It was the second straight game that Oregon Basketball played from behind from the start, but a second-half comeback gave the Ducks a 79-73 win at Utah.
For Oregon, four of the five Ducks starters did most of the scoring against the Utes. Chris Duarte led the way for the second straight game putting up 25 points and hitting three of five from beyond the arc and also hitting four of five from the free-throw line. Eric Williams Jr. has been consistent for the Ducks all season so far and that continued vs Utah.
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Eric Williams Jr. finished with 19 points He also had 6 rebounds before fouling out. He played for 34 minutes. In the season that a win is important, the coronavirus pandemic is not allowing the usual disbursement of minutes for the team. It is not allowing it with any team in the country. The Ducks, along with others have heavily leaned on their starters over the first few months of the season and it has paid off so far.
Eugene Omoruyi struggled at Utah. He was 0 for 7 for the game. The Ducks found themselves down 10 points at halftime, 43-33. They mounted their second-half comeback forcing 18 Utah turnovers and turning them into 20 points. They also had 7 points from a limited bench. 60 percent of the Oregon Ducks scoring came in the second half.
Oregon had 28 points in the paint but were outrebounded 37 to 27. Defensively Oregon forced turnovers. The Ducks also had 10 steals, 6 blocks, and 15 assists to get back on a winning track.
The Oregon Ducks are now 9-2 and 4-1 in Pac-12 Conference play.
Games this weekend have been put on hold as the team has paused all team activities because of COVI-19 protocols. The games against Arizona and Arizona State have been postponed. The Ducks next game is against UCLA on January 19th tentatively slated for 2 pm Pacigic Time on ESPN2.