Utah’s Winning Streak Ends At Four After Loss to Oregon

Jan 31, 2019, 9:42 PM | Updated: 9:45 pm
Oregon Ducks guard Ehab Amin (4) and guard Will Richardson (0) puts full-court pressure on Utah Ute...
Oregon Ducks guard Ehab Amin (4) and guard Will Richardson (0) puts full-court pressure on Utah Utes forward Timmy Allen (20) at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)
(Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Turnovers doomed the Utah Utes in a 78-72 Pac-12 Conference loss to Oregon.

In the loss, Utah committed 19 turnovers and allowed 29 points off the miscues. In contrast, the Ducks turned the ball over just 10 times and only gave up nine points in return.

Hot Start Turns Cold

Utah started the game hot and so did the Utes’ Donnie Tillman, who drained his first three triple attempts in the first half to help Utah build a 14 point lead.

Despite leading 26-12 after the first 10 minutes, the Utes went cold to end the period, not making a single point in the final 2:21 in the half.

Oregon, on the other hand, heated up going on an 11-0 run to end the half to take a 38-34 lead at halftime.

The Utes managed to cut Oregon’s lead to just one with 14:58 remaining after a pair of free throws by Tillman, but that was as close as they would come as Oregon built a 14-point lead of its own.

Utah sliced the deficit to just four with 20 seconds to go on a 3-pointer by Sedrick Barefield but Oregon’s Payton Pritchard soon put the game out of reach with a pair of free throws to give the Ducks the victory that seemed improbable at the beginning.

With the loss, Utah’s streak of four straight conference wins came to an end. The Utes fell to 5-3 in conference play and 11-9 overall.

Tillman and Barefield both led the Utes with 16 points while Will Richardson paced the Ducks with 19 points.

Next Up

Utah will next host Oregon State on Saturday at 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.

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