The Buffs started the game against Oregon much like they started against Oregon State. They were sluggish, disinterested, and sloppy. After a 9-2 start for Oregon, where the Buffs had twice as much turnovers as they had points, Tad Boyle put the clamps down. He made frequent lineup changes, and the Buffs started hitting shots. Namon Wright and Dominique Collier let their experience show, finding their shots and playing smart defense in the halfcourt.
The Buffs cut it to 14-20 before Oregon found their shots again. CU kept up all the way to the end of the half, trailing by only 9 (37-28) after a horrendous start. George King was kept quiet, as was McKinley Wright, but they still found ways to score and force turnovers. The Ducks found their scoring through Elijah Brown and Troy Brown, but were limited through bone-headed decisions and some nice D from CU.
After a late run at the end of the first half the Buffaloes were unable to close the gap in the second as they fell, 77-62.