No. 15 Oregon defeats upset-minded Illinois

Updated: December 15, 2013

Portland, OR ( – 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.

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.

Illinois opened up a seven-point lead after Austin Colbert threw down a slam
with 15:12 remaining. The teams traded baskets until Rice stripped Cook and
took it all the way in for a layup for a 50-43 lead.

Moser tipped in his own miss with 9:48 left to ignite a 13-2 run that put the
Ducks on top 58-54 with just over six minutes remaining.

Nnanna Egwu buried a triple at the 3:37 mark to put the Illini up 59-58, but
Cook’s layup, followed by a Moser triple made it 63-59 a minute later, and
Oregon never looked back.

It was a one-possession game after a pair of Abrams free throws with 18 ticks
showing, but Loyd knocked down a pair of his own, then picked off a lazy pass
from Abrams and raced down an layed it in with five seconds to go to seal the

Oregon trailed 20-16 with 7:40 left in the first half, but scored nine
straight points to go up 25-20. Illinois, though, countered with a quick 6-0
burst to regain the lead, and the sides went into the break tied at 32-32.

Game Notes

Oregon’s 2006-07 team made it to the Elite Eight … Oregon shot 55.8 percent
(29-for-52) from the field … Oregon’s bench outscored the Illinois reserves
by a 19-9 margin … Illinois had just eight assists.