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January 27, 2013The Oregon Ducks hosted the Washington Huskies on Saturday in Eugene. The game had its ups and downs however the Ducks were able to pull off an 81-76 victory.
The Ducks were coming off a tough win against the Washington State Cougars but they were able to bounce back and play the kind of game that has earned them the number 16 spot in the nation.
The two rivals kept exchanging baskets until senior Ducks, Arsalan Kazemi and E.J. Singler took command for Oregon and led the team on both ends of the floor.
Singler put up 18 points against one of the best defensive teams in the league with an additional 3 rebounds and 4 assists.
"I got a couple of offensive rebounds and got myself going," explained Singler. "Just like one basket can get you going a rebound can do the same thing so I just tried to build off of one play at a time."
Kazemi managed to get yet another double-double as a Duck putting up 11 boards and 11 points. Kazemi also had two huge three point plays late in the game which secured Oregon's victory.
Although the Ducks were able to get the win, Coach Altman was not happy with Duck's turnovers.
"The guys played really hard. The turnovers really took away from the performance," said Altman. "Overall I liked our effort, and minus the turnovers we had a good performance but it's just hard to look passed 23 turnovers."
With a little less than 12 minutes to go in the second half, head coach Dana Altman switched to a full court press defense.
The Huskies were thrown off by the move which caused E.J. Singler to steal the ball on an in-bounds play. Washington hesitated again on their next in-bounds play and the Oregon full court defense caused the Huskies to commit a 5 second violation.
Oregon's defense allowed their offense to get a huge swing late in the game.
The Ducks took a 10 point lead and as Washington tried to make a late comeback, Oregon's free throw shooting was able to secure the win.
The Ducks are now leading the PAC with a 7-0 conference record and 18-2 overall. With Arizona State winning tonight, the Ducks are now 2 games ahead with Cal and Stanford coming up next week.