Oregon Comes Up Just Short at No. 3 Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. — Oregon went toe-to-toe against No. 3 ranked Arizona on the road, falling just short in an 84-81 defeat.
How It Happened: The Ducks recent shooting woes came to an end in the first half, as Oregon managed to shoot 48.6 percent from the field, behind a team-leading 16 points from Will Richardson and 12 from Quincy Guerrier. UO led by as many as 12 points and made their presence known early. Oregon's lead was cut to two at the halftime break, as Arizona was also hot from the floor, shooting 71 percent in the first.
The No. 2 team fought back in the second half. Oregon let the Wildcats go on a run to take a six-point lead with 15 minutes to play. Big baskets from the Ducks swung the momentum back in favor of Oregon, as the Ducks regained the lead and had a two-point advantage with three minutes to play. After an exchange of baskets, the game was tied at 76.
Kriisa Kerr then hit a huge three-pointer for Arizona to give the Wildcats a three-point lead. Jacob Young followed with a steal and layup to give the Ducks a chance. Arizona converted free throws to go up five, before Guerrier made a deep three of his own to bring it back within two. Oregon would get one final possession, down three with 14 seconds to play, but would not get a shot off as time expired.
Who Stood Out: Richardson led the team with 22 points, while Guerrier had arguably his best game as a Duck, notching 21 points (7-12 FG, 6-11 3FG). Dante's 15 rebounds were a career-best, to go along with 13 points. Young led the team with five assists, and Eric Williams Jr. added nine points.
Up Next: The Ducks are back home on Thursday, Feb. 24 as hosts of UCLA, before taking on USC on Saturday.