Oregon/Washington Photos

eDuck photographer Chris Wilson took these exclusive photos of Oregon's 93-85 victory over Washington on Saturday.

(PHOTO RIGHT) Ryan Appleby wouldn't shake his hand, but had no problem fouling Aaron Brooks late in the game. (Photo by Chris Wilson)

In a game the Ducks needed to win, Aaron Brooks was again the focal point of the Oregon offense. Hitting more than 70% from the field (10-14 shooting) Brooks answered the bell and let his game do the talking. Brooks was also instrumental in keeping rival Ryan Appleby from hurting the Ducks after Appleby hit five three pointers early in the first half.

Between Brooks, Bryce Taylor and a second half match-up zone, Appleby was held without a field goal after his last three-pointer with 7:59 to go in the first half. Brooks, on the other hand, had 20 points in the second half alone on 6-8 shooting from the field.

It was another vintage Brooks performance as he seemed capable of taking the ball to the basket at will when the Ducks needed to keep the Huskies at bay.

"He played a tremendous game, considering all the circumstances," said Coach Ernie Kent of Brooks. I'm just happy that he played a great game, and he can hold his head up and move on from here."

(PHOTO LEFT) Tajuan Porter (12) dishes a behind-the-back pass on the fast break. (Photo by Chris Wilson)

Capping off a brilliant weekend, freshman sensation Tujuan Porter chipped in 19 points for the Ducks, hitting three of six three point attempts and eight of nine free throws.

He scored a combined 40 points against WSU and UW, (10-18 from the field), hit seven of twelve threes, and erased any doubts about whether he could score in the Pac-10.

Against Washington the super-frosh put forth a consistent effort with 8 in the first half and 11 after the break. He remained solid at the free throw line, but more importantly had zero turnovers to go with his two assists.

(PHOTO RIGHT) Joevan Catron lays in two of his 11 points. (Photo by Chris Wilson)

With 11 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals in 28 minutes of playing time freshman Joevan Catron had the best game of his young career.

"I try to bring something off the bench every game and give the team some energy," said Catron after the game and his energy was noticed.

Flashing a wide smile, Catron was Oregon's sixth man and most valuable player off the bench. Along with Maarty Leunen and Malik Hairston, Catron played physical defense and helped hold the Huskies to just 10 first half points in the paint.

Averaging less than two points a game in Pac-10 play, Catron's offense was also a welcome addition. Making four of his six shots from the field, he also hit three of four from the line and gave the Ducks a big man to put some pressure on the Huskies down low.

(PHOTO LEFT) Malik Hairston (1) is fouled by Jon Brockman (40). (Photo by Chris Wilson)

While his presence was not felt on the offensive end of the floor, Malik Hairston certainly made life as tough as possible for Washington's "bigs." Questions remain as to whether Hairston is in top shape or even completely healthy, as he has yet to show Oregon fans consistent results on the offensive end of the floor. Is is possible his early season foul shooting problems made Malik the timid player he is today?

While none will soon forget his NBA style one-handed-jam in the Cal game, one has to ask whether Hairston has it in himself to make those plays on a more regular basis. Hairston could go a long way toward establishing himself as next year's leader by breaking out and taking more of a role in Oregon's offense in the post-season. If he does, there's no telling how far Oregon will go.

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