Ducks' run ends with 85-77 loss

It was a great run, but the 2006-7 season ended for the Oregon Ducks with an 85-77 loss to defending National Champion Florida. The Ducks battled foul problems all game long along with the Gator's bigger front line but kept the game lively and in doubt up until the last few seconds of the contest.

(PHOTO) Oregon's Malik Hairston (1) and Bryce Taylor (4) walk off the court following Oregon's 85-77 loss to Florida in an NCAA Midwest Regional final basketball game in St. Louis, Sunday, March 25, 2007. Florida advances to the Final Four in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

Aaron Brooks' game high 27 points led Oregon on an 11-for-19 shooting afternoon. The big story of the game though for the Ducks was the foul problems that eliminated Malik Hairston, Maarty Leunen and Joevan Catron from completing the contest. Hairston finished up the season ender by scoring 18 points and pulling down five rebounds while Leunen had nine points and four boards. Oregon could not keep the Florida big men, particularly Joakim Noah off the offensive boards and were out rebounded by the Gators 35-21.

Tujuan Porter, who was so hot on Friday night against UNLV cold not find the 3-point range until late in the contest ended up with 10 points but was 2-of-10 in 3-pointers.

Lee Humphrey torched the Ducks for 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting including 7-of-13 beyond the 3-point line. Taurean Green contributed 21 to Florida's effort while Noah and Corey Brewer each had 14. Noah also had 14 rebounds.

The Ducks shot 27-for-56 (.482) including 8-for-22 (.364) in 3's while Florida shot slightly poorer a 23-for-49 (.469) and was 11-for-25 (.440) in 3-pointers. Oregon was called 30 times for fouls as opposed to Florida's 14 infractions.

The game was competitive for the entire contest as neither team held more than a 10-point advantage. Oregon's biggest lead was at six (22-18).

Oregon finishes the season with a 29-8 record. The 29 wins is tied with the 1938-39 Ducks team that won the first NCAA title as the second most wins in school history. It is also Oregon's highest win total since the 1944-45 team, which won 30 games.

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