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Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Utah's Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak eyes one of the referees as Utah and Oregon play Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 in the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah basketball team hung with Oregon for most of the night, but fell to the Ducks 79-68 Thursday night at the Huntsman Center.

The Utes led for much of the game and were still up 59-58 with 6:17 left, but couldn't score on their next eight possessions, while the Ducks went on a 11-0 run to put the game away.

With the loss the Utes fell to 5-17 on the season and 2-8 in Pac-12 play, while the Ducks improved to 16-6 overall and 7-3 in league play.

Chris Hines scored 20 points, including 4 of 9 from 3-point range to lead the Utes, while Cedric Martin chipped in 15. Kareem Storey added 10 points and 11 assists and only had one turnover.

Oregon was led by Devoe Joseph with 20 points and Carlos Emory with 14 and EJ Singler with 12.

After shooting 52.2 percent in the first half, the Utes only managed 32.0 percent in the second half and finished at 41.7 for the game. Oregon shot 49.1 percent for the game,.

The Utes went into halftime tied 36-36 after a back-and-forth first half between the two teams.

Utah trailed 14-8 early in the game, but ran off 10 straight points, while the Ducks went scoreless for more than four minutes.

Then after Oregon scored eight straight, it was Utah's turn for an 11-0 run as Jason Washburn scored five straight and Anthony Odunsi and Hines hit back-to-back 3-pointers to push the lead to 29-22 with 6:50 left.

In the second half, Utah led by as many as eight at 49-41, but the Ducks outscored the Utes 12-3 to re-take the lead at 53-52.

The Utes will play Oregon State Saturday afternoon at home (3 p.m.), while Oregon goes to Boulder to play Colorado.