Brooks returns to lead No. 10 Oregon over Utah

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Russ Isabella / USA TODAY Sports

SALT LAKE CITY – Dillon Brooks returned from missing a game with a foot injury to score 17 points and lead No. 10 Oregon over Utah, 73-67 on Thursday night.

The Ducks (19-2, 8-0 Pac-12) led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but Devon Daniel’s dunk off Lorenzo Bonam’s steal sliced the deficit to five and then Kyle Kuzma’s 3-pointer made it 70-66 with 1:40 to play.

But the Utes (14-6, 5-3) were denied multiple chances at the rim, including Chris Boucher’s block of Kuzma’s shot with 31 seconds left.

Brooks and Payton Pritchard made free throws to clinch the game in the waning seconds.

Jordan Bell had 15 points and Dylan Ennis added 13 for the Ducks, who extended the longest winning streak in Oregon history to 17 games.

Kuzma scored 18 points and Daniels had 11 for Utah, which is still searching for a signature win after a soft nonconference schedule. David Collette had 10 in limited minutes.

After trailing by two early in the second half, Oregon went on a 13-2 run, capped by Jordan Bell’s dunk, to take a 52-43 lead with 11:38 to play. The Ducks made their big move while Collette was on the bench with foul trouble.

Utah led for much of the first half until Brooks lobbed an alley-oop pass for Boucher for a dunk and then hit a 3-pointer to give the Ducks a 33-31 halftime lead.

Oregon hasn’t had a close game since nipping UCLA 89-87 in the conference opener and struggled by going the final 3:26 without a field goal but the defense carried the day again.

Oregon has won eight straight games against Utah.

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