Eugene, Oregon---It was a fun night all around at Matthew Night Arena on Saturday, as the Oregon Ducks defeated Stanford, 77-66.
A sellout crowd of 12,364, not only enjoyed a blowout win for the first place Ducks, but also witnessed the 600th win of Dana Altman in his 28 year coaching career. The Duck win was a small measure of revenge for the Ducks after being beaten horribly on January 30, by the Cardinal, 76-52 in Palo Alto.
"Tonight it was all about Johnny Loyd," said Altman after the game. "Johnny always plays so hard, especially on defense, but tonight his offense was special and it really got us going. I am so happy for him, as he works so hard each day and he made play after play, after play tonight.
Loyd finished the game with 15 points, nine assists and three steals. It was his 3-point field goal at the 2:18 mark of the first half that gave the Ducks the lead for good. Arsalan Kazemi, also had his usual stellar game for Oregon, with 15 points and seven rebounds, often appearing to be all over the court, on the same play.
Shrugging off his 600th win in typical Altman business like fashion, he had high praise for his team. "I loved the effort, we played well and we need to keep going. Still lots to go in the regular season. A couple of games this year, we struggled to reach 47 points, so to score 47 points in the second half, pleases me."
The largest lead for the Ducks came at the 5:24 mark of the second half when the Ducks went ahead by 24 points, which pretty much allowed them to coast in the final five minutes.
Carlos Emory also had a big game for the Ducks, being there leading scorer, with 19 points, getting seven boards and an impressive 5-5 from the free throw line.
Emory, was not celebrating, with Oregon State coming to Eugene Thursday night. "It came together on lots of phases for us tonight, yes it really came together, but we can't rest for one second, as we have the Civil War on Thursday night against a Beaver team that will come in here not in the best of moods."
After the Beaver game on Thursday night, the Ducks must travel east to face an improving Utah team and then close out the regular season against Colorado in Boulder on March 7th, where the in the three years under Tad Boyle, the Buffs have lost only six games at home.
With the win, Oregon stays atop the Pac-12 standings, along with UCLA and Arizona, all with four losses. Oregon moves to 22-6 on the year, 11-4 in the Pac-12.