SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s chance for a signature victory vanished quickly, twice.
The Utes had two chances to set up a game-winning shot. Both times they fell short. The second failure opened the door for No. 10 Oregon’s dramatic victory.
Dominic Artis tipped a pass intended for Dallin Bachynski to Damyean Dotson in the waning seconds of overtime. Dotson quickly raced down the court and put home a breakaway dunk to make it 70-68 with 1 second left Thursday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
“That was unbelievable,” said Dotson, who finished with 11 points and kept the Ducks unbeaten. “I never had a game-winner like that before. It’s the greatest feeling for me. That’s a great way to start conference (play).”
Jordan Loveridge scored 21 points for Utah, while Delon Wright chipped in 14 and Bachynski added 11 points and 12 rebounds. The Utes (11-2, 0-1) led by as many as 10 points in the second half.
Wright put the Utes ahead 68-66 with consecutive baskets. But Dotson made two free throws to tie it in the final minute before coming up with the winning basket.
Loveridge got off a 3-point attempt before the buzzer, but it bounced off the rim. He had a chance to make a game-winning 3-pointer on the final play of regulation, but that shot also came up short.
“We know we can play and compete with everyone in the league,” Loveridge said. “Hopefully next time we can make the plays down the stretch. The guys that have been here the last few years understand what we need to do moving forward. It hurts of course but we can’t sit back and think about it.”
Richard Amardi had 14 points and Dominic Artis added 12 for Oregon (13-0, 1-0), which rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half. The Ducks are off to their best start since winning 13 straight games to open the 2006-07 season.
Colorado beats Oregon State, 64-58
BOULDER, Colo. — Struggling to get on track offensively, No. 20 Colorado instead leaned on its defense and scored just enough to come out on top.
Josh Scott, Askia Booker and Jaron Hopkins all had 13 points, and the Buffaloes hung on to beat Oregon State 64-58 on Thursday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
“It was kind of a pitcher’s duel tonight, two teams who weren’t real good offensively,” Colorado coach Tad Boyle said.
He noted that Oregon State had come into the game shooting better than 50 percent from the field but was held to 37.5 percent and was forced into 17 turnovers that led to 25 points. Colorado was just a little better, making 38.2 percent of its shots, though it took much better care of the ball with only seven turnovers.
Oregon State coach Craig Robinson said the turnovers were costly.
“When you play a really good team like this, that’s ranked in the Top 25, you can’t make the kind of mistakes we made,” Robinson said. “In the first half, we turned the ball over too much, but we were still only down a little bit. In the second half, we would make a comeback, but didn’t do as good of a job on the boards and that was the difference.”
Weber State defeats EWU, 74-67
OGDEN, Utah — Jeremy Senglin scored 16 points and Joel Bolomboy added 13 with 12 rebounds as Weber State defeated Eastern Washington 74-67 in a Big Sky Conference opener Thursday night.
The Wildcats (4-5, 1-0) erased an early 10-0 deficit, closing the first half on an 18-7 run to take a four-point lead into the break. Senglin hit two 3-pointers to help push that lead to 58-47 at the 11:49 mark.
Eastern Washington (5-7, 0-1) cut their deficit to three after a Venky Jois layup with 1:42 remaining, but Jois was blocked by Bolomboy on the ensuing possession.
Bolomboy and Jordan Richardson each sank a pair of free throws in the final minute to cap the scoring.
Weber State shot 48.1 percent from the field. Kyle Tresnak had 13 points and seven boards for the Wildcats.
Tyler Harvey led the Eagles with a career-high 30 points and Jois added 14 with seven rebounds.
UMKC narrowly gets by Idaho, 80-74
MOSCOW, Idaho — Nelson Kirksey scored 20 points and Missouri-Kansas City hung on to beat Idaho 80-74 in a Western Athletic Conference nail-biting opener and first ever meeting for both schools on Thursday night.
UMKC, (4-9, 1-0 WAC), playing in their first WAC season, led the Vandals 40-32 at intermission but forfeited the lead to Idaho on a Glen Dean Layup with 12:11 remaining making it 58-56.
The game stayed close with several lead changes down the stretch before UMKC went up 72-69 after Stephen Madison missed two free throws for Idaho (6-9, 0-1 WAC) and the Kangaroos’ Caleb Johnson dunked the ball with 2:02 remaining. It was all the spread UMKC need as the Kangaroos held on over the final seconds to pull out a six-point victory.
Idaho State beats Portland State, 87-76
POCATELLO — Chris Hansen scored 27 points Thursday, Andre Hatchett added 24 and Idaho State rallied to beat Portland State 87-76 in their Big Sky Conference opener.
Portland State (5-5, 0-1) jumped to an 8-2 lead on treys by Marcus Hall and Tim Douglas, but Idaho State (4-6, 1-0) took a 12-11 lead on a 3-pointer by Evann Hall, then pulled ahead on a 9-2 run for a 39-36 halftime lead.
Back-to-back layups by Andre Winston and an 8-0 run gave Portland State a 44-39 second-half lead, but Idaho State regained control at 16:23 on a trey by Chris Hansen and scored 12 free throws in the final 2 minutes for the win.
Thomas Sanchez scored 20, and the Bengals outshot the Vikings from the field 56.5 percent to 40.6 percent.
Winston and DaShaun Wiggins each scored 13 for Portland State, Hall and Douglas had 11 each, and Zach Gengler added 11.