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Film study: Oregon’s key play to put away Georgetown

Despite the fact that this game was played on the other side of the world where it tipped at 9:30 AM local time (it was in South Korea), and it featured two teams wearing this century's contribution to awful uniforms (faux military), the Oregon vs Georgetown game was played at a high level. The 2nd half featured three lead changes, and neither team was able to pull away. For Georgetown, it was the Joshua (don't call me Josh) Smith show, as the massive reclamation project from UCLA made 10-13 shots on his way to a game high 25 points. For Oregon, it was a parade to the free throw line where the Ducks scored 13 of their final 15 points. The key bucket accounted for the two points that didn't come at the line.

Oregon was up 71-68 with just over 2:40 left to play, and they went to one of the oldest plays in the book.

Here's how it began:

Point guard Johnathan Loyd (upper left) dribbles toward the elbow while Mike Moser and Jason Calliste (both circled) vacate that side of the floor. That leaves Richard Amardi (red arrow) to come up at set the screen for Loyd.

Here, Calliste (circled) has arrived as the screener, and Georgetown's Nate Lubick (red arrow) is in position to hedge and slow down any drive by Loyd. So far, so good for Georgetown. But things are about to take a bad turn.

As Loyd starts his move to the basket Jason Calliste (red arrow) heads to the weak side elbow. The Hoyas' Jabril Traywick (circled) fails to communicate in time to Aaron Bowen (blue arrow) that Calliste in on the move. Bowen has his eyes on the ball, which is the correct position. Traywick, however, gets dragged too far away from the basket by the cutter, and also has his head turned away from the play. This creates an easy roll to the basket by the screener, and Traywick isn't in any position to help.

Georgetown wouldn't get closer than four the rest of the way.

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