(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks guard Joseph Young (3) shoots the basketball against Colorado Buffaloes forward Josh Scott (40) during the second half in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-12 Conference tournament at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Ducks defeated the Buffaloes 93-85. Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Oregon started off slow and cold in the first half of the game falling behind by as many as 11 points (29-18) with 6:54 left in the first half, but the Ducks kept clawing away and tied the game at 31 with 2:36 left in the half after a Joe Young 3-pointer. The half ended with Colorado leading 37-34, but it appeared that whatever was ailing Oregon in the early moments of the game had faded.
"We just had to shake the rust off," said Young of the eight day layoff the Ducks had gone through since their last game, a win over Oregon State.
In the second half the Ducks looked fresh while the Buffaloes looked leg-weary as Colorado had played three games in the same amount of time the Ducks had off. Oregon took the lead for good at 50-46 when Young hit a jumper then Colorado's Xavier Johnson turned the ball over and raced down court and slammed the ball through with his left hand. Xavier Talton then turned the ball over again when Oregon's Casey Benson stole the ball and flipped it to Dwayne Benson who slammed dunk the also.
Colorado called timeout with the scoreboard showing Oregon up 54-46 in a matter of 48 seconds since Young hit his jumper.
Oregon extended the lead to 18 with 6:40 left in the game at 74-56. Colorado went on a bit of a run and cut the score 84-77 with 1:18 left but from then Oregon proficiency from charity stripe with Ducks hitting hitting nine-of-10 free throws to ice the game.
Young was the leading scorer in the game with 30, while Elgin Cook added 20. Jalil Abdul-Bassit had 15 with Benjamin finishing with 12 and Dillon Brooks contributing 11.
Oregon finished shooting 53.2 percent for the game on 33-62 shooting from the field including 6-of-19 in 3-pointers. The Ducks finished 21-26 from the line.
Colorado was led by Josh Scott who scored 16 while Dominique Collier had 14. Askia Booker and Talton had 12 each and Johnson put in 10.
The Buffaloes shot 47.0 percent from the field on 31-of-66 shooting including 7-for-23 (30.4 percent) in 3-point shots and were 16-of-23 from the free throw line.
Colorado had a 38-35 rebounding edge over the Ducks but had five more turnovers (13-8) than Oregon did.
Oregon will face the winner of the Stanford-Utah game. Tipoff for Oregon's next game will be at 8:30 (PT) and will be carried on ESPN.
Young Leads Ducks to 93-85 Win
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