(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks forward Dillon Brooks (24) bring the ball up the court in the first half defended by Utah Utes forward Brekkott Chapman (0) at Jon M. Huntsman Center. Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports
After overcoming early foul problems in the first half, the Ducks went into halftime leading 46-34. Benson provided a big spark in the first half by hitting three, 3-pointers and adding two free throws for 11 points.
In the second half, fewer fouls were called and the Ducks managed to hold a 10 or 12 point lead over Utah. The Utes suffered with poor shooting, only connecting on 33.9 percent from the field including 7-of-22 in 3-point shooting. Meanwhile Oregon shot 54.9 percent for the game on 28-of-51 shooting including 5-of-12 beyond the 3-point arc.
Brooks not only hit 21 points, he also pulled down eight rebounds, but maybe even more significantly defended Utah’s go to star, Jakob Poeltl who finished the night with seven points, 10 under his season average.
Oregon also out rebounded Utah, 37-31; keeping the Utes from second-chance opportunities
While Brooks and Benson were the only two Oregon players to score in double figures, the Duck defense was especially active as Chris Boucher had another big night rejecting the ball and finished with six blocked shots.
Brandon Taylor was the leading Utah scorer with 12 and was the only Ute to finish the game in double-figures. Utah is now 12-5 for the season and 1-3 in conference play.
Oregon now has won five straight against Utah including the 67-64 win last year in the Pac-12 Conference Tournament. Oregon is also 12-0 this season when holding opponents under 70 points.
Oregon travels to Boulder, Colorado on Sunday for a match up with Colorado in an evening game that tips off at 4 p.m. Pacific and will carried on the Pac-12 Networks.