Eugene, OR (Sports Network) - Tony Woods tallied 14 points, including a
crucial basket in the final minutes, as the Oregon Ducks held on to defeat the
Arizona State Sun Devils, 68-65, in Pac-12 Conference play at Matthew Knight
Also scoring in double figures for the Ducks (14-2, 3-0 Pac-12), who recorded
their fifth win in a row and ninth in their last 10 outings, were Damyean
Dotson and Carlos Emory. Both posted 14 points, followed by Dominic Artis with
10 for the hosts.
Leading the way for Arizona State (14-3, 3-1), which had a six-game win streak
snapped, was Jahii Carson with a game-high 20 points. Evan Gordon contributed
17 and Carrick Felix finished with 12 points.
Trailing by a score of 19-11 in the first half, the Ducks put together a 12-0
run in order to assume the lead and eventually carry a 32-28 advantage into
the break. ASU didn't help itself any by turning the ball over eight times in
the final nine minutes of the frame.
The Ducks asserted themselves at the free-throw line in the final minute of
action, as they converted all but one of their eight opportunities in order to
secure the three-point win. ASU had an opportunity to send the meeting into
overtime, but Felix's 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed the mark.
Oregon is now tied with Marquette and Indiana for the sixth-longest home
winning streak in the nation at 18 games, and the squad's 12-0 mark at Matthew
Knight Arena represents the program's best home start in more than a decade.
The win for Oregon also comes just three days after the team sent unbeaten
Arizona to its first loss of the campaign with a 70-66 victory.
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