The Ducks (12-3, 1-1) claimed the road sweep behind the play of their guards. Senior point guard Payton Pritchard led the Ducks with 19 points, four rebounds, and five assists in 36 minutes played. Sophomore Will Richardson came off the bench for a big spark and added 14 points, six rebounds, and five assists and junior Chris Duarte added 14 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. The three Oregon guards were the juice that the Ducks needed late in the first half, and then it carried over into the second. The trio finished the game scoring 57 of the team’s 69 total points.
There was certainly some drama in the second half that had things teetering away from Oregon. Utah scored eight points in a matter of 30 seconds to take a 58-56 lead with 7:29 to play. Later in the game, Pritchard had to leave the court with a bloody nose and Oregon trailing by one point with five minutes to play. Pritchard missed one minute of game action but returned with Oregon leading by one, and on his first possession, the Ducks scored a layup to grow the lead to three.
Utah never got closer than within three points in the final three minutes of the game as the Ducks held on to win.
Utah was led by sophomore guard Both Gach’s 24 points. Utah sophomore forward Timmy Allen chipped in a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Oregon’s star player, Payton Pritchard, once again came up big for the Oregon Ducks. He scored 12 of his team-high 19 points in the second half to carry the Ducks to an important road win that the Ducks really needed.
The 6-foot-2 senior guard from West Linn, Oregon scored his 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field, and he made three of his six three-pointers. He also added five assists to zero turnovers, while also recording four rebounds and one steal. He played 36 minutes in the game, and finished with a plus-five in the game.
He played the final four minutes of the game with a bloody nose that needed cotton swabs in his nose to stop the bleeding.
The Oregon Ducks were trailing by one point with just over seven minutes to play in the game. The Ducks closed the game’s final minutes strong.
Payton Pritchard knocked down a three-pointer 17 seconds after the Utes took the lead, giving Oregon a 59-58 lead. After Utah scored to get the lead back, Oregon freshman Chandler Lawson added a layup, and then senior Shakur Juiston added his own and the Ducks led 63-60 with four minutes to play.
Lawson and Juiston would each add two more layups to give the Ducks a 67-62 lead with just under three minutes to play.
Utah missed seven of their eight shots from the field as the Duck defense made the plays needed late for the win. Oregon meanwhile made five of their final nine shots.
OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMERS
Sophomore guard Will Richardson was all over the court for the Ducks and has really turned the corner as an offensive player. Saturday was his eighth game scoring in double-figures, and sixth time in the last eight games. He finished with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, plus he added five assists, six rebounds, and one steal. He played 28 minutes for the Ducks off the bench.
Chandler Lawson played 21 minutes for the Ducks off the bench and had a very good game that will be overshadowed by the team’s guards. He posted eight points on 4-of-8 shooting, while also grabbing eight rebounds and one steal. He had a team-high plus-10 when on the court.
Shakur Juiston started in place of injured forward CJ Walker, and Juiston finished with seven points, six rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in 27 minutes.
Oregon shot 45 percent from the field and made 35 percent of its three-pointers. The Utes were held to just 36 percent shooting from the field and 30 percent on 30 three-point attempts. Utah also missed seven of their 20 free throws.
Oregon was called for 19 fouls and shot just four free throws. Utah was called for just nine fouls.
Oregon scored 42 points in the paint to Utah’s 22, and the Ducks assisted 19 times to Utah’s nine.
Utah did sore 16 points off 10 Oregon turnovers.
Payton Pritchard scored Oregon’s first five points of the game, and then Chris Duarte and N’Faly Dante combined for seven straight points over three minutes’ time. The Ducks held an early 12-5 lead over Utah six minutes into the first half.
Utah scored six straight points to pull within one point of Oregon with 10 minutes to play in the first half. A three-point play by Duarte stopped the Utah mini-run and the Duck led 15-12. Utah answered the three-point play by Duarte with their second three-pointer of the game and the Ducks led by one again. Duarte once again answered with a deep jumper and the Ducks led by three, 17-14.
Ryan Jones of Utah tied the game at 17 when he nailed a 30-foot three-pointer. Oregon got back to back baskets by Dante and fellow freshman Chandler Lawson, and the Ducks led 21-17. Utah grabbed their first lead of the game, 24-23, when the Utes knocked down a three-pointer with four minutes to play in the half.
The Ducks didn’t let Utah hold onto the lead for long. Will Richardson scored on a nice layup and then on the next possession he scored another layup, and the Ducks led 27-24. Francis Okoro was fouled on a layup on the third possession after the media timeout, and he made one of two free throws. Duarte slammed home a dunk on Oregon’s fourth straight possession.
Leading by six, Oregon allowed a wide-open three-pointer and head coach Dana Altman wasn’t pleased. He called a timeout to reset the defense. After the timeout, Duarte and Richardson each added layups and the Ducks expanded the lead to 34-27 with 90 seconds to play in the half.
The half closed with Utah scoring four points in the final 50 seconds of the half, but the Ducks carried the momentum into halftime as Pritchard scored a layup with one second before the half. Oregon led 36-31 at intermission.
In the first half, Duarte led all players with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while also grabbing five rebounds and three assists. He played 18 minutes in the first half for the Ducks.
As a team, Oregon shot 47 percent from the field and made two of their seven three-point attempts. They held Utah to just 32 percent shooting from the field, but Utah did make five of their 17 three-point attempts.
The stickler for the Ducks in the first half were issues the Ducks have dealt with all season: turnovers and offensive rebounds. The Ducks committed just four turnovers, but Utah scored eight points off them. Offensively, the Utes grabbed six offensive rebounds and scored three second-chance points.
The Ducks won the rebounding battle 21-19 in the first half, and Oregon also scored 24 points in the paint to 10 by Utah.
The game was tied four times and there were two lead changes in the first half. Utah led for just 32 seconds in the first half.
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