Oregon heads to Sweet 16 again

Ducks power through Georgia 57-50, get to final 16 four tournies in a row
Staff Report
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A key foul helped move the Oregon Ducks into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight time.

Leading 50-48 in a heated battle with Georgia, the Bulldogs scored to tie the game, but the basket was called off due to a foul that had been called prior to the shot but wasn't whistled immediately due to the official having an issue with her facial mask. On the inbounds pass, sophomore Sedona Prince got a blocked shot, grabbed the rebound and that led to a basket by sophomore Nyara Sabally and the Ducks cruised to a 57-50 win.

The victory moved the Ducks into the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive trip to the tournament, a run interrupted due to the Covid pandemic last year.

Sophomore Sedona Prince had 22 points and four blocks, and Sabally added 15 points to lead sixth-seeded Oregon, which improved to 15-8 on the season. 

Third-seeded Georgia led 17-10 early in the second quarter, but Oregon rallied behind a pair of three-point shots and reached halftime tied at 27. 

Sabally hit three consecutive baskets for Oregon after the Bulldogs rallied from a 40-33 deficit to tied the game at 48.

Oregon will play second-seed Louisville (25-3) Saturday.