The Ducks hoped tonight's game would lift them out of their recent funk. Instead, they let things turn ugly late, and may now sink a little deeper. Have the wheels fallen off?
Five of their 11 turnovers came in the final five minutes. “We just didn't get stops down the stretch. It really hurt us the last two games,” a sullen Singler said tonight.
Frustration level? “High,” said EJ.
Tony Woods wasn't sure how they let it slip at the end, “I don't know if we lost our focus or if we were tired. We weren't able to take care of it in the last few minutes.”
Coach Altman emphasized his team's performance on the boards, “They had 17 second-chance points and we had eight....we need to get out composure back. Our inability to knock down shots is really hurting us right now.”
With 2:33 left in the game, a turnover by Johnathan Loyd meant for Kazemi gave life to Colorado, getting them within four points, down 47-43. Another turnover, twenty seconds later, put the Buffs within one point, 47-46. However, Loyd missed a three pointer that would have give the Ducks a cushion with 1:30 left.
An offensive foul by Singler gave Colorado the ball with 46.2 left. Oregon still led 47-46 at that point. Unfortunately, a Josh Scott jumper put the nail in the coffin and the the Duck's 20-game win streak at home is over.
Coach Altman said the Utah game will be a "rallying point," asking fans to show up and show out.
“We don't have a lot of momentum right now but if we get it going...we still have a chance,” Singler said before heading back into the locker room
The Ducks led Colorado 28-23 by the end of the first half but, he Buffs went on to outscore them 25-19 in the second.
Official Game Notes:
Andre Roberson scored the game-winner with 29 seconds left, capping Colorado's game-closing 8-0 run and the Buffaloes handed No. 19 Oregon its third straight loss, 48-47 on Thursday night.
Roberson finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Buffaloes (15-7, 5-5 Pac-12), who trailed 47-40 with just under 4 minutes to play.
E.J. Singler scored 14 points for the Ducks (18-5, 7-3), who had their 20-game home winning streak snapped.
Singler had a chance to win it for Oregon but his long jumper was tipped and fell into Roberson's hands with 1.1 seconds left.
The Ducks led 28-23 at halftime and never trailed until Roberson put back his own miss with 29 seconds left, a possession set up by an offensive foul by Singler, Oregon's fourth straight turnover.
Carlos Emory had 14 points for the Ducks.
• E.J. Singler made his 100th consecutive start in an Oregon uniform
• Oregon is now 3-6 against Colorado all-time
• Colorado's win snapped Oregon's 20-game home winning streak
• Oregon suffered its first loss at home since Jan. 29, 2012 when it lost, 76-71, to Oregon State
• Colorado's win over Oregon tonight marked the Buffaloes first win in Eugene since Dec. 5, 1955 (58 years)
• Oregon's 19 second-half points were a season-low for points in a half
• The Ducks are on their first three-game losing streak since Feb. 26 - March 5, 2011.
• Oregon lost its first game of the year when wearing yellow uniforms
• Oregon is now 15-2 in games where they have led at the half