Texas Southern gave Oregon another scare.

The Tigers arrived as 25-point underdogs and took a lead in the final five minutes before eighth-ranked Oregon pulled away for a 84-78 win Saturday night in front of 6,764 at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon avoided suffering an upset loss to TSU for the second year in a row, but heads into a four-day Christmas break coming off a lethargic performance.

“I hope it was that we had one foot out the door for Christmas, but we’ve got a lot of work to do,” UO coach Dana Altman.

The Ducks have one nonconference game left against Alabama State on Dec. 29 before opening Pac-12 play at Colorado on Jan. 2.

“None of us liked our energy, defensively it was a poor performance and lots of turnovers,” Oregon senior Payton Pritchard said. “We had a bad game against a team we should be able to handle, but give them credit because they played well. Come January, we’ve got to handle our business and take care of the ball.”

Much like Oregon’s 71-70 overtime win over Michigan last week, the Ducks isolated Pritchard late in a close game and he responded by scoring 16 of their final 18 points to tie his career high with 29.

“Get a stop and a good possession, then make something happen,” Pritchard said. “Try to draw a foul or get a good shot.”

Chris Baldwin made two free throws to put TSU ahead 69-68 with 4:24 to play before Pritchard drove for a basket. Pritchard got to the hoop for a jumper and added two free throws on the next possession before Will Richardson followed with a bucket to put the Ducks up 76-69.

After Baldwin made a 3-pointer, Pritchard beat the shot clock with a 35-foot 3-pointer and then finished off the Tigers with five free throws.

“Payton did some good things late, getting to the basket and getting to the free-throw line,” Altman said.

Pritchard was 6-for-8 from the field while making 15 of 17 free throws to go with six assists, five rebounds, and four steals. Richardson scored a season-high 18 points including four 3-pointers.

“I think we jus stayed in and kept fighting,” Richardson said. “The ball did not bounce our way, but we stuck with it. We kind of played slow as a team, but we won.”

Chris Duarte added 13 points, but also had five of Oregon’s 19 turnovers.

“Nineteen turnovers and 12 assists is the first thing that jumps out to you,” Altman said. “You shoot 52 percent, 40 on 3-pointers and 81 at the line, your numbers should be a lot better but 19 turnovers takes away from that.”

Oregon fell behind by 13 points early before rallying to take a 36-33 lead at halftime.

Jethro Tshisumpa opened the second half with a basket for Texas Southern before Jordan Andrews made a 3-pointer to put the Tigers ahead 38-36. After C.J. Walker tied the game with a dunk, John Jones made a 3-pointer to put Texas Southern up 41-38 and Tyrik Armstrong added a free throw.

Jones added a 3-pointer that put TSU ahead 45-39 before N’Faly Dante converted a three-point play. Pritchard added a layup to get the Ducks within 45-44 before Chris Baldwin hit a 3-pointer for Texas Southern.

Pritchard hit a 3-pointer for Oregon and Chandler Lawson scored to put the Ducks ahead 49-48. Richardson made a 3-pointer and Pritchard converted a three-point play to put the Ducks up 55-48.

Baldwin followed with five straight points to cut the lead to 55-53 before Pritchard made a free throw. Baldwin scored and Justin Hopkins converted a three-point play to put Texas Southern ahead 58-56.

Jones made two free throws to put TSU ahead 60-58 before Duarte made back-to-back 3-pointers for Oregon. Jones hit a 3-pointer for the Tigers and Armstrong added back-to-back baskets to take a 67-66 lead.

Pritchard made two free throws for Oregon, but Baldwin answered with two free throws to put TSU ahead 69-68 before Pritchard scored the next seven points.

“We were fortunate enough last year, but we knew it would be a tough one,” Texas Southern coach Johnny Jones said. “I applaud our kids for being able to fight a seasoned and good basketball team the way we did.”