Porter and Ducks Cruise Past Beavers

Eugene – Tajuan Porter exploded for 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting including 5-for-8 in 3-point attempts to lead the Oregon Ducks (13-8, 4-5) in a 79-63 win over the Oregon State Beavers. Porter's shooting heroics eased many anxious Duck fans emotions as Porter seemed to pull up and bomb away at will.

(PHOTO) Tajuan Porter (12) scored a game high 23 points, here taking a shot over Omari Johnson (24) in Oregon's 79-63 victory over Oregon State. (Photo by Chris Wilson)

The win marked Oregon's 15th straight win over the Beavers at McArthur Court and dropped OS's season record to 6-15 and 0-9 in Pac-10 action.

"I just try and take good shots," Tajuan Porter said after the game of his sizzling shooting performance. "I've been in the gym taking extra shots, and they went in for me today."

The game was competitive in the first half and in fact the Ducks only lead by a point at 57-56 with 7:51 left in the game. Maarty Leunen then tipped in a missed Malik Hairston shot and was fouled making it 60-56 after the made free throw. Porter then hit a 3-pointer, and followed up by assisting Churchill Odia on a successful 3-point shot. Bryce Taylor got in on the action by canning a 3-pointer of his own and when the smoke cleared, Porter hit another 3 and converted a lay in to make the score 76-60 with 3:32 left on the clock.

"The big difference was Tajuan Porter," observed Oregon headman Ernie Kent. "He hit the big shots for us."

Porter drew the admiration of Oregon State's coach Kevin Mouton as he felt that his team needed to keep an eye on Porter and not let the talented point guard get a feel for shooting baskets. However, Porter kept slipping off the screens and found himself open and completely balanced to take jump shots, which he did at will.

"He's a great player," Mouton said of Porter. "A great player."

For the game the Ducks made 52.7 percent in field goal shooting on 29-of-55 including 10-of-20 in 3-pointers. Taylor added 17 to the Duck cause while Leunen chipped in 12. Hairston had eight points but also hauled down 10 rebounds and blocked two shots.

Calvin Haynes led Oregon State with 17 points and Calvin Hampton added 10. OS shot 44.4 percent for the contest on 24-for-54 and looked considerably better than they have for most of the season. All the Ducks including Kent feel that the Beavers will be making noise in the Pac-10 before the season is over with.

"They (OS) always play up against us, especially here," said Taylor of the Civil War game. "They have a lot of young players who continue to improve."

Kent felt good about the win and even though he believes the Ducks need to make defense their motto for the year, the Duck Head Coach thinks that winning the rest of the Pac-10 games is something possible if his team makes a commitment to defense. The Ducks managed to shore up the defensive pressure on the Beavers today and along with Porter's hot shooting, gave Oregon the win.

"Our destiny is that we must defend," said Kent.

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