SALT LAKE CITY — Utah went into the final minute against No. 4 Oregon trailing by only three points, but the Utes couldn’t score down the stretch in falling 69-64 to the Ducks on Saturday at the Huntsman Center.
Timmy Allen missed a 3-pointer with 15 seconds to play that would have tied the game, and Oregon’s Chris Duarte had a dunk with three seconds left to seal the win as Utah didn’t score in the final two and a half minutes.
Here are three takeaways that defined the game:
- Utah (10-4, 1-1 Pac-12) trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half, but a 12-0 run got the Utes back in it. That included a seven-point possession — a 3-pointer from Mikael Jantunen, two Allen free throws off a flagrant foul and an Allen putback — that put the Utes ahead 58-56.
- The Ducks (12-3, 1-1), who surged back ahead with an 8-2 run to go up 67-62 before the tight final minute, outshot Utah from the field — 45.5% to 35.6% — and had distinct edges in bench points (28 to 13) and points in the paint (42 to 22). The Utes hit more 3-pointers, nine to six, and were 13 of 20 from the free-throw line, compared to 3 of 4 for Oregon.
- Payton Pritchard led the Ducks with 19 points, five assists and four rebounds while hitting three 3-pointers. Both Gach had a game-high 24 points and four 3-pointers for Utah, while Allen added 19 points and 11 rebounds, though he struggled shooting — 33% from the field.
Sunday, Jan. 12, at Colorado, 4 p.m. MST