Portland St 54

(6-6, 4-5 away)

Oregon 52

(6-6, 6-3 home)

    10:00 PM ET, December 27, 2005

    McArthur Court, Eugene, Oregon

    1 2 T
    PRST 26 2854
    ORE 24 2852

    Top Performers

    Portland St: S. Morrison 15 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Oregon: M. Leunen 8 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Portland State 54, Oregon 52

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Ken Bone had a feeling the Oregon Ducks might be vulnerable.

    "I feel sorry for them," the Portland State coach said after his team pulled out the 54-52 upset at McArthur Court Tuesday night. "Oregon's staff does a great job. They just haven't been able to find themselves lately."

    Scott Morrison had 15 points and six rebounds and Portland State made 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to pull out the win.

    Juma Kumara added nine points and eight boards for the Vikings, who have won four in a row.

    Bryce Taylor had 11 to lead the Ducks (6-6). Aaron Brooks had 10 points, four assists and four steals.

    The Ducks, who started the season 4-0, have lost six of their last eight heading into this weekend's Pacific-10 Conference opener against Oregon State.

    The lethargic play and poor shooting that has characterized the team in losses to Georgetown, Illinois, New Mexico and the University of Portland continued, and the absence of leading scorer Malik Hairston -- sitting with a sprained toe -- compounded the problem.

    The Ducks shot 36 percent from the field and missed 20 of their 24 3-point attempts.

    "When it comes down to it, it seems like we are putting too much pressure on ourselves," Oregon guard Bryce Taylor said after a 4-of-11 shooting night. "As a shooter, you have to stay confident. It's all mental when it comes to our shooting."

    Portland State (6-6) didn't fare much better than Oregon from long range, going 2-of-17 on 3s. The Vikings, however, made fewer mistakes in the second half and made free throws when it counted.

    The defending Big Sky champs have seven junior college transfers and are rebuilding under Bone after six seniors graduated and former coach Heath Schroyer left to become an assistant at Fresno State.

    With a nonconference schedule that included No. 6 Gonzaga and No. 23 Iowa State, as well as Arkansas and the Ducks, the Vikings are happy to be .500 at this point of the season.

    "Coming in to tonight, We've beaten the teams I thought we should and we've lost to better teams than us," Bone said. "Now, I think we got one from a team better than us."

    The Vikings had success early going down low -- Morrison scored eight of the Vikings' first 16 points as Portland State went up 16-10.

    The Vikings led 26-24 at half after Kumara's buzzer-beating put-back.

    The Ducks opened the half on a 17-8 run, and led by eight points with 13 minutes to go.

    But Portland State got back in the game, and Ryan Sommer's 15-foot jumper tied the score with 6:38 left. Jake Schroeder made two free throws with 43.2 seconds left to give the Vikings a 53-51 lead. Maarty Leunen hit one free throw for the Ducks, and Jake Schroeder made one for the Vikings. That left Oregon with one more play, but with Portland State switching to zone, Brandon Lincoln missed a 20-footer from the left side.

    Taylor said he couldn't blame Oregon fans who might be growing impatient with the team.

    "They should be disappointed in us; we're disappointed in us," he said. "We hope they stay with us -- and we hope we can play better than we've been." ^

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 54 52
    FG Made-Attempted 20-52 (.385) 20-55 (.364)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-17 (.118) 4-24 (.167)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-19 (.632) 8-15 (.533)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 5

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