It's been a magical season for the No. 20 Colorado Buffaloes, and it got even better Sunday, Jan. 5, as they came up with a 100-91 upset win over the No. 10 Oregon Ducks. The defeat marks Oregon's first loss of the season.
It looked like the Ducks were in control to start after they were able to come up with a strong 11-2 run to go up 21-12 with around 10 minutes left in the first half. But Spencer Dinwiddie didn't let the game get too out of hand early, scoring seven straight points for the Buffaloes.
A three-point jumper from Jason Calliste at the end of the first half kept things close, but Colorado was up 44-42 at halftime and playing well.
The second half started with another strong run from the Ducks to go up 58-50, but once again, the Buffaloes responded and tied things up. At 64-64 with nine minutes remaining, Dinwiddie had another nice spurt, scoring eight straight points for the Buffaloes to help give his team a six-point lead.
The Buffaloes stayed aggressive and kept finding ways to get to the free-throw line at the end, and that helped lead them to the win. They scored their last 11 points off free throws while going a very strong 33-of-39 from the line.
Four of the five starters for Colorado scored in double figures, but the two players of the game were Askia Booker and Dinwiddie. Booker finished with 27 points and Dinwiddie had 23, with the two going a combined 13-of-25 from the field and 20-of-23 from the line.
The Ducks had some strong play as well from a few of their starters. Joseph Young and Damyean Dotson each had 16 points, while Mike Moser finished with 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting.
The Ducks dropped to 13-1 and will likely fall out of the Top 10 in the latest AP poll.
For the Buffaloes, this is their second win over a Top 25 opponent, with the other coming back in December against the Kansas Jayhawks. They're now 13-2, but their two losses came to ranked opponents in the Baylor Bears and the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Andy Glockner pointed out the importance of the win for Colorado.
Good win for the Buffs. They hadn't gotten it done against Baylor and OK State earlier, so this is a nice profile/league boost— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) January 6, 2014
Overall, it was another great win for the Buffaloes, as they look to keep moving up the rankings. Their next big game will be Jan. 23 against the No. 1 Arizona Wildcats, and they will be looking to pull off the major upset in that one as well.