On Wednesday night, the Oregon Ducks got a key road victory within the Pac-12 Conference to take over the first place spot within the league. Albeit that lead may only be theirs for 24 hours as both Arizona and UCLA hit the hardwood on Thursday, the win was certainly one that they needed to come away with.
The Ducks were once again spearheaded to victory by another balanced attack offensively. It has quickly become the bread and butter for Oregon and head coach Dana Altman and it’s paid off through mid-February as Wednesday’s most recent win was their 20th of the season.
Oregon held Washington to just 52 points as a team on Wednesday, moving to 9-3 within the Pac-12 in the process. The win not only prevents the Ducks from dropping their third contest in the past four games, it moves them to back-to-back wins and keeps the pressure upon both the Wildcats and the Bruins for supremacy within the league.
Damyean Dotson, the team’s leading scorer on the season, led the way with 13 points in the win over Washington, but the bright spot was certainly Johnathan Loyd. A replacement in the starting lineup for Dominic Artis, Loyd finished the contest with 11 points, a crucial statistic as part of the team’s 12-point victory.
If Loyd can produce as he did on Wednesday while Artis still recovers from his injury then that could only make Oregon even more dangerous down the stretch.
Oregon will continue its two-game road stand within the state of Washington when they head to Washington State on Saturday.
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