Two of College Basketball’s biggest stars shone brightly Saturday afternoon at Alaska Airlines Arena as the Huskies Isaiah Stewart and the Oregon Ducks Peyton Pritchard showed why they are considered two of the best players in college basketball.
Pritchard lost the numerical battle with Stewart but won the war as his step back three pointer with 0:3 seconds in overtime game the visiting Duck a stunning comeback win over the Huskies. The Ducks were down 16 points at 48-32, with 10:22 remaining in the second half and reeled off a 15-2 run to close within 50-47 with 4:31 left to play.
The Huskies answered the Ducks call gathered themselves and took 54-47 lead with 3:20 to play, before a 7-0 Oregon run, capped by a deep three-pointer by Pritchard, to knot the game 54-54 with 1:08 remaining. After a pair of Husky free throws, Shakur Juiston tied the game 56-56 on a short jumper in the lane with :17 left and Washington’s three-pointer at the buzzer was long to send the game to overtime.
Stewart led Washington with 25 points and 19 rebounds and scored the opening points in the extra period. The Washington offense went dormant as the Huskies managed just three more points all free throws in the extra time. Two of the Huskies three free throws were by Stewart who tied the game at 61-61 -all with 49 seconds left in OT. A Chris Duarte rebound of a long miss by Pritchard gave the Ducks marksman a second chance and he made good with the game-winning three-point shot with:03 seconds left in the game.