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Leunen, Ducks get past Beavers

CORVALLIS — Maarty Leunen's made his final Civil War a memorable one.

Leunen had a career-high 32 points and Oregon ended the game on a 12-3 run as the Ducks beat Oregon State 80-68 on Sunday.

He hit six of his seven 3-pointers in the second half as Oregon (16-12, 7-9 Pacific-10 Conference) broke a three-game losing streak and won the 329th meeting between the schools, the most in college basketball.

"If my feet are square and my shoulders are square, I can shoot it with the best of them," said Leunen, who played his high school ball at Redmond.

For the game, Leunen was 8-of-10 from the field, including 7-of-8 from 3-point range. He entered the weekend leading the Pac-10 in 3-point shooting at .500, making 48 of 96 attempts.

"Honestly, those weren't plays that they run for me," Leunen said of his second-half shots. "Guys were just creating off the dribble."

Coach Ernie Kent said he wants Leunen to shoot the ball more as the season winds down.

"We just can't seem to get him to figure that out; that the more he shoots and the way he shoots the ball, the more he can score," Kent said.

Oregon's LeKendric Longmire came off the bench to hit all six of his field-goal attempts as he finished with a career-high 14 points.

Lathen Wallace had 18 points for Oregon State (6-22, 0-16), which lost its 18th straight game and saw its all-time advantage over Oregon trimmed to 180-149. The Beavers are on the verge of becoming the first team to finish winless in Pac-10 play since the conference's expansion before the 1978-79 season.

Marcel Jones had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Beavers and Calvin Haynes added 16.

Oregon State cut an eight-point second-half deficit to 68-65 with 3:27 left before Leunen scored five consecutive points to seal the win.

"I think our guys will bounce back," Oregon State coach Kevin Mouton said. "I'm really not into moral victories, honestly."

Early on, it looked like Oregon State would suffer another lopsided defeat. Taylor's 3-pointer capped a 13-0 Oregon run that gave the Ducks an 18-7 lead.

Oregon State climbed back, with Calvin Haynes' third 3-pointer of the first half reducing Oregon's lead to 23-22 with just under six minutes left.

Oregon led 33-32 at the half.

Marcel Jones and Haynes hit 3-pointers in the opening minutes of the second half, giving Oregon State a 42-39 lead.

But Leunen buried four 3-pointers in the first three minutes of the half, the last two as part of an 11-0 run that put the Ducks ahead 50-42.

Oregon used a 9-3 run to take a 67-58 lead with 5:30 remaining.

The Ducks finished 11-of-21 from 3-point range, and was 24-of-52 from the field for the game. Oregon State, last in the conference in shooting, was 24-of-62, and missed 22 of 30 3-pointers.

"Down the stretch we were pretty good defensively when it counted, in the last three minutes of the game," Kent said.

Oregon’s Maarty Leunen, right, drives to the basket against Oregon State’s Roeland Schaftenaar during Sunday’s game. - AP