Ducks Survive Upset Scare, Beat ASU 55-51

Eugene, OR - The 13th ranked Oregon Ducks escaped a huge upset bid at the hands of Arizona State, hanging on for a 55-51 victory. TaJaun Porter sparked the Ducks with 24 points including 17 in the first half. Arizona State was attempting to win their first conference game of the season and currently stand at 0-12 in league play and 6-17 overall.

Porter dominated the first half, scoring 17 of Oregon's first 21 points on 6-7 from the field and 5 of 6 from three point range. Arizona State jumped out to an early 9-3 lead as the Ducks came out lethargic with the exception of Porter.

Malik Hairston said the Ducks noticed Porter's confidence early and fed him the ball. "Anything that touched his hand was going in" commented Hairston who added "we were looking for him."

The game remained tight until the Ducks broke open an 18-18 tie with a 15-3 run to close the half resulting in a 33-21 lead at the break. Porter hit a three to ignite the run while Bryce Taylor and Chamberlain Oguchi each contributed four points during the spurt.

ASU came out firing in the second half and quickly cut Oregon's lead in half. Derek Glasser, held scoreless in the first half, erupted for a career high 17 in the second half.

Behind Glasser and center Jeff Pendergraph who had a career high 19 rebounds, the Sun Devils clawed all the way back to even the contest at 42 on a three pointer by Glasser.

Oregon immediately responded with a five point spurt capped off by a jumper from Maarty Leunen to build a 47-42 lead. It was enough of a cushion for Oregon to fend off the Sun Devils for their 20th win of the season, the fourth 20 win campaign for Oregon under coach Ernie Kent. The Ducks improved to 8-4 in conference play.

"It was a battle for the entire game" said Kent. "Arizona State has had something like 11 games that have been this close and they are a tough team to play."

Hairston joined Brooks as active Ducks with 1,000 career points on his first bucket of the game. It was only the fourth time in school history that two players with 1,000 points shared the floor together. Brooks and Hairston join Stan Love and Bill Drozdiak (1971), Ron Lee and Greg Ballard (1976) and the Luke's – Ridnour and Jackson (2003) in accomplishing the feat.

Bryce Taylor needs 112 points going into the Arizona game to join the 1,000 point club. If he makes it this season, it may become the first time in school history that three 1,000 point Ducks share the floor together.

Oregon meets Arizona Saturday at 12:30 at The Pit.

Official boxscore from goducks.com

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