Oregon guard Chris Duarte (5) drives past Colorado guard Eli Parquet (24) and forward Evan Battey (21) as Colorado forward Dallas Walton (13) watches during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)

EUGENE, Ore. | Chris Duarte scored 18 points and Will Richardson scored 5 of his 11 in the last 61 second and Oregon defeated Colorado 60-56 on Thursday night.

In a game where neither team had a double-figure lead, the Ducks took a 55-53 lead with 1:51 to play when 50% free-throw shooter Chandler Lawson made a pair from the line.
After a Colorado miss, Oregon ran the clock down before Richardson made a spinning floater in the lane with 1:01 to go.

Another miss led to two Richardson free throws with 33 seconds to go, making it 59-53 — the Ducks’ biggest lead — before D’Shawn Schwartz knocked down a 3 for Colorado.

Richardson’s free throw at 20.8 seconds wrapped it up.

Eugene Omoruyi added 13 points for Oregon (13-4, 8-3 Pac-12 Conference), which won its fourth-straight.

Schwartz had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Colorado (16-7, 10-6), which lost back-to-back games for the first time this season after losing to last-place California on Saturday.

The Buffaloes, who topped Oregon at home 79-72, have lost six-straight at Oregon.

Colorado, which makes at least 40% from 3-point range in its wins and 30% or less in its losses, went 6 of 27 (22%) from 3-point range and a dismal 34% (21 of 61) overall. The Buffalos also lead the league with just 10.9 turnovers but fumbled away 17 possessions the Ducks turned into 22 points, negating a 43-29 rebounding advantage.

Colorado never trailed and had a possession with an eight-point lead in a defensive first half, using 10 points from Schwartz to take a 30-25 lead. Shooting was even but the Buffalos had two fewer turnovers (8-6) and three more offensive rebounds (7-4) to get up five more shots, just enough to make a difference.

Oregon shot 50% in the second half, taking its first lead with 11:44 to play on a Duarte layup that made it 44-43 in the midst of a 9-0 run.

Colorado goes to Oregon State on Saturday while the Ducks play host to Utah and just had a COVID-19 makeup game with No. 17 USC scheduled for Monday.

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