Ducks bounce back with big second half
Carlos Emory scored 21 points and No. 24 Oregon completed the season sweep of the Civil War series with an 85-75 basketball victory over Oregon State on Thursday night.
Arsalan Kazemi had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Tony Woods added 16 points, and Johnathan Loyd scored 12 points for the Ducks (23-6, 12-4 Pac-12), who took a one-half game lead in the conference over idle UCLA.
The win was the fifth in six games for Oregon, which improved to 17-2 at Matthew Knight Arena this season to tie the school’s season record for wins at home.
Oregon was down 51-46 near the midpoint of the second half before going on an 18-3 run to take a 64-54 lead with 8:59 to play.
Woods scored seven points during that stretch, and point guard Dominic Artis, who missed the previous nine games with a foot injury, gave the Ducks the lead for good with a 3-pointer that made it 55-52 at the 11:29 mark.
Roberto Nelson scored 31 points for the Beavers (13-16, 3-13), and Devon Collier added 14.
Nelson, the Pac-12’s leading scorer in conference games, was unstoppable in the first half, scoring 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Nine points came in the final 4 minutes of the half, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer, as the Beavers overcame a 29-25 deficit to lead 41-34 at halftime.
But Oregon State cooled off in the second half and went through a 5:30 stretch without making a field goal.
California 64, Utah 46: Allen Crabbe had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Justin Cobbs added 12 points and seven assists, and California overcame a sluggish start to overpower Utah at Berkeley, Calif.
It was the Golden Bears’ sixth consecutive victory.
The highest-scoring duo in the Pac-12 Conference helped the Golden Bears (19-9, 11-5) reel off 21 straight to match their longest winning streak of the season. They held Utah to its lowest scoring output of the season, including more than 10 minutes without a basket to go ahead by 16 points early in the second half.
Jordan Loveridge had nine points and 11 rebounds for the Utes (11-16, 3-12), who have lost three straight and five of six while struggling to find their shooting stroke. No other Utah player scored more than seven points.