Oregon stuns Utah on Young's game-winner

Las Vegas, NV ( - With time winding down in the biggest game of the season, the Pac-12 Player of the Year took matters into his own hands.

Joseph Young was midway between the 3-point line and midcourt when he let his game-winner fly. It hit nothing but nylon.

Young scored a game-high 25 points and the Oregon Ducks upset No. 17 Utah 67-64 to advance to the Pac-12 Tournament finals.

Oregon held a 64-62 lead when Young was whistled for a charge with 12.1 seconds to go. Delon Wright drew a foul at the other end and tied the game with a pair of free throws.

The quick inbounds pass went to Young, who rushed the ball up the court and pulled the trigger prematurely with just under three seconds left, but it swished through the net nonetheless. Wright's three-quarter court heave missed short at the horn.

"We made a play at the end and won the ball game," said a humble Young.

"We fought at the end. I had the turnover, but my team didn't give up on me."

Dillon Brooks and Elgin Cook added 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Ducks (25-8), who will take on top-seeded Arizona in Saturday's championship.

Brandon Taylor made six 3-pointers for a season-high 24 points and Wright finished with 16, nine rebounds and five assists for the Utes (24-8).

"Great players rise to the occasion, and at the end of the day, (Young) made a crucial play for his team," Taylor said. "That's really all I can say, it was a tough shot."

Utah took its biggest lead of the game late in the first half, when Taylor's 3-pointer made it 31-25, but the Ducks scored the final five before halftime.

Young's trey 4 1/2 minutes into the second half gave Oregon its first lead since it was 5-2. Utah briefly reclaimed the lead on a Taylor 3 two minutes later, but Dwayne Benjamin hit from deep at 11:41 and the Ducks played frontrunner from there until Taylor's corner 3 with 2 1/2 left knotted the game at 60.

Oregon responded at the other end, with Cook absorbing contact on a putback layup following Young's missed layup. Cook's tip, and the free throw that ensued, went in to make it 63-60.

Game Notes

Arizona beat Oregon both meetings this season by an average of 22 points ... Neither team led by more than six points ... Utah won the rebounding margin, 36-24.