Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

Williams' Buzzer Beater Allows Boise State To Shock Oregon, 73-70

Williams' Buzzer Beater Allows Boise State To Shock Oregon, 73-70

Williams hit a 3-pointer from half-court at the buzzer to lift Boise State to a 73-70 victory over the Ducks on Friday night and snap the nation's longest home winning streak.

After Christian Sengfelder added two free throws to give Boise State a two-point lead with 8.6 seconds remaining, OR guard Payton Pritchard drove to the basket to tie it up with a layup. The Ducks fell to 5-3 and have dropped three of their past four games.

The Ducks had the chance to take the lead with under a minute left.

Pritchard scored a game-high 28 points for the Ducks. Two of Fresno's losses this season came to Alabama and Washington so this team is thoroughly battle tested and wont be phased by playing Boise on their home turf.

"No", Altman said when asked if he remembered the start of the streak. "When we get out of position, we just reach".

Defensive breakdowns and foul trouble proved costly.

Despite that run, the Ducks got the game within a bucket in the final minutes, though it came with MiKyle McIntosh and Paul White fouled out on the bench.

Chandler Hutchison led the Broncos (7-1) with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Justinian Jessup gave Boise State the lead at 5956 and the Ducks answered with an MJ Cage slam dunk to pull within one 59-58.

OR paid for some poor transition defense on some of those 3s.

"When he let it go, I thought it was good", Boise State coach Leon Rice said.

OR saw two of its big men, MiKyle McIntosh and Paul White, foul out in a combined 38 minutes.

The game featured 15 lead changes and 14 ties. Boise State went to the foul line 25 times, making 18, to the Ducks' 10-of-10 effort.

"We didn't get back and put our defense together". Elijah Brown was fouled and went to the line, hitting both free throws to put OR up 1, 68-67. They left Friday night with the Broncos in a dogpile at center court, muddying up the crime scene where Lexus Williams ended three-years of work with a dagger and a prayer.

The teams had split two games over the past two years, with UO winning 68-63 last season after losing 74-72 at Boise two years ago.

Altman has been harping on defense to his players so as to cut down on fouls, but the message has been slow to take hold. "We're putting a tremendous amount of pressure on our freshmen". "I keep saying that".

The last time the Oregon Ducks lost a basketball game at Matthew Knight Arena, the football team was in Dallas for the national title game, Payton Pritchard was a junior in high school and Dana Altman was just on the cusp of turning a football school into something more.

Oregon's previous loss at Matthew Knight Arena came on January 8, 2015 to Arizona.

"That's a huge deal", he said, "and that's what we wanted to come in and do".

Boise State had a 33-30 edge in rebounds. Edward, from Rancho Cucamonga, California, is averaging 16.8 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.

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