Ducks Can't Hold On and Lose 57-54

Corvallis – The Oregon Ducks (6-15) let an 11-point lead in the first half slip away and lost to the Oregon State Beavers (10-10, 4-5) 57-54. Oregon was plagued by turnovers, particularly in the second half and missed golden opportunities underneath the basket as the Ducks go winless in Pac-10 play.

"We lost the game in the second half," said Tajuan Porter. "We missed lay ins and had turnovers."

The Ducks led by 11-points in the first half but two key 3-point baskets in the last minute of the half cut Oregon's lead to 35-30 at intermission. When the two teams came back onto the floor the Ducks committed four straight turnovers in the first four minutes and let the Beavers back into the game 37-35. At the 12:56 mark of the second half, Oregon State took a 42-39 lead when Calvin Haynes canned 3-pointer. From that point on it was all Oregon State.

Oregon had significant problems with OS's 1-3-1 zone in the front court. The Oregon ball handlers could not seem to find clear passing lanes and lazily threw the ball back and forth. Eventually, Oregon State found it easy pickings as they ran Oregon's total in turnovers to 20 for the game. Porter had provided the firepower in the first half to give the Ducks a cushion by scoring 19 point on 5-of-7 shooting beyond the 3-point line. However in the second half, Porter was unable to get the ball cleanly and was only able to put in one more 3-pointer. He finished the game as high scorer with 22.

Oregon also missed at least 12 scores underneath the basket by turning the ball on travelling calls or flat out missing the shots.

Meanwhile the Beaver found success in three point shooting by knocking down five 3s to give them a total of 10 for the game. Calvin Haynes did the majority of damage and finished the day with 15 points.

Oregon shot 43.5 percent for the game on 20-for-46 shooting and out rebounded the Beavers 34-21. Oregon State shot 48.7 percent on 19-of-39.

Kent defended his team after the game indicating that his job as a basketball coach is to teach his young group of players to grow and go through the adversity such as they now face with a nine-game Pac-10 losing streak. He also asked critics to wait until his players had finished their Oregon careers before making any judgments on team. Kent still believes in his team and thinks there is still opportunities for success this season. All they have to work on now is taking care of the ball and getting his big men to finish under the basket.

"Overall I think the difference was the (missed) lay ups," concluded Kent of the game.


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