National Basketball Association
Oregon 67, Utah 64
When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 20, 2021
Where: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Oregon
# Chris Rastatter, # Michael Greenstein, # Deldre Carr
LJ Figueroa and Chris Duarte each scored 15 points, Eugene Omoruyi added 13 points, and the Oregon Ducks held off the Utah Utes in a back-and-forth Pac-12 Conference matchup, 67-64, Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore.
The Ducks (14-4, 9-3 Pac-12), who won their fifth straight, and Utes battled for all 40 minutes, with neither team leading by more than five points at any point in the night.
Utah (9-10, 6-9), which dropped its third in a row, forced a 64-64 tie when Alfonso Plummer made a 3-pointer with 1:36 remaining. A Duarte free throw put Oregon ahead by a point, but the Utes had two possessions with an opportunity to take the lead.
Branden Carlson missed a hook shot just outside the key on one, and Plummer committed a turnover on the other. Duarte iced the win on a pair of free throws with three seconds left after the giveaway.
Duarte went just 4-of-12 shooting from the floor and 2-of-7 from 3-point range, but the second of his makes from beyond the arc erased a three-point Utah lead in the final two minutes.
Omoruyi fouled out with 3:29 remaining when he collided with Plummer, sending the Utah guard to the free-throw line for three foul shots that put the Utes ahead. Two free throws from Timmy Allen, who finished with 15 points, extended the advantage before Duarte's pivotal 3-pointer.
Oregon shot 9-for-23 (39.1 percent) from long range, outpacing Utah's 5-for-18 (27.8 percent) performance. Figueroa went 3-for-5, Omoruyi shot 2-for-3, and Will Richardson added another 3-pointer for part of his nine points.
Carlson and Pelle Larsson each added 13 points to complement Plummer's game-high 17 points. Carlson grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
With the win and USC's loss to Arizona earlier in the day, Oregon moved into a tie with the Trojans (12-3 in Pac-12) atop the loss column of the conference. The two teams meet on Monday in Los Angeles.
UCLA defeated Arizona State on Saturday night to also improve to 12-3 in conference play.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Alfonso Plummer 17
Chris Duarte 15
Pelle Larsson 5
Eugene Omoruyi 3
Branden Carlson 9
Eugene Omoruyi 6
Pelle Larsson 4
||Free Throws Made
Chris Duarte 5
Timmy Allen 1
LJ Figueroa 1
Branden Carlson 1
Franck Kepnang 2
Team Stats Summary