Oregon Downs Illini

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Published on December 16 2013 3:01 pm
Last Updated on December 16 2013 3:01 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Mike Moser had 14 points and nine rebounds and Johnathan Loyd added 11 points and seven assists to lead 15th-ranked Oregon to a 71-64 win over Illinois at Moda Center on Saturday.

Joseph Young scored 14 points, Elgin Cook added 12 and Damyean Dotson chipped in with 10 for the Ducks (9-0), who are off to their best start since going 13-0 to start the 2006-07 campaign.

"It is a great characteristic to have as a ball club," Oregon coach Dana Altman said of his team's strong finish.  "I was very disappointed in the first 30 minutes.  It is a good trait to have, but not something you want to rely on.  The pendulum really swung the last 30 minutes and our defense really helped with that."

Tracy Abrams and Rayvonte Rice finished with 16 points apiece and Jon Ekey chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds for the Fighting Illini (9-2), who lost for the second time in four games.