Originally created 12/24/06

Top 25 roundup

EUGENE, Ore. - Aaron Brooks scored 27 points and Bryce Taylor added 21 to lead No. 21 Oregon to an 84-64 victory over Mercer on Saturday.

Maarty Leunen had 10 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, and Adam Zahn added career highs of 15 points and 11 rebounds for the short-handed Ducks (11-0), who are off to their best start in 60 years. Oregon was 12-0 in 1946-47.

Freshman James Florence had 19 points for Mercer (5-6) and fouled out with 5 minutes remaining.

Playing without three starters because of injuries, Oregon went with a big lineup that produced its best rebounding effort of the season.

The Ducks had a 55-29 advantage on the boards.

With just eight healthy players, Oregon led 44-31 at halftime and extended that to 54-34 early in the second half.


In Memphis, Tenn., Doneal Mack scored 18 points to lead five Memphis players in double figures and the Tigers defeated Middle Tennessee.

Jeremy Hunt added 16 points for Memphis (9-3), while Chris Douglas-Roberts went 5-for-6 from the field and had 13. Willie Kemp and Robert Dozier each had 11 points.

Demond Yates had 12 points for the Blue Raiders (4-7), who got little from their two leading scorers - Kevin Kanaskie and Tim Blue - who were a combined 1-of-15 from the field.

Kanaskie, who entered the game averaging 12.7 points, finished 0-for-8 from the field and had only two free throws, while Blue, who averages 10.4, scored five points.

Memphis built an early lead connecting from 3-point-range and was never threatened as the Blue Raiders dropped their third in a row.

POSTPONEMENT: Air Force's 10-day break for final exams has been extended to 15 days because of the blizzard that dumped up to 3 feet of snow on Colorado this week.

The 24th-ranked Falcons (11-1) were scheduled to play at Northern Colorado on Saturday, but that game was postponed Thursday because of travel complications from the snowstorm that hit Colorado's most populous region.

A makeup date has not been announced.


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