Rich Kolbell

Oregon now 12-2 in conference play

EUGENE, ORE. -- The No. 7 Oregon Ducks took on the Runnin’ Utes of Utah Thursday night in Eugene, Ore in front of a sold-out crowd. Oregon was led by junior forward Dillon Brooks with 20 points on 9-13 shooting from the field in the 79-61 victory. Brooks also tallied one rebound, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes of play. With the victory the Ducks have now won 41 straight home games which is currently the longest active home winning streak in the NCAA. 

Oregon’s offense and defense were stellar from the opening tip of the game. The defense was forcing turnovers which allowed the Ducks to score 14 fast break points to the Utes two. Once Oregon got into a rhythm offensively they started moving the ball around and looking for the open shots.  

“Defense started transition, we got a lot of deflections tonight,” Payton Pritchard said about the defense. “It led to a lot of easy layups and stuff.”

 Pritchard was quiet in the scoring aspect of the game only scoring nine points but he led the team in assists with seven and had one steal.

 “I think coach (Altman) took me, he didn’t want to hurt Jordan’s feelings.” Pritchard commenting on being the assist leader tonight. 

 Jordan Bell had another terrific game on both sides of the ball. Bell finished second on the team with 17 points while collecting seven rebounds, three assists, five blocks and one steal in 26 minutes of action. He also had a couple nice plays that resulted in Bell chasing down players from behind and swatting the ball away. 

 “I’m starting to see when teams take stuff away,” Bell said speaking on his offensive improvement. “I just go to other stuff I’ve been working on.” 

Tyler Dorsey, who got the game started with an opening three-point shot, was the leading scorer for the Ducks in the first half with 10 points going 2-3 from beyond the arc. Dorsey finished the game with 16 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal. 

Tonight, was a big night for senior Chris Boucher, as his mother was in attendance to watch him play for the first time ever in his basketball career. Even though Boucher didn’t have numbers that were off the charts he was still able to lend a helping hand with five points on 2-5 shooting, four rebounds, three blocks and one steal. 

 For the game the Ducks shot 31-58 (53.4 percent), 7-19 (36.8 percent) from the three and 10-11 (90.9 percent) from the free throw line. 

 Te Runnin’ Utes were without big man Kyle Kuzma who was resting an ankle sprain he suffered during Wednesday's practice. Without Kuzma in the lineup, the Utes had to rely on other big men David Collette and Jayce Johnson to pick up the slack. 

Collette and Johnson were the two highest scores for the Utes tonight.

Johnson led the Utes with a double-double scoring 14 points and gathering up 12 rebounds to go along with one block in 19 minutes. Collette finished with 12 points, going 6-11 from the field, and three rebounds in 21 minutes. 

 When the big men of Utah were in the game, it hurt the Ducks who gave up 19 second chance points, all because they were out rebounded by the Utes on the offensive boards 14-7. 

“That was a big disappointment,” Head coach Dana Altman speaking on the lack of team-defense. “With a number like that you usually don’t win the game.”

Devon Daniels and Sedrick Barefield each had seven points for the Utes while combining for seven rebounds and four assists. 

Utah was 26-68 (38.2 percent) from the field, 3-19 (15.8 percent) from beyond the arc and 6-11 (54.5 percent) from the charity stripe. 

 Up Next: No. 7 Oregon Ducks (23-4, 12-2) host the Buffaloes of Colorado (16-11, 6-8) on Senior Day. Game can be seen on Fox at 12 p.m. PST Saturday February 18, 2017. 

 Official Box Score from GoDucks,com 


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