BOULDER, Colorado — The Colorado Buffaloes stunned No. 10 Oregon, 74-65, on Saturday night from the Coors Event Center. With the loss, Oregon’s 17-game win streak comes to a screeching halt.
With the loss, the Ducks snapped their own five-game road win streak in the Pac-12.
Oregon, and Dana Altman continue to be tormented by the high altitude of Colorado. Neither have beaten the Buffaloes at the CEC.
"That set the tone (the crowd) for the game," said Altman. "We were never ready to play and that's on me.”
This was the second game in a row Oregon had to battle against the road fans, and referees alike. The officiating could not have been worse. Home court advantage is one thing, but Saturday was blatantly ridiculous.
The best offensive rebounding team in the nation secured three more boards than Oregon, 41-38. Regardless, the Buffaloes were the aggressor all night. Colorado was not going to be denied.
"Our ball movement was bad," Altman said. "We took 34 3s out of 57 shots. That's not us, either.”
Derrick White hit back-to-back triples to break a 39-39 tie midway through the second half, and they would not look back. Colorado was led by their senior guard, as he finished with a game-high 23 points. White made eight of 16, including three of four from downtown.
Xavier Johnson was huge for the Buffs. He registered 10 points alongside nine boards.
Colorado junior George King added 13 of his own.
11 players entered play for the Buffs on Saturday evening. 10 of the 11 Buffs recorded a point in their biggest victory of the season.
Amid “flopper” chants, Brooks endured one of his worst games this season. The Canadian scored just nine points. He missed four of his six shots, including all three from deep.
The Ducks made just 38.1 percent from deep, and 61 percent from the charity stripe.
“We came out flat and played from behind. I thought their energy level was better,” Altman stated. “We forced them into some turnovers in the first half. We only had one in the second."
Oregon’s shooting was atrocious, especially in the second half.
“A lot of them were quick (shots) and not good,” said Altman. “We got off keel there and made some bad decisions. Just fired up way too many of the long shots."
Adding insult to injury, Boucher and Bell both fouled out within a minute of one another. Almost simultaneously, Oregon lost their defensive presence as Colorado ran away with the game.
Pritchard’s velvet touch from deep kept Oregon alive. Yet, it would not be enough in the end. The true freshman led the way with a team-high 19 points. He hit five of his nine attempts from 3-point territory.
"We played a little selfish," said Pritchard. "All of us. Every one of us. We weren't moving the ball very well."
Next up for No. 10 Oregon (19-3, 8-1 Pac-12) is a home tilt with Arizona State (10-11, 3-5 Pac-12) from Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday night. Tip is set for 8:00 p.m. PCT.
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