BOULDER, Colo. – Oregon learned the hard way that protecting a lead can be a lot harder than getting one.
Askia Booker scored a career-high 27 points, backcourt mate Spencer Dinwiddie had 23 and No. 20 Colorado rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half to hand the 10th-ranked Ducks their first loss of the season, 100-91 on Sunday.
“I think we just got complacent with the lead and ended up giving them easy baskets,” said Mike Moser, who led Oregon with 24 points. “We didn’t defend at all how we wanted to. A lot of their best guys got going and we didn’t do anything to slow them down.”
Five-and-a-half minutes into the second half, Colorado found itself trailing by 10 points. From there, the Buffaloes got their transition game going, with Booker and Dinwiddie leading the charge down the court.
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“We were attacking the basket, getting downhill, getting in the lane,” Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. “They play a matchup zone. They’re so explosive offensively and they exert so much energy on the offensive end that sometimes defensively you can get them standing flat-footed and I thought Spence and ‘Ski, our two guards, in the second half especially attacked the basket.”
Xavier Johnson and Josh Scott had 15 points apiece for Colorado (13-2, 2-0 Pac-12), which is off to its best start since the 1968-69 team began the season 13-2. Scott had 12 rebounds for the Buffaloes, who are unbeaten in 11 home games this season.
Joseph Young and Damyean Dotson scored 16 points each for Oregon (13-1, 1-1), which was denied its first 14-0 start since 1937-38.
“We got the lead and we were so giddy about scoring baskets that we didn’t guard,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “We got the lead and held them to only five points in the first five minutes of the second half … and then defensively, we broke down.”
Leading the nation in scoring, Oregon, one of seven unbeaten Division I teams entering the day, could not keep up with Colorado.
Down 58-48 with 14:31 remaining, Colorado worked to get back within striking distance, and surged in front when Dinwiddie and Jaron Hopkins made three-pointers around Johnson’s layup for 64-62 lead.
Elgin Cook’s layup with 6:32 left cut Colorado’s lead to 74-72 but the Ducks couldn’t get closer.
Colorado wasn’t fazed by a fast pace.
“You’ve got to fight fire with fire,” Boyle said. “When they’re trapping you and they’re attacking you defensively, you’ve got to attack them.”
LOS ANGELES – Kyle Anderson scored 23 points, leading four UCLA players who scored in double figures, as the Bruins routed USC 107-73 at Pauley Pavilion in the Pac-12 opener for both schools.
Anderson also had 12 assists for the Bruins (12-2), recording his eighth double-double of the season and 15th of his career.
Jordan Adams and Bryce Alford added 21 and 20 points for the Bruins, respectively. UCLA freshman Zach LaVine, a Bothell High School graduate, scored 16 on 6-for-11 shooting.
Byron Wesley scored 21 points to lead USC (9-5) and J.T. Terrill added 14.
Anderson asserted himself early. In the first half, he scored 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting, grabbed six rebounds and handed out five assists.
|Sunday’s scores Arizona St. 66, Washington St. 47Colorado 100, Oregon 91UCLA 107, USC 73|