Leunen scores 23 points as No. 16 Oregon wins big


Maarty Leunen had 23 points and 11 rebounds and No. 16 Oregon. playing without injured leading scorer Malik Hairston, beat Sacramento State 93-66 on Tuesday night.

Sophomore forward Joevan Catron added a career-high 20 points for the Ducks (8-1), while Tajuan Porter scored 17, Bryce Taylor 15 and Franz Dorsainvil 11.

Hairston, who averages 16.5 points, bruised his right knee in the Ducks' win over Utah last Saturday. He dressed Tuesday but was one of four Ducks who were held out of the game with an injury.

Loren Leath led the Hornets (2-7) with 21 points and Donald Thomas added 11.

Early on, it appeared Oregon missed Hairston's scoring punch. The Ducks played from behind for much of the first half against a team whose only wins have been against NAIA and Division III opponents.

Trailing 29-27 with just under eight minutes to play in the first half, the Ducks went on a 19-8 run to take a 46-36 halftime lead. Leunen scored eight points during that stretch, including a layup just before the buzzer to give Oregon its 10-point lead.

Randy Adams hit a jumper for Sacramento State 1:30 into the second half to cut Oregon's lead to 50-43.

It was all Ducks after that as Porter knocked down a 3-pointer to spark a 20-6 run that made it 70-49 with 11:36 to play.

Leunen made two free throws with 4:07 to play to put the Ducks up 90-60.

The Ducks shot 51 percent from the field overall.

Leunen, who has six double-doubles this season, and Catron both were 8-for-10 from the field. Catron grabbed eight rebounds to help Oregon to a 46-32 advantage on the boards.

Oregon State 77, Cal State 53

At Bakersfield, Calif., Marcel Jones scored 18 points to lead four players in double-figures Tuesday as Oregon State beat Cal State Bakersfied.

Seth Tarver had 12 points while Roeland Schaftenaar and Lathen Wallace added 11 apiece for the Beavers (6-4), who shot 48 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc. Oregon State also dominated the boards, earning a 49-37 edge.

Trent Blakey was the lone Roadrunner to reach double figures, putting up 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Junior forward C.J. Giles made his first appearance in an Oregon State uniform after playing the first two seasons of his career at Kansas. In six minutes of action, Giles had two points, two rebounds and a block before fouling out of the game.

The matchup was close for the first 10 minutes before back-to-back triples by Jones and Schaftenaar gave the Beavers a 22-10 lead with 9:07 to go in the half.

With Bakersfield shooting 28 percent from the field, Oregon State closed out the half up 43-21. The Roadrunners would get no closer than 53-38 midway through the second half.

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