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Pritchard lifts No. 15 Oregon over Fresno State 71-57



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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Payton Pritchard scored 24 points, Chris Duarte added 16 in his first game with Oregon and the No. 15 Ducks beat Fresno State 71-57 on Tuesday night in both teams' season opener.

The senior guard made his 110th consecutive start. He added seven assists and seven rebounds for the Ducks and was generally in control from his point guard position.

Duarte looked sharp in his first game as a junior college transfer, and Francis Okoro added 12 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Okoro is one of three returning players from last year's Sweet 16 team.

Nate Grimes led the Bulldogs with 13 points.

Oregon took control with a 21-6 run to end the first half at a 38-27 advantage. Duarte had eight points as the Ducks broke away.

After Fresno State scored the opening basket of the second half, Oregon scored the next 10 points, six by Pritchard and the other four on assists by the senior.

Fresno State briefly closed within 64-55 with four minutes left before the Ducks put it away with free throws, finishing with 19 in 26 attempts.

BIG PICTURE

Oregon: In winning its 22nd consecutive home opener, Oregon made Dana Altman the school's career leader in coaching wins. Altman, in his 10th season with the Ducks, had been tied with Ernie Kent at 235 wins.

Fresno State: The Bulldogs have lost 22 straight games to AP Top 25 teams extending back to the 2002 season. They are 0-9 against the Ducks in games played in Eugene.

UP NEXT

Oregon will host Boise State on Saturday in what will be a second tuneup game before the Ducks meet No. 14 Memphis in an anticipated top-20 matchup next Tuesday in Portland.

Fresno State plays its home opener Sunday against Winthrop, a game at which Paul George's No. 24 jersey will be retired in a halftime ceremony.

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