Ducks Overtake Cougars in Extra Period

For 39 minutes the Oregon Ducks (19-2, 7-2) committed turnovers, missed free throws and was just a beat off. Then in the last minutes of regulation time the Ducks turned the game around to force overtime and then pullout a win, 77-74 over the Washington State Cougars (17-4, 6-3).

With 3:10 left in the game the Ducks trailed 61-53 when Bryce Taylor hit a jumper and converted a free throw to slice the Washington State lead to six (61-56) but it took another minute and half for another score by either team. Aaron Brooks drilled a 3-pointer cutting the Cougar lead down to two (61-59). WSU's Derrick Low responded with a 3-point jumper upping the Cougar lead to 64-59. The Ducks didn't quit and Tujuan Porter answered back with another 3-pointer making the game 64-62, WSU. The Ducks had the final possession and when Taylor missed a turn around jumper, Maarty Leunen snagged the rebound but was fouled with less than a second left on the shot clock.

Leunen hit two free throws to put the game into overtime.

During the overtime session, the Ducks built a 10-point lead but behind Low's heroics the game came down to one last missed three point attempt and the Ducks ran off the court with a win.

"I told the team it would be a one possession game," Oregon's Ernie Kent told Fox Sports Northwest of the contest.

For the game the Ducks shot 44.6 percent from the field on 25-of-56 shooting including 12-for-27 (.444) in 3-point shooting. Brooks led the Ducks in scoring with 31 points on 9-of-19 shooting including five 3-pointers. Brooks also sank 8-of-11 free throws. Porter added 17 and Malik Hairston contributed 13. While Luenen hit the two big free throws he had a rough night shooting finishing with five points (two in regulation and a 3-pointer in overtime) but had a game-high 12 rebounds.

Oregon committed 19 turnovers and had 10 shots blocked compared to WSU's eight turnovers while the Ducks only had one blocked shot.

WSU was paced by Low's game high 37 points on 10-of-21 shooting including a record nine 3-pointers. Kyle Weaver had 13, as did Chris Matthews for the Cougars.

The win marked the 12th straight game the Ducks have beaten the Cougars but also marks the first time both teams met as ranked teams. The win also means the Ducks have defeated four ranked teams this season.

With the first half of the Pac-10 race completed, Oregon will stay on the road next week with a trip to Los Angeles. The Ducks will take on UCLA on Thursday night in a game that will be televised on FSN with the tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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