Oregon’s road woes continue.
Despite a massive second half comeback, the Ducks fell on the road to Baylor, 57-47, remaining winless on the season in true road contests and 1-3 overall away from Eugene.
Without their leading scorer and rebounder in 7-foot-2 freshman Bol Bol (21 points and 9.6 rebounds per game), Oregon’s offense was extremely pedestrian. The Ducks shot 18-of-44 (40.0-percent) from the field and 7-for-18 (38.9-percent) from beyond the arc.
"We were stagnant, the ball wasn't moving," Oregon (8-4) head coach Dana Altman said after the loss. "It didn't translate very well what we worked on in practice to the game scenario."
Payton Pritchard led the Ducks with 14 points, including shooting 4-of-10 from beyond the arc, and three assists. Will Richardson finished with 10 points, four steals and three assists.
After trailing by 12 at the half, Oregon saw its deficit grow to 16 with 15 minutes remaining. But that’s when Pritchard came alive as the Ducks went on a 13-2 run to get back in the game. Pritchard added two three-pointers and two assists during the run.
But Oregon wasn’t able to capitalize as the Bears quickly got the lead back to double-digits — before sustaining one more Ducks run. A 10-2 spurt helped Oregon to within two, 47-45, with under four minutes to play but Baylor responded with its own 10-2 run to end the game.
With no timetable for Bol’s return, Oregon needs to get back to the drawing board and figure out where the offense is going to come from.
The Ducks have over a week off before they travel to face Boise State on Saturday, December 29. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. Oregon previously beat the Broncos 66-54 a week ago in Eugene, a game in which Pritchard and White combined for 33 points in their first action without Bol.