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March 3, 2007

Oregon closes strong with 70-49 win

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EUGENE, Ore. -Bryce Taylor scored 22 and Aaron Brooks added 18 to lead No. 17 Oregon to a 70-49 victory against Oregon State on Saturday.

The Ducks (23-7, 11-7) won their final three games of the regular season and have won 14 straight against the Beavers (11-20, 3-15) at McArthur Court. Oregon will go into next week's Pac-10 tournament as the fourth seed and will play Arizona.

Maarty Leunen also had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Oregon.

Brooks, the Pac-10's leading scorer, made his final claim for conference player of the year. He went 4-for-6 from the 3-point line and 6-for-13 from the field overall.

Tajuan Porter, Oregon's third-leading scorer this season and top 3-point shooter, was held scoreless until he converted a fast-break layup with 7:39 to go.

His only 3-pointer gave the Ducks a 64-44 lead with 4:23 to play and tied former UCLA Bruin Jason Kapono's conference freshman record for 3-pointers in a season with 82.

He missed on his final five attempts to break the record and finished with seven points. He made 1-of-9 3-point attempts and 2-of-12 from the field overall.

Marcel Jones had 13 points for Oregon State, which made only eight shots in the first half and trailed 33-17 at the break.

Jones dunked to cut Oregon's lead to 26-17 with 6:34 left in the first half but Oregon went into the break on a 7-0 run.

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

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