EUGENE, Ore. — Utah's first Pac-12 regular season began with a 40-point loss at Colorado. It's shaping up to end on an even worse note.
Oregon holds a 52-14 halftime lead over the Utes at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Ducks jumped out to a 34-2 advantage over the first 13½ minutes. Devoe Joseph and Carlos Emory paced the early outburst with 12 and 10 points, respectively. They teamed to make 9-of-9 shots from the field, including 4-for-4 accuracy from 3-point range.
Utah's only basket during the decisive stretch was made by Jason Washburn with 17:52 to play in the half. The Oregon crowd mockingly cheered when Anthony Odunsi gave the Utes, who missed 12 of their first 13 shots, a second score more than 11 minutes later.
It ushered in a 6-0 run for Utah that reduced the deficit to 34-8. Oregon responded to the slight momentum shift with another crushing blow, an 18-4 burst that included four consecutive 3-pointers.
Utah ended the long-range assault with a basket by Jason Washburn just before the halftime buzzer. The junior had 10 of the Utes' points at the break.
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