EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Dillon Brooks scored 23 points and No. 7 Oregon extracted some revenge for Colorado's upset of the Ducks earlier this season with a 101-73 victory on Saturday.
Dylan Ennis added 20 points for the Ducks (24-4, 13-2 Pac-12), who won their 42nd straight home game. It is the longest active home winning streak in the nation.
George King led Colorado (16-12, 6-9) with 16 points in the loss, which snapped a three-game winning streak. The Buffaloes trailed by as many as 36 points late in the second half.
“They were ready for us. We came out of the chute ready, too, we were toe-to-toe with them after the first 15 minutes and then our offense got very, very stagnant,” Buffaloes head coach Tad Boyle said during his post-game interview on KOA Radio.
“We got very three-point hungry. At halftime, over half our shots were from behind the three-point line and that is not Colorado basketball,” he continued. “They had three team fouls in the first half which means we weren't attacking. And they just owned us on the boards.”
The Buffaloes are one of just two Pac-12 teams to defeat the Ducks this season, a 74-65 victory in Boulder on Jan. 28. Oregon's other loss in conference came at UCLA, 79-82, on Feb. 9. Colorado had won six of their previous seven games after they opened the conference slate with a seven-game losing streak.
Oregon opened the game with three straight 3-pointers and Jordan Bell's windmill dunk. Oregon made five-3-pointers in a little more than 5 minutes to open the game, but the Buffaloes stayed close and tied the game at 23 midway through the first half on Xavier Johnson's layup. The Buffs went ahead on two free throws from Deleon Brown.
Colorado's lead was short-lived. Ennis hit a 3-pointer, layup and jumper that put the Ducks up 35-27 and Oregon went into the half with a 45-32 lead. The Buffaloes didn't score for the last 3:57 of the half.
Bell's tip-in pushed the Ducks' lead to 55-34. Oregon opened the second half on a 19-2 run and put the game away.
“When you come into a building like this on Senior Day against a top 10 team, your margin for error goes down significantly and we weren't good enough really in any facet of the game,” Boyle said. “Now Oregon had a lot to do with that. You have to give them credit. They played extremely well. They are legit.”
The Buffaloes started the day seventh in the Pac-12 standings. They will return home to host Utah on Thursday night.