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Oregon Takes Back the PAC in Comeback Victory, Ducks 68 - Buffs 60

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What a game!

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EUGENE, OREGON - The #17 Oregon Ducks (19-6, 8-4) rallied from a double-digit deficit to beat the #16 Colorado Buffaloes (19-6, 8-4) by a score of 68 to 60 in front of a crowd of 9,275 at Matt Knight Arena.

1ST HALF: Payton Prichard scored the game’s opening bucket and Oregon was able to build a 6-2 lead early, but Colorado was able to tie it at ten with 13:21 left in the half. Chris Duarte and Anthony Mathis hit consecutive three-pointers to reclaim the lead, however, the Buffs responded with 20 unanswered points to go up 30 to 18 at the 3:30 mark.

Colorado hit six triples in the opening half, four of which took place during a six-and-a-half minute Duck drought that mercifully ended with a Duarte jumper. Pritchard made his first triple with 1:15 left and the Ducks finished the half trailing the Buffs, 35 to 26.

2ND HALF: Shane Gatling hit a triple to kick off the second half scoring, giving the Buffs a 12-point lead. It took the Ducks until the 17:49 mark to score their first goal of the half - a Chandler Lawson layup after the freshman stole the ball from a Buffalo. Later, Will Richardson hit a three that cut the lead to five, then CJ Walker hit a pair of free throws that made it a one-possession game. But D’Shawn Schwartz and Lucas Siewert hit back-to-back triples to go up 49 to 40.

After a media timeout, Anthony Mathis hit a three that ignited a Duck rally. Oregon tied the game at 58 apiece with a little under 4:20 remaining, then a three-pointer from Richardson gave the Ducks their first lead since 16-15 in the opening half. In the final four minutes, Oregon outscored Colorado 10 to 2, resulting in yet another highly competitive victory for the Ducks.

Will Richardson matched a career high with his 21 points (17 of which came in the second half) and tallied a new high of nine rebounds. Payton Pritchard recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and five different Ducks notched multiple steals.

Oregon takes on Utah next and will hope to remain atop the PAC-12.

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OREGON DUCKS

*Will Richardson (36 min): 9 REB - 1 AST - 2 STL - 1 TO - 7/15 FG - 3/5 3PT - 4/4 FT - 21 PTS

*Payton Pritchard (39 min): 11 REB - 6 AST - 2 STL - 3 TO - 1 PF - 5/13 FG - 2/5 3PT - 3/4 FT - 15 PTS

*Chris Duarte (29 min): 3 REB - 1 AST - 2 STL - 1 TO - 5 PF - 3/10 FG - 1/6 3PT - 1/2 FT - 8 PTS

*Shakur Juiston (32 min): 7 REB - 1 AST - 1 BLK - 3/9 FG - 0/2 3PT - 6 PTS

*Chandler Lawson (17 min): 1 REB - 1 AST - 2 STL - 1 TO - 1 PF - 1/2 FG - 1/1 FT - 3 PTS

Anthony Mathis(14 min): 2 AST - 1 TO - 2 PF - 2/4 FG - 2/4 3PT - 6 PTS

Addison Patterson (12 min): 1 REB - 2 AST - 3 STL - 1 PF - 3/4 FG - 0/1 3PT - 0/1 FT - 6 PTS

CJ Walker (15 min): 2 REB - 1 STL - 2 TO - 2 PF - 0/3 FG - 0/1 3PT - 3/4 FT - 3 PTS

Francis Okoro (6 min): 1 REB - 1 TO - 0/1 FG

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COLORADO STARTERS

*D’Shawn Schwartz: 5 REB - 3 AST - 1 TO - 2 PF - 5/8 FG - 3/5 3PT - 1/1 FT - 14 PTS

*Evan Battey: 11 REB - 1 AST - 1 TO - 2 PF - 6/10 FG - 2/3 FT - 14 PTS

*Shane Gatling: 3 REB - 1 TO - 4 PF - 4/14 FG - 3/10 3PT - 11 PTS

*McKinley Wright: 4 REB - 5 AST - 1 BLK - 1 STL - 3 TO - 1 PF - 3/10 FG - 1/4 3PT - 1/2 FT - 8 PTS

*Tyler Bey: 8 REB - 1 BLK - 3 TO - 3 PF - 2/6 FG - 4 PTS

GO DUCKS!


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