Ducks lose heart breaker to Buffs

In a game that deserved an exciting finish it got a controversial ending.

Oregon senior Olu Ashaolu scored a game-tying basket and was fouled with just seven seconds left in the game.

With the game tied at 71-71 it appeared this exciting game was bound for five extra minutes of overtime.

Ashaolu missed the free throw and out of the scrum for the loose ball Colorado's Nate Timlinson found the ball and dashed towards Oregon's hoop as time expired. In a controversial call junior E.J. Singler was called for a foul on what looked like a clean blocked shot with no time left on the clock.

Tomlinson made the first free throw and the game was over.

The Ducks fell to 16-7 on the year and more importantly 7-4 in league play where the Ducks now stand two games out of first place Washington.

Senior Devoe Joseph led Oregon with 18 points, five assists, and four rebounds in a game high 39 minutes.

Senior Olu Ashaolu scored 17 points and nine rebounds despite battling foul trouble all night long. Singler chipped in 13 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and two steals before fouling out with no time left.

Colorado was led by freshmen Askia Booker's 17 points and Spencer Dinwiddie's 16 points. Sophomore Andre Roberson added seven points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocked shots.

The game you could say was really won at the free throw line where Oregon shot just 10-of-17 to Colorado's 23-of-30.

The Ducks won the rebounding edge 37-32 including 12 offensive rebounds which led to 12 second chance points in the game for the Ducks.

But the second half slump that seems to plague this Oregon team was back late in the second half when Oregon went over three minutes without a basket and Colorado was able to put together multiple runs without Oregon scoring.

Oregon went into halftime up 37-33 but Colorado outscored the Ducks 39-34 in the second half. That five point swing was in part to Colorado shooting 56 percent from the field to Oregon's 44 percent.

The Ducks will be back in action Thursday nigh at 8 pm at Matthew Knight Arena against first place Washington.

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