Instant Analysis: No. 9 Oregon holds off Arizona State

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Coming off of an overtime thriller against the Arizona Wildcats on Thursday night, No. 9 Oregon (14-3, 3-1 Pac-12) defeated Arizona State (10-6, 1-2 Pac-12) 78-69 at Matthew Knight Arena.

The Ducks remain undefeated in Eugene after sweeping the two-game homestand. 

Let's break it down.

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1. Payton Pritchard came to play.

The Portland-native came out of the jump sharp and found his shot from three-point range hitting 5-of-7 in the first half alone. That gave Oregon a little cushion to work with and a 40-31 lead at halftime. Pritchard has been on another level this season and his four-year leadership is showing through to the young talent on this Oregon roster. He finished the game with 29 points hitting 9-of-16 shots and 6-of-9 from downtown.

2. Chris Duarte found his rhythm

Not to be outdone by Pritchard, Chris Duarte also came alive against the Sun Devils scoring 20 points on 7-of-12 from the floor, including four three-pointers. The junior transfer also got the job done on the boards grabbing six rebounds. In the second half, the hot shooting duo of Duarte and Pritchard pulled away from Arizona State.

3. The Ducks zone hasn't been solved by the Pac-12 yet

As always the Ducks played in their pesky matchup zone defense that has caused Pac-12 fits ever since Dana Altman came to Eugene. Oregon held the Sun Devils to 31 percent shooting from behind the arc and just 39 percent from the floor in general. The zone also forced nine Sun Devil turnovers.

NEXT UP: The Ducks will travel north to Washington for a road trip that will match them up against the Washington State Cougars on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. and the Washington Huskies at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Instant Analysis: No. 9 Oregon holds off Arizona State originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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