Ducks Decimate Stanford: Full Recap

Ducks Decimate Stanford: Full Recap
February 23, 2013, 9:15 pm
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The Oregon men’s basketball team defeated Stanford 77-66 Saturday evening at Knight arena, marking coach Dana Altman’s 600th career victory.

Matt Knight arena saw yet another sold-out evening, with 12,364 fans bringing some much needed energy after a rough game against the Cal Bears earlier Thursday night, where Cal managed to defeat the Ducks by one point in the last seconds of the game.

Though Stanford opened the game with the first points and kept a lead throughout the first of part of the first half, Oregon rallied to regain the lead with just minutes left in the first and finish the half ahead, 30-26.

Though a win for the Ducks looked questionable in the first minutes of the game, Oregon opened the second half with energy, building on their 30-26 lead from the first half. What started as a small lead grew to over 20 points at times for the Ducks. Though a few last minute points and full pressure defense allowed Stanford to close the gap a little in the final minutes, they still were never able to eliminate the Ducks’ double-digit lead.

Altman’s 600th win was just one of the highlights of the evening. Senior Tony Woods had a career high nine rebounds and Junior Jonathan Loyd seemed to find his groove at point guard. Loyd―who has been filling in for Freshman point guard Dominic Artis after a foot injury―had a big night, scoring 15 points and contributing 9 assists in his 37 minutes on court. The Ducks have struggled after losing Artis, who was still wearing a boot on the bench this game, but Loyd seemed to prove that he could fill that gap after tonight’s performance.

“I feel good for Johnny,” said Altman after the game, “he’s fought a couple games that haven’t gone his way…but to see him to have a ballgame like that…there no one who cares about our team more than him.”

The Ducks have three games left in the regular season, as they look ahead to Oregon State at home and then going on the road to play Colorado and Utah in March. With so few games left, it’s safe to say that the team has an eye on the play-offs.  

“We need to focus on what’s ahead of us,” said Altman of the next few weeks, “not behind us, and be ready to play.”