The Oregon Ducks are again on the cusp of the top ten and Payton Pritchard continues his assault of the record books. Pritchard was key in the Ducks 77-72 win over Cal Thursday night.
Road games in the Pac-12 are always a rollercoaster affair and that was the case on Thursday night for the Oregon Ducks. The team has leaned on Pritchard and Chris Duarte over heavily this season and over the last few games, but it was Anthony Mathis who came through in the second half in a big way scoring 19 of his 21 points in the final 20 minutes.
The first half saw California and Oregon play to a tie at 32 making second-half adjustments all the more important. The Golden Bears are improving and nearly pulled off an upset last weekend against Stanford. The Ducks are a veteran team and came away big in the second half. The Ducks were able to hold off a run by the Golden Bears in the final few minutes with free throws to earn the win and maintain first place in the Pac-12.
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The Oregon Ducks shot 52 percent from the floor and 56 percent from three-point range hitting 10 of 18 from distance. Pritchard led the way with 21 points setting the assists mark in an Oregon uniform in the process. Both teams were sloppy with 14 turnovers each, but Oregon came away with 7 steals and 3 blocks.
Shakur Juiston is getting more comfortable with the offense and played 30 minutes. He finished with 9 points and 7 rebounds vs the Golden Bears. He also had two key blocks on the night.
Oregon travels to the farm to take on the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday. Stanford is a team that has had the Ducks number in recent seasons, especially at home. Momentum is key in college basketball and a win would help the Ducks take another step this season. First place in also on the line.
Oregon and Stanford tipoff Saturday at 3 pm Pacific Time on Pac-12 Networks.