by Steve Mims
The Oregon men’s basketball team salvaged a split on its trip to Arizona with a 75-70 win over Arizona State Saturday night in Tempe.
N’Faly Dante had 18 points and five rebounds while Keeshawn Barthelemy added 15 points and five assists. Will Richardson scored 15 points as the Ducks rallied from a thee-point halftime deficit for the victory.
Two nights earlier, Oregon dropped a 91-76 game at No. 5 Arizona. Richardson had 22 points and five assists in the loss while Rivaldo Soares and Dante each scored 13 points.
The Ducks remain outside the NCAA Tournament projections as they head home to host USC and No. 9 UCLA this week. Oregon is 14-10 overall and fifth in the Pac-12 Conference at 8-5.
“Really pleased — the guys did a good job and it was a good win for us,” UO coach Dana Altman said after the win over ASU. “It just gets us to next week. We’ve got the L.A. schools coming in, obviously really big games. We’re just gonna have to play really hard and really well, and try to build something here.”
OREGON WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Oregon Women’s Basketball 2023, Photos by Steve Mims
Oregon was swept at home by Utah and Colorado as it fell to 5-7 in the Pac-12. Oregon is 14-9 as it heads on the road for four straight games.
The Ducks missed all 16 of their 3-pointers in a 63-53 loss to Colorado at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday. Endyia Rogers and Grace VanSlooten each scored 15 points while Taylor Hosendove added 10 points and seven rebounds.
Oregon battled seventh-ranked Utah on Sunday before losing 100-92. Rogers scored 35 points while Chance Gray added 18. VanSlooten had 16 points, five rebounds and four assists while Taya Hanson made all three of her 3-point attempts to score 13 points.
“Disappointed, obviously no moral victories,” UO coach Kelly Graves said. “We had another chance to win the game down the stretch and they made the plays and good for them. We’ve dug ourselves a little hole here, we’ve got to win some of these. Got plenty of opportunities left but at some point we got to pull some of these out.”
Joshua Charlton and Quinn Vandecasteele each won a singles match and teamed up for a doubles victory to lead Oregon to a 4-1 home win over Pacific on Sunday. Vandecasteele, Vlad Breazu, and Ray Lo added singles wins as the Ducks beat Seattle University 4-0.
Owen Avrit tied for fifth at the Southwestern Invitational to lead the Ducks to a fourth-place finish on Wednesday in Westlake Village, Calif. Avrit shot 71-72-69 to finish at 4-under par. Greg Solhaug shot 2-over par and Greyson Leach finished at 7-over par for Oregon.
ACROBATICS AND TUMBLING
Jade Albalos, Bailee Lamson, Alexis Weller, Kaylie Barera and Brylie Hoover helped Oregon open the season with a 268.685-251.710 win over Augustana on Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena.
Steve Mims has spent 25 years as a sportswriter, including 21 years at The Register-Guard. He covered University of Oregon athletics from 2013-2020. He works in Eugene as a registered representative and insurance agent at PBC Insurance. He can be reached at email@example.com.