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Oregon Basketball

Oregon Wins OT Thriller Against Arizona 73-72

February 22, 2020

Oregon needed a win to remain in the hunt for the Pac-12 regular season championship. Payton Pritchard set his career high with 38 points and Oregon beat Arizona 73-72 in overtime. 

Oregon jumped out to a 7-5 lead with just under 16 minutes left in the 1st half. Payton Pritchard had all 7 points for Oregon. Chris Duarte was crashing the boards hard and had 4 rebounds but he picked up his 2nd foul early and Oregon had to bring in Anthony Mathis.

Both teams were playing really hard and it felt like it was going to be an incredibly physical game.

Both teams started trading buckets but Oregon led 13-11 with just under 12 minutes left in the half. Pritchard led the way with 10 points and hit a filthy stepback 3 as the shot clock expired.

The game was tied up at 20 with just under 8 minutes left in the half. Anthony Mathis hit a huge 3 and Will Richardson had a really impressive finish at the rim. Oregon had allowed 4 offensive rebounds and 5 second chance points and that was helping keep Arizona in the game.

Oregon led 30-29 with just over 3 minutes left in the half. Mathis hit a pair of free throws and hit a super tough 3 over a defender. He had a quick 11 points. When he’s shooting the ball well he’s such a game changer for the offense.

Oregon led 36-33 at halftime. Pritchard had arguably his best half of his career as he had 20 points on just 11 shots. His career high is 29 points and he has a great shot at surpassing that total.

Mathis was the only other player with more than 1 made field goal. He hit 3 3’s and had 11 points.

Oregon shot 46 percent from the field while Arizona shot 39 percent. Arizona won the rebounding battle 19-15. Arizona had 6 turnovers while Oregon had only 4.

Arizona opened the half on a 13-4 run and led 46-40 with just under 16 minutes left in the half. Pritchard and Lawson each had a bucket but no one else had been able to score yet. 

Oregon cut into the lead but still trailed 49-47 with just under 12 minutes left. It was a one man show as Pritchard had 27 points. Francis Okoro was able to get on the scoreboard with a nice tip in bucket.

Arizona led 56-51 with just under 8 minutes left. Outside of Pritchard no one else on the team had more than 1 made field goal in the 2nd half. Duarte wasn’t having a great half and was making some bad plays on both sides of the ball.

Arizona led 62-58 with just under 4 minutes left. Pritchard hit another big time 3 to keep Oregon in the game. The referees bailed out Arizona when Nico Mannion drew a foul on Pritchard as the shot clock was expiring. Mannion threw his body into Pritchard and they rewarded Mannion by giving him 3 free throw attempts.

The game was tied 64-64 at the end of regulation. Oregon was down 6 but didn’t allow a point in the final 3 minutes. Arizona had the ball with 5 seconds left and Josh Green got fouled to shoot free throws. He got knocked to the ground really hard and his head banged against the ground. He missed both free throws and Oregon had the ball with 1 second left. Juiston inbounded the ball but threw the ball out of bounds and Arizona had the ball under their hoop with 1 second left.

Arizona tried to lob the ball in but the ball got swatted and they couldn’t get the shot off.

Arizona led 70-69 with just over a minute left in overtime. Juiston had all 5 points for Oregon but both of his buckets were because Pritchard threw a perfect lob to him.

Oregon won in overtime 73-72. Oregon trailed by 1 point with just under 20 seconds left. Richardson drove in with about 4 seconds left and wrapped the ball around his defender and hit Juiston who hit the layup to give Oregon the lead. Juiston had all 9 of Oregon’s points in overtime. Arizona threw the ball the full length of the court to Christian Koloko and Pritchard got called for the foul. There was 1.1 seconds left when Koloko stepped up to the line. He ended up missing both free throws and Oregon narrowly escaped in overtime.

Pritchard was easily the best player on the court all night as he ended up with 38 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. He never came off the court once the whole game.

Juiston had 14 points and 6 rebounds. His 9 points in overtime was so clutch as he shot 4-5 from the field.

Oregon shot 43 percent from the field while Arizona shot 45 percent. Oregon shot 10-28 from 3 while Arizona shot 10-23 from 3. The biggest key in the game was Oregon shooting 11-14 from the free throw line while Arizona only shot 10-21.

Both teams had 37 rebounds. Oregon had 11 turnovers while forcing 14 from Arizona. Statistically this game was almost even in every category except for the free throw percentage.

Oregon is now 21-7 overall, 10-5 in conference play. They’re a half game out of 1st place in the Pac-12 standings.

This game showed why Pritchard is arguably one of the best players in all of college basketball. The only problem is the lack of production from other players consistently. Richardson and Duarte only combined for 6 points. They’ll definitely need to step up moving forward.

However this was a huge win for Oregon and it keeps them alive in the race for the Pac-12 regular season championship. I’m not sure how they’ll move in the rankings since they lost to Arizona State but added a top-25 win on the road.

Oregon remains projected as a 4 or 5 seed for march madness.

Oregon has only one game next week against Oregon State at home on Thursday.


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