Ducks Overcome Huskies in Overtime, 80-77

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Oregon Ducks needed a shot in the arm in overtime and Arsalan Kazemi was just what the doctor order by scoring 11 of his 14 points in the five-minute overtime period to propel the Ducks to an 80-77 win over Washington.

(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks guard Damyean Dotson (21) shoots against the Washington Huskies during the first half in the second round of the Pac 12 tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

"I thought Arsalan's rebound putback in overtime was maybe the game-changing play, said Oregon Head Coach Dana Altman of the win and Kazemi's performance."

Oregon played an aggressive offensive that found freshman Damyean Dotson hitting 13 of his 17 points in the first half. Dotson hit three 3-pointers to help spread the bodies out on the floor.

"He was aggressive in the first half," Altman said of Dotson's play. "We wanted him to do that."

The Ducks had four players in double-figures led by Tony Woods' 19. Woods was 7-of-16 in field goal shooting and hit five free throws. E.J. Singler moved more easily in the game and scored 16 points including racking up two-of-two 3-pointers.

"Tony Woods with the career high of 19," comment Altman of his team's performance. "We went to him over and over again, and I thought he made good plays and played really strong."

For the game Oregon shot 42.4 percent on 28-for-66 field goal shooting including 6-of-12 in 3-point shooting. The Ducks also improved on free throw shooting from last weekend by sinking 18-of-24 free throw shots. For the third game of the season the Ducks went to the free throw line over 10 times more than the Huskies and on Thursday night in Las Vegas the Ducks scored 10 more points from the charity stripe.

"They took more three-pointers than we did which always creates a little bit of an imbalance," explained Altman on how the Ducks were able to draw the fouls. "But I thought we drove the ball at the basket. In all three games (between Oregon and Washington this season) they were coming from behind so they fouled late (in the game.)"

Washington also had four players in double-figures led by C.J. Wilcox's 19 on 7-of-12 shooting including 3-of-4 in 3-point shooting and 2-for-2 in free throws. Scott Suggs add 18 while Abdul Gaddy hit 14 and Andrew Andrews contributed 11.

Washington shot 45.5 percent in field goal shooting on 30-of-66 including 9-of-17 in 3-point shooting. The Huskies were 8-of-14 in free throw shooting.

Washington out-rebounded Oregon 40-36 and had two more offensive boards (12-10). Oregon had more assists 15-10 but fewer turnovers 15-11. Washington had six blocked shots to Oregon's four while the Huskies had three more steals (8-5).

Tomorrow the Ducks take on Utah, the 79-69 overtime winner over California. That game will be played at 8:30 p.m. (Pacific) and will be carried on ESPN.

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