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Oregon Basketball

Oregon Rolls Past California 90-56

March 5, 2020
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Oregon got out to an early lead and never looked back. They crushed California 90-56.

Oregon jumped out to the 16-10 lead with just under 14 minutes left in the 1st half. Pritchard hit a really deep 3 for his first bucket and a few possessions later he hit a layup and drew a foul on it. Will Richardson who was battling injury all week knocked down his first shot of the day. It was a 3 that was Oregon’s first of the game.

Shakur Juiston got the first bucket of the game on a really impressive move where he turned his body into the paint and shot it over his defender. He slammed home a dunk a few possessions later.

Oregon led 19-13 with just under 11 minutes left. Pritchard hit a ridiculous jumper where he got the defender in the air and stepped through him and shot it off of one leg. It was originally deemed a 3 but during the media timeout they reviewed it and it got changed to a 2.

It was a slow paced game but Oregon held the 23-15 lead with just under 8 minutes left. N’faly Dante logged 3 minutes and had a bucket and a rebound. He picked up 2 unfortunate fouls and was forced to sit. Other than the fouls, he looked really good and made a couple of solid defensive plays.

Oregon led 31-18 with just over 6 minutes left in the 1st half. They had a great sequence where Juiston hit a 3 and then almost immediately stole the ball but he couldn’t quite hang on. Oregon got the ball back however and Pritchard buried a deep 3.

Oregon continued to build their lead and led 39-18 with just under 4 minutes left in the half. Oregon was shooting an incredible 75 percent from the field and had yet to miss a 3 pointer or a free throw. Oregon was doing whatever they wanted against California’s defense.

Oregon led 46-20 at halftime. They shot 68 percent from the field. They were 5-6 on 3’s and a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line. Pritchard led all scorers with 13 points while shooting 5-6 from the field. Richardson had 10 points and was a perfect 4-4 from the field.
It was a really great overall half of basketball for Oregon. Their defense was lockdown but their offense was almost perfect. The ball movement was great and they were getting open looks all game.

Oregon led 53-29 with just over 15 minutes left in the game. Mathis hit his 3rd 3 pointer on a quick turn and pop. It was really impressive and you could tell he was feeling himself.

California cut into the led a bit by going on a 7-0 run but Oregon still led 58-43. Dante had a really impressive play where he finished a tough shot and drew the foul on it. However on the next possession Pritchard threw him a lob pass over the defense and he wasn’t quite able to grab it and the ball went out of bounds.

Oreogn responded by having Pritchard and Patterson hit back to back 3’s to give Oregon complete control of the game again. They led 66-43 with just over 9 minutes left. The offense finally found it’s groove again and it was fun to watch.

Oregon led 71-46 with exactly 8 minutes left. I feel like I say this once a game if not more, but Richardson had an incredible move to the hoop where he drew the foul and was able to finish through contact. He is so talented around the rim and he continues to elevate his game every day.

Oregon was cruising and led 79-46 with just over 4 minutes left. Pritchard hit a couple of more shots and he lobbed it out in front to C.J. Walker who threw the ball down with authority. It was great to see Walker get a bucket after starting 0-4 from the field. It wasn’t necessarily from a lack of effort, but he just couldn’t quite get things going tonight. 

Oregon won 90-56. It was a completely dominate performance and they played great on both ends of the court.

Pritchard led all scorers with 20 points and he had 9 assists and 3 rebounds.
Anthony Mathis finished the game with 17 points while shooting 5-6 from 3. He was lights out and this team is so great when he’s on from deep.

Richardson ended the game with 13 points on 5-7 shooting. It was fantastic seeing him play well after he was dealing with an ankle injury during the week.

Oregon ended the game shooting 60 percent from the field and 71 percent from 3. They hit 12-17 from deep. They held California to just 36 percent from the field. California had 10 turnovers while Oregon had 8. Oregon won the rebounding battle 32-25. Oregon’s bench outscored California 24-15. Oregon won the fast break points battle 17-4.

This was one of the most complete games I’ve seen Oregon play all year. Other than the 7-0 run California went on in the middle of the 2nd half they had almost no consistent offense during the game. 

Oregon looked great on offense and was moving the ball really efficiently. The passes were sharp and they were creating a ton of open looks for themselves. Shooting 71 percent from 3 is insane yet they were all almost wide-open looks.

Oregon moves to 23-7 overall, 12-5 in conference play. They’re now on a 3 game winning streak and are a perfect 16-0 at home.

They close the regular season against Stanford this Saturday at 8 p.m.

 
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