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Ducks fall to 2-2 for the season

The Oregon Ducks were ice cold in the first half of its game with Georgetown at the Maui Jim Maui Classic in Hawaii on Monday and even though the Ducks came back in the second half, cold spots in scoring once Oregon had the lead spelled doom as the Hoyas pull the upset, 65-61.

Oregon fought back from a first half deficit of 38-21 and came back to life in the second half, taking a brief lead, 43-42 with 8:48 left in the game. Then the energy it took to come back seemed to evaporate as the Ducks went cold for nearly three minutes until the 5:37 mark. In those three minutes, Georgetown scored seven points and Oregon trailed 49-45.

Things started looking very desperate for Oregon as the Ducks could not find a way to score until the 2:32 mark trailing 56-47. Oregon managed to put together some baskets to pull within two at 63-61, but only three seconds were left on the game clock and the Hoyas having the ball.

Oregon intentionally fouled L.J. Peak who canned both free throws putting the game out of reach.

For the game Oregon shot 39 percent on 23-of-59 shooting, including 4-of-17 in 3-point shots, and were only   55 percent from the free throw line on 11-of-20 attempts.

Payton Pritchard sparked the second-half comeback, finished the game with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting including 3-of-8 in 3-point shooting. He was also 1-of-2 from the line. Pritchard was the only Duck to score in double figures.Chris Boucher had seven points but pulled down a total of 13 boards (game high) plus blocked five shots.  Jordan Bell finished with nine points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.

Dillon Brooks saw his first action of the season but the rust showed as he played 13 minutes, scored eight points (including the basket that gave Oregon its only lead) , three rebounds, three fouls, two assists, two turnovers and a steal.

Georgetown shot 34.4 percent for the game on 21-of-61 shooting including 6-of-21 in 3-point shooting.

Rodney Pryor led all scoring with 26 points for the Hoyas, while L.J. Peak added 17. Pryor also paced Georgetown in rebounding with 10.

Oregon now falls to 2-2 for the season while Georgetown improves to 2-2.

The Ducks will face Tennessee on Tuesday in the consolation round of the tournament with tipoff scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Pacific and the game will be carried on ESPN2.

Official Box Score from GoDucks.com


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