Altman and players on Duck fans and Matt Knight Arena
The Oregon Ducks pulled out a 81-72 victory against the University of Washington Huskies at Matthew Knight Arena Saturday evening.
Perhaps it was memories of their last visit to Matt Knight Arena, in which the Huskies lost to the Ducks 82-57, but the Huskies look uninspired as they worked to keep up with the Ducks. Ranked 3rd in the Pac 12, Washington was looking for a victory after their Thursday loss to Oregon State.
The Huskies were able to respond and keep close behind the Duck in the first half, as Oregon held only a few point lead for the first part of the game. The Ducks pulled away in the second half, upping their lead to the double digits for the majority of the later part of the game.
Turnovers proved to be a crippling statistic for both teams throughout the game. The Ducks had 23 total, with E.J. Singler contributing seven, Jonathan Loyd five and Tony Woods and Willie Moore four each. The Huskies also struggled with 21 turnovers.
Free throws quickly became another highlight of the second half, with the Ducks going to the line again and again—37 times and the Huskies 24 times to be exact—for a total of 61 appearances at the free throw line.
Carlos Emory kept fans on their feet with a crowd-pleasing, seven-point streak in the first half, and rounded out the game with 11 points. Arsalan Kazemi added to the second half momentum by drawing two and-ones late in the game. Kazemi, known for his strong rebounding skills, earned a double-double, scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds.
E.J. Singler, who gave the Ducks their first points of the first and second halves, had another strong game. After helping the Ducks in their victory against Washington State Wednesday with 19 points, put up another 18 points against the Huskies.
Freshman guard Dominic Artis was out due to a foot injury and Coach Altman said that there was currently no prognosis on how much longer he would be out. Artis was replaced by junior Jonathan Loyd, who had 9 points.
The Ducks are looking forward to a string of decisive games on the road, playing Stanford on Jan. 30, and the University of California on Feb. 2.