Will Richardson sparks Oregon over slumping Villanova

Will Richardson scored five points in the final 1:39 to fuel Oregon’s 74-67 victory against Villanova on Sunday in the final game of the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Ore.Richardson made a free throw to snap a 67-67 tie with 1:39 left, then followed with a layup at 1:05. Villanova then missed a 3-pointer and Richardson iced the victory with a jumper with 19 seconds remaining.Quincy Guerrier had a game-high 21 points and Richardson finished with 19 for the Ducks (3-4), who snapped a three-game losing streak and avoided last place in the tournament with the victory.Villanova (2-5) has now lost four straight after a 2-1 start to the season. Caleb Daniels led the Wildcats with 16 points and added four rebounds and five assists. Brendan Hausen had 15 points off the Villanova bench.Oregon made 11 3-pointers in the victory, led by Guerrier’s 6-of-10 shooting from behind the arc. Strong perimeter play was key as the Ducks were missing big man N’Faly Dante due to concussion protocol.The Ducks still finished with a decisive 42-30 advantage on the boards, paced by Guerrier and Rivaldo Soares with eight rebounds apiece.Oregon led for most of the game, including 35-31 at halftime, but was never able to cruise away comfortably in a game of runs.

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