It was the early hot-shooting from behind the three point arc that put the Oregon basketball team ahead of their in-state rivals, the Oregon State Beavers.
Mid-way through the first half, the Ducks caught fire from deep. Hitting on six consecutive three point shots, the Ducks jumped to an early 31-12 lead. Leading the way was junior guard Joseph Young, who finished with a game-high 25 points. Along with 14 second half points, Young put the game out of reach with a huge dunk in the final 48 seconds of the game.
Senior forward Mike Moser added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Oregon Ducks (16-8, 4-8 Pac-12). Moser also added three of his four three pointers during the Ducks hot stretch in the first half.
However, besides the Ducks’ hot shooting, one of the most notable statistics from the game was that this game helped Jonathan Loyd move to 89 victories in his career. This mark ties him with last years senior E.J. Singler, and with one more win, Loyd would move into the most winning player in program history.
As for the Oregon State Beavers, they have now lost three games in a row. Junior forward Eric Moreland led the Beavers with 17 points and 10 rebounds for a career day. Senior guard Roberto Nelson finished with 18 points as he continues to impress in the Pac 12. Nelson entered the game as one of the top scoring players in the nation, averaging 21.5 points per game.
Despite the hot shooting early in the game, the Ducks were only leading by 10 with a 45-35 lead going into halftime. As the second half began, the Beavers came back and closed in on the Ducks twice as they were only down by 2 points. However, the Ducks were able to hold on by shooting a solid 12-14 from the free throw line in the final two minutes of the game.
Up next for the Oregon Ducks is there other Pac 12 rival, the Washington Huskies. Coming into the game, the Huskies have lost four of their last five games. In the previous meeting between the two teams earlier this year, the Huskies used a big second half to overcome the Ducks up in Seattle. This game will be played in Eugene at the Matthew Knight Arena on Wednesday, February 19.
If the Oregon Ducks are able to win this game, it will be the first time the team has won back-to-back games in conference, and also the first time since January 2.