With 11 seconds to go and just three point lead, the Ducks had to get back fast to stop the Wildcats. And they did. With 9 seconds on the clock, they had to do it again. And they did. Matt Knight erupts.
I'm pretty sure the Ducks know how it must feel to be Mick Jagger, or the Beatles. I've never seen a fan base storm the court with more fervor. Clamoring for a handshake, a photo, a high five.
The Ducks just pulled off what could be the biggest upset this arena has seen, and their future just got blindingly bright....
In front of 9,544 fans, the Ducks got off to a rough start as the Wildcats went on an 11-0 run. But then, Carlos Emory helped reclaim the momentum. Two from beneath the basket, then a confident 3, which began an eight point streak for the Ducks. It was a close game throughout the first half, but the Ducks answered every punch the Wildcats threw, and found ways to take advantage of a weakened perimeter defense. (With 2:47 left in the game, the Ducks were 7-10 beyond the arc to Arizona's 6-15). Towards the end, though, the Ducks seemed to get a little too comfortable, letting a ten point lead slip withing four in the final minute.
As for the freshman? Their performance in the spotlight was reassuring to Duck fans. Both played with confidence. Dotson with 9 points on the night, Artis with ten.
Here are the official game notes:
E.J. Singler scored 14 points and Oregon overcame a slow start to beat No. 4 Arizona 70-66 on Thursday night, handing the Wildcats their first loss of the season.
Dominic Artis, Carlos Emory and Tony Woods had 10 points apiece for the Ducks (13-2, 2-0 Pac-12), who have won 17 straight home games, including all 11 this season.
Mark Lyons scored 21 and Solomon Hill added 16 points to lead the Wildcats (14-1, 2-1), who entered as one of three undefeated teams in the country.
It appeared they were going to stay that way when the Wildcats jumped out to an 11-0 lead. But it was all Oregon from there, as the Ducks outscored Arizona 41-19 the rest of the first half to lead 41-30 at the break.
Arizona trimmed its deficit to 48-42 early in the second half but got no closer until Lyons made a 3-pointer with 1:18 to play that made it 67-63.
- No. 3 Arizona (USA Today Coaches Poll) is the highest ranked team to ever play at Matthew Knight Arena and the highest ranked team the Ducks have faced since losing to No. 1 Duke 98-71 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore., on Nov. 27, 2010.
- The Ducks are 2-1 on the season against opponents ranked in the top 25.
- Oregon is a perfect 11-0 at Matthew Knight Arena this season, its best start since wrapping up a 16-0 home campaign in 2001-02.
- Oregon extended its home winning streak to 17 victories, dating back to last season. The streak is tied with Detroit, Indiana and Notre Dame for seventh longest in the nation.
- Arsalan Kazemi surpassed 1,300 career points running his career total to 1,303 points with six against Arizona.
- E.J. Singler passed Maarty Leunen and Terrell Brandon to move into 17th place on UO’s all-time points list with 14 points giving him 1,271 during his career. Singler also tied his career-high in assists with seven.
- Tony Woods’ block tonight put him in sole possession of sixth place on UO’s all-time blocks list with 72, passing Malik Hairston.
- Dominic Artis has scored in double figures in three consecutive games (10 points vs. Nevada, 11 points at Oregon State, 10 points against Arizona).
- Oregon’s 63.6% (7-of-11) from 3-point range was its highest percentage of the season.
- Waverly Austin recorded season-highs with three blocks and three steals.
- The attendance of 9,544 fans is the highest this season at Matthew Knight Arena.