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3 keys in the Utah Utes’ 67-64 loss to the Oregon Ducks

Oregon guard Jalen Terry (3), drives to the basket against Utah during an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Thomas Boyd)
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Facing a monumental challenge against the superior Oregon Ducks, the Utah Utes almost stole a win Saturday night on the road but fell just short in a 67-64 loss.

Here are three keys from the game.

  • Down 65-64 with 1:20 to play in a game that was very back-and-forth virtually the entire way, the Utes couldn’t convert offensively, missing a shot and committing two turnovers before the Ducks went up three with seconds remaining, and Utah’s Timmy Allen missed a last-second 3-point try.
  • The Utes hung tough, but missed a bunch of easy shots in the second half that could have helped them gain separation. Oregon also made four more 3-pointers on the night.
  • Indicative of a close game, the two sides were very similar statistically, although Oregon had three more blocks, one more steal and three fewer turnovers.