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Oregon rallies to beat Utah 68-66 in Pac-12 quarterfinals

LAS VEGAS (AP) Trying to beat Oregon at the rim with the game on the line is becoming a bad idea in this Pac-12 tournament.

The long arms of Kenny Wooten are making sure of it.

Elijah Brown led Oregon's second-half comeback and Wooten finished it off with his second straight game-ending blocked shot, lifting the Ducks to a 68-66 win over Utah in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals on Thursday night.

''It was a big play,'' Oregon coach Dana Altman said. ''He (Sedrick Barefield) got away from us on the baseline and was going to get a pretty good look, and Kenny got it. Big play.''

Utah (19-11) was in control well into the second half of a foul-filled game behind its shooting. The Utes shot 51 percent from the field, made 8 of 17 from the 3-point arc and led by 11 early in the second half.

They just had a hard time shaking the Ducks (22-11).

Oregon chipped the lead down to two with three minutes left and MiKyle McIntosh put the Ducks ahead up 68-66 on a 3-point play with 62 seconds left.

The teams traded missed shots, giving Utah the ball with 9.7 seconds left. Barefield drove the length of the court, swooped under the basket for a reverse layup, the chance to tie the game at his fingertips.

Wooten crushed the Utes' hopes, flying in to swat the ball away at the buzzer. He had a similar effect in Oregon's first-round game against Washington State, blocking two shots in the final 13 seconds.

Brown scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and hit seven 3-pointers, one shy of the tournament record. McIntosh finished with 18 points

Now the Ducks are head to the semifinals, Friday night against USC.

''We decided to get some stops, get rebounds, just keep attacking and getting the best shot we can for each other,'' McIntosh said. ''Some shots went down, and that's when the game kind of turned around for us.''

Oregon overcame it shaky shooting by grabbing 12 offensive rebounds to extend possessions and made 19 of 25 free throws.

Justin Bibbins led Utah with 20 points and David Collette had 16 before fouling out.

''It was the offensive rebounds where they got extra possessions and you can't defend the free-throw line,'' Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. ''That's a big part of it, and they pressed and we lost a little bit of our offensive rebounding.''

The final Pac-12 quarterfinal was essentially an NCAA Tournament bubble buster.

A regular-season win over Arizona gives the Utes a slight bubble edge over the Ducks, but neither team could afford a loss and realistically expect an NCAA bid. Both teams likely need a deep run in the Pac-12 tournament to have any shot.

Oregon took its first step in the first round on Wednesday, overcoming a 17-point first half to beat Washington State 64-62 in overtime.

The Ducks made seven of their first eight shots against the Utes and Utah answered with an 8-0 run. Outside of those stretches, neither team could get much to fall.

Utah went more than seven minutes without a field goal, yet still shot 9 of 19 and led 30-25 at halftime. Oregon shot 8 of 27, missing 9 of its final 10 shots.

Utah got the second half off to a hot start just like the first, opening 6 of 7 from the field to stretch the lead to 45-36.

Oregon continued to clang away, going 5 1/2 minutes without a field goal, yet still managed to keep the Utes within reach.

The Ducks started seeing the ball go in the basket, closing to within four on Brown's 3-pointer with seven minutes left and kept going from there.

''It's just the flow of the game,'' Bibbins said. ''They got hot late, we kind of cooled off. You have a low margin of error at this time and they made plays.''

BIG PICTURE

Utah had multiple chances to put the Ducks away and couldn't do it.

Oregon has proven its resilience so far in the Pac-12 Tournament, rallying to win both games.

UP NEXT

Oregon moves on to Friday's semifinals against USC.

Utah will have to wait to see what its postseason options will be.

