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Troy Brown, Elijah Brown help Oregon beat Colorado 77-62

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Bouncing back for a home split on the opening weekend of Pac-12 play gave Oregon coach Dana Altman cause for optimism.

But his young Ducks, still smarting from a 10-point loss to Utah, have a long way to go as they hit the conference road for the next two weeks.

Troy Brown had a season-high 21 points and seven rebounds, and Elijah Brown added 17 points to help lead Oregon to a 77-62 victory over Colorado on Sunday night.

''Our energy level was much better,'' Altman said. ''We had some really good stretches defensively.

''I think there's still a lot more defensively, but it was a big step from the other night because just our activity and our energy was much better.''

Kenny Wooten had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Ducks (11-4, 1-1 Pac-12). Payton Pritchard added 12 points.

The Buffaloes (8-6, 0-2) were led by Namon Wright with 20 points, and McKinley Wright had 13 points and seven assists.

Wooten started off strong after not attempting a field goal and going scoreless in the Utah loss. The freshman made all four of his shots and is now hitting a conference-best 76.5 percent from the field.

''Kenny's been solid,'' Altman said. ''We haven't been getting him the ball enough and he never calls for it.

''He's got to start calling for the ball and making those guys throw it to him. . He's giving us so many things, we've got to give him the ball every now and then.''

Colorado outrebounded Oregon 32-30 but finished with 20 turnovers and a season-low eight free-throw attempts.

The Ducks' press fueled a 13-2 run, after Buffaloes had pulled within four points early in the second half, to open a 52-37 lead. Colorado trailed by double figures the rest of the way.

Altman puts such a premium on defense that even the freshmen are used to his hollering for them to get back while they're still on offense.

''We tend to get caught up on making baskets and forget to get back on D,'' Wooten said, ''so he (Altman) tries to put an emphasis on getting back even before the ball goes through the net.

''That's just what coach Altman does.''

Troy Brown, a freshman, and Elijah Brown, a graduate transfer, combined to shoot 13 of 22 from the field as Oregon made 26 of 51 overall and hit 19-of-22 free throws.

The Buffaloes started 1 of 8 from the field and finished shooting 42.4 percent (25 of 59).

BIG PICTURE

Oregon's season hits a critical juncture as a soft early schedule -- with only one true road game among its first 15 contests -- turns tough with a Civil War rivalry game at improved Oregon State before the Ducks visit No. 3 Arizona State and No. 17 Arizona.

Colorado opened the season with six consecutive wins but has lost six of its last eight games, including three in a row. The Buffaloes return to Boulder brings visits from the Pac-12's only two ranked teams this week in Arizona State and Arizona.

STAT OF THE GAME

Colorado came in shooting 21.8 free throws per game but didn't go to the line in the first half and finished making five free throws on eight attempts, both season lows.

TURNING POINT

Wooten's 3-point play and Elijah Brown's three free throws keyed a 10-0 run that gave Oregon some separation five minutes into the second half.

FRESHMAN STANDOUT

Troy Brown had four of Oregon's 11 steals in his best overall performance of the season. He's third in scoring for the Ducks (12.7 points per game) and leads them in rebounding (7.6).

HE SAID IT

Oregon's next opponent, Oregon State, took Utah to the wire before falling by two, and the Ducks are headed to Corvallis. ''We're not anywhere near where we need to be to go beat Oregon State on Friday,'' Altman said. ''We're going to have to practice really well Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to be ready to go.''

TIP-INS

Oregon's Paul White came off the bench for three points and five rebounds after missing two games in concussion protocol. White had started 10 games before being injured. . CU freshman Tyler Bey, coming off a season-high 14 points against Oregon State, fouled out with three points in 14 minutes. . Wooten had three blocks, giving him 49 through 15 games, a pace that would break the Oregon record of 110 set by Chris Boucher two seasons ago.

