Runnin' Utes Fall Short Against Colorado
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah men's basketball team continues to look for a complete game as the Runnin' Utes dropped a 65-58 decision late Monday afternoon to #RV/RV Colorado in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
The Utes got off to a great start offensively once again, knocking down four of its first four shots and took an early 8-3 lead heading into the first media break. The visiting Buffs found their footing and took a short 14-12 lead behind a 10-0 run orchestrated by Jabari Walker, who scored seven of the 10 points.
A lot of back-and-forth action proceeded between both teams before the Utes reeled off a 14-5 run in the final 5:58 minutes of the first half that started after Branden Carlson tied things up at 22-22 on a huge jam from Timmy Allen.
That's 5-straight points from @AlfonsoPlummer9 after converting on this beautiful pass from Carlson.
— Utah Basketball?? (w/ ??) (@UtahMBB) January 11, 2021
Nine points from Allen and Alfonso Plummer apiece aided the 37-27 lead for Utah (4-5, 1-4 Pac-12) heading into the locker room. The offense feasted down low against Colorado in the opening frame thanks to its ball movement and scored 26 of its 37 points in the paint.
Colorado (9-3, 3-2 Pac-12) started the second-half the same way Utah did to start the game and knocked down four of its first five shots before tying things up, 37-37, at the 16:31 mark when Evan Battey drained both free throws.
Plummer finally put an end to the scoring drought for Utah at the 14:11 mark after knocking down his second three of the afternoon and ended a 15-0 run for Colorado to start the second frame. As dire as it looked for the Utes, a 3-pointer from Pelle Larsson - his first points of the game - brought the Utes within 44-43 of CU with 11:31 left to play.
Utah continued to trail but was just down one possession for the latter half of the second frame, going down 46-45 after a jam from Carlson before back-to-back buckets from Allen kept the Utes within 53-52 of CU at the 3:16 mark.
TA doing work! Basket, draws charge and another bucket!! ??
— Utah Basketball?? (w/ ??) (@UtahMBB) January 12, 2021
However, the combination of Utah unable to find the bottom of the basket and Colorado being the nation's leader in free-throw percentage saw the Buffs finish out the game on a 12-6 run – six of which came at the charity stripe to hand Utah its fourth-straight loss, 65-58.
Allen led all players with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists on 9-of-16 shooting while Plummer chipped in with 12 points off the bench. Carlson finished with eight points and nine rebounds while Riley Battin pulled down nine boards of his own. Ian Martinez was a good spark off the bench for Utah, finishing with eight points.
The Utes fixed the turnover problem Monday, committing just nine mistakes but the problem on the boards returned with Colorado winning the battle of the boards 49-31 … Utah saw Colorado get a 13-2 advantage in second-chance points thanks to 15 offensive boards … Utah held Colorado to just .350 shooting and .263 from deep.
Utah will look to bounce back on Thursday, Jan. 14, when it plays host to reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week Oscar da Silva and the Stanford Cardinal. Roxy Bernstein and Richie Schueler will have the call as the Utes and Cardinal tip off at 3 p.m. (MT) on ESPNU.