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Key Players
P. Pritchard
3 G
J. Bibbins
1 G
34.3 Min. Per Game 34.3
14.4 Pts. Per Game 14.4
4.9 Ast. Per Game 4.9
2.9 Reb. Per Game 2.9
45.1 Field Goal % 46.7
41.9 Three Point % 45.1
79.1 Free Throw % 85.7
  Defensive rebound by Elijah Brown 0.0
  Sedrick Barefield missed layup, blocked by Kenny Wooten 0.0
  Shot clock violation turnover on Oregon 7.0
  Defensive rebound by Payton Pritchard 38.0
  Sedrick Barefield missed 3-pt. jump shot 40.0
+ 1 MiKyle McIntosh made free throw 1:00
  Shooting foul on David Collette 1:00
+ 2 MiKyle McIntosh made layup 1:00
+ 1 Donnie Tillman made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:10
+ 1 Donnie Tillman made 1st of 2 free throws 1:10
  Personal foul on Elijah Brown 1:10
Team Stats
Points 68 66
Field Goals 20-53 (37.7%) 22-43 (51.2%)
3-Pointers 9-23 (39.1%) 8-17 (47.1%)
Free Throws 19-25 (76.0%) 14-19 (73.7%)
Total Rebounds 34 25
Offensive 7 3
Defensive 19 19
Team 8 3
Assists 10 12
Steals 4 3
Blocks 3 3
Turnovers 5 9
Fouls 20 20
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
20 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Oregon 22-11 254368
home team logo Utah 19-11 303666
Team Stats
away team logo Oregon 22-11 75.3 PPG 39.7 RPG 14.6 APG
home team logo Utah 19-11 73.5 PPG 37.6 RPG 14.0 APG
Key Players
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E. Brown G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
J. Bibbins G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
E. Brown G 21 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
J. Bibbins G 20 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
37.7 FG% 51.2
39.1 3PT FG% 47.1
76.0 FT% 73.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Brown 34 21 4 1 0 0 1 2 7/15 7/12 0/0 0 4
M. McIntosh 33 18 6 3 0 1 0 0 5/12 1/3 7/11 3 3
P. Pritchard 34 9 3 2 0 0 1 4 3/10 1/5 2/2 0 3
P. White 22 8 2 2 1 0 0 4 1/4 0/2 6/6 0 2
T. Brown 28 4 1 1 1 0 0 3 2/8 0/1 0/0 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Brown 34 21 4 1 0 0 1 2 7/15 7/12 0/0 0 4
M. McIntosh 33 18 6 3 0 1 0 0 5/12 1/3 7/11 3 3
P. Pritchard 34 9 3 2 0 0 1 4 3/10 1/5 2/2 0 3
P. White 22 8 2 2 1 0 0 4 1/4 0/2 6/6 0 2
T. Brown 28 4 1 1 1 0 0 3 2/8 0/1 0/0 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Wooten 21 4 8 1 0 1 2 3 0/0 0/0 4/6 3 5
K. Smith 9 2 1 0 0 1 1 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 0
V. Bailey Jr. 10 2 1 0 1 0 0 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1
A. Kigab 9 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
R. Sorkin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Cage - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Gross - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 68 26 10 4 3 5 20 20/53 9/23 19/25 7 19
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Bibbins 40 20 3 4 2 0 4 2 4/7 2/4 10/11 0 3
D. Collette 19 16 1 0 0 1 1 5 8/9 0/0 0/0 0 1
T. Rawson 32 7 8 3 0 1 2 5 2/5 2/5 1/2 0 8
P. Van Dyke 28 6 0 4 0 0 1 0 2/3 2/3 0/0 0 0
G. Bealer 22 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Bibbins 40 20 3 4 2 0 4 2 4/7 2/4 10/11 0 3
D. Collette 19 16 1 0 0 1 1 5 8/9 0/0 0/0 0 1
T. Rawson 32 7 8 3 0 1 2 5 2/5 2/5 1/2 0 8
P. Van Dyke 28 6 0 4 0 0 1 0 2/3 2/3 0/0 0 0
G. Bealer 22 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Barefield 27 11 3 1 1 0 0 1 5/14 1/4 0/0 1 2
D. Tillman 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/2 0/0 2/2 0 0
J. Johnson 20 1 6 0 0 1 1 3 0/2 0/0 1/4 2 4
C. Seeley 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Connor - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jokl - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Reininger - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Rydalch - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Caldwell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Doutrive - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Duda - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. King - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Popoola - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 66 22 12 3 3 9 20 22/43 8/17 14/19 3 19