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Oregon Basketball

Oregon loses 77-72 to Arizona State

February 20, 2020

Oregon needed a win to stay atop the Pac-12 standings but they came up just short and lost 77-72.

Arizona State jumped out to the quick 8-2 lead. Oregon started out shooting just 1-10 from the field with Payton Pritchard getting the only bucket. Oregon just couldn’t buy a bucket. Arizona State was closing out everyone outside the paint and forcing Oregon to go inside. Without N’faly Dante they were struggling to get good looks inside the paint.

Oregon went on a run and tied the game up at 8-8 with just under 12 minutes left. Will Richardarson hit a huge 3 and Chandler Lawson followed it up by getting an and-1 and finishing the free throw. Remy Martin got popped in the mouth and was bleeding. His return to the game would have a huge impact on the rest of the game.

Arizona State led 16-15 with just over 7 minutes. Arizona State was taking a lot of contested two point shots and they were hitting them. Anthony Mathis hit a huge 3 as well as Addison Patterson knocking down a tough shot at the hoop. Oregon was hanging around with Pritchard on the bench because he had 2 early fouls.

Arizona State led 19-17 with just under 4 minutes left. It was an ugly stretch for both teams as each team had a couple of bad turnovers and bad shots. CJ Walker almost had a bucket but the ball was still in his hand as the shot clock hit 0.

Arizona State went on a run and led 34-23 at half. Patterson was the leading scorer with 6 points and Richardson had 5 points. Rob Edwards led all scorers with 11 points and Alonzo Verge Jr had 9 points. 

Oregon shot just 37 percent from the field while Arizona State shot 44 percent. Oregon had more turnovers than made field goals. They had 11 turnovers and just 10 made field goals. Oregon shot 2-11 from 3 while Arizona State shot 5-13.

Oregon was winning the rebound battle 19-18. Arizona State was dominating the points off turnovers 13-2.

It was a frustrating half of basketball as the Oregon offense was moving incredibly slow even though they were getting a lot of possessions. Oregon was going to need a spark on offense in the 2nd half if they wanted any chance of winning the game.

Oregon cut into the led a bit. Arizona State led 43-35 with just over 15 minutes left in the game. Duarte hit a huge 3 then finished a tough shot on back to back possessions. Richardson also hit a huge 3 and Juiston hit a couple of tough shots around the rim.

Arizona State led 51-40 with just under 12 minutes left. Arizona State kept on knocking down a bunch of deep 2 pointers. Oregon just needed to string together a few buckets in a row but they couldn’t score on back to back possessions.

Oregon went on a little run and cut into the lead 54-48. Duarte hit a layup then Lawson had a huge steal. He pushed the ball up to Pritchard who shot a deep 3 and drilled it. Oregon was hanging around all game and just needed to string together a few buckets.

Arizona State led 60-58 with just over 4 minutes left. Oregon was down 5 after Arizona State strung a couple of buckets together but Pritchard hit a deep 3 to cut the lead down to 2. Oregon was doing a great job at responding whenever they allowed a bucket.

Oregon ended up losing the game 77-72. Pritchard fouled out with about 4 minutes left in the game and from that moment Oregon wasn’t able to make a comeback.

Richardson led the way with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Pritchard also had 18 points and 3 rebounds.

Oregon shot 42 percent from the field while Arizona State shot 48 percent. Oregon shot 8-28 from 3 while Arizona State shot 8-21. Oregon had a total of 16 turnovers. Oregon won the rebounding battle 42-38.

It was a brutal loss as the Oregon offense went really cold during multiple stretches of the game. They only scored 23 points in the first half which really cost them down the stretch. 

With this loss Oregon drops to 5th in the conference. Oregon desperately needs to beat Arizona on Saturday if they want any shot at winning the Pac-12 regular season championship. With a loss against Arizona they could be at serious jeopardy of not getting a bye in the 1st round of the conference tournament.

It’s a tough loss but Oregon had multiple opportunities to stay in the game but they just couldn’t quite take advantage of those chances.

Oregon is now 20-7 overall, 9-5 in conference play.


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