Utah Utes vs. No. 17 Oregon Ducks: Live Game Updates

Jan 9, 2021, 7:33 PM | Updated: 9:29 pm
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Members of the Utah Utes and the Oregon Ducks warm up before their game January 9, 2021 at Jon M. Huntsman Center In Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – KSL Sports Live Game Coverage of the Utah Utes basketball team facing the No. 17 Oregon Ducks at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

The Utah Utes are trying to snap a two-game losing streak after losing to both Southern California schools last week while the Oregon Ducks are looking to bounce back after falling to Colorado.

It’s the beginning of a four-games in seven days stretch as the Runnin’ Utes will host Colorado on Monday, January 11, Stanford on Thursday, January 14 and California on Saturday, January 16.

Here are updates throughout the clash between Utah and Oregon.

Live Updates Between Utah Utes vs. Oregon Ducks

Utah Utes Starting Lineups

G | 15 | Rylan Jones | So., 6’0, 178 lbs.

G | 3 | Pelle Larsson | Fr., 6’5, 215 lbs.

F | 1 | Timmy Allen | Jr., 6’6, 205 lbs.

F | 21 | Riley Battin | Jr., 6’9, 230 lbs.

F | 20 | Mikael Jantunen | So., 6’8, 220 lbs.

Oregon Ducks Starting Lineup

G | 11 | Amauri Hardy | Sr., 6’2, 190 lbs.

G | 5 | Chris Duarte | Sr., 6’6, 190 lbs.

G | 12 | L.J. Figueroa | Sr., 6’6, 200 lbs.

F | 50 | Erick Williams Jr. | R-Jr., 6’6, 214 lbs.

F | 2 | Eugene Omoruyi | R-Sr., 6’6, 235 lbs.

First Half

Pelle Larsson got the game started with a three-pointer to give the Utes an early lead. The freshman made another triple about three minutes later and at this point, Utah is very efficient offensively.

At the first media timeout of the night, Utah had a 12-7 lead over Oregon with 14:25 remaining in the half. Larsson had 6 points to lead the Runnin’ Utes. Timmy Allen added 4 points and Mikael Jantuen nailed two free throws.

Eric Williams Jr. picked up 5 quick points for Oregon in that first portion of the half.

Under-16 Timeout

After trailing by five points at the first media timeout, Oregon responded with an 8-4 run. Timmy Allen is two points away from 1,000 career points at Utah.

At the second MTO of the night, Utah was up 16-15 over the Ducks.

Under-12 Timeout

Pelle Larsson found Mikael Jantunen as he was diving to the basket and the sophomore finished the layup which gave the Utes the lead but Oregon tied it up right after.

Oregon had their only lead of the game to this point at the under-8 media timeout. They were up 21-20 with 7:18 remaining until halftime. Timmy Allen and Pelle Larsson had 6 points apiece. Mikael Jantunen and Alfonso Plummer each had 4 points. That was all of Utah’s points.

Under-8 Timeout

Oregon had a three point lead before Timmy Allen scored back-to-back buckets. The first basket gave him 1,000 career points in his young Utah basketball career.

That forced Oregon to call a timeout with Utah up 26-25. Utah ended this segment with an 11-0 run and had a 33-25 lead over the Ducks. It was their largest lead of the game. Timmy Allen was a big part of it with 14 points.

Under-4 Timeout

The Runnin’ Utes were rolling offensively and finished the half making 10 straight field goals. They had a 43-33 lead at the half.

Allen led the way with 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field. Jantunen added 11 points. The Utes shot 66 percent from the field (18-27) and 57 percent from beyond the arc (4-7). It’s a different Utah team that we saw against USC when they made just four of their 30 field goal attempts in the second half. Oregon made just 36 percent of their field goals.

Second Half

Oregon came out firing as they jumped out to a 7-0 run before Utah scored their first bucket of the second half. By the first media timeout, the Ducks were on a 12-4 run and Utah’s lead was just 47-45 with 15:52 left in the game.

Pelle Larsson and Mikael Jantunen each had a bucket for Utah to start the second half.

Under-16 Timeout

The Ducks ended up taking the lead and Utah is in the middle of a scoring drought. They have scored in over two minutes to this point. Timmy Allen ended that drought with a bucket and the foul. Jantunen drilled a three-pointer to give the Utes the lead back.

Just before the media timeout, Allen threw a lob to Larsson, who finished the play with a layup. Oregon called a timeout. Utes had a 57-54 lead with 10:52 left in the game.

Under-12 Timeout

Exactly three minutes went by between media timeouts. During that stretch Utah scored two points and Oregon had four points. The Runnin’ Utes held a slim lead over the Ducks, 59-58 with 7:52 remaining in the game.

Under-8 Timeout

Despite making 6 of their last 8 field goals, Utah found themselves trailing the Ducks 65-61 near the under-four media timeout. The Runnin’ Utes continue to show fight which is great to see. At the final media timeout, Oregon had a 67-61 lead with under four minutes left.

Under-4 Timeout

Larsson made a layup to trim the deficit to 67-63 with 2:53 left. On Oregon’s next possession, Rylan Jones took a charge. The sophomore guard came down and made a layup to cut the lead to 67-65. For the second straight possession, Jones took a charge.

The Runnin’ Utes couldn’t capitalize on the possession as Allen missed the open three-pointer. Chris Duarte got the ball down low and made the layup while getting fouled. Oregon’s lead was up to 70-65 with under two minutes left.

Riley Battin answered with a three-pointer and Utah called a timeout with 1:40 left and trailing 70-68. Oregon responded with a bucket on the other end. Mikael Jantunen missed a layup with one minute left in the game.

Allen made two free throws on the Utes’ possession and Oregon’s lead was 74-70 with 39 seconds left. Oregon made it a two-possession game after making a pair of free throws.

The Ducks picked up a 79-73 win over the Utes.

Utah dropped to 4-4 overall and and 1-4 in Pac-12 play. They have lost three straight games. Up next they will host the Colorado Buffaloes on Monday, January 10 at 4 p.m. MST on the Pac-12 Networks.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASports. You can download and listen to the podcast, here.

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