For the second straight game, Payton Pritchard led the team in scoring, but this time it was to a win over the Utah Utes on the road, 69.-64.
Pritchard has continued to show his leadership this season as he did last year helping the Ducks all the way to the NCAA Tournament. While there have been some inconsistencies over the last few weeks, they have not resulted in losses with the exception of the game at Colorado this weekend.
For some reason, the Buffaloes have always had Oregon’s number in Boulder. The Ducks have yet to win there under Head Coach Dana Altman. Oregon will get the rematch later this season at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks were able to manage the game against Utah on Sunday pulling off a five-point win.
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Payton Pritchard finished with 19 points and Chris Duarte and Will Richardson each finished with 14. The Ducks bench came through with 28 points led by Richardson. Shakur Juiston in his second game back came through with 8 points for the Ducks. As a team, Oregon shot 45 percent from the floor and 35 percent from three-point range. Against, Colorado the Ducks were just 16 percent from beyond the arc, and was the primary reason for the loss.
The Ducks finished with 19 assists, 6 steals, and 5 blocks. As a team, Oregon committed just 10 turnovers, one of the lower turnover games this season. Even more impressive, it was on the road. Utah had just 7 turnovers for the game. The Ducks also won the rebound battle 41-36.
The intensity gets turned up this week as Oregon welcomes Arizona to Matthew Knight Arena. Over Altman’s tenure, Arizona and Oregon have been at the top of the Pac-12 Conference consistently and the matchup with the Wildcats is an early test for an Oregon team that has found chemistry early this season.
Oregon and Arizona tipoff on Thursday at 6 pm Pacific Time from Matthew Knight Arena. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.