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Runnin' Utes Cruise Past Vandals Friday Night

Dec 18, 2020

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SALT LAKE CITY – A much needed offensive night for the Utah men's basketball team as 11 different players reached the scoring column behind a season-high 22 points from Timmy Allen in a 79-41 win over Idaho Friday inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
Allen, who scored 13 of his 22 in the first half, was primed for a big night after draining back-to-back 3-pointers in the opening minutes. Those 3's wound up starting a 12-0 run that ultimately saw the Utes take a 40-16 lead into the locker room.

Despite all the offense and defensive stops the Runnin' Utes displayed, nothing would overshadow the two-handed alley-oop jam by Ian Martinez with 3:48 left in the first frame from Rylan Jones. The freshman ended up with seven points and six rebounds on 3-of-5 shooting in 15:15 minutes of action.

Utah's (4-1, 1-0 Pac-12) offensive production didn't lose any steam at halftime and hit Idaho (0-5, 0-2 BSC) with another blitzkrieg, this time to the tune of an 18-2 run heading into the 11:58 media break. From there, the Utes slowly unloaded their bench.
Center Lahat Thioune saw extended minutes and pulled down a career-high nine rebounds, including four on the offensive glass. Redshirt freshman Luc Krystkowiak made his collegiate debut with 4:44 left in the game before knocking down a pair of free throws to record the first two points of his career.
Allen finished with a game-high 22 points and six rebounds with a perfect 8-for-8 night at the charity stripe. Pella Larsson finished with a season-high 15 points to with a perfect 6-for-6 effort on the line as well. Jones did a great job distributing the ball, dishing out seven assists on the night – just the fourth time in his young career with seven or more assists.

Utah is now 13-3 all-time against the Vandals and 12-1 when those games are at home … the 13 steals Friday night is the third time this season Utah has recorded double-digit steals … the Utes forced 22 Idaho turnovers to make it back-to-back games with 20-plus forced turnovers … the 46-36 edge on the glass was the first time Utah won the battle of the boards since the opener against Washington (44-43) … with his 22 points, Allen is now 31 points shy of becoming the 40th player to register 1,000 career points … the .281 opponent shooting percentage is the lowest by a Utah opponent since Mississippi Valley State shot .263 from the floor on Nov. 8, 2019.
Utah now turns its focus towards conference play as it travels to Tempe, Ariz., for a Tuesday night bout against Arizona State at 7 p.m. (MT) on the Pac-12 Networks. Ted Robinson will have the call at Desert Financial Arena while former NBA Champion Bill Walton serves as the analyst.