Young's Heroic Last Shot Beats Utah

It all came down to one shot with 1.1 seconds left in the game and 35 feet plus away from the basket, but one Joe Young squared up and drilled the 3-pointer to give Oregon a 67-64 win over Utah in the semi-final round of the Pac-12 Tournament at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks guard Joseph Young (3) is congratulated after making the game-winning three-point basket against the Utah Utes after the game in the semifinal round of the Pac-12 Conference tournament at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Ducks defeated the Utes 67-64. Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Young said after the contest that he had never made a game-winning shot but if this was the first time, then it was well worth the wait.

The game was a closely contested match-up that Utah led at the half by a point, 31-30.

Part of the reason the game was so close was that Utah found a way to hold Young at bay in the first half as he only scored 7 points and the Ducks only shot 37.9 percent of 11-of-29 shooting including hitting four 3-pointers. However in the second half Oregon came out hot and finished the night at 47.2 percent (25-53) making a total of seven 3-pointers and were 10-of-12 from the free throw line.

About five minutes into the second half, the Ducks took a momentary lead at 37-35 but it wasn't until the 11:45 mark when Dwayne Benjamin hit a 3-pointer to put the Ducks up for good at 46-44, albeit the lead was never more than four points.

Young finished the night as the top scorer with 25 points. Dillon Brooks added 14 while Elgin Cook had 13.

Utah was led by Brandon Taylor with 24 points all on 3-point shots. Delon Wright had 16.

Utah out-rebounded Oregon 36-24 but had three more turnovers (12-9).

Next up for Oregon is the championship game with Arizona. The Wildcats beat UCLA earlier in the evening 70-64. Tipoff for the championship game is 8 p.m. (Pacific) and will carried on ESPN.

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