Another missed opportunity passes for CU Buffs in loss at Oregon – The Denver Post

EUGENE, Ore. — Too many turnovers prevented Colorado from winning at Oregon a year ago. The Ducks figured there was little reason to deviate from that blueprint.

Colorado has been committing turnovers at the least frequent rate in head coach Tad Boyle’s 11 seasons in Boulder, but that went out the window Thursday night at Oregon. Taking advantage of a slew of Buffaloes’ miscues and giveaways, the Ducks dominated the second half to hand CU a 60-56 defeat in a Pac-12 Conference battle at Knight Arena.

The loss gave CU (16-7, 10-6 Pac-12) back-to-back defeats for the first time this season and all but ended the Buffs’ already-thin chances at making a run at the Pac-12 regular-season title.

CU led 30-25 at halftime and extended the lead to seven points on a steal and breakaway dunk by McKinley Wright immediately after the break. The Buffs, however, couldn’t protect the ball, committing 11 turnovers in about the first 11 minutes of the second half.

During that stretch of futility, Oregon reeled off a 9-0 run to turn a four-point CU lead into a 48-43 lead for the Ducks.

CU’s defense tightened the rest of the way and the Buffs had their chances, tying the game at 53-53 with 2 minutes, 39 seconds left on a free throw from D’Shawn Schwartz. After two free throws from Oregon’s Chandler Lawson, Schwartz had an open look for a potential go-ahead 3-pointer that was off the mark. Oregon junior Will Richardson scored the next four points to give Oregon a 59-53 lead with 33.2 seconds left.

A 3-pointer from Schwartz got CU within three points with 25.9 seconds left, but Richardson added another free throw to push Oregon’s lead to four points with 20.8 seconds remaining. The Buffs, though, couldn’t come up with a dramatic finish.

Schwartz posted his third double-double of the season, finishing with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while senior Jeriah Horne recorded 11 points and seven rebounds. CU finished 6-for-27 on 3-pointers and has gone 9-for-42 from long range in the past two games.

CU finished with 17 turnovers, the Buffs’ second-highest total of the season and their most since recording 14 in a win against Northern Colorado on Dec. 14. The giveaways allowed Oregon to post a 22-15 edge in points off turnovers.

 

Oregon 60, Colorado 56

COLORADO (16-7, 10-6 Pac-12)Battey 0-5 2-2 2, Walton 1-5 4-4 6, Parquet 2-5 0-0 6, Wright 5-10 0-0 10, Schwartz 6-13 2-3 16, Horne 5-9 0-0 11, Daniels 0-7 0-0 0, da Silva 1-2 0-0 2, Barthelemy 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 21-61 8-9 56.OREGON (13-4, 8-3)Lawson 1-3 5-7 7, Omoruyi 5-14 1-1 13, Duarte 8-13 1-3 18, Richardson 4-10 3-4 11, Figueroa 3-9 0-0 7, Kepnang 2-3 0-0 4, Hardy 0-1 0-0 0, Terry 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-53 10-15 60.

Halftime — Colorado 30-25. 3-point goals — Colorado 6-27 (Parquet 2-4, Schwartz 2-6, Barthelemy 1-3, Horne 1-4, Wright 0-3, Daniels 0-7), Oregon 4-17 (Omoruyi 2-5, Duarte 1-4, Figueroa 1-6, Richardson 0-2). Fouled out — Omoruyi. Rebounds — Colorado 43 (Schwartz 11), Oregon 29 (Duarte 7). Assists — Colorado 8 (Wright, Horne 2), Oregon 5 (Duarte 2). Total fouls — Colorado 16, Oregon 12.

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