Ducks Win OT Thriller

The Oregon Ducks defeated the 25th ranked Kansas State Wildcats 80-77 in overtime behind a balanced attack led by guard Bryce Taylor who led the way with 18 points. Oregon overcame an impressive performance from the much heralded freshmen Michael Beasley who led Kansas State with 24 points and 14 rebounds.

(PHOTO) Oregon forward Maarty Leunen (10) celebrates at the end of a basketball game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007. Leunen scored 14 points and fouled out of the game in overtime. Oregon beat Kansas State 80-77. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Maarty Leunen, who had a double-double of his own with 14 points and 14 rebounds, hit the second of two free-throws with 6.5 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Taylor hit a key three to open Oregon's scoring in the extra-period, giving the Ducks a 74-73 lead that they would not relinquish. Joevan Catron followed Taylor's three with a lay-up to give Oregon a three point advantage. Catron played large and contributed 15 points and eight rebounds on the night.

It was a close game throughout with Kansas State ahead for the majority of the game. It was tight on the glass as well, with Kansas State outrebounding Oregon 40-39. Both teams shot 43% from the field and struggled from the line. The Wildcats only made 5-12 from the stripe but Oregon wasn't much better at 14-26.

Oregon was playing a ranked non-conference opponent on the road for the first time in school history, and made the most of the nationally televised contest with a gritty overtime triumph.

TaJuan Porter added 14 points and five assists including Oregon's last field goal of the game. Leading scorer Malik Hairston had seven points on 3-8 from the field but contributed eight rebounds.

Andre Gilbert scored 16 points to go along with four rebounds for Kansas State (5-2) which played in front of a wild home crowd of 12,548.

The win ensures that Oregon will remain ranked for a team record 19th consecutive week, breaking the previous mark of 18 weeks set by the 2002-03 Ducks.

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