Oregon (18-5, 7-3) couldn't score for the final 4:29 and squandered a seven point lead to lose at home to a visiting Colorado (15-7, 5-5) team 48-47. The Ducks led the entire game until allowing the go-ahead layup from Andre Roberson with just 23 seconds left.
Oregon head coach Dana Altman leaves the court after a very bad and emotional loss to Colorado.
“Very disappointed, second game in a row that we didn’t finish,” said Dana Altman post game. “Really bad turnovers on the offensive side of the floor.”
More importantly the Ducks have now lost three straight games and have lost their grip of first place in the Pac-12. The Ducks now sit one game back behind Arizona in Pac-12 play.
"The guys have worked really hard and have let it slip away in one week," said Dana Altman.
Oregon only committed 12 turnovers on the night but they did commit five in the final 5:34 of the game that proved to be costly. Those turnovers sparked a 8-0 run by Colorado to put Oregon away.
Oregon had 23 seconds to get a good look after Roberson scored. Oregon couldn’t get a good look against Colorado and called a timeout with just eight seconds remaining for a set play. Singler out of the inbound took a jumper falling away from the hoop but couldn’t draw iron.
“It was a designed play for me to get a drive and they played good defense and manned me up,” said Singler of his final attempt at a win. “They cut me off.”
Singler’s shot was blocked and Colorado grabbed the rebound. Oregon was forced to foul and Andre Roberson on purpose missed the free throw and time expired.
“We didn’t execute and gave them turnovers and second chance points,” said a displeased Tony Woods. “I don’t know if we lost focus or if we were tired...we weren’t able to take care of it when it mattered most.”
Oregon struggled all night getting good looks at the basket with freshman point guard Dominic Artis out for his fourth straight game. Junior Johnathan Loyd was ineffective shooting 0-of-7 from the field and his backup Willie Moore just 1-of-2 while the offense was clogged down.
“We need to hit some shots outside,” said Altman. “They were packing it in there.”
All night Colorado’s defense sagged off Loyd knowing he didn’t have the same offensive game as Artis and afterwards Altman admitted the offense changes without the freshman in the game.
“D.A. spreads the floor and the floor has shrank [with him out],” said Altman. “Tough to drive and tough to dump it inside.”
Senior Carlos Emory had a dunk to make it 47-40 with 4:29 left in the game and from there the Ducks never scored again.
Senior E.J. Singler led Oregon with 14 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Carlos Emory added 14 points, four rebounds, and three assists.
Colorado was led by Andre Roberson’s 10 points and 13 rebounds. Three other Buffs scored eight points.
The Ducks finished the night shooting just 21-of-58 from the field and 3-of-15 from three. Colorado shot 19-of-52 from the field and 4-of-12 from three.
Oregon’s inability however to control the paint on both sides was their undoing as Colorado scored 17 second chance points off 14 offensive rebounds. Oregon was only able to score eight points off second chance opportunities.
Oregon led at the half 28-23.
Oregon’s 20-game winning streak was snapped in the loss.
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