After a string of gut-wrenching losses, Dana Altman’s Oregon Ducks needed a strong performance against the rival Oregon State Beavers on Sunday.
While not exactly the prettiest of wins, the Ducks managed to emerge victorious over the hated Beavers, winning the game 93-83.
The Ducks built a large lead early in the game, but the resilient Beavers cut that lead down to a mere two points with 11:46 remaining in the second half. Faced with the potential for another late-game collapse, the Ducks held firm and fended off the feisty Beavers.
Altman told reporters after the game that he was proud of how his team responded to the adversity:
We got in that huddle and said fellas, just take a deep breath here.
I thought that was important after those two, two-point losses in Arizona. The guys could have responded one of two ways: They could have come in and felt sorry for themselves … but guys really busted it, so I thought it was a good week.
The seniors have to have a sense of urgency. … We’ve got seniors that this is their last month and it’s got to be a sense of urgency — and we have a lot of work to do in six ball games (Oregon Live).
Oregon’s Joseph Young led all scorers with 25 points. Damyean Dotson and Mike Moser each chipped in 15 points for the Ducks, who are now 16-8 on the season and 4-8 in conference play.
[Source: Oregon Live]