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Young's late 3 lifts Oregon to 67-64 win over No. 17 Utah in Pac-12 quarterfinals

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LAS VEGAS — Utah had its Pac-12 Tournament end with a last-second shot by Oregon's Joseph Young.

The real reason the Utes lost came long before it.

Young hit a long 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left and scored 25 points, but it was a sloppy first half that had Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak annoyed after the 17th-ranked Utes' 67-64 loss to Oregon on Friday night in the Pac-12 semifinals.

"I don't think we lost that game on the last shot; that was a heck of a shot," Krystkowiak said. "That game was lost in the first half with all of our turnovers. But I'm proud of our guys coming back and staying in it."

Both teams started hot and spent the night trading baskets in front of a raucous, largely pro-Utah crowd inside MGM Grand Arena.

No. 2 seed Oregon (25-8) led 64-60 with about 90 seconds left, but Utah's Dakarai Tucker hit two free throws, and Young was called for an offensive foul with 12 seconds left.

Delon Wright was fouled by Jordan Bell about 30 feet from the basket and the Utah senior hit both free throws, setting up Oregon's final shot.

Oregon coach Dana Altman wanted to have Young come off a screen to get the shot, but the 6-foot-2 guard insisted on bringing the ball up himself. Instead of taking the ball to the basket as Altman thought, Young pulled up from close to 35 feet and made it.

The Utes (24-8) had one last chance, but Wright's desperation heave missed, sending the Ducks charging out after Young and into Saturday night's championship game against No. 5 Arizona.

Dillon Brooks had 14 points, and Elgin Cook 13 for the Ducks.

Brandon Taylor had 24 points, and Wright added 16 for the Utes.

Utah started slowly in its quarterfinal game against Stanford on Thursday, appearing as if its late-season shooting woes would continue. That changed in the second half, when the Utes started dropping in 3-pointers, finishing 12 of 19 from behind the arc in the 80-56 win.

PHOTO: Utah's Delon Wright, center, shoots over Oregon's Dillon Brooks, left, and Oregon's Elgin Cook during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Pac-12 conference tournament Friday, March 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. Oregon defeated Utah 67-64. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Utah's Delon Wright, center, shoots over Oregon's Dillon Brooks, left, and Oregon's Elgin Cook during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Pac-12 conference tournament Friday, March 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. Oregon defeated Utah 67-64. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Oregon had a similar start against Colorado on Thursday to earn a spot in the semifinals after revving up its pressure defense. Young scored 30 points, and the Ducks outscored the Buffaloes 27-2 in points off turnovers.

Oregon won the lone meeting between these teams 69-58 after Dillon Brooks scored 11 straight points late in the second half.

Utah attempted 29 3-pointers in that game, six more than it attempted from 2-point range.

Both teams came out firing from behind the arc in the rematch, combining to go 7 of 10 in the opening 4 1/2 minutes.

The Ducks and Utes went through two long scoreless droughts before the shots started falling again late in the half.

Taylor was nearly unstoppable, scoring 16 points, but the Utes had 11 turnovers and led only 31-30 at halftime.

Young got rolling in the second half, just as he did against Colorado, dropping in one shot after another as the back and forth continued.

Taylor, who was quiet for a big chunk of the second half, hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 60-all with 2 1/2 minutes left, setting up the furious finish.

TIP INS

Oregon: Taylor was 6 for 9 from 3-point range, but the rest of the team was 2 for 12.

Utah: The Utes had a 36-24 rebounding advantage.

UP NEXT

Oregon: will face to-seeded Arizona in Saturday's championship game.

Utah: has to wait until Sunday to see if it will play in the NCAA Tournament.

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