Ducks Lose to Utah, Lose Chance to Win Title

The Oregon Ducks (23-8) lost the chance to win the Pac-12 Conference men's basketball title on Saturday by falling to the Utah Utes in Salt Lake, 72-62. The Utes blistered the nets particularly in the first half, to build a lead Oregon could not overcome. The loss means the Ducks will be the third seed in next week's Conference Tournament in Las Vegas.

(PHOTO) The Oregon Ducks bench react as they lose to the Utah Utes at the close of the game the game at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas C. Pizac-USA Today Sports

Jason Washburn was a one-man wreaking crew for the Utah as he scored a total of 20 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Jarred DuBois contributed 15 while Jordan Loveridge and Brandon Taylor added 14 apiece.

In the first half the Utes built a 44-30 lead and one point was shooting over 70 percent in field goal accuracy. For the game Utah shot 30-53 in field goal attempts including 4-of-12 in 3-point shooting and converting 8-of-10 free throws.

Meanwhile, Oregon improved slightly from the Colorado game on Thursday night by shooting 21-of-49 in field goals with 7-of-17 in 3-point shooting but were unable to take advantage of free throws by only converting 13-of-22.

E.J. Singler was the game's leading scorer with 21. Singler re-found his outside shooting touch and hit three 3-pointers. However, like everyone else on the squad, free throw shooting were a menace. Normally Singler is near-perfect from the charity stripe but on Saturday he could only make 3-of-6.

Tony Woods finished with 13 points and was the only other Duck to score in double figures.

For the game Oregon and Utah were nearly equal in all categories except scoring. Utah had the rebounding edge 31-28 but Oregon had more offensive rebounds, 13-10. Utah dished out 15 assists to Oregon's 11, but Oregon blocked three of Utah's shots while the Utes blocked two of the Duck's shots. Both teams had 10 steals and 15 turnovers apiece.

Next week the Pac-12 Conference Tournament will be played at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas starting on Wednesday. Oregon will have a first round bye but will play the winner of the winner of the first round game between the No. 6 seed Washington Huskies and the No. 11 seed Washington State Cougars at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday night in a game that will be carried on ESPNU.

Oregon beat both Washington and Washington State twice this season. The Ducks beat the Huskies 81-76 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene on January 26th, then followed that win over the arch-rival on Feb. 13, in the Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle by a score of 65-52. The Ducks also beat the Cougars at home 63-61 on January 23, then overcame Washington State in Pullman, in overtime 79-77 on Feb. 16.

Utah faces USC on Wednesday in a game starting at 6 p.m.


SR F Arsalan Kazemi's four steals gave him 64 on the season, good for third on UO's single-season list.

Kazemi had a season-low four rebounds.

The Ducks lost of just the third time this season and first time in conference play when scoring 60 or more points.

Oregon needs one more win to equal last season's mark of 24 (24-10).

FR G Dominic Artis played 24 minutes, his most since returning from injury three games ago and was one of two Ducks without a turnover.

FR G Damyean Dotson was held scoreless for the first time this season.

UO fell behind 9-0 to start and never led in the game.
SR F E.J. Singler scored a team-high 21 points and is now 29 shy of becoming the 12th player in school history to score 1,500 points.

Singler reached 20 points for the fourth time this season and 12th career.

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