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Oregon Beats Owls To Go 8-0

Sat., Dec. 28, 1996


Jamar Curry scored 18 of his season-high 23 points in a second-half rally Friday night as No. 24 Oregon stayed unbeaten with an 82-62 victory over Temple in the first round of the Far West Classic in Portland.

The Ducks (8-0), off to their best start since going 10-0 in 1974-75, play Oregon State, which beat Bradley 72-60, for the tournament title tonight.

Oregon outscored the Owls 38-13 in the game’s final 8-1/2 minutes after trailing most of the contest.

Temple (4-3) had aggravated the Ducks most of the night with its matchup zone defense and led 35-27 at halftime.

Oregon St. 72, Bradley 60

Freshman point guard Carson Cunningham scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half to lead the Beavers (4-4) over the Braves (3-4) in the first round of the Far West Classic.

Freshman Corey Benjamin added 14 for the Beavers, his most since becoming eligible three games ago. Todd Marshall, in his first start, also scored 14 for Oregon State.

The young Beavers, with five freshmen who play regularly, put the game away with an 8-1 run in the game’s final 3:53.

ASU 74, William & Mary 57

At Tempe, Ariz., Michael Batiste scored a game-high 19 points in his second game at Arizona State to lead the Sun Devils (7-3) past the Tribe (3-4) in the Arizona State-Tribune Classic.

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