools on the road for Oregon and catapults the green and yellow into first place in the Pac-10 race.

Aaron Brooks hit the game winner with two seconds showing on the game clock and finished the game with 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting including 3-of-5 in 3-point attempts. Brooks was clearly the man in control of the game when the Ducks took possession of the ball with 18 ticks left in the contest. Driving the ball to the right, Brooks made what is now his signature shot a high arching runner that went and silenced the home Arizona crowd. Arizona had two seconds to inbound the ball and Ivan Radenovic threw the ball about 60 feet to Chase Budinger with Maarty Leunen defending. The ball went off Leunen and Arizona tried again with one second left, but Marcus Williams' jumper hit the front of the rim and the game was over.

Bryce Taylor also had 21 points for the Ducks shooting 5-for-11 including 4-of-7 in 3-pointers. Malik Hairston playing his second game back after missing two weeks because of a heel injury had 18 points and eight rebounds. Leunen finished the game with 14 points and 14 boards.

Williams paced the Wildcats with 34 points and 12 rebounds. Mustafa Shakur added 21 while Jawann McClellen had 12.

Overall both teams shot well in the game. Oregon finished with 45.9 percent (28-for-61) for the game while the Wildcats were at 48.3 percent (28-for-58). Arizona shot 18-for-20 from the free throw line, but while Oregon was 10-for-13 from the charity stripe, the Ducks shot a blistering .500 from beyond the 3-point mark (13-for-26) compared to Arizona's 21.4 percent (3-of-14).

The Ducks now sit atop the Pac-10 with a 4-1 record. UCLA also is 4-1 in the conference race but is 15-1 overall.

Next Thursday, Stanford comes to McArthur Court for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff time. California will visit the Ducks on Saturday with the game starting at 5 p.m. Thursday's game will be carried on FSN while the Saturday will be available on OSN.

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