EUGENE, Ore. (ABC4 Sports) – The Utah Valley men’s basketball team pulled off one of the biggest upsets in school history.
The Wolverines built a 17-point lead at Oregon Tuesday night, and held on for a 77-72 victory over the Ducks, who began the season ranked 21st in the country.
Trey Woodbury scored 24 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had six assists and helped Utah Valley withstand a late comeback.
“I was proud of our players,” said Utah Valley head coach Mark Madsen. “I was really proud of the way they played and competed. We made big plays when we had to make big plays. Le’Tre (Darthard) came up with a huge three in the corner and Trey came up with a huge pull-up jumper on a side out-of-bounds play. You have to give Oregon a lot of credit. They pounded us on the glass.”
The Wolverines took a 41-24 lead into intermission, but Oregon whittled it away in the second half, getting the deficit to single digits for good on a layup by Quincy Guerrier with 7:14 left, and his 3 with 5:51 left made it a two-possession game, 62-58.
Utah Valley managed to squelch every Oregon run. Le’Tre Darthard knocked down a 3 with 3:44 left to push the lead to seven, 68-61.
Guerrier hit a clutch 3 and hit two free throws with 1:22 left to get within two, but Woodbury came out of a Utah Valley timeout to stick a pull-up 17-footer with just over a minute to go and added a free throw with :29 left to make it a five-point game. Blaze Nield and Justin Harmon both hit a pair of free throws in the final 13 seconds to preserve the win.
Justin Harmon and Tim Ceaser each had 13 points for the Wolverines, who improved to 9-4 on the year.
Oregon shot just 35.3 percent from the floor, and made 3 of 19 shots from 3-point range. UVU made 42.2 percent from the field, and made 8 of 20 from beyond the arc.
This is UVU’s third victory ever over a Pac-12 school. The Wolverines defeated Washington last year, 68-52. They also beat Oregon State in 2010, 70-68, and Arizona State in 2005, 75-71.
This is just the fourth time Utah Valley has beaten a Power-6 team in school history.
UVU has now won six straight games, including a victory over BYU two weeks ago.
Utah Valley now has nine days off before opening Western Athletic Conference play at home against Sam Houston on Thursday, Dec. 29.