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EUGENE — Tajuan Porter scored a season-high 28-points and Oregon defeated Kansas State 75-70 in a Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series game Sunday night at McArthur Court.
Garrett Sim added 16 points and LeKendric Longmire had 13 for the Ducks (4-4), who ended a three-game losing streak. Denis Clemente led Kansas State (5-3) with 19 points.
Porter knocked down six 3-pointers and scored Oregon's final six points after the Wildcats pulled to within a point with just under three minutes to play.
The 5-foot-6 junior was also instrumental in Oregon's 17-6 run to open the second half, draining a pair of 3-pointers to help turn a 38-35 halftime deficit into a 52-44 advantage with 14:42 to play.
Kansas State, riding the hot shooting of Clemente and the inside scoring of Ron Anderson, closed to within two points on a handful of occasions before a pair of free throws by Jamar Samuels with 2:48 remaining made it 69-68.
But Porter answered with a floater from inside the paint to put the Ducks up 71-68 with 1:12 left. Clemente scored on a driving bank shot but was called for the offensive foul with 28 seconds left.
After Porter made a two free throws, Samuels scored inside to make it 73-70. But Porter got the ball on the inbounds, was fouled and made both free throws to put the Ducks up by five with 7.3 seconds left.
Samuels had 14 points for Kansas State and Anderson added 12. The Wildcats have lost three straight after opening the season 5-0.