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3 takeaways from Utah’s 79-73 loss to No. 17 Oregon

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Utah Utes guard Pelle Larsson (3) drives down court as Oregon Ducks guard LJ Figueroa (12) plays defense during the game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Utah hung with No. 17 Oregon on Saturday at the Huntsman Center, but the Ducks made more plays down the stretch and they hung on for a 79-73 win.

The Utes trailed by just two with 1:40 remaining following a Riley Battin 3-pointer, but couldn’t take the lead late in the game. The Utes got within four on a pair of Timmy Allen free throws with 40 seconds, but fouled Eric Williams Jr. on the next possession, and he extended the lead to six. Alfonso Plummer missed a 3-pointer on Utah’s next trip down the court, which sealed the game.

Here are three takeaways from the Utes’ loss to the Ducks:

  • Utah’s offense looked as good as it has all season in the first half. The Utes led the Ducks 43-33 at the half, with Utah’s offense running like a well-oiled machine. Utah shot 66.7% from the field in the first 20 minutes and everything was clicking. Though the Utes shot 44% in the second half, turnovers gave the Ducks more possessions in the second half.
  • Timmy Allen was fantastic for the Utes in the first half, scoring 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting. but in the second, he had just six points and he was 1-for-3 from the field.
  • Utah entered the game ranked No. 5 in the country in turnovers committed, giving the ball away just 9.4 times per game. Oregon was able to force the Utes into 18 turnovers. Meanwhile, the Ducks turned the ball over just seven times.