Oregon Basketball: Will Richardson Leads Oregon Ducks To Win At Utah

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 07: Head coach Dana Altman of the Oregon Ducks signals his players during a first-round game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament against the Washington State Cougars at T-Mobile Arena on March 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Ducks won 64-62 in overtime. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 07: Head coach Dana Altman of the Oregon Ducks signals his players during a first-round game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament against the Washington State Cougars at T-Mobile Arena on March 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Ducks won 64-62 in overtime. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /
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Freshman Will Richardson had his best game as a Duck and helped the team to a road win against the Utah Utes 78-72.

It was a game that put the best three-point shooting offense in the Pac-12 against the best three-point shooting defense. The Oregon Ducks have been the top team in the Conference at Defending outside shots this season, despite not having Bol Bol who was lost for the year with a foot injury before the start of Pac-12 play.

There were times early in the game where it did not look like Oregon would have an opportunity to win. Utah came out hot early building a double digit lead, but the Ducks crawled back into it and led at the break. Oregon shot 47 percent from the floor and found some big three-point baskets in the final 10 minutes to extend their lead. They were outshot from distance but limited their turnovers committing just 10 to Utah who ended the game with 17.

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Will Richardson led the team with 19 points along with 3 blocks. Paul White was effective inside scoring 14 points in 29 minutes. Oregon is working White back into the lineup after he suffered an ankle injury against Arizona State several weeks ago. White has become the Senior Leader of a young Oregon team and has stepped up his role with better efficiency on the floor this season.

Kenny Wooten was effective on the Defensive end with 3 of the Oregon Ducks 8 blocks. He also had 3 rebounds and a steal but was limited with 4 fouls for the game. He played for just 22 minutes. Oregon is progressing on Offense and building chemistry game by game. Without Wooten on the floor, the team stepped up for a road win that in Pac-12 play is always important.

The Oregon Ducks will look for back to back wins on Saturday when they head to Colorado to take on the Buffaloes. (Saturday 6:30 pm Pacific Time, Pac-12 Network)