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Oregon over Utah in a thriller

The Oregon Ducks made is 17 straight wins with a 73-67 win over Utah on Thursday night in Salt Lake City. Dillon Brooks was the big story tonight not only by being the leading scorer with 19 points but also by the fact that he played. Brooks sprained his foot last week against Cal and missed the Stanford game on Saturday.

Tonight though Brooks came out playing very relaxed and hit his first four shots. That trend continued as he finished the night going 7-for-15 in field goal shooting including a 3-pointer plus hitting 4-of-6 free throws.

Brooks led the Oregon shooting that saw three other Ducks hit in double figure scoring including Jordan Bell’s 15, Dylan Ennis with 13 and Chris Boucher ends with 10.

The game was a tight contest with Oregon trailing most of the first half but had a 2-point lead at the half, 33-31.

In the second half as the Ducks have done all year long, Oregon found an extra step. With 15:57 left in the game, Boucher scored and subsequently sank a free throw to put the Ducks up 42-41. Bell then scored followed by a 3-pointer by Casey Benson and the Ducks were up 47-41. Utah scored but then the Ducks went on another 6-0 run, and from that point kept control of the lead from the 11:38 point on.

For the game Oregon shot 49.1 percent from the field on 27-of-55 shooting including hitting five three pointers and was 14-of-21 from the free throw line. Utah shot 48.1 percent on 26-of-54 shooting with six of those baskets from beyond the 3-point arc. While the Ducks committed one less personal foul (18-to-17) than the Utah, the Utes shot 9-of-13 from the charity stripe.

Oregon had five fewer rebounds (33-28) but the Ducks had a 6-4 advantage in blocked shots and had six fewer turnovers (15-to-9).

The Runnin’ Ute were led in scoring by Kyle Kuzma's 18. Devon Daniels contributed 11 while David Collette had 10.

With the win Oregon improves to 19-2 for the season and 8-0 in conference play. Utah slips to 14-6 for the year and 5-3 in the conference. 

Oregon travels to Colorado on Saturday to take on the Buffaloes in a game that tips off at 6:30 p.m. and will be carried on the Pac-12 Networks.

Official Box Score from UtahUtes.com


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