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Colorado stops Oregon 74-65

A week ago the Colorado Buffaloes were winless in conference play but Coach Tadd Boyle must have found a magic potion for his team because on Saturday night, the Buffs upset No. 10 ranked Oregon 74-65 on Colorado’s home court. The loss ended Oregon's win streak at 17 game stretching back to Nov. 21 of last year to Georgetown in the Maui Jim Invitational.

From the very start of the game the Buffaloes seemed more physical and aggressive, plus were finding the shooting range and held Oregon’s potent shooting game down to just 38.6 percent shooting from the field on 22-of-57 shooting. Meanwhile Colorado hit 42.2 percent (25-of-59) and out re-bounded the Ducks 41-38.

The Ducks lost the inside force of Jordan Bell and Chris Boucher towards the end of the contest when both fouled out. Bell had committed four personal fouls and was disqualified when a double-technical  foul was called on he and Xavier Johnson for an exchange of pushes under the basket after the whistle had blown play dead. In college basketball, technical fouls count against the total number of personal fouls, thus Bell’s disqualification.

The game was close at halftime with Colorado holding a 1-point lead, 35-34, but Oregon could never seem to find a rhythm and Colorado which had lost several close games this season was bent on closing this game out with the hopes of having some positives going into the second half of conference play.

 Derrick White was the game’s leading scorer with 23 points. Two other Buffaloes scored in double-figures as George King had 13 and Johnson finished with 11.

Oregon was led in scoring by Payton Pritchard’s 19 points but only had one other Ducks in double-figures being Dylan Ennis with 10.

Oregon now is 19-3 for the season and 8-1 in conference play Colorado is now 12-10 for the year and 2-7 in the conference.

The Ducks return home to Matthew Knight Arena next Thursday night against Arizona State before facing Arizona on Saturday.

 


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