The No. 10 Oregon Ducks suffered their first loss of the men’s college basketball season on Sunday, 100-91, in a Pac-12 matchup at No. 20 Colorado.
Colorado junior guard Askia Booker had a game and career-high 27 points and fellow backcourt mate Spencer Dinwiddie added 23 – including 16 in the second half – and added 7 assists.
Sophomore forward Josh Scott had the game’s lone double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Buffaloes.
Senior forward Mike Moser led the Ducks with 24 points and 7 rebounds.
After trailing by two at halftime, Oregon went up by 10 just 5:30 into the second frame. The Ducks – who came into the game as the third-highest scoring team in the country (89.2 ppg) – failed to play defense effectively the rest of the way and ended up being outscored 56-49 in the half.
“We got the lead and we were so giddy about scoring baskets that we didn’t guard,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said, via ESPN.com. “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.”
Oregon fell to 13-1 with the loss and 1-1 in the young Pac-12 season. Colorado improved to 13-2 on the year and to 2-0 in the Pac-12.