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January 27, 2007

Oregon and Brooks need OT to beat Cougars

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PULLMAN, Wash. -Aaron Brooks returned from a suspension to score 31 points and help No. 7 Oregon beat No. 20 Washington State 77-74 in overtime to claim sole possession of second place in the Pacific-10 Conference on Saturday night.

Brooks, the league's leading scorer, surpassed his 18.4 point average as Oregon (19-2, 7-2) stormed back in overtime after trailing for all but the final second. He was benched for disciplinary reasons when the Ducks were upset by Washington 89-77 on Thursday.

Maarty Leunen sank two free throws with 0.5 seconds left to tie it at 64-64 and force overtime. The Ducks ran off 10 unanswered points in the extra period to take a 74-64 lead before WSU's Derrick Low hit two 3-pointers and sank four free throws to close.

Trailing 60-51 with 4 minutes remaining in regulation, but Brooks and Tajuan Porter sank 3-pointers to bring the Ducks within a basket before Aron Baynes fouled Leunen.

Low led the Cougars (17-4, 6-3) with 37 points. It marked the first game that Washington State was ranked and hosting a ranked opponent since 1950.

For more coverage of Oregon, visit DuckSportsAuthority.com; for more on Washington State, visit CougZone.com.

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