EUGENE, Oregon - It was one of those “Wow, I can’t believe they won” type of games. The No. 17 Oregon Ducks completed their fifth double-digit comeback of the season in dramatic fashion to get the win over the visiting No. 16 Colorado Buffaloes. The victory not only was a win over a higher ranked opponent, but also tied Oregon at the top of the Pac-12 conference.
The Ducks (19-6, 8-4 Pac-12) completed the second half comeback to defeat the Buffs (19-6, 8-4 Pac-12) 68-60 in Matthew Knight Arena.
Here are three quick takeaways from the game:
1. FIRST HALF DROUGHT
After Oregon built a 16-10 early lead, the Buffaloes went on a 20-0 run over the course of six minutes and 39 seconds. Buffs took the lead at half, 35-26. Oregon finished the first half with only four assists. Senior guard Payton Pritchard did not have an assist in the first half.
On a more positive note, the Ducks did have six steals in the first half, most of which were generated from Oregon’s full court pressure, forcing the ball in the corners down low and double-teaming the ball.
2. SECOND HALF SURGE
The second half was a MUCH different story for the Ducks: within the first six minutes, Oregon matched their total assists from the first half. After scoring just 26 points in the first half, the Ducks poured in 42 in the second.
A huge part of this second half for Oregon was great defense that led to better offense. Oregon held Colorado’s McKinley Wright scoreless in the second half.
In the final four minutes of the game, it was the perfect time for a 12-0 run. The Ducks turned up the full court pressure, meanwhile, Will Richardson took over. See point #3.
3. GUARD TAKEOVER
It was once again the Payton Pritchard, Will Richardson show and the Ducks needed every bit of it. Seventeen of Richardson’s 21 points came in the second half. He was aggressive getting to the bucket while finding his outside shot. Richardson was a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range, 4-for-4 from the three-point line, and grabbed six rebounds. His counterpart Pritchard recorded all of his six assists in the second half, and finished with a double-double, 15 points and 11 rebounds. He was four assists shy of a triple-double.
UP NEXT: The Ducks host the Utah Utes, who just came off a 19-point loss to the Oregon State Beavers tonight, on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. (PT) at Matthew Knight Arena.