LAS VEGAS (ABC 4 Sports) - An historic run by Utah men’s basketball ended in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament as the Runnin’ Utes succumbed to Oregon, 64-45.
Utah won its first tournament game since joining the Pac-12 on Wednesday night with 69-66 victory against USC. The Utes then became the first No. 10 seed in tournament history to capture a pair of games when they knocked off Cal, 76-66 in overtime last night. It also marked the first time a No. 10 had beaten a No. 2 seed and doubled the all-time win total by No. 10 seeds in the Pac-12 postseason event.
Brandon Taylor led Utah with 13 points and Jason Washburn, playing in his final game, finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. The senior capped his career with 1,073 points and 155 blocks, fourth all-time. He also finished with the fifth best field-goal percentage in program history (.565).
Oregon stifled Jarred DuBois and Jordan Loveridge, Utah's top two scorers, all night. DuBois missed all eight of his shots and went scoreless, while Loveridge had eight points on 1-of-10 shooting. Utah shot 29 percent and went 5 of 17 from 3-point range.
Damyean Dotson and E.J. Singler scored 14 points as the Ducks (25-8) gave the Utes no chance of a repeat upset at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Oregon used an early 16-4 run to stake its claim on a 21-10 lead. After a three-pointer by Taylor, the Ducks went on another 6-0 run to close the half ahead 29-15. The point total was the lowest in a period this season for the Utes, who only connected on 32 percent of their field goal tries and turned the ball over eight times.
Utah started the second half stronger offensively, but Oregon countered with an 8-0 run of its own, opening up a 41-22 lead. Utah chipped away and trimmed the margin to eight, 47-39, with just under ten minutes in regulation. The Utes had a pair of looks to try and get the deficit to five, but could not convert.
From that point, Utah would get no closer and free throws at the end stretched the lead to its final tally of 65-45.
The Utes close the season with a record of 15-18.