CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP)—One streak ended for No. 20 Oregon on Saturday, while another keeps rolling along.
Bryce Taylor had 22 points and nine rebounds, and the Ducks remained unbeaten with a 76-73 victory over Oregon State in the teams’ Pac-10 opener.
Maarty Leunen added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Ducks (13-0), who are off to their best start in 69 years and remain one of just three undefeated teams in the nation along with No. 1 UCLA and No. 25 Clemson.
Aaron Brooks scored 13 points and Chamberlain Oguchi added 12 for Oregon, which won in Corvallis for the first time in four seasons and ended a string of six straight wins by the home team in the Civil War series. None of Oregon’s current players had ever won at Gill Coliseum.
“I felt like we were in position to win the game and we finally needed to get it done,” said Brooks, a senior who made good in his last chance to win at Corvallis. “Normally we’re down in this type of situation at Oregon State. We just needed to hold the lead and get good shots and stop their runs because we knew they would have one at the end.”
Sasha Cuic, who was saddled with four fouls less than a minute into the second half, and Marcel Jones each had 16 points for the Beavers (8-6), while Josh Tarver scored 15, Wesley Washington 11 and Kyle Jeffers 10.
Oregon, which won its last five games by at least 20 points, 73-68 when Jones stole the ball from Tajuan Porter of the Ducks and went in for the dunk that made it a three-point game with 31 seconds left.
Adam Zahn made two free throws to put Oregon up 75-70 with 23 seconds to play.
“I know this is a big game and those were big shots,” Zahn said. “It put it out of reach.”
Tarver was short on a 3-pointer for Oregon State and an attempted tip-in was off the mark as well. Taylor made a free throw with seven seconds on the clock and Jones then capped the scoring with a 3-pointer with one second left.
“This ended up being very similar to the type of games we’ve had here before,” Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. “Just a great Civil War battle.”
This was the 326th meeting between Oregon and Oregon State. The Beavers hold a 180-146 edge.
Oregon dropped to 0-3 at home this season against ranked teams. Oregon State hasn’t beaten the Ducks when they were ranked in nine chances since 1975.
This might have been the toughest of those losses for the Beavers, who shot 52 percent compared to the Ducks’ 46 percent, held a 32-30 edge in rebounds, and were even in turnovers with both teams committing 16.
“We had our chances,” Oregon State coach Jay John said. “The guys played extremely hard and defensively, I thought we played well the entire game.”
Oregon erased an 11-point deficit with a 22-4 run over the final 7:18 of the first half to take a 41-34 lead. Leunen had eight points in the run, including two 3-pointers.
The Beavers, meanwhile, turned the ball over six times and went just 1-for-5 from the field during the span.
It was a stark contrast from earlier in the game, when Oregon State scored on 13 of 15 possessions to turn a 7-4 deficit into a 30-19 lead by the 7:30 mark.
Most of those points came inside as the Beavers, who started three players 6-foot-8 or taller, had an obvious advantage against a small Oregon lineup.
After the game, Kent said Mailk Hairston, the Ducks’ leading scorer last season, is still a “big maybe” for next weekend’s series against Southern California and UCLA. The junior guard has missed the last three games with a heel injury. He missed the first five games of the season with a groin injury.