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Porter dumps in 28 to help Oregon defeat Pacific

EUGENE, Ore. -- Tajuan Porter is picking up right where he
left off last season.

Porter, the diminutive point guard for Oregon (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP),
scored 28 points to lead the Ducks past Pacific 80-64 in the World
Vision Invitational tournament on Sunday.

"Today, I felt like I needed to take on the scoring load,"
Porter said. "They played tough defense but I really just took it
upon myself to score."

Porter went 10-for-15 from the field with five 3-pointers. The
5-foot-6, 150-pound sophomore also found success driving to the
basket for layups.

"That was always in my game," Porter said. "I'm labeled as a
3-point shooter so that's on the scouting report. I just keep the
defense off balance and penetrate a little more and attack and try
to get open shots."

Porter set the school record with 110 3-pointers as a freshman
last season. It was also the second-most 3-pointers by a freshman
in NCAA history. His 512 points were also the best ever by a Ducks
freshman.

"He played very, very well," Oregon coach Ernie Kent said.
"He's a really smart basketball player. He's still going to get
his points."

Malik Hairston added 20 points for Oregon (2-0), while Maarty Leunen had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and
Bryce Taylor scored 10 points.

One night after the Ducks scored 100 points in a win against
Pepperdine, Pacific forced Oregon into a slower pace though it
still shot 48 percent from the field and made 10-for-21 3-pointers.

"We did a good job of playing in the half court," Kent said.
"We knew that it was going to be a grind."

Porter made his fifth 3-pointer of the game with 6:50 remaining,
sparking a 9-1 run that put the Ducks up 69-51 with 5:22 to play
and Oregon cruised from there.

Steffan Johnson led the Tigers with 22 points, while Chad Troyer
scored 14 and Michael Nunnally had 10 points.

Pacific (1-1) shot 43 percent from the field but only 31 percent
from the 3-point line (8 for 26) and turned the ball over 17 times
to the Ducks' eight.

The game was tight throughout much of the first half and was
tied 20-20 following a layup by Johnson with 6:59 to play before
halftime.

But Hairston hit a 3-pointer and then Porter hit a pair of 3s
and a long jumper to put the Ducks up 31-22 with 2:27 remaining and
Oregon went into the break up 34-27.