Oregon men lose at Utah, costing them a share of Pac-12 title | College basketball
The Oregon men's team lost 72-62 at Utah, costing them a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title. The Ducks settled for a second-place tie behind UCLA.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Pac-12 regular-season title was in reach, but Oregon stumbled and staggered to the finish line.
Jason Washburn collected 20 points and 13 rebounds to help Utah beat the 19th-ranked Ducks 72-62 on Saturday.
"We didn't perform when the pressure was on," Oregon guard Johnathan Loyd said. "When the championship was on the line, we didn't compete the way we usually do."
UCLA beat Washington 61-54 to take the regular-season title, while Oregon (23-8 overall, 12-6 Pac-12) settled for a second-place tie with Arizona and California. The Ducks lost 76-53 at Colorado on Thursday.
"I don't want to be defined by those last couple games, because we are better than that," said Oregon coach Dana Altman, whose players seemed distracted, committing careless turnovers and often forgetting to press after made baskets.
Oregon's seniors — E.J. Singler, Tony Woods, Arsalan Kazemi and Carlos Emory — were too upset to address media after the game.
"They are so sad," Loyd said. "We also wanted this win to send the seniors off right and get them a ring. E.J. has been here for four years and some terrible seasons."
Singler led Oregon, which trailed 44-30 at halftime, with 21 points.
"They really took it at us that first half and we never recovered," Altman said. "We didn't play with the energy, the purpose, the focus that we needed."
At No. 18 Arizona 73, Arizona St. 58
Nick Johnson had 17 points and the Wildcats (24-6, 12-6) earned a first-round bye in this week's Pac-12 tournament by defeating the Sun Devils (20-11, 9-9).
Carrick Felix led Arizona State with 22 points.
Oregon St. 64,
at Colorado 58
Eric Moreland scored 17 points to help the Beavers (14-17, 4-14) beat the Buffaloes (20-10, 10-8) and end a five-game skid.
After the game, Colorado coach Tad Boyle used the public-address system to tell fans: "I apologize for today's performance."
UCLA 61, Washington 54
Washington State 76, USC 51
Utah 72, Oregon 62
Arizona 73, Arizona State 58
Oregon State 64, Colorado 58