On Saturday night, Oregon pulled out a much-needed victory over UCLA, jumping to a 17-point lead in the first half and holding off a frenzied UCLA comeback to win, 94-91.
The win marked Oregon coach Dana Altman’s 200th with the program. In his eight seasons in Eugene, Altman has won at least 20 games in all of them, with a high of 33 last season during a Final Four run.
“We had really bad turnovers. We were up eight and they trapped Troy [Brown] and he just gave it to them for a layup,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said afterwards. “But the guys found a way. Defensively, we didn’t get many stops in the second half. They kind of took it wherever they wanted. We didn’t fight the dribble very well. [Aaron] Holiday created a lot of opportunities for their guys and they shot it well, but a lot of those were really good penetration kicks and our rotation wasn’t very clean.”
“We needed to find a way to win one,” he continued. “Payton [Prichard] hitting the free throws late — really good.”
Here’s a full video of Altman’s postgame press conference.