Ducks Notch 19th Win with 73-60 Win

It took some timely free throw shooting in the last 1:13 of the Oregon Ducks (19-8, 9-5) vs. Colorado Buffaloes (12-13, 5-8) game, but Oregon hit seven charity shots to salt the victory and take sole possession of third place in the Pac-12 Conference race. Joe Young finished with 23 points to lead Oregon's scoring that saw four Ducks finish in double-figures.

(PHOTO) Colorado Buffaloes forward Wesley Gordon (1) defends Oregon Ducks forward Elgin Cook (23) as Cook shoots the ball at Matthew Knight Arena. Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon trailed early in the game and initially it appeared the Ducks would go down the same path as they had against UCLA last weekend, as Colorado's big men seemed to have their way. Trailing 11-4, Joseph Young hit seven straight points to even the score up at the first timeout of the contest. From then on, Oregon simply out-hustled a frustrated Colorado team and by halftime Oregon had a built a 17-point advantage, 39-22.

The Ducks continued the hard play that built their lead and at one point led by 20 at 42-22. From then on though,Colorado kept chipping away behind the play of Askia Booker who seemed to single-handedly responded to ever basket by streaking the distance of the court for lay-ins. Meanwhile the Ducks were hampered by foul problems and miscues in ball handling to make the game a contest with 1:13 left and the score down to six points at 66-60 in favor of the Ducks. From that point on Oregon hit seven free throws, two by Jalil Abdul-Bassit, Dillon Brooks and Elgin Cook, while Young hit on and had a rare miss on his second attempt in the last 36 seconds. Colorado continued to battle but could not find the range, failing to score in the same time frame the Ducks were hitting free throws.

For the game, Young had 23 points followed by Brooks with 14, Cook with 13 and Dwayne Benjamin with 11. Overall Oregon shot 41.4 percent from the field on 24-of-58 shooting including 6-of-18 in 3-pointers plus were 19-of-26 in free throws.

Booker paced the Buffaloes with 20 points while Wesley Gordon added 20 and Josh Scott with 10. Colorado was 22-of-62 (35.5 percent) but only hit 2-of-18 in three-point attempts. Colorado hit 14-of-23 in free throws.

Colorado out-rebounded Oregon 45-37 but the Ducks a 6-5 edge in steals and turned the ball over nine times to Colorado's 16.

Coupled with UCLA's loss to Arizona State on Wednesday evening, Oregon is now is sole possession of third place in the conference race, which means if Oregon holds that position, it will draw a bye in the first round at the Pac-12 Conference Tournament.

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