Stanford Stumbles in Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Stanford's four-game winning streak came to an end with a 79-65 loss to Utah Thursday afternoon in Salt Lake City.
The Utes took the lead with a 14-2 run to end the first half and spent most of the second half with a double-figure lead, despite several challenges when the Cardinal got within nine, the last time with just under four minutes to go.
Alfonso Plummer added 16 points for the Utes (5-5, 2-4 Pac-12), who had two games postponed since their last win in mid-December. Branden Carlson had 12 points and four blocks and Mikael Jantunen 11 points and seven rebounds.
Daejon Davis, in his first game back after missing five with an injury, had a season-high 19 points to become the 49th player for the Cardinal (8-4, 4-2) to reach 1,000 career points. Ziaire Williams scored 17 points and Oscar da Silva, coming off Pac-12 Player of the Week honors, was held to 11 points and two rebounds, almost nine points and more than five boards below his averages.
Jantunen scored five straight points in a 7-0 run that had Utah on top 16 3 1/2 minutes into the second half. Utah finished at 49% shooting, despite going 4 of 17 from 3-point range, and 25 of 30 from the foul line. The Utes also had a 37-26 rebounding advantage and 34-16 edge on inside points.
Stanford went 9 of 18 from 3-point range but just 8 of 30 inside the arc (29%).
The Cardinal continues its road trip in Boulder when it takes on Colorado Saturday at noon PT on Pac-12 Networks