Oregon Firing on All Cylinders
The Ducks were on top of their game tonight against the Stanford Cardinal, taking the win 77-66. The final score of the game doesn’t quite tell the tale as Oregon was ahead of the Cardinal by as much as 24 points at one time. Sloppy play in the last 3 minutes made the game appear closer than it actually was.
There were some very good numbers for Duck players tonight. Carlos Emory led all Ducks with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Johnathan Loyd had his best game of the season, putting up 15 points, 9 assists, and 3 steals. Arsalan Kazemi also had 15 points to go along with 7 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 assists, and 2 blocks. E.J. Singler scored in double digits, adding 12 points.
After the first 2 minutes, Oregon started to go off on the Cardinal with the help of Loyd putting up points on the scoreboard better than he has all year. It was great play from him, Kazemi, and Emory that helped the Ducks get redemption against the Cardinal. Oregon out rebounded Stanford 36-25, getting a lot of second chance points. The Ducks also shot 46.9% from the field and got 12 steals for the game.
Dwight Powell led the Cardinal with 16 points. Josh Huestis and Chasson Randle added 12 points each with Huestis also ripping down 11 boards.
Oregon now moves to 11-4 in conference play to tie Arizona. If the Ducks win out and are tied with Arizona and UCLA at season’s end, they will get the nod in the tie breaker as Oregon beat both of these teams earlier in the season. With this win Oregon also has the potential to stay in the nation’s top 25.
Next up, Oregon takes on the Oregon State Beavers in Matthew Knight Arena.