Carrick Felix had 19 points and Arizona State held off Oregon, 60-55, Saturday night in the final men's game at McArthur Court, the Ducks' home since 1927.
Felix hit a layup with 33 seconds left and added a pair of free throws down the stretch for the Sun Devils (8-5, 1-1 Pac-10). Brandon Dunson added 14 points.
Oregon’s Matthew Knight Arena, named after the late son of booster and Nike co-founder Phil Knight, will host its first game on Jan. 13, when the Ducks play Southern California.
The Sun Devils were without leading scorer Trent Lockett for the second straight game because of an injured big toe on his left foot. Lockett, who is averaging 14.7 points, also was absent for Thursday’s 80-58 loss at Oregon State in the Pac-10 opener.
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E.J. Singler had 19 points and nine rebounds for Oregon (7-7, 0-2).
The Ducks lost to Arizona, 76-57, on Thursday in their conference opener. That was supposed to be the first game at their new home, but it was decided in August that it would be best to delay a gala opening because the students would still be on winter break and Oregon’s football team might be in a bowl game.
As it turned out, the No. 2 Ducks are playing in the BCS national championship game against top-ranked Auburn on Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.
The first men’s game at Mac Court, as it is known, was played on Jan. 14, 1927, when Oregon defeated Willamette, 38-10. The building was later home to Oregon’s famed “Tall Firs” team, which beat Ohio State, 46-33, to win the first NCAA basketball championship in 1939.
A banner recognizing the feat hangs from the rafters and one of the team’s players, forward John Dick, was at Saturday night’s game. He fist-pumped for the crowd at halftime.
Arizona State jumped out 11-3 early on Dunson’s tip-in.
The Ducks closed to 21-20 on Singler’s basket and free throw with 4:24 left in the first half. But Oregon was unable to get any closer and the Sun Devils led 28-24 at the half.
Malcolm Armstead’s layup early in the second half gave the Ducks a 32-30 lead that put the crowd on its feet. Oregon held it until Dunson made a layup and a free throw to put Arizona State up 43-42 with 11:20 left. Rihards Kuksiks’ 3-pointer extended it to 46-42.
The two teams wrestled with the lead until Corey Hakins’ 3-pointer made it 56-51 with 5:56 left and it appeared the Sun Devils were pulling away.
Oregon’s Teondre Williams kept it interesting with a layup that narrowed it to 56-53 with 3:29 to go. Joevan Catron added a pair of free throws for the Ducks and Sim missed on the other end for the Sun Devils.
But Felix hit on a layup with 33 seconds left that made it 58-55 for Arizona State.
No. 5 Syracuse 70, Notre Dame 58: Kris Joseph had 18 points, Scoop Jardine had 15 points and nine assists, and the Orange (15-0, 2-0 Big East) defeated the Irish (12-2, 1-1) .
At No. 9 Georgetown 86, DePaul 75: Austin Freeman and Jason Clark scored 21 points apiece, and the Hoyas (12-2, 1-1 Big East) survived a second-half scare before pulling away for a win over the Blue Demons (6-8, 0-2).
At No. 16 BYU 93, Fresno Pacific 57: Stephen Rogers scored 16 points to lead the Cougars (14-1) to the victory.