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3 keys in the Utah Utes’ 80-62 loss to the 17th-ranked Oregon Ducks

Oregon’s Will Richardson, center, shoots between Utah’s Both Gach, left, and Branden Carlson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Ore., Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)

The Utah Utes have continued their pattern of two straight losses after two straight wins, as they fell on the road Sunday night to the 17th-ranked Oregon Ducks, 80-62 for their second consecutive defeat.

Here are three takeaways from the game.

  • The Utes were decent enough offensively for most of the night, but they once again struggled on that end of the floor early. They scored the first two points of the game but put up just four more over the next six minutes and were soon down double-digits.
  • In the first half, Oregon shot a scorching 10-of-15 from behind the 3-point line, while Utah went just 2-of-7. The Ducks led 44-30 at intermission.
  • The Utes got to within eight in the second half as Oregon cooled off and they heated up a bit, but the road side had some untimely turnovers and then the Ducks asserted their will down the stretch.