ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
DUCKS 71 - WOLVERINES 70
The #10 Oregon Ducks (8-2, 1-0 Away) defeated the #5 Michigan Wolverines (8-3, 5-1 Home) by a score of 71 to 70 in overtime. The victory is the first top five win against a non-conference opponent during the regular season in program history. Payton Pritchard and Anthony Mathis scored a combined 42 points to earn the historic upset.
Michigan won the tip-off and then hit the game’s opening shot, a triple from Franz Wagner. Anthony Mathis answered with a deep three-pointer, then hit another one which gave Oregon the lead and sparked a 15-2 run by the visiting Ducks. CJ Walker and Francis Okoro protected the paint well and Pritchard spread the ball around effectively early in the game.
A pair of free throws made by Zavier Simpson snapped Oregon’s streak, but the hot three-point shooting of Mathis maintained their double-digit lead for most of the opening half. David DeJulius tacked on four consecutive points and Simpson cut the lead to under ten at the 3:35 mark with a layup. The Wolverines went into halftime on a 12-4 run but left points on the court with three missed dunks. A Pritchard jumper with 42 seconds left built a 31-23 lead at the end of the half.
Oregon was up 31 to 23 at the half and out-shot Michigan significantly: Ducks 46.2% from the floor and 50% from three, while the Wolverines were 24.1% from the floor and 23.1% from three. The Ducks also outrebounded the Wolverines 20 to 15 and Mathis led the team with 12 points off four triples.
*Payton Pritchard (40 min): 3 REB - 4 AST - 3 STL - 3 TO - 3 PF - 11/19 FG - 0/1 3PT - 1/3 FT - 23 PTS
*Anthony Mathis (37 min): 4 REB - 1 STL - 2 TO - 1 PF - 6/10 FG - 6/10 3PT - 1/2 FT - 19 PTS
*Chris Duarte (24 min): 6 REB - 1 STL - 2 TO - 1 PF - 3/7 FG - 1/3 3PT - 4/5 FT - 11 PTS
*CJ Walker (24 min): 2 REB - 2 BLK - 1 TO - 3 PF - 3/5 FG - 1/1 3PT - 7 PTS
*Francis Okoro (22 min): 4 REB - 1 BLK - 1 STL - 1 TO - 4 PF - 1/2 FG - 2/2 FT - 4 PTS
Will Richardson (37 min): 4 REB - 1 AST - 1 TO - 1 PF - 3/7 FG - 1/1 FT - 7 PTS
Chandler Lawson (27 min): 6 REB - 1 AST - 3 TO - 2 PF - 0/1 FG
Addison Patterson (14 min): 1 PF - 0/2 FG - 0/1 3PT
Franz Wagner: 4 REB - 3 PF - 8/13 FG - 4/7 3PT - 1/1 FT - 21 PTS
Isaiah Livers: 5 REB - 2 TO - 1 PF - 5/12 FG - 3/6 3PT - 13 PTS
Zavier Simpson: 3 REB - 11 AST - 1 STL - 4 TO - 3 PF - 3/11 FG - 0/1 3PT - 2/2 FT - 8 PTS
Jon Teske: 4 REB - 1 BLK - 2 PF - 1/3 FG - 2/2 FT - 4 PTS
Eli Brooks: 2 REB - 1 AST - 2 TO - 1 PF - 1/6 FG - 0/1 3PT - 2 PTS
After scoring zero points in the first half, Isaiah Livers scored Michigan’s first eleven points of the second half. Mathis and Walker hit triples to help preserve the Ducks’ momentum, but the Wolverines were able to cut the lead to six before the next official TV timeout.
Livers continued his hotstreak with a jumper, then Pritchard got lucky when a Wolverine deflected his shot back into the bucket. Wagner made a layup-and-1 which brought Michigan to within three. Pritchard stole the ball a few possessions later.
Wagner scored a layup off of an assist by Simpson, then Brandon Johns Jr. made a couple of shots from the charity stripe to tie the game at 48 apiece. The Wolverines nearly turned over the ball but instead passed out to Wagner who hit a corner three for Michigan’s first lead since going up 3-0 at the start of the game.
Walker faked the triple then took it to the basket for a simpler score then Liver shot his first missfire of the half on the other side of the court. Down 51-50 with under seven minutes left, Walker turned over the ball but Oregon was able to get it back and earn a couple of free throws for Mathis, who hit one of them to tie the game. Walker was called for a blocking foul and Jon Teske hit both shots to reclaim the lead. Pritchard committed a turnover but then immediately atoned for it with a steal and assist to Mathis who drained another three.
Michigan reclaimed the lead after the commercial break, but a jumper from Pritchard put the Ducks up once again. Back and forth the Ducks and Wolverines went until Johns Jr. tied the game with a layup, and in the final seconds Mathis’ three-pointer was waved off, meaning this game would end in overtime.
OVERTIME: Simpson dished to an open Wagner for a triple to kickoff overtime, but the ever-reliable Pritchard kept pace with a quick layup. Pritchard and Wagner traded scores then Okoro made a jumper, giving Oregon a 69-68 lead.
Johns Jr was fouled but missed both of his shots setting up an Oregon timeout and Pritchard score. He missed the and-one and after a Michigan timeout, DeJulius made a jumper to make it a one-point game. The Ducks committed a costly turnover while inbounding the ball, giving possession back to the Wolverines with 36 seconds left in the game.
The refs had a tough time deciding who touched the ball last after a missed shot by DeJulius tumbled out of bounds, but ultimately decided Michigan ball. The Wolverines inbounded in the backcourt and DeJulius raced to the hoop with a floater that barely rolled out of the basket, Simpson rebounded but also miraculously missed his shot.
The Ducks have faced five top 15 teams this season and have won three of those matchups. Close games against Gonzaga and UNC were frustrating but ultimately a positive sign considering Altman’s teams tend to get better over the season. We are seeing March basketball in December and that could pay dividends for these Ducks.
NEXT UP: Montana
12/18, Wed, 8 PM , PAC-12 Network