Oregon wins physical, bloody game at Utah for Mountain split

    The No. 4 Oregon Duck men’s basketball team claimed their first Pac-12 win of the season and avoided an 0-2 start to the year by going into Salt Lake City Saturday afternoon and walking away with an impressive 69-64 victory over the Utes.

    The Ducks (12-3, 1-1) claimed the road sweep behind the play of their guards. Senior point guard Payton Pritchard led the Ducks with 19 points, four rebounds, and five assists in 36 minutes played. Sophomore Will Richardson came off the bench for a big spark and added 14 points, six rebounds, and five assists and junior Chris Duarte added 14 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. The three Oregon guards were the juice that the Ducks needed late in the first half, and then it carried over into the second. The trio finished the game scoring 57 of the team’s 69 total points.

    There was certainly some drama in the second half that had things teetering away from Oregon. Utah scored eight points in a matter of 30 seconds to take a 58-56 lead with 7:29 to play. Later in the game, Pritchard had to leave the court with a bloody nose and Oregon trailing by one point with five minutes to play. Pritchard missed one minute of game action but returned with Oregon leading by one, and on his first possession, the Ducks scored a layup to grow the lead to three.

    Utah never got closer than within three points in the final three minutes of the game as the Ducks held on to win.

    Utah was led by sophomore guard Both Gach’s 24 points. Utah sophomore forward Timmy Allen chipped in a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

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