Brooks powers No. 10 Oregon past Utah in return
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[January 27, 2017]
SALT LAKE CITY -- Dillon Brooks
returned quickly from a sprained foot to help No. 10 Oregon continue
its longest winning streak in school history.
The junior forward scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Ducks to
a 73-67 win over Utah on Thursday night at the Huntsman Center.
Brooks was 7 of 15 from the field after missing the previous game
due to the injury.
"I knew what was at stake, and I didn't want to let my team down,"
Brooks said. "I definitely wanted to play."
Jordan Bell added 15 points and Dylan Ennis scored 13 as Oregon won
its 17th straight game to improve to 8-0 in the Pac-12 Conference
for the first time in school history. The Ducks (19-2, 8-0) are tied
with Arizona for first place in the conference.
Oregon trailed by as many as six points in the first half and fell
behind early in the second half before pulling away for the victory
in front of a sellout crowd of 15,000.
"We knew they would be energetic coming in with the big crowd and us
being tied for first place in the conference," Oregon junior guard
Casey Benson said. "We battled back and got the win."
Senior center Chris Boucher added 10 points and seven rebounds,
while Benson scored eight points as Oregon won its eighth straight
game over the Utes.
"It was a great atmosphere and we were a little sluggish to start,"
Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "We didn't handle the last four
minutes worth a darn, but we found a way to win, so that is a good
Forward Kyle Kuzma scored 18 points to lead Utah (14-6, 5-3).
Freshman guard Devon Daniels added 11 points, and junior forward
David Collette had 10.
"We've got a long way to go," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "To
reach your potential, you have to beat teams like this."
Oregon shot 49.1 percent from the field compared to 48.1 percent for
Utah, but the Utes outrebounded the Ducks 33-28. Utah had 15
turnovers while Oregon had nine.
Oregon rallied late in the first half to take a 33-31 halftime lead,
and Brooks opened the second half with a basket before Collette
scored and Daniels made a 3-pointer to put Utah ahead 36-35.
Ennis made a free throw for Oregon, and Bell converted a three-point
play as Oregon went up 39-36. Kuzma made two free throws for Utah,
and guard Parker Van Dyke sank a 3-pointer to put the Utes up 41-39.
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Oregon Ducks forward Dillon Brooks (24) shoots the ball during the
first half against the Utah Utes at Jon M. Huntsman Center.
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Boucher converted a three-point play and Bell dunked before Benson
hit a trey to put Oregon ahead 47-41. Lorenzo Bonam scored for Utah
before Tyler Dorsey made two free throws and Ennis hit a free throw
before Bell dunked to give Oregon a 52-43 lead with 11:38 to play.
Bonam scored for Utah and Ennis answered for Oregon before Kuzma
scored to put Utah ahead 54-47. Utah trailed 56-49 after guard Devon
Daniels scored, but Ennis drove for a basket and Brooks made a free
throw before Ennis hit a 3-pointer to put Oregon ahead 62-49.
Collette scored and guard Sedrick Barefield made four free throws to
get the Utes within 64-55 before Kuzma drove to pull the Utes within
Barefield scored again to cut the lead to 64-59 before Brooks made
two free throws for Oregon. Boucher dunked to give Oregon a 68-61
lead before Daniels dunked for Utah.
Dorsey drove for an Oregon basket before Kuzma hit a 3-pointer to
get Utah within 70-66 with 1:40 to go.
NOTES: Oregon F Keith Smith returned after missing the previous two
games with an undisclosed injury. He played briefly Thursday and did
not score. ... F David Collette was back for the Utes after missing
two games due to a concussion. He finished with 10 points in 25
minutes. ... Utah had scored 80 points or more in five straight
games for the first time since 1993-94, but that string came to an
end. ... Oregon is the only team in the Pac-12 without a player
ranked in the top 20 in scoring.
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