In the Civil War game between the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers no lead was safe. The Ducks jumped out to a 19-point lead early in the first half only to see it dwindled down to two points in the second half.
After the smoke cleared, Oregon had held on for a 93-83 victory over the Beavers.
“When they got it back to a 2-point game, our guys struggled a little bit with that but we had some guys make plays,” said Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “I’m glad they battled back. We got in that huddle and just said, ‘Fellas, take a deep breath here.’”
Although Oregon State coach Craig Robinson wasn’t pleased with the way his club stated the game, he too was happy with how they responded to adversity.
“You can’t play any game, let alone a Civil War game, where you start off by giving the other team a 19-point lead,” said Robinson. “This is the second game where I haven’t liked how we got started, so I have to do something about that. After we gave them a head start, I liked the way we played anddefended. We ended up outrebounding them and in the second half, we held them to 2-of-7 from three. That team lives on threes and our whole game plan was to stop that.”
The victory for the Ducks splits the season series after the Beavers won the first game 80-72 on Jan. 19.