At times it wasn’t pretty and at other times it looked almost perfect as the No. 16 ranked Oregon (18-2, 7-0) Ducks beat rival Washington (12-8, 4-3). With freshman starting point guard Dominic Artis out for an unknown time due to a foot injury Oregon was able to hold on late and win 81-76.
Ben Carter gets a block.
Senior E.J. Singler led Oregon with 18 points while also dishing out four assists and grabbing three rebounds. Arsalan Kazemi added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Carlos Emory also scored 11 points.
Freshman Andrew Andrews scored 15 points to lead Washington. C.J. Walcox added 14 points and Abudl Gaddy and Scott Suggs each added 13 points.
The Ducks struggled to put their rivals from the north away committing 23 turnovers which the Huskies turned into 22 points and stayed in the game till the very end.
“Gosh darn turnovers...took away..we played really hard, guys were battling,” said a somewhat pleased Dana Altman post game. “The turnovers really took away from the performance. A lot of bad decisions.. a lot of things we are going to have to work on...I thought they just got out of the offense.”
Leading 43-40 with 15:24 left to play freshman guard Willie Moore got a pass from Singler and converted a three-point play. After the made free throw Oregon trapped and Singler got a steal and a layup. Washington turned the ball over for a second straight time and Singler again scored and the Ducks led 50-40 with 14:23 left to give Oregon their push.
“The press really gave us a big boost,” said Altman. “We were worried about doing it too much but it was very effective for us. It gave us the little cushion and we were able to play from there. No doubt it changed the momentum in the game.”
Washington’s C.J. Wilcox drained a three from the left wing to pull Washington within six, 74-68 with 1:15 left and give the Huskies some late hope. After a timeout Oregon went to the free throw line where freshman Willie Moore made one of two free throws to push Oregon’s lead to 75-68. On the ensuing possession Andrew Andrews missed a three and Dotson grabbed the defensive rebound and was fouled, but he too made only one of two from the line and Oregon led 76-68 with 55 seconds remaining.
Scott Suggs would keep Washington in the game with a three from the corner with 50 seconds left and Oregon’s lead slipped to 76-71. Moore would once again would make one of two from the line and Oregon led 77-71.
Singler skies for a dunk against the Huskies.
After sophomore center Shawn Kemp, jr sank two free throws for Washington Singler put the game away for good when he sank two clutch free throws to give Oregon a 79-73 lead with just 27 seconds left. Andrews would miss a point-blank layup and Kazemi grabbed his 11th rebound of the game and called a timeout with just 19 seconds remaining.
Johnathan Loyd would make one of two free throws and Suggs would hit a late three to pull Washington to 80-76 with 4 seconds remaining. Damyean Dotson hit one of two from the line and Oregon was able to hold on for the 81-76 win.
Oregon’s victory pushed their streak of home wins to 20 and are just three more wins away from tying the school record of 23. Oregon was also able to secure a two-game lead over Arizona and UCLA who both suffered a Pac-12 loss this week.
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