Following Thursday’s win over Utah on the road, Oregon appeared to get some much-needed momentum heading into Saturday’s showdown with Colorado — a team the Ducks have never beaten on the road under head coach Dana Altman.
That trend continued as Oregon lost 73-51 to the Buffaloes, being outplayed from the beginning and never emerging as a serious threat.
"You're always disappointed when you don't play… we got beat in every facet," Altman said. “You get beat on the boards, you get beat on the free throw line, you don't guard very well, and you take bad shots, you're going to get kicked."
Louis King led Oregon (13-9, 4-5 Pac-12) with 12 points but shot just 5-of-13 from the field and 0-for-5 from beyond the arc. He added eight a team-high eight rebounds but fouled out late in the second half.
Payton Pritchard was the only other Ducks in double-figures, finishing with 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting from the floor and 2-of-6 from deep. He also added three rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Tyler Bey was sensational for Colorado (12-9, 3-6 Pac-12) as the Ducks had no answer for the 6-foot-7 wing. He finished with game-highs of 27 points and 10 rebounds, shooting a perfect 9-for-9 from the field and 9-of-11 from the free throw line.
"He was dialed in tonight," Colorado head coach Tad Boyle said of Bey. "I was really proud of how he responded to a very disappointing performance on Thursday, not that he was the reason we lost but when he elevates his game so do we."
The game was close through the first three minutes as Oregon found itself trailing 7-5 following a Pritchard three-pointer. But the Buffaloes quickly blew it open with a 17-0 run over the next six minutes as Bey scored 11 of the points.
Oregon never threatened the rest of the half as the lead grew to 40-17 at the break. King and Will Richardson combined for 12 points while Kenny Wooten added a dunk to complete the scoring.
The Ducks came out firing after the break with Paul White knocking down a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 20. But a quick 6-0 Colorado run ended any hopes of a comeback as Oregon never got within 20 the rest of the way, even trailing by 30 with five minutes left in the game.
For the game, the Ducks shot 18-of-58 (31-percent) from the floor and 4-of-25 (16-percent) from beyond the arc — one lowest shooting percentage by an Altman-led Oregon team in the past nine years.
"Poor execution on the offensive end — we didn't run anything. Our guys are really just stuck in the mud," Altman said. “Defensively a poor effort we got beat on the boards… we got beat in every facet of the game.”
Oregon heads back to Eugene for back-to-back games against Cal and Stanford. The Ducks tipoff with Cal on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.