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Payton Pritchard tied a career high with 29 points, leading No. 9 Oregon to a 78-69 win over Arizona State and a sweep of the Arizona schools Saturday night in Eugene, Ore.
The Ducks beat No. 24 Arizona on Thursday 74-73 in overtime.
Chris Duarte added 20 points and six rebounds for Oregon (14-3, 3-1 Pac-12). Arizona State’s Remy Martin, in a battle of two of the Pac-12’s top point guards featuring he and Pritchard, led the Sun Devils with 29 points.
Both Martin and Pritchard had six assists. Oregon won its eighth straight at home against Arizona State (10-6, 1-2) and has won 14 of the last 16 meetings overall.
The Sun Devils got within five points after a pull-up three from Martin with 4:38 to play. But Pritchard responded at the other end with a layup and free throw.
Again the Sun Devils fought back to make it a five-point game with a Martin layup with 1:41 to go, trimming Oregon’s lead to 72-67. But Shakur Juiston’s layup after an offensive rebound with 44 seconds left sealed the win for the Ducks.
Juiston had 11 points and nine rebounds.
The Ducks led by as many as 14 points in the second half after taking a 40-31 lead to halftime. A Juiston dunk gave Oregon a 47-33 lead with 17:39 to play.
Arizona State fought back to cut the lead to six, 50-44, on a Martin three with 13:13 to go.
Pritchard’s first two-point basket of the night came on a pump-fake layup with 8:56 to play, giving Oregon a 60-50 lead.
Pritchard made a key play with 2:39 left. His driving layup was blocked by Arizona State’s Romello White, but Pritchard grabbed the loose ball and banked in a second shot for a 72-62 lead.
Arizona State’s last lead was 8-6 less than three minutes into the game. Oregon scored the next eight points, and Pritchard made 5 of 7 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes to help Oregon to 55.6 percent shooting in the first half.
—Field Level Media