EUGENE, Oregon — No. 13 Oregon annihilated No. 5 Arizona, 85-58, from Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday afternoon. Following their dominant performance, Oregon slides into a first place tie in the Pac-12 Conference.
“I told our guys this morning, `Fellas, I'll be honest, we've got to win the game today or it's over,' And it would have been,” said head coach Dana Altman in reference to the Pac-12 Conference race.
With family and friends in attendance, Tyler Dorsey did not miss a shot in the first half. His sizzling shooting continued well into the second half.
The Greek international player scored a game-high 23 points. He did not miss a 3-pointer, drilling all six attempts. Overall, he was seven for nine from the field.
"After I knocked down the first one, I just felt like I could keep rolling," said Dorsey.
The monumental victory extended Oregon’s record home win-streak to 40 games. The Ducks currently own the longest streak in college basketball after No. 3 Kansas lost to Iowa State, 92-89, earlier Saturday.
UO now controls their own destiny for a Pac-12 Championship. The Ducks own the conference tiebreaker, as well.
Oregon’s basketball team will never forget January 8, 2015 against Arizona. That was the last time the Ducks lost at home, 80-62. Needless to say, history would not repeat itself on this day.
The Ducks came out of the gates soaring with purpose. They attacked the Wildcats with a relentless defensive effort, coupled by unconscious 3-point shooting. Color Phil Knight and Bill Walton impressed.
Dillon Brooks was leaving nothing to chance on Saturday. The Midseason All-American scored eight of the Ducks’ first 10 points. DB finished with 18 points, five boards, three dimes, three steals, and a blocked shot.
"We were pumped up to play. Coming off a close game against Arizona State, we knew we had to play a lot better," stated Brooks.
Oregon’s suffocating defense and torrid shooting led to a 20-point advantage, 38-18, of Arizona at the halftime whistle. The same Wildcat team that embarrassed No. 11 UCLA in California last Saturday.
Chris Boucher was a monster off the bench. The Canadian product secured 12 points, four boards, and two blocked shots.
Casey Benson continued his stellar play off the pine, as well. The southpaw had 13 points on 3-of-5 shooting from deep.
Jordan Bell was solid once again. The starting forward registered six points, six boards, and six assists.
Dylan Ennis did not score.
The Ducks shot 64 percent from deep. They buried 16 of 25 attempts and broke the all-time record at MKA for successful 3-pointers (15). The overall school record is 18.
Oregon shot 65 percent from the floor, opposed to Arizona’s 42 percent. UO unselfishly dished out 26 assists, compared to Arizona’s 11.
Arizona’s star, Lauri Markkanen was caught in foul trouble throughout the game. He finished with just four points.
Rawls Alkins led the way for the Wildcats with 16 points.
Dusan Ristic was a non-factor with 12 points.
Arizona head coach Sean Miller offered some perspective after the loss.
“We're 21-3 and we're 10-1 in the Pac-12,” Miller said. “We've played some great basketball, and the team we just got beat by has an identical record. They're also 21-3 and 10-1, and right now the season didn't end, it's not spring.”
The only sign of life from the Arizona bench was Allonzo Trier. The sophomore guard contributed 12 points.
It doesn’t get any easier for No. 13 Oregon (21-3, 10-1 Pac-12), as they head to California for a rematch with No. 11 UCLA. The Bruins (21-3, 8-3 Pac-12) look to avenge their December loss in Eugene, 89-87. Brooks’ game-winning 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds lifted Oregon to victory.
Pauley Pavilion will be rocking on Thursday night. UCLA is desperate for a win after losing to Arizona at home. Tip is set for 7:00 p.m. PCT on ESPN.
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