Ducks Win, Despite Loss of Artis

Ducks Win, Despite Loss of Artis
January 26, 2013, 8:00 pm
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EUGENE, Ore. -- With Dominic Artis, Oregon's top 3-point shooter sidelined with injury out, No. 16 Oregon had to find other ways of getting the ball in the basket. It took some adjusting, indeed, but the Ducks were able rack up points inside and in transition to defeat Washington 81-76 on Saturday night for its ninth straight win and the 20th straight at Matthew Knight Arena, in front of a soldout crowd.

E.J. Singler had 18 points, Arsalan Kazemi added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Carlos Emory also scored 11 for Oregon (18-2, 7-0 Pac-12).

Oregon now holds a two-game lead atop the PAC-12 standings with the win to go along with The win, UCLA's loss to Arizona State.

Andrew Andrews scored 15, C.J. Wilcox added 14 points and Abdul Gaddy and Scott Suggs had 13 each for the Huskies (12-8, 4-3), whose season-high 21 turnovers contributed to their third straight loss after opening conference play 4-0.

Oregon's struggles early developing rhythm and a good helping of early turnovers was compounded by the loss of Artis, who may be out for 3-6 weeks with a foot injury. The standout freshman had started Oregon's first 19 games and averaged 10.2 points and a team-high 3.8 assists. Altman did not comment on the status of Artis after the Ducks win.

Junior Johnathan Loyd got the start, finishing with nine points and five assists.

A stat not to be too pleased with, though, was Loyd's five turnovers. The Ducks had 23 turnovers overall, including seven by Singler. The Ducks went on a frenzy though in the second half, outrebounding the Huskies 30-24 overall, scoring 44 points in the paint to offset their season-low tying two 3-pointers on eight attempts.

The Ducks also scored 27 points off turnovers, and had 10 on the fast break.

Oregon shot 57.8 percent from the floor and scored their final 11 points from the free-throw line to keep the Huskies at bay.

The Ducks make their trip to the Bay Area this week, visiting the Stanford Cardinal (11-8, 2-4) Wednesday and the Cal Bears (11-7, 3-3) on Saturday.