Colorado only had the lead for the last 23 seconds of the game, but that’s all they needed.
Oregon was held scoreless the last 4:23 of the game, and an Andre Roberson put back lifted Colorado to a 48-47 victory. The loss broke the Ducks 20 game home winning streak, which was the sixth longest streak in the nation. The loss also sends Oregon into a three game skid and pushes them from first place in the Pac-12 conference.
Colorado finished the game on an 8-0 run, and held a 17-8 advantage in second chance points. Oregon head coach Dana Altman said the second chance points and offensive rebounds were the difference in the game.
Another place for concern for Altman was shooting, where the Ducks finished 36 percent from the field and 29.6 percent in the second half. Seniors E.J. Singler and Carlos Emory had a game high 14 points.
“We need to hit some shots. They were packing it in on us really tight. Our inability to knock down shots is really hurting us right now,” Altman said.
Oregon committed eight turnovers in the second half, but none more costly than the five they committed in the last five minutes. It was the second game in a row Oregon didn’t finish, after they were held scoreless in the last four minutes of their loss to Cal-Berkeley 58-54.
“We had really bad turnovers on the offensive end. It’s a tough loss, especially coming on the heels of the Cal game.”
Senior center Tony Woods said the Ducks just didn’t execute down the stretch.
“We weren’t able to take care of it when it counted the last four minutes.” Woods said.
On the last play of the game E.J. Singler had the ball at the top of the key with the chance to win the game, but Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddie tipped the ball to force an airball. Singler thought Dinwiddie got a piece of his hand, but said it was hard to make a foul call like that down the stretch. Oregon’s offense has been stagnant in the three games starting point guard Dominic Artis has missed. With Artis out of the lineup, the Ducks are scoring 14 points a game and Altman recognized Artis’ absence limits them in so many ways.
“[Artis] spreads the floor. With our inability to hit perimeter shots, the floor is shrunk and it’s made it really tough to drive to the basket.” Altman said. It’s tough to throw it inside because there’s a lot of people in there.”
Oregon will now have to focus their efforts to Saturday’s home contest against 10-12 Utah.
“This is a rallying point,” Altman said. “We’ve got to come together here, our team does, our fans. We know we’ve disappointed in the last two games. We have to figure a way out of it and we need a lot of energy in that building on Saturday.”