The Oregon Ducks found a way to win against Oregon State, splitting the season series with the Beavers with Payton Pritchard again leading the way.
Chris Duarte had a procedure done on a broken finger that has limited him over the last few games. He was injured in the last game against Oregon State earlier in the month. Without Duarte, Shakur Juiston earned another start for Head Coach Dana Altman.
Juiston played a key role scoring all nine points in overtime against Arizona last week helping the Ducks to a key win and a split over the Arizona schools. Juiston had five points against Oregon State finishing with three rebounds to go with three free throws. He finished the game with three personal fouls.
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Once again, it was Payton Pritchard who came through for Oregon. The Senior had 23 points and 3 rebounds along with 3 assists He was 9 for 18 from the floor helping the Ducks to41 percent from the floor. He also had 5 three-pointers. Pritchard had scored 20 or more points against 9 Pac12 teams this season.
N’Fale Dante was back in the lineup for limited minutes. The big man will be needed for Oregon to compete in the Pac-12 Tournament in two weeks. Oregon has two home games next week as they look to continue to keep pace atop the conference with two games to go.
Another bright spot on Thursday night was Anthony Mathis. He finished with 13 points shooting 3 for 7 from three-point range. The Ducks shot 48 percent between Mathis and Pritchard. Will Richardson also add three from distance on the night.
Oregon hosts Cal and Stanford next weekend to close out the regular season. The Ducks split the series on the road earlier this month. Oregon meets the Golden Bears on Thursday at 8 pm on ESPN2.