Porter, Ducks down Arizona
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Freshman Tajuan Porter scored 21 points on
5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc as No.16 Oregon trounced Arizona, 69-50,
in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament at Staples Center.
Aaron Brooks added 16 points — all in the first half — and was 4-of-8 from
long range for the fourth-seeded Ducks (24-7), who won their fourth straight
game and will now move on to face California in the semifinals on Friday.
Jordan Hill finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds for the fifth-
seeded Wildcats (20-10), who lost for the first time in four games but are
still expected to receive a bid to the NCAA tourney. Marcus Williams finished
with 13 points but was a miserable 6-of-20 from the floor, while Chase
Budinger had 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting.
Brooks was on fire early dropping four of his first five three-point attempts
as the Ducks raced out to a 24-16 advantage.
Hill stemmed the momentum for a bit with five consecutive points to make it a
one-possession game, 24-21.
But, Oregon responded with a 10-2 run to finish with a 34-23 edge at
A pair of threes – by Porter and Maarty Leunen — quickly gave the Ducks a
46-31 lead early in the second half.
Then, after Ivan Radenovic connected on a pair of buckets, Porter fueled a
12-2 burst for the Ducks to make it 58-37 with under 10 minutes to go.
Oregon coasted to the finish line from there.
The Wildcats have won at least 20 games in 20 consecutive seasons and will be
looking for their 23rd straight NCAA tournament appearance…Arizona was
seeded fifth — its lowest in the 10-year history of the Pac-10
tourney…Oregon finished 11-of-20 from long range. The Wildcats were a dismal