It is difficult to play in front of an sellout crowd of 10,000 fans at Alaska Airlines Arena.
It’s even more challenging to mount a comeback when your team is down 16 points with 10:22 remaining in the second quarter.
But when the game is on the line in overtime, and you give Payton Pritchard the ball, you might as well call it game. Pritchard is built for moments like these.
The National Player of the Week came up time and time again in No. 8 Oregon's 64-61 overtime victory over Washington, but perhaps his biggest shots came in the final moments. With 1:09 to go in regulation and 8 seconds on the shot clock, Pritchard hit a 3 from Mars to tie the game up. UW's Isaiah Stewart responded with two made free throws to give the Huskies a lead once again. Then, Pritchard found Shakur Juiston for the lay-in off pass to tie it up 56-all, and a missed three-pointer from Jamal Bey would send the game in overtime.
Pritchard's most important basket of the night came with 3 seconds left on the clock in overtime. Pritchard drilled a 3 from way, way beyond the arc at the end of the shot clock to complete Oregon's largest comeback victory since Feb. 22, 2017.
"This is MY city," Pritchard appeared to be shouting after the play. He finished with 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting, made six three pointers in the win and effortlessly perfected the Damian Lillard "Bad Shot."
Even Tyrell Crosby knows Payton Pritchard is the real deal.
Ice in his veins @OregonMBB— Tyrell Crosby (@Tyrellcrosby) January 18, 2020
Payton Pritchard with the ONIONS from the parking lot. pic.twitter.com/LmbDKg4bVa— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) January 18, 2020
Payton Pritchard's has meant to Oregon during his four-year career what Ryan Arcidiacono meant to Villanova.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) January 18, 2020
No moment is too big.
Another massive performance today in an OT win at Washington.
Freshman Chandler Lawson added a career-high 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Ducks and was crucial in the second half, helping the Ducks dig out of a 16-point hole.
Next up, Oregon (15-4, 4-2 Pac-12) will head back to Matthew Knight Arena to host the USC Trojans (14-3, 3-1 Pac-12).