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January 18, 2007

Brooks leads No. 9 Oregon past Stanford

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EUGENE, Ore. -Aaron Brooks had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 9 Oregon to a 66-59 win against Stanford on Thursday night.

Tajuan Porter added 15 points and Bryce Taylor scored 14 for the Ducks (17-1, 5-1), who are off to their best start in 80 years. The win ended a seven-game losing streak to the Cardinal (11-5, 3-3), who upset then 23rd-ranked Washington State 71-68 in overtime in their last game.

Brooks scored nine straight to give Oregon a 53-51 advantage with 5:04 to play. Oregon never trailed again.

The Ducks, who have no starter taller than 6-foot-9, and their brand of small ball struggled for much of the game against Stanford's 7-foot twin brothers, Robin and Brook Lopez.

Maarty Leunen, Oregon's only true post player, was held scoreless in the first half. Oregon had 10 shots blocked and made just 29 percent from the field.

But the Ducks stayed aggressive and continued to attack the basket and draw fouls. They got to the free-throw line 28 times in the second half alone, making 23. They were 30 of 37 from the line overall. Brooks was 10-for-10.

The first half was highlighted by six ties and 11 lead changes with Stanford up 26-25 at the break following Fred Washington's go-ahead layup with 44 seconds left.

Oregon retook the lead early in the second half, going up 29-26 on a 3-pointer by Porter at the 18:47 mark.

It was all Cardinal for the next five minutes as 3-pointers by Lawrence Hill and Landry Fields helped spark a 12-3 run to give them a 40-32 lead with 13:29 to play. It was the largest lead for either team.

The Ducks answered, tying the game 46-46 on a pair of free throws by Brooks with 8:25 remaining.

Stanford's last lead came with 5:56 to play following a three-point play by Hill to put the Cardinal up 51-48. But that was the last field goal they would make until Washington's putback with 22 seconds left.

Hill led Stanford with 13 points, while Washington scored 12 and Robin Lopez had 10 points.

Oregon came into the game fresh off its first road sweep of Arizona and Arizona State in school history and ranked its highest since also being ninth on December 2003.

For more coverage of Oregon, visit DuckSportsAuthority.com; for more on Stanford, visit CardinalReport.com.

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