SEATTLE — Johnathan Loyd is not supposed to be a scorer for No. 23 Oregon. He wouldn’t be starting if not for a foot injury to freshman Dominic Artis.
Loyd could not have picked a better time for his biggest scoring outburst of the season.
Loyd scored all 11 of his points in the second half, Damyean Dotson finished with 13 and Oregon snapped a two-game road losing streak with a 65-52 win over Washington on Wednesday night.
The Ducks (20-5, 9-3 Pac-12) had dropped three of four, losing their grasp on sole possession of first place in the conference. They regained it for at least 24 hours, moving a half-game ahead of Arizona and UCLA, who both play tonight.
And they can thank Loyd, who admittedly has put extra pressure on himself since being inserted into the starting lineup while Artis is out.
“I was just so happy for him to hit a few shots tonight,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. He wants to help the team so bad, I think he puts too much pressure on himself. To have him hit those shots tonight was big for him and big for our team.”
Oregon played its sixth straight game without Artis, and the Ducks continued to stumble offensively without their starting point guard. But their defensive effort was stingy enough to hand Washington its seventh loss in eight games. It was the first time Oregon has swept Washington in the regular season since 1995.
Oregon got a scare it didn’t need when Loyd was fouled jumping for a pass with 1:36 left. As he came down his left knee buckled and he stayed down on the floor for about a minute before walking very slowly to the Ducks’ bench. He eventually walked off the floor at the end of the game on his own with only a slight limp. Loyd didn’t believe the injury was serious.
The victory gave the Ducks 20 victories for the 14th time in school history. It would have come sooner if Oregon hadn’t stumbled with consecutive road losses at Stanford and California, followed by a home loss to Colorado. Oregon got back on track by beating Utah at home last Saturday and then followed up by extending Washington’s slide.
Arsalan Kazemi finished with 11 points, Carlos Emory added 10 and E.J. Singler had nine for the Ducks.
“We were in kind of a shock after we lost to Stanford and we couldn’t get ourselves prepared to play 40-minute games, but I think we’re getting that feeling back,” Kazemi said. “The game against Utah helped us a lot.”
Washington leading scorer C.J. Wilcox continued to struggle. He missed his first six shots and finished three of 13 for nine points. Wilcox has been bothered by a foot problem that has limited his practice time. Washington shot just 35 percent, and its 52 points tied for the third-fewest in a game during Lorenzo Romar’s tenure as coach.
Abdul Gaddy led the Huskies (13-12, 5-7) with 17 points. The loss was Washington’s largest in conference play and continued a surprising slide after beginning the Pac-12 season 4-0.
Washington closed to 35-32 in the opening stages of the second half before Oregon went on an 11-2 run. The Ducks scored six straight points, including a pair of baskets by Kazemi. Shawn Kemp Jr.’s follow dunk briefly stemmed the run, but the Ducks scored the next five to take their biggest lead of the game to that point.
Oregon stretched the advantage to 44-34 with 13:14 left after Kazemi made one of two free throws. Loyd then stole a lazy inbounds pass by Wilcox and raced the other way for a layup, and the lead was 12 with 12 minutes left.
Washington tried to make another charge with six straight points of its own, but Tony Woods followed Loyd’s wild layup attempt with an emphatic dunk just before the shot clock expired to push the lead back to 48-40 with 7:37 left. The teams traded empty possessions and Loyd hit a wide-open 3 for an 11-point lead with 6:47 remaining.
Also on Wednesday:
No. 1 Indiana 76
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Cody Zeller scored 16 points and Christian Watford finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds to help Indiana (22-3, 10-2 Big Ten) pull away from Nebraska.
No. 2 Duke 73
North Carolina 68
DURHAM, N.C. — Mason Plumlee had 18 points and 11 rebounds as Duke (22-2, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) erased a slow start to beat North Carolina.
No. 3 Miami 74
Florida State 68
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Shane Larkin scored 13 of his 22 points in the final 7 1/2 minutes to help Miami (20-3, 11-0 ACC) hold off Florida State for its 12th straight victory.
No. 6 Syracuse 58
HARTFORD, Conn. — Freshman Omar Calhoun scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers in the deciding second-half run, and Connecticut beat Syracuse (20-4, 8-3 Big East) in the last scheduled game between the national powers.
No. 11 Butler 67
INDIANAPOLIS — Pierria Henry scored 17 points to help Charlotte hold off a late charge by Butler (20-5, 7-3 Atlantic 10).
No. 17 Oklahoma State 91
Texas Tech 67
LUBBOCK, Texas — Markel Brown scored 25 points and matched a career high with seven 3-pointers — all in the first half — to lead Oklahoma State (18-5, 8-3 Big 12),
No. 19 New Mexico 54
Fresno State 48
FRESNO, Calif. — Kendall Williams scored 13 points, capped by an emphatic dunk just before the final buzzer, and New Mexico (21-4, 8-2 Mountain West Conference) overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Fresno State.
No. 21 Notre Dame 82
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Jerian Grant scored 21 points, including a big three-point play in overtime, to lift Notre Dame (20-5, 8-4 Big East) past DePaul in overtime for the second time in 11 days.
No. 22 Memphis 93
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Joe Jackson had 21 points and 10 assists, four other Memphis players scored in double figures and the Tigers (21-3, 10-0 Conference USA) beat Central Florida for their 15th straight victory.
No. 24 Colorado State 66
San Diego State 60
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Dorian Green hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute remaining and a three-point play with 19 seconds left as Colorado State (20-4, 7-2 Mountain West) celebrated its first game as a ranked team in 59 years with a thrilling win over San Diego State.
Arizona State 55
SALT LAKE CITY — Jason Washburn tied a career high with 26 points on nine-of-12 shooting and Utah (11-13, 3-9 Pac-12) defeated Arizona State (18-7, 7-5). Carrick Felix led ASU with 14 points and 11 rebounds.