Oregon men keep rolling

Ducks edge Utah 67-64 for fifth straight win
Staff Report

The Oregon men’s basketball team survived another tight battle and beat Utah 67-64 Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena, the Ducks’ fifth-straight win and third consecutive decided by four points or less.

After Utah hit a game-tying three-pointer with 1:36 left in the second half, Chris Duarte put the Ducks back in front with a free throw. The Utes turned it over on their final two possessions, and Duarte added two more free throws to keep the Ducks in the mix with USC and UCLA as Pac-12 teams with just three losses so far this season.

Oregon, which led by five points twice during the game, got 15 points each from Duarte and LJ Figeroa.

“Found a way to win,” UO coach Dana Altman said. “At this time of year, that’s sometimes all you can do.”

Neither team led by more than three in the first half, and neither led by more than five in the second. The Utes took their biggest lead of the game by opening the second half with two free throws, which put the Ducks (14-4, 9-3 Pac-12) into a 37-33 hole.

Oregon responded to that deficit with an 11-2 run, going up 38-37 on a three-pointer by Will Richardson and extending the advantage to 44-39 on a putback by Eugene Omoruyi. A three-pointer by Duarte put the Ducks back up by five at 50-45, and Jalen Terry made it 52-47 with a midrange jumper. But from that point on, neither team led by more than three.