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Oregon Basketball

Oregon Crushes Oregon State 69-54

February 27, 2020
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Oregon came into this game needing a win to stay alive in the race for the Pac-12 regular season title. Both Colorado and Arizona State lost and Oregon took advantage of the situation by beating Oregon State 69-54.

The game was tied up at 5 at the 1st media timeout with just under 16 minutes. Anthony Mathis had scored all 5 points. Chandler Lawson had 3 rebounds and 1 assist. If I wasn’t mistaken all 3 of those were offensive rebounds. Off a miss he grabbed the offensive rebound and quickly found Mathis behind the arc who buried the 3 ball.

Oregon led 14-8 with just under 12 minutes left in the half. With the shot clock running out Pritchard swished in a step-back 3 pointer right in front of the Beavers bench. He then turned around and said something to Beavers head coach Wayne Tinkle who mouthed “what” before throwing his hands up in the air. On the very next possession Pritchard knocked down another deep 3. Shakur Juiston had a great finish at the rim and drew the foul. He knocked down the free to finish off the 3 point play.

Oregon led 16-11 with just over 7 minutes left. N’faly Dante finally made his return to action after missing the last month and a half. He had the ball about 5 feet away from the left post and spun to face up to the hoop and made a slick underhand pass to a cutting Patterson who had an easy finish at the rim. It was something I haven’t seen many times from any Oregon frontcourt player this year.

Oregon State cut into the lead but Oregon still led 19-18 with just under 4 minutes left in the half. Oregon’s offense really slowed down except for a nice finish by C.J Walker at the rim.

Oregon led 27-23 with 55 seconds left in the half. Mathis was on a roll and had knocked down 4 3 pointers already. The Beavers were forced to take a timeout after Pritchard drove in and lobbed the ball up to Lawson who threw it down with authority.

Oregon led 29-25 at the end of the half. Pritchard had an incredible step through move to hit a layup. Oregon shot 35 percent from the field while Oregon State shot 38 percent. Mathis led the way in scoring with 11 points and he had hit 3 3’s. Pritchard had 8 points.

Oregon built on their lead and led 36-27 with 16 minutes left in the game. Pritchard was able to finish a really impressive layup.

Oregon led 45-28 with just under 13 minutes left. Pritchard hit a deep 3 as the shot clock expired to really get the crowd back into the game. He had 7 quick points and Richardson had 5 points to start the half. They were outscoring the Beavers 16-3 in the half.

Oregon led 51-31 with just over 10 minutes left in the half. Oregon had outscored the Beavers 22-6 in the half. Pritchard and Richardson had back to back 3’s and the Beavers looked absolutely lost out there on defense.

Oregon led 58-39 with just over 7 minutes left. There was a wild sequence of events where the referees originally called a foul on Juiston against Tres Tinkle. The referees went to the monitor to review the play to see if it was a flagrant foul against Juiston. After the referees reviewed it they determined it was a flagrant foul on Tinkle. Juiston knocked down both of the free throws and they got the ball back. Richardson hit a wide open 3 and it was a huge 5 point swing for Oregon to make this game seemingly out of reach.

Oregon led 69-50 with just over 2 minutes left in the game. Oregon was slowing things down offensively to chew off a chunk of the clock every possession. Richardson had a really nice stretch where he strung together a 3 and a pair of finishes at the hoop in a span of about 2 minutes.

Oregon won the game 69-52. Pritchard had another dominating performance ending the game with 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Richardson had 15 points and 4 rebounds with all of his points coming in the second half. Mathis had 11 points and hit 3 3’s.

N’faly Dante returned to action but he logged just 5 minutes. He was held scoreless but grabbed 2 rebounds, 1 assist and committed 1 turnover.

Oregon shot 41 percent from the field while Oregon State actually shot better at 43 percent. The biggest key in this game? Oregon had only 4 turnovers while the Beavers had a whopping 15. Oregon hit 11 3’s and Oregon State hit only 6. Oregon State shot 10-13 from the free throw line and Oregon shot 6-10. Oregon won the rebounding battle 32-30. They also won the offensive rebounding battle 16-9. They had 11 2nd chance points off of those offensive rebounds. They won the points in the paint battle 30-20.

Overall it was a great team victory tonight. With the announcement Chris Duarte would be out indefinitely I was worried about how it would change the team chemistry. But Mathis gave Oregon some really solid minutes and was hustling around on defense all night. Dante looked a little lost on both ends of the court but that was to be expected as it was his first game back in a month and a half.

Oregon now moves to 22-7 overall, 11-5 in conference play. UCLA knocked off Arizona State so Oregon is now tied for 1st place in the Pac-12 conference standings with UCLA. They do own the tiebreaker over them as they beat them in their only matchup 96-75.

This was their only game of the week and they’ll start preparing to take on California next friday who upset Colorado earlier today.

 
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