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Key Players
M. Wright IV
P. Pritchard
33.6 Min. Per Game 33.6
15.6 Pts. Per Game 15.6
4.4 Ast. Per Game 4.4
4.1 Reb. Per Game 4.1
47.4 Field Goal % 48.1
35.4 Three Point % 43.9
75.4 Free Throw % 79.6
  Defensive rebound by Lazar Nikolic 0.0
  Victor Bailey Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
  Lost ball turnover on McKinley Wright IV, stolen by Paul White 32.0
  Bad pass turnover on Elijah Brown 39.0
  Defensive rebound by MiKyle McIntosh 1:06
  George King missed free throw 1:06
  Personal foul on Kenny Wooten 1:06
+ 2 George King made layup 1:06
+ 1 Kenny Wooten made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:14
+ 2 George King made layup 1:06
  Kenny Wooten missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:14
Team Stats
Points 62 77
Field Goals 25-59 (42.4%) 26-51 (51.0%)
3-Pointers 7-22 (31.8%) 6-19 (31.6%)
Free Throws 5-8 (62.5%) 19-22 (86.4%)
Total Rebounds 32 30
Offensive 8 4
Defensive 22 26
Team 2 0
Assists 12 9
Steals 3 11
Blocks 0 3
Turnovers 20 17
Fouls 22 15
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 3 REB
21 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Colorado 8-6 283462
home team logo Oregon 11-4 374077
Team Stats
away team logo Colorado 8-6 73.6 PPG 41 RPG 13.3 APG
home team logo Oregon 11-4 70.0 PPG 37 RPG 13.2 APG
Key Players
13
N. Wright G 7.0 PPG 2.9 RPG 0.9 APG 45.3 FG%
00
T. Brown F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
N. Wright G 20 PTS 3 REB 0 AST
T. Brown F 21 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
42.4 FG% 51.0
31.8 3PT FG% 31.6
62.5 FT% 86.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Wright IV 13 2 7 5/13 0/2 3/4 1 29 1 0 4 1 1
G. King 9 3 1 4/9 1/4 0/1 2 30 0 0 5 1 2
D. Walton 3 6 1 1/4 1/1 0/0 1 18 0 0 1 2 4
T. Bey 3 4 0 1/3 0/0 1/2 5 14 0 0 1 2 2
D. Brown 2 2 0 1/5 0/3 0/0 1 14 0 0 2 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Wright IV 13 2 7 5/13 0/2 3/4 1 29 1 0 4 1 1
G. King 9 3 1 4/9 1/4 0/1 2 30 0 0 5 1 2
D. Walton 3 6 1 1/4 1/1 0/0 1 18 0 0 1 2 4
T. Bey 3 4 0 1/3 0/0 1/2 5 14 0 0 1 2 2
D. Brown 2 2 0 1/5 0/3 0/0 1 14 0 0 2 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Wright 20 3 0 8/13 3/6 1/1 1 25 0 0 3 0 3
D. Collier 7 1 1 3/5 1/2 0/0 5 14 0 0 1 0 1
L. Siewert 3 1 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 3 19 0 0 2 1 0
L. Nikolic 2 6 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 23 2 0 1 1 5
D. Schwartz 0 2 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 2 14 0 0 0 0 2
T. Miller-Stewart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Repine - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Strating - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Battey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Martinka - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 62 30 12 25/59 7/22 5/8 22 200 3 0 20 8 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Brown 21 7 2 7/11 1/2 6/6 0 32 4 0 0 1 6
E. Brown 17 2 1 6/11 2/7 3/3 2 29 0 0 4 0 2
K. Wooten 13 7 0 4/4 0/0 5/6 3 31 1 3 1 1 6
P. Pritchard 12 1 4 4/8 2/2 2/4 3 36 3 0 3 0 1
M. McIntosh 4 6 2 2/9 0/3 0/0 2 32 0 0 4 1 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Brown 21 7 2 7/11 1/2 6/6 0 32 4 0 0 1 6
E. Brown 17 2 1 6/11 2/7 3/3 2 29 0 0 4 0 2
K. Wooten 13 7 0 4/4 0/0 5/6 3 31 1 3 1 1 6
P. Pritchard 12 1 4 4/8 2/2 2/4 3 36 3 0 3 0 1
M. McIntosh 4 6 2 2/9 0/3 0/0 2 32 0 0 4 1 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
V. Bailey Jr. 5 1 0 2/4 1/3 0/0 1 16 1 0 3 0 1
P. White 3 5 0 1/4 0/2 1/1 3 21 1 0 1 1 4
K. Smith 2 1 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 1 3 1 0 1 0 1
R. Sorkin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Cage - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Gross - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Kigab - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 77 30 9 26/51 6/19 19/22 15 200 11 3 17 4 26