Duarte, Figueroa help Oregon slip past Utah 67-64

NCAA Basketball

EUGENE, Ore. (AP)Chris Duarte and LJ Figueroa scored 15 points apiece and Oregon beat Utah 67-64 on Saturday night for the Ducks’ fifth straight win.

Eugene Omoruyi added 13 points for Oregon (14-4, 9-3 Pac-12) before fouling out with 3:29 to play.

Duarte, who had 11 points in the second half, and Figueroa hit 3-pointers 21 seconds apart to give the Ducks a 64-61 lead with 1:55 to play. Alfonso Plummer answered with a 3-pointer before Duarte made 1 of 2 free throws to give Oregon the lead for good with 1:20 remaining. Utah went 0 for 2 from the field with two turnovers from there, and Duarte made two free throws with three seconds left to cap the scoring.

Plummer hit four 3s and finished with 17 points, and Timmy Allen scored 15 for Utah (9-10, 6-9). Branden Carlson and Pelle Larsson added 13 points apiece. Carlson had nine rebounds, and Larsson had seven boards and five assists.

Neither team led by more than five points, and there were nine ties and 19 lead changes.

Oregon, which made just four of its first 14 second-half shots and went without a field goal for more than three minutes midway through the period, made 8 of 15 – including four 3-pointers – to close it out.

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