In front of 10,000 plus fans at Matthew Knight Arena, the Oregon Ducks avenged the Beavers victory earlier this year in Corvallis, beating OSU 93-83 on Sunday afternoon. The Ducks put on a shooting clinic and offensive flurry from the get-go, hitting their first seven three-pointers of the game. UO’s largest lead was 31-12 with 10:39 remaining in the first half.
“When the ball goes in the hole, the team’s energy goes up, home or on the road,” UO head coach Dana Altman said.
“It kind of gets contagious with this team. When you’re 100 percent, you don’t want to be that first guy to miss,” F Mike Moser said.
The run was highlighted by three three-pointers by F Mike Moser and a beautiful arcing pass from PG Johnathan Loyd to C Waverly Austin, who found a cutting G Damyean Dotson for a thunderous dunk.
But after Austin knocked down a mid-range jumper with 8:52 remaining in half one, the Beavers slowly ate away at the lead, dominating the Ducks in the paint and getting some big time buckets from Pac-12 leading scorer Roberto Nelson. OSU scored 12 more points in the paint than UO and scored five more second chance points on the afternoon.
“Everybody has to get involved. We just have to be a better rebounding team,” Altman said.
The Beavers trimmed the UO lead to just two with 5:11 left in regulation.
However, OSU shot 33 percent and turned the ball over a couple times in the final five minutes. On the other end, UO made 14 free throws in that same time period and cruised to victory.
“I just told the guys, take a deep breath here. It still comes down to stops. It still comes down to execution. And I thought for the most part they did a pretty good job of that,” Altman said.
“Once we were able to get a few stops and a few rebounds, we were able to get to the line and that was huge for us in the second half,” Moser added.
Joseph Young led the way, accumulating 25 points, along with four rebounds and four assists. Young was a key contributor in UO’s huge run, but he made his biggest impact in the second half when the Ducks lead was hanging on by a thread. In just four possessions midway through the second half, Young scored eight points, including two acrobatic and-one’s.
Moser and G Jason Calliste also played well. Calliste went 4-6 from three and scored 14 points. Moser added 15 points and seven rebounds.
The victory cemented Johnathan Loyd’s name in UO lore as the PG tied EJ Singler’s record for most victories in Oregon history.
“It has been a long but quick four years. To out beat EJ in the wins category will feel good. I’m going to put that in his face,” Loyd said.
On his big night, Loyd played very well, scoring 11 points, which is his highest point total in nine games, and dishing out five assists.
The trio of Eric Moreland, Haurice Cook and Nelson led the Beavs scoring attack all afternoon. The group scored 51 of the Beavers 83 points, led by 18 from Nelson.
However, OSU was uncharacteristically cold from beyond the arc. The third ranked team in the nation in three-point field goal percentage made just 5-16 three-pointers.
The Ducks have been a team that lives and dies by the three all season and Sunday was no different. Though the Ducks started the game 7-7 and finished the first half 9-14 from long distance, they made just 2-7 three-pointers in the second half, allowing OSU the opportunity to forge a comeback.
However, 93 points was the Ducks highest point total against the Beavers in 19 meetings.
Altman commented on the significance of the Civil War victory:
“With them being only 45 minutes away, to a lot of our people it means more(than other games). As a coach they’re all ball games. Heck, I’m still wrestling with Arizona and Arizona State,” Altman said.
The Ducks will look to continue to bolster their NCAA Tournament resume on Wednesday against the Washington Huskies at Matthew Knight Arena.
“Playing the Huskies, that is pretty much a rivalry game for us too, so we’re going to have to bring that same intensity. We are playing for a lot more than a win or a loss, a lot more,” Loyd said.
When asked if UO is good enough to make it to the big dance, Altman said, “Right now we’re not, but we can change that.”