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Oregon Basketball

Oregon Outlasts Colorado 60-56

February 18, 2021

Turnovers plagued Oregon early as they racked up 7 in the first 8 minutes. Colorado led 16-8 with just under 12 minutes left in the first half. Eugene Omoruyi knocked down a 3 and snagged a pair of rebounds but outside of him only Chris Duarte and Will Richardson had scored. The turnovers gave the Buffaloes some easy buckets and they were able to take advantage of it.

Oregon stepped up and went on a quick 7-0 run to cut the deficit before Colorado responded with a quick 5-0 run themselves and they led 21-17 with 6 minutes left in the half. Omoruyi was able to knock down another 3. Franck Kepnang checked in for just 4 minutes and was able to score on a putback dunk. He provided a quick spark of energy for Oregon before he got pulled.

Colorado led 23-21 with just under 4 minutes left in the half. Oregon had opportunities to tie the game up or take a lead but they just weren’t quite able to score on those possessions. It was a physical game with both teams struggling from the field.

Colorado took a 30-25 lead into halftime. Oregon had 8 turnovers compared to Colorado’s 6. Duarte led the Ducks in scoring with 9 points. Omoruyi had scored 8 points himself. Oregon wasn’t able to close out the half and Colorado was able to knock down a couple of tough shots.

It felt like Oregon should’ve been down by more than 5 so it was a bit of a win they were only trailing by that much.

Oregon opened up the half playing really well and cut into the deficit. They trailed 35-34 with just under 16 minutes left in the game. Oregon still couldn’t quite hit a go-ahead shot but they came out on fire on both ends. Kepnang continued to provide a spark of energy off of the bench.

Oregon finally took a 44-43 lead with 11 minutes left in the game. It was their first lead of the game. Oregon was causing trouble on defense with their ability to flood passing lanes and poke the ball away on passes. This team has really active hands on defense.

Oregon led 53-50 with just under 4 minutes left in the game. It was a back and forth game with both teams trading baskets. Duarte missed twice on a 1-and-1 opportunity but redeemed himself by making a tough and-1 and then following it up with another impressive finish at the rim to extend Oregon’s lead. Both teams were playing incredibly physical and not allowing either team to get many good looks up. 

Oregon was able to close out the game and they won 60-56. It wasn’t always pretty but Oregon did just enough down the stretch to win. Omoruyi fouled out with a couple of minutes left and Duarte stepped up in a big way and made some big-time plays on both ends of the court to help Oregon standpat at 3rd place in the Pac-12 standings.

Oregon shot 43 percent from the field while holding Colorado to 38 percent. Oregon got out-rebounded 37-27 but won the steals battle 11-6. Oregon had 13 turnovers but forced 16 from Colorado. 

Duarte led all scorers with 18 points and he was able to snag 7 rebounds and dish out 2 assists. He shot an efficient 8/13 from the field. Omoruyi finished the game with 13 points and 5 rebounds, but shot just 5/14 from the field as he was having a tough time getting clean looks. Will Richardson was the only other player in double-digits, finishing the game with 11 points and 3 boards.

It was a physical back and forth game where neither team could really build on their lead. Oregon just made a handful of plays at the end to give them the edge. Colorado always plays Oregon well and tonight was no different. 

Up next for Oregon is a home game against Utah on Saturday at 6 p.m.


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