Dillon Brooks (20 points), Jordan Bell (17) and Tyler Dorsey (16) combined to score 53 of Oregon’s 79 points and the 7th-ranked Ducks raced past the Utah Utes 79-61 Thursday evening at Matthew Knight Arena.
Dorsey hit a three-ball to open the scoring and the Ducks never trailed in improving their season record to 23-4 overall and 12-2 in Pac-12 play. Utah slipped to 17-9, 8-6.
Garbed in yet a new shade of green – “Electric Green” according to the University’s press release earlier in the day – the win was the Ducks’ 41st straight win at home, the longest current winning streak in the country.
After holding the Utes to 26 of 68 (38.2%) from the floor, head coach Dana Altman was pleased with the Ducks’ defensive effort if somewhat disappointed at allowing Utah 19 second chance points.
“I thought defensively our activity was pretty good for the most part,” he said. “That was a big disappointment … But those second-chance points kind of takes all your effort defensively of the board and makes it tough … Usually with a number like that, you don’t win the game.”
Oregon shot the ball much better, hitting 31 of their 58 shots for a 53.4% mark from the floor, including 7-19 from behind the arc. The Ducks also out rebounded the Utes 38-31 and were credited with 10 blocked shots with Bell’s five leading the way.
“I think every month we’ve gotten better,” said Bell. “We are a totally different team than when we played in Maui, and at Baylor. If we played those teams again, I think we’d win. I think we’re making steps consistently.”
Bell also led the Ducks with seven rebounds.
The Ducks finish their 2017 home schedule against Colorado on Saturday. Tip off is set for 12:00 noon. Seniors Dylan Ennis and Chris Boucher will be recognized in post game ceremonies.
~ Rick Morgan