EUGENE, Ore. — Utah's first Pac-12 regular season began with a 40-point loss at Colorado. It ended on an even worse note — a 94-48 loss to Oregon Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Utes (6-24, 3-15), who will face Colorado in the Pac-12 Tournament on Wednesday, were outscored, outrebounded, outplayed and outmanned from start-to-finish by the Ducks (22-8, 13-5).
It was the most lopsided loss in Utah history, topping a 60-16 setback to Denver A.C., on Dec. 14, 1934.
Oregon led 52-14 at halftime after opening the game with a 34-2 run. 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 Washburn just before the halftime buzzer. The junior had 10 of the Utes' points at the break and wound up finishing with a career-high 26.
It was the lone bright spot in an extremely gloomy game for Utah. After showing a little bit of fight early in the second half — going on an 11-4 run to cut the huge deficit to 56-25 — things turned ugly once again.
Oregon retaliated with an outburst that eventually gave the Ducks a pair of 48-point leads down the stretch.
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