Ducks Win Road Opener, 99-90
Nov. 21, 2000
DENVER, Colo. - A hot-shooting second half and timely rebounds at the end propelled the University of Oregon to a 99-90 win over the University of Denver in non-conference men's basketball action Tuesday night at Magness Arena in the Pioneers' 2000-01 season opener.
The win was Oregon's second straight to start the season after defeating Mississippi Valley State last Friday, while the Pioneers fell to 0-1. Anthony Norwood led Oregon with a career-high 25 points to go along with a career-best seven assists.
Although the start of the game was similar to Oregon's 101-53 win over Denver in Eugene last year - the Ducks led 30-14 just over nine minutes into play on Tuesday - the rest of the game looked nothing like that contest. Denver immediately went on a 10-0 run to pull within six, and went into the locker room down just seven at 48-41. The Ducks blistered the nets at a 56 percent clip in the first stanza, while the Pioneers stayed close with their three-point shooting (also 56 percent).
The back-and-forth play continued in the second half, as Oregon pushed the lead to 15 points five minutes into the second half. Yet the Pioneers would mount a furious comeback over the next five minutes, getting three-pointers by Pratt, freshman Sherman Rochell and senior Arthur Ireland, and points from a total of five different Pioneers to knot the score at 63-63.
Denver would force ties at 66-66 and 68-all before Oregon slowly pulled away in the waning minutes. The Pioneers pulled within three points at 85-82 with 2:56 to go on a pair of Pratt free throws, but the Ducks shot 10-of-11 from the charity stripe in the final 1:56 to earn the win.
Norwood netted his career high on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor (4-of-8 three pointers). His previous career high, 19 came last season against the Pioneers.
Oregon returns McArthur Court to host Portland State Saturday night at 7 p.m.