The Associated Press
Oregon at No. 11 Arizona St.
When: 7:15 p.m. Thursday
TEMPE, Ariz. — Oregon has been through its share of disappointments this season after reaching the Final Four last spring, none bigger than a loss to rival Oregon State last week.
A road win over the No. 11 team in the country was just what the Ducks needed and it could get them back on the right track.
Payton Pritchard scored 18 points and hit two free throws with 13.8 seconds left, helping Oregon bounce back from its loss to the Beavers with a 76-72 win over No. 11 Arizona State on Thursday night.
“We needed something good to happen,” Oregon coach Dana Altman. “We hadn’t been playing very well and that was a lot better effort.”
The Ducks had a solid run through their non-conference schedule after losing most of the key players from last year’s team, but struggled once the Pac-12 season started.
The Ducks (12-5, 2-2 Pac-12) had a much better flow offensively and kept Arizona State’s high-speed offense from getting up and running to win their biggest game of the season.
Oregon used a late spurt to go up eight points, outscored Arizona State 38-16 in the paint and had 15 second-chance points on 15 offensive rebounds. Elijah Brown had 18 points and hit two free throws with 32 seconds left for Oregon.
Arizona State (13-3, 1-3) had not been as good since an undefeated run through its nonconference schedule, opening the Pac-12 season with two straight losses.