<
>

Oregon 68, Nebraska 56

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon forward Bryce Taylor says he likes
to hit the gym late at night and make "like 500" shots to get a
feel for just the right stroke.

Then, he said, "it has that same chance to go in" in the
course of a game.

Taylor had his shot together Saturday when he scored 18 points
in Oregon's 68-56 victory over Nebraska in the Pape Jam at the Rose
Garden Arena.

Taylor clinched the victory with a key 3-pointer with 39.8
seconds to go.

The Ducks are now 7-0 for their best start since 1996-97 when
they started 10-0.

"We looked at this (the Pape Jam) like another opportunity to
show we can play," Taylor said.

Ryan Anderson had 15 points for Nebraska (5-2). The loss ended a
six-game Husker winning streak in the series against Oregon.

Three straight dunks -- two by Malik Hairston and one from Taylor
-- gave the Ducks a 39-29 lead early in the second half, their
biggest margin of the game to that point.

Paul Velander's consecutive 3-pointers for Nebraska and another
from Anderson closed the gap to 39-38, but the Huskers were unable
to pull ahead.

Maarty Leunen's 3-pointer gave the Ducks a 53-42 lead.

Nebraska closed to within 59-56 on Marcus Perry's 3-pointer with
2:11 to go. But Aaron Brooks hit on a layup before Taylor's key
3-pointer in the final minute to make it 64-56.

"We're going out there and having fun, playing together and
playing Oregon basketball," Hairston said. "The way we're
playing, I think we can play with anyone."

The Ducks were able to hold Nebraska's top scorer, Aleks Maric,
to 12 points and six rebounds. The 6-foot-11 Australian was
averaging 20.7 points and 7.7 rebounds going into the game.

Maric was limited to five minutes in the first half after he
picked up two quick fouls.

"He's getting some ticky-tack fouls, and we've got to do
something about that because we don't have a chance unless he's in
the game," Nebraska coach Doc Sadler said.

The Ducks were coming off a 57-50 victory on Nov. 29 over
then-No. 18 Georgetown. It was the first time the Ducks had
defeated a ranked opponent on the road.

The Huskers were coming off a 75-73 loss last weekend to
Rutgers, their first loss of the season.

Nebraska led early but a 10-3 Oregon run capped by Leunen's
3-pointer put the Ducks up 21-15.

Nebraska tied it at 21 on Velander's 3-pointer, but the Huskers
were unable to pull in front. Freshman guard Tajuan Porter hit a
key 3-pointer to make it 28-21 for the Ducks, who led 31-27 at the
half.

Leunen and Brooks finished with 15 points each for Oregon.
Porter had 10 points.

"It was another great game of grinding it out," Oregon coach
Ernie Kent said.

It was the 10th meeting between Oregon and Nebraska. The Huskers
lead the series 6-4.

Velander added 12 points for Nebraska.