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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Oregon 75 - Santa Clara 66

Maarty Leunen recorded his second double-double of the season, with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Ducks, who broke a three-game losing streak in the their win over Santa Clara on Tuesday evening at Mac Court.

Ivan Johnson and Aaron Brooks scored 16 points each to lead five players in double figures. The first half was marred by poor shooting from both teams, as the Broncos (4-3) missed their first eight shots from the field and finished the half at 30 percent. The Ducks countered by shooting only 32 percent in the half (9-of-28) and missed on their first nine 3-point attempts as Santa Clara led 28-27 at the break.

The Ducks, however, snapped out of their slump in the second half. Trailing 35-29 at the 17:24 mark, a tip-in by Bryce Taylor sparked a 31-8 run to give the Ducks a 60-43 lead with 6:46 to play. Oguchi scored all 10 of his points during that stretch, and made two of the Ducks' four 3-pointers in the run. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Niesen and Calvin Johnson cut the Ducks lead to 66-58 with 2:36 remaining, but the Broncos couldn't get closer.

Field goals from Leunen and Hairston and five free throws sealed the win. The Ducks hit only 6-of-27 3-pointers, but committed just a dozen turnovers while forcing 21.

Seems to me that the Ducks should have won this game by at least 30 points and if they don't get their shooting woes cured it will be a very long Pac-10 season.

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