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Ducks take down Utes in back & forth affair, secure fifth straight win

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The Oregon Ducks are getting hot at the right time! 

Entering a crucial stretch in the season, the Ducks (14-4, 9-3 Pac-12) gutted out a 67-64 win over the Utah Utes at Matthew Knight Arena Saturday night. 

Oregon won their fifth straight game and their last three games have been gritty wins, too, winning by a total of nine points. 

Neither team led by more than two possessions Saturday. 

“We found a way to win," Ducks head coach Dana Altman said after the game. "At this time of year, that's sometimes all you can do."

Chris Duarte and LJ Figueroa led the way for the Ducks with 15 points apiece. Eugene Omoruyi posted a 13 point, six rebound and three assist stat line. Will Richardson scored nine points. Eric Williams Jr., who missed the previous two games with a knee injury, returned to action Saturday, scoring seven points and pulled down five rebounds. 

It was a historic night for the Ducks, as well. The victory guaranteed a winning season by Oregon for the 11th year in a row, making it a program record. 

It is also Dana Altman’s 24th straight winning season, which he shares only with Jim Boeheim, Mike Krzyzewski, Bill Self and Tom Izzo.

Up next, the Ducks will play at USC on Monday at 6 pm.