Saturday , Dec , 30 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

No. 20 Oregon edges Oregon State to remain unbeaten

Corvallis, OR (Sports Network) – Bryce Taylor scored 22 points and pulled down
nine rebounds as 20th-ranked Oregon held off intrastate rival Oregon State,
76-73, in the 326th edition of the Civil War at Gill Coliseum.

Maarty Leunen added 14 points and seven boards for the Ducks (13-0, 1-0
Pac-10), who are off to their best start in 69 years. The last Oregon team
to go 13-0 was the 1937-38 squad, which won its first 14 games. Aaron Brooks
chipped in with 13 points and Chamberlain Oguchi netted 12 for Oregon.

Marcel Jones and Sasa Cuic each tallied 16 points for the Beavers (8-6, 0-1),
who lost for just the second time in six games. Josh Tarver donated 15 points
while Wesley Washington finished with 11 for Oregon State.

The Beavers used a 20-9 spurt to open up a double-digit lead, 30-19, in the
first half. A pair of Jones’ free throws capped the burst with 7:32 left to go
before intermission.

But, the Ducks woke up at that point and took the momentum by closing the half
with a 22-4 run. Leunen highlighted the flurry with a pair of threes as Oregon
went on top 41-34 heading to the locker room.

Oregon continued to hold the Beavers at arm’s length as the game headed toward
the stretch. Cuic drained a three to draw Oregon State to within six, 69-63,
with 4:52 left but the Beavers continued to trade baskets from there and
couldn’t get closer until the final minute.

After Washington got loose for a layup, Jones swiped the ball from Tajuan
Porter and took it in for a slam to make it a one possession game, 73-70, with
31 ticks left.

Oregon State pressed the inbounds pass but the Ducks broke it and found Adam
Zahn rumbling to the basket. The big man was fouled and sunk two from the line
to make it 75-70 with 23 seconds showing on the clock.

Tarver then missed a three on the Beavers’ next possession, essentially
sealing the game for the Ducks.

Game Notes

Oregon State still leads the all-time series 181-145…Oregons current 13-
game winning streak is the ninth of 12 games or longer in school history, and
is the Duckss longest in 60 years. It is also the longest under coach Ernie
Kent…The Ducks snapped a three-game losing skid in Corvallis.