Oregon fights through poor shooting to move to 6-0

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Eastern time zone has not been kind to
Oregon. They had played seven games in school history against Top
25 schools on the other side of the continent and lost them all.

On Wednesday night, it seemed the jinx was on again. The
unbeaten Ducks thoroughly outplayed Georgetown from start to
finish, but they keep missing wide open looks. The shots didn't
begin to fall until well into the second half, and Oregon finally
pulled away in the final minutes for a 57-50 upset of the Hoyas (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today; No. 18 AP).

"We've been slaughtered coming back here to the East, so this
is a great game to come back and win," coach Ernie Kent said.
"This was a great early-season window of opportunity that we
stepped into and took advantage of."

Aaron Brooks scored 15 points, and Bryce Taylor scored nine of
his 14 points in the second half for the Ducks, who are 6-0 for the
first time since the 2002-03 season. Oregon shot 28 percent in the
first half and 54 percent in the second, but the bigger story was
the way the visitors dominated nearly everything else: They moved
the ball well, scrapped for loose balls, got more offensive
rebounds and neutralized the fearsome frontcourt of Jeff Green and
Roy Hibbert despite playing a much smaller lineup.

"Do you go big to match their size? We said, 'No" Kent said.
"Do what you do well, and stay with your game plan."

It worked because 6-foot-9 Maarty Leunen did such a good job on
the 7-2 Hibbert, and because Kent kept reminding his players at
every timeout that -- eventually -- the shots were going to find the

"We're in a great place right now," he said he told the team.
"Because our shots are going to start falling. Because we were
getting any shot we wanted, the way we were moving that

Jonathan Wallace was the lone standout for the Hoyas, scoring 17
points on 8-for-13 shooting. The rest of the team was a combined
14-for-36, and the entire team went 1-for-9 from 3-point range. The
Hoyas (4-2) were a preseason Top 10 team, but they've now lost
twice at home to unranked opponents, and their next game is at No.
11 Duke.

"Our offense was not good, and it hasn't been," coach John
Thompson III said. "We have to figure it out. We're tentative.
We're not sure where we're going, what we're doing."

A huge concern is Green, who was considered a potential Big East
player of the year at the start of the season but has had several
very quiet games. He went 2-for-4 from the field with five points
and three turnovers Wednesday before fouling out in the final
minute, even though his teammates made a concerted effort to get
him the ball during the final minutes.

Asked if Green needs to stop being such a total team player and
get a little more selfish, Thompson said: "Yes." The coach
wouldn't elaborate.

The first half was bizarre, head-shaking basketball. The Ducks
were easily the better team, but they went more than nine minutes
without a point. They went 2-for-14 from the 3-point arc in the
first half, even though most of the shots were wide open.

The Hoyas couldn't take advantage. They managed only a 10-0 run
during Oregon's long drought, building only a 23-17 lead that
shrunk to 25-23 at halftime. Green played passively, and Hibbert
missed contested shots inside.

Oregon freshman guard Tajuan Porter, who entered the game
averaging 24.0 points, hit a pair of 3-pointers early in the second
half to help give Oregon a 32-31 lead. He finished with 11 points.
Taylor's jumper from the left wing with 4:16 to play started a 10-3
run, and Leunen had a steal and layup that made the score 49-41.

Malik Hairston, last season's leading scorer for the Ducks, made
his season debut and scored eight points off the bench. He missed
the first five games with a groin injury. Chamberlain Oguchi left
in the second half with a sprained ankle.

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