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Game Recap: Seniors Lead No. 7 Oregon in Blowout of Colorado, 101-73

Ducks would not allow history to repeat on Senior Night

NCAA Basketball: Colorado at Oregon Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

EUGENE, Oregon — Chris Boucher and Dylan Ennis led a senior-charge for No. 7 Oregon in their domination of Colorado, 101-73. With the win, the Ducks extended their nation-best home win-streak to 42 games. UO will possess the longest streak in the country heading into the 2017-18 college basketball season.

It was the first time a Duck squad scored over 100 points in conference since 2002 (Washington State). UO set the school record for most points scored in a game earlier this season against Savannah State (128).

Another sellout crowd of 12,364 attended the final home game of the 2016-17 regular season. They certainly helped guide the Ducks to 55 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Oregon successfully made 16 of their 29 attempts from 3-point territory.

The last time these two teams played in Boulder, Colorado handed UO their first Pac-12 loss of the season, 74-65. Boucher and Jordan Bell fouled out within a minute of one another around the 5-minute mark. It was all downhill from there.

NCAA Basketball: Colorado at Oregon
The sixth-year senior graduate transfer Dylan Ennis was nothing but smiles and laughs after a huge 20-point effort amidst his Senior Day. This was the last college basketball home game in his illustrious college career.
Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

History certainly did NOT repeat itself on Saturday.

“We definitely weren't expecting this,” said Tyler Dorsey in reference to the blowout.

With the Buffaloes leading by the slimmest of margins, 29-26, Dylan Ennis took the game into his own hands. The senior Duck scored seven of nine unanswered points, as UO swarmed ahead of a pesky Colorado team, 35-29, with four minutes left in the first half.

Boucher captivated everyone at MKA with 18 monstrous points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. The Canadian was 6-for-7 from the floor, and 4-for-5 from deep. The Sports Illustrated cover boy never lost a game at Matthew Knight Arena during his Oregon career.

“I never lost a game at home,” said Boucher in disbelief. “It was my turn (as a senior), and it went by so fast. It’s a moment I will never forget.”

For his 2-year Duck home run, Boucher earned a record of 35-0. He was also the only Oregon player to ever record 30+ 3-pointers and 100 blocked shots in back-to-back seasons.

Ennis entered the locker room at halftime second in scoring with 13 points. He was 5-for-6 from the field in the first 20 minutes. The Canadian finished with 20 points and six boards in his final home game.

“When we get stops, we are that team that everybody thinks about,” said Ennis. “Anybody on our team, any given night can go off.”

The Wooden Watch candidate, Dillon Brooks, led all scorers at the half with a game-high 16 points. He was 6-for-10 from the floor, and 4-for-5 from downtown. He concluded with a game-high 23 points. He did his best Boucher impersonation with three blocked shots. But, this day was about the seniors.

NCAA Basketball: Colorado at Oregon
Chris Boucher NEVER lost a home game during his Oregon basketball career. Overall, the Canadian senior finished with a record of 35-0 in two seasons at MKA.
Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Most impressively, the Ducks went on an unprecedented 41-9 run since Colorado led midway through the first half, 26-25.

Oregon entered the second half on fire, outscoring the Buffs 19-2 out of the gates.

“That was a big stretch,” said head coach Dana Altman. “This was a big week for us.”

The game became so out of hand, with 4:53 remaining in the game, the “We want Charlie!” chants began. Senior Charlie Noebel checked into the game 30 seconds later to a thunderous ovation.

“I didn't think I was going to play,” Noebel said. “I thought it was going to be a 40-minute game.”

Four players scored in double figures for the deflated Buffs. George King once again led the charge with a team-high 18 points. He was 7-for-10 from the field, and 3-for-4 from 3-point territory.

Dominique Collier scored 13 points, while Derrick White registered 10 of his own.

Off the bench, Colorado senior Josh Fortune added 11 points in the losing effort.

Next up for No. 7 Oregon (24-4, 13-2 Pac-12) is the start of a 3-game road stretch to conclude the 2016-17 regular season. The first test will take place in Berkeley against fourth place California (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12) on Wednesday evening. The Ducks are seeking the season-sweep after defeating the Golden Bears 86-63 in Eugene. Tip is set for 6:00 p.m. PCT from Haas Pavilion.


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