EUGENE — Nobody stormed the court Sunday, but that didn’t make Oregon’s win against Arizona State any less significant.
One game after a win against No. 4 Arizona ignited a raucous postgame celebration, the Ducks held off the Sun Devils 68-65 for their 18th consecutive victory at home.
Tony Woods gave Oregon (14-2, 3-0) the lead for good with a two-handed dunk with 1:44 remaining, and the Ducks made 7 of 8 attempts from the free-throw line in the final minute to secure the win.
“Getting these two back-to-back wins let us know what we’re capable of,” said Woods, who finished with 14 points, including 12 in the second half on 5 of 7 shooting. “A lot of people were patting us on the back after that (Arizona win), which is good, it’s good to feel that support from the community, but coach has been really preaching don’t get too caught up in that.”
Carlos Emory and Damyean Dotson also finished with 14 points each for the Ducks (14-2, 3-0 Pac-12), who are off to their best start since going 18-1 in the 2006-07 season. Oregon is 3-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2001-02 season.
Dominic Artis added 10 points for the Ducks, and Carlos Emory had eight rebounds.
The Ducks haven’t been ranked all season, but their sweep of Arizona (15-1, 3-1) and Arizona State (14-3, 3-1) could change that.
“It was really big for us to get these wins,” Woods said. “It’s important that we keep it rolling, especially if we want some more recognition and ultimately try and win this conference.”
Jahii Carson scored 20 points, Evan Gordon had 17 and Carrick Felix added 12 for the Sun Devils, who were trying to go 15-2 for the first time since the 1980-81 season.
“It was a close, hard-fought game,” Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek said.
A 3-pointer by Felix with 2:08 to play put Arizona State up 60-59, but Woods answered for the Ducks with his slam to give Oregon a 61-60 advantage.
“We were very fortunate on a night when nothing seemed to click,” Oregon head coach Dana Altman said. “I’m not sure if it was focus or intensity. We found a way to win, and in a 31-game schedule you’re going to have a couple of those.”
Arizona State led 13-11 early in the first half when Gordon made consecutive 3-pointers to extend the Sun Devils’ lead to 19-11 with 11:32 before halftime.
It could’ve been worse for the Ducks, who were in a 1 of 8 shooting slump at one point before a 3-pointer from Artis ignited a 12-0 run that put Oregon ahead 23-19 at the 6:19 mark.
The last five points of Oregon’s run came on a put-back layup and 3-pointer by Dotson, who followed with another layup and 3-pointer in a 10-point scoring outburst to keep the Ducks ahead 28-26.
Oregon went into halftime ahead 32-28 after ending the half on a 7-2 run.