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Oregon’s Season Ends in the Sweet Sixteen, Cavaliers 53 - Ducks 49

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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-South Regional-Oregon vs Virginia Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY

CAVALIERS 53 - DUCKS 49

The #12 seed Oregon Ducks (25-13, 10-8) had their ten-game winning streak snapped by the #1 seed Virginia Cavaliers (32-3, 16-2) in the Sweet Sixteen. It was a defensive battle that came down to the final minutes, but in the end the Cavaliers’ defense held strong for the 53 to 49 victory.

FIRST HALF

Louis King hit the games opening shot, a nothing-but-net triple, but Virginia scored the next seven points and shut down Oregon’s offense for nearly six minutes. Payton Pritchard ended the drought with a layup after missing a couple free throws moments earlier, then Ehab Amin once again gave the team a boost off the bench by tying things up, 7-7, at the 13:04 mark.

De’Andre Hunter took back the lead for Virginia by hitting a three-pointer assisted by Kihei Clark. The Ducks responded with a 9-0 run, spearheaded by back-to-back Amin triples and a Payton Pritchard three-point jumper at the seven-minute mark.

Oregon’s 16-10 lead vanished as Virginia began to find their shots. Clark drained a shot from downtown, then Kenny Wooten answered with an alley-oop setup by Will Richardson, but the Cavaliers went on a 10-0 run that was eventually snapped by a Paul White jumper.

Virginia outscored Oregon 17 to 4 in the final 5:46 of the first half, building a 30-22 lead before heading to the locker rooms. Amin was Oregon’s leading scorer at the half with eight points and the Ducks as a unit shot 42.9% and 40% from three, but Virginia out-rebounded Oregon 20 to 13 and limited their turnovers to just three in contrast to Oregon’s six.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-South Regional-Oregon vs Virginia Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

OREGON DUCKS

*Louis King (30 min) 16 PTS - 4 REB - 5/12 FG - 4/8 3PT - 2/2 FT

*Payton Pritchard (40 min) 11 PTS - 7 REB - 4 AST - 3/12 FG - 1/6 3PT - 4/6 FT

*Paul White (38 min) 10 PTS - 6 REB - 3 STL - 4/8 FG - 2/5 3PT

*Kenny Wooten (38 min) 2 PTS - 5 REB - 1 AST - 1 BLK - 1 STL - 1/2 FG

*Francis Okoro (12 min) 2 PTS - 2 REB - 1/2 FG

Ehab Amin (19 min) 8 PTS - 4 REB - 1 AST - 1 STL - 3/8 FG - 2/5 3PT

Will Richardson (23 min) 1 REB - 2 AST - 0/1 FG - 0/1 3PT

VIRGINIA STARTERS

Ty Jerome (39 min) 13 PTS - 6 REB - 6 AST - 2 STL - 5/12 FG - 3/8 3PT

Kihei Clark (37 min) 12 PTS - 4 REB - 6 AST - 4/9 FG - 3/8 3PT - 1/2 FT

De’Andre Hunter (39 min) 11 PTS - 4 REB - 1 AST - 4/13 FG - 1/6 3PT - 2/2 FT

Kyle Guy (39 min) 10 PTS - 4 REB - 1 AST - 4/15 FG - 2/11 3PT

Mamadi Diakite (35 min) 7 PTS - 11 REB - 2 BLK - 2 STL - 3/7 FG - 1/1 FT

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-South Regional-Oregon vs Virginia Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

SECOND HALF

After a missed Pritchard jumper and a strong defensive outing by Oregon, Paul White cut the lead to five with his first triple of the game then a Francis Okoro score had the Ducks within three.

Kyle Guy extended the lead by nailing a triple, then Clark once again fed the ball to Hunter for a quick layup, but Oregon responded by scoring the next seven points to make it a one-point game, though the lead remained with the Cavaliers, 34-35, with 14:40 left.

Again, Guy and Clark scored, putting the Cavaliers up by six. With eight and a half minutes left, Oregon went on an 8-0 run to take the lead for the first time since the 4:10 mark in the first half.

Ty Jerome hit a jumper to tie it up, then King and Clark traded triples to make it 45-45. Unfortunately, Oregon scored only two points during the final five minutes of the game. During this final stretch they turned over the ball twice and missed four three-point attempts.

With 17 seconds left, a pair of good free throws by Pritchard cut the Cavaliers’ lead to three, but Hunter hit both of his attempts from the charity stripe and King missed a triple which effectively ended the game. The teams traded free throws and Virginia punched their ticket to the Elite Eight.

It was a roller-coaster season for the Oregon Ducks; they started the year as PAC-12 favorites, then midway through the season they looked like a team lucky to be invited to the NIT, but ten straight wins made the Ducks PAC-12 Tournament Champions and took them to the Sweet Sixteen.

The program will miss seniors Ehab Amin and Paul White, but the future looks bright for Oregon Basketball. Hopefully, some of this battle tested squad will decide to stay and make another tourney run. Altman should be a Duck for the foreseeable future, so the sky is the limit for the Fighting Ducks of Oregon!

GO DUCKS!


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