Utes fall to Ducks
Welp, that was rough. Ute fans have witnessed a lot of games lately where Utah was right there, but couldn't get the job done, in both football and basketball. Utah controlled most of the game against the 10th ranked Oregon Ducks and were knocking on the door of a monumental win. A victory on Thursday night would have done wonders for the Runnin' Utes and now one can only think about the what ifs'. Trying to keep perspective, the Utes took a top ten team down to the wire and could have won this game. If they play like they did Thursday night, they'll win plenty of games in conference play.
Utah was led by Jordan Loveridge who dropped 21 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 3 assists. Delon Wright was all over the floor again as he blocked 4 shots, stole the ball twice and snatched 6 rebounds which were all on the defensive end. Wright also contributed 14 points by shooting 50% from the field. Dallin Bachynski certainly had an interesting night; he scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the double-double, but had some costly turnovers particularly the one that gave the Ducks the 70-68 win with .06 remaining. Brandon Taylor had a nice night by scoring 9 points, rebounding the ball 6 times and handing out 3 assists. He also stole the ball 4 times which is very impressive. The Ducks had a balanced scoring attack as Richard Amardi scored 14 points followed by Dominic Artis who had 12 and Damyean Dotson who scored 11 including the game-winning dunk. Oregon also outrebounded Utah 42-38. The Utes did a great job shooting free throws by making 17 of 19 while the Ducks made 17 of 23 from the line. Many wondered if the energetic play of Delon Wright would translate to conference play and that was certainly answered last night. He can dominate the game in so many different ways. Jordan Loveridge also had an impressive outing and showed that the attention he received during the non-conference portion of the season was well deserved. Utah's strong defense they played in the first part of the season also translated to higher competition as the Ducks, who average 90 points a game, only scored 70 after an overtime. If that continues, the Utes will be in most games.
Up next for the Utah Utes is the Oregon State Beavers. The Beavs gave the Colorado Buffaloes a run for their money on Thursday night by losing a close 64-58 contest. Ute fans showed up to the Oregon game by packing 13,764 into the Huntsman Center, that same support will be needed for the Utes on Saturday. Tip-off is at 2 pm. BE THERE!!!!!!!
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