EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- With Oregon in dire need of win, a game
against Washington State couldn't come soon enough.
The Ducks ended a six-game losing streak on Saturday with a
69-66 win over the Cougars, a team Oregon has now beaten in eight
straight games and for the 16th time in 17 games.It was the first win for the Ducks (12-9 overall, 4-8 Pac-10)
since defeating Washington State (10-12, 5-8) in Pullman, Wash.,
back on Jan. 15.Bryce Taylor scored 12 points to lead Oregon, including the
game-winning basket with one minute remaining.Chamberlain Oguchi came off the bench to also score 12 for the
Ducks, and Malik Hairston and Maarty Leunen each added 11 points.
All four players are true freshmen."To come back this quick and find a way to win was
impressive," said Oregon coach Ernie Kent, referring to Thursday's
overtime loss to No. 11 Washington. "We could have made excuses
and folded up the tent, but we came through with a much needed
victory."Derrick Low led Washington State with a career-high 19 points.
He had a chance to tie the game at the end, but his long 3-point
attempt fell short as the time expired. Thomas Kelati finished with
14 points."That last play was supposed to turn into a play for Thomas,"
Low said. "There was some miscommunication ...., so I had to jack
up a long shot."Taylor gave Oregon a 67-66 lead with 1:02 remaining on a finger
roll from inside the paint, then he and Hairston each scored one
free throw in the final 25 seconds to push the lead to three
points."You have to take advantage of your possessions," Taylor said.
"It's a possession game the whole game against Washington State.
You just have to play smart."Down 63-56 late in the second half, Washington State went on a
10-2 run to take an eventual 66-65 lead following a pair of made
free throws by Kyle Weaver with just under three minutes to play.However, those were the last points of the game for the Cougars,
who didn't make a field goal in the final 4:23.Oregon was forced to play the final three minutes without leader
Aaron Brooks after the point guard fouled out. Brooks ended with
nine points all in the second half and a career-high nine assists.Hairston, who also recorded a game-high eight rebounds, scored
eight of his points in the opening minutes of the second half as
the Ducks' two-point halftime lead, 34-32, grew to as many as nine,
55-46."We needed a win more than anything," Hairston said. "It
wasn't pretty basketball but a win is a win at this point in