Young scores 23, Oregon holds off Colorado
EUGENE — Joseph Young scored 23 points and Oregon held off several Colorado rallies in the second half for a 73-60 victory on Wednesday night.
Dillon Brooks added 14 points for the Ducks (19-8, 9-5), who took over sole possession of third place in the Pac-12 Conference with UCLA's loss to Arizona State. Elgin Cook had 13 points and Dwayne Benjamin added 11 points and 13 rebounds.
The Buffaloes (12-13, 5-8), who whittled a 17-point deficit down to five late in the second half, were led by Askia Booker with 20 points. Wesley Gordon added 14 and Josh Scott 10 for Colorado.
The Ducks were outrebounded 45-37 by the Buffaloes, 20-12 on the offensive glass, but took advantage of 16 turnovers to hold off Colorado.
Oregon led 49-32 in the second half when Booker, who had 14 points after the break, fueled an 8-0 run that started the comeback for the Buffaloes.
Xavier Johnson's 3-pointer with 4:10 to play pulled Colorado as close as it would get at 63-58, but Brooks answered with his own 3 as the Ducks finished the game on a 10-2 run.
Colorado took control early by hitting five of its first nine shots for an 11-4 lead. It quickly evaporated after seven straight points from Young, who sparked a 24-4 run that seemed to put the game out of reach.
Colorado missed 13 of 14 shots during Oregon's burst by repeatedly blowing second-chance opportunities. At one point, the Buffs had more offensive rebounds (9) than the Ducks had total (8), but Colorado never got closer than 10 points by halftime.
The Buffs closed the half with a 21-17 edge on the boards but trailed 39-22. Young had 11 points at the break, and Benjamin gave the Ducks a big lift off the bench with seven points and eight rebounds.
After shooting 58.6 percent in the first half, Oregon struggled in the second to finish 24 of 58 (41.4 percent).
Colorado improved on its dismal first-half shooting to finish 22 of 62 (35.5 percent), but the Buffaloes were only 2 of 18 from 3 point-range.
Colorado: Tad Boyle, who started his college coaching career as an Oregon assistant under Jerry Green for three seasons (1994-97), is now 5-2 against the Ducks as the Buffaloes' coach. . Colorado had its second-worst shooting first half of the season at 28.1 percent (9 of 32). The Buffs shot 27.9 percent in a 23-point loss to Wyoming in their third game of the season.
Oregon: Jordan Bell had three blocks against the Buffaloes and passed Stanford's Robin Lopez for second among the Pac-12's best freshman shot blockers. Bell now has 75 and trails only UCLA's Jelani McCoy with 102 in 1995-96. . Joseph Young jumped two spots to 23rd on Oregon's career scoring list with 1,182 points in 61 games over two seasons. Both former Ducks he passed played in at least 105 games.
Colorado plays at Oregon State on Saturday night.
Oregon hosts No. 9 Utah on Sunday.