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Oregon Basketball

Oregon Beats Colorado 68-60

February 13, 2020

Oregon needed a win tonight to remain in the hunt for the Pac-12 regular season championship. It was looking bleak when Colorado led by 14 but Oregon outscored Colorado by 17 in the 2nd half to win 68-60.

Oregon jumped out to a quick 6-5 lead with just under 16 minutes left. The game opened up with Payton Pritchard and Will Richardson knocking down some deep jumpers. Pritchard hit another shot and you could tell he was feeling himself.

Oregon built on their lead and led 13-10 with just under 12 minutes left. Shakur Juiston had himself a pair of baskets and Chris Duarte hit a 3 that could’ve been an and-1. Colorado wasn’t shooting well but they had hit 2 3 pointers and it was keeping them in the game.

Colorado took the lead 19-16 with just over 7 minutes left in the 1st half. For Oregon they just couldn’t hit a shot. They were shooting just 33% from the field and most of the makes came early in the game. They had no inside presence and had allowed 5 offensive rebounds. When Oregon got the ball in the paint they just couldn’t find a way to score.

Colorado kept on scoring and led 25-16 with just over 5 minutes left. Oregon had disappeared on offense and Colorado was taking advantage by pushing the tempo of the game. They were hitting 3’s and continued to build on their lead.

Colorado went on a 20-0 run before Oregon finally scored. Colorado led 35-26 at halftime. Oregon shot 32 percent from the field while Colorado shot 48 percent. Colorado was winning the rebounding battle 19-16. Duarte led Oregon in scoring with 8. Wright led Colorado with 8 points as well.

It wasn’t a pretty stretch as I can’t recall an opposing team going on that big of a run at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon did a good job at the end of the half at cutting into the lead as it could’ve been much worse.

Colorado led 41-33 with just under 16 minutes left. Oregon did a good job at creating better looks for themselves and they were starting to hit shots. Richardson had a huge corner 3 to help cut into the lead.

Colorado led 49-40 with 12 minutes left. Oregon cut the deficit to only 3 behind a huge will Richardson 3 and a pair of free throws from CJ Walker. But Colorado responded by knocking down two tough 3’s on back-to-back possessions.

Oregon finally got things going offensively and trailed 51-49 with just under 10 minutes left. Richardson had an incredible move and an even better finish at the hoop. Pritchard wasn’t scoring but was facilitating at a high level and keeping the offense pumping along.

Colorado led 58-56 with 4:35 left in the game. Oregon cut it to 2 points but had a few bad possessions and Colorado led by 5. But Pritchard hit a stepback 3 with a defender all over him to cut the lead back to 2. He was at midcourt when Colorado called a timeout and he started pumping his hands in the air to get the crowd into it.

Oregon went on a 9 point run and led 65-58 with just under 2 minutes left in the game. RIchardson was balling out and hit another huge 3 to give Oregon the lead. On another play Richardson drove to the hoop before dishing it off to Addison Patterson who dunked it and swung his leg over the head of the Colorado defender. Patterson stole the inbounds pass and Pritchard finished on the fast break. It was an incredible turn of events for the Oregon offense after they had been so cold all game.

Oregon hit a couple more free throws and won 68-60. Oregon outscored Colorado by 17 in the 2nd half and it was a much needed win. Oregon is now tied for 1st in the Pac-12.

Richardson was fantastic from start to finish. He finished with 21 points, 9 rebounds and only 1 turnover. Pritchard had 15 points and 11 rebounds. He also had 6 assists. Both teams shot 39 percent from the field. Colorado hit 10 3’s compared to Oregon’s 8. The biggest key in this one was Oregon made 12 free throw’s compared to Colorado making only 4. Colorado won the rebounding battle 38-35.

This was a huge win for Oregon and it keeps their chances of winning the Pac-12 regular season championship alive. It shows just how much heart this team has after being down 14 at one point and giving up a 20-0 run.
This also gives Oregon a quadrant 1 win and keeps their chances of earning a high seed in the NCAA tournament alive.

Oregon needs to take care of business against Utah on Sunday and they should slide up the rankings.


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