Men's Basketball Falls Down the Stretch at Washington
SEATTLE – The Utah men's basketball team settled for a split on its latest road swing to the Pacific Northwest after the 83-79 loss to Washington Sunday afternoon inside Alaska Airlines Arena.
Both teams had a solid start to the game with Utah (6-7, 3-6 Pac-12) answering Washington's opening-game bucket with a quick 7-0 run before the Huskies made it 9-7 heading into the 15:45 media timeout. Riley Battin gave the Utes a 16-12 edge but UW retook the 18-16 lead at the under-12 break thanks to a 6-0 run.
Battin led Utah's charge out of the timeout with a 16-2 run that forced UW head coach Mike Hopkins to call a timeout with 6:00 minutes left in the first frame. The Huskies responded out of the timeout and slowly cut into the Utes' lead before tying it up at 41-41 on a 3-pointer from Jamal Bey. A three on the other end from Battin for his 13th point of the half gave the Runnin' Utes a 44-41 advantage over the Huskies heading into the locker room.
Despite the lead, UW (3-11, 2-7 Pac-12) shot 56-percent from the floor compared to Utah's 50-percent. However, it was the bench that provided the firepower for the Runnin' Utes, scoring 26 of the team's 44 first-half points led by Battin's 13 points.
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The start of the second half was much like the first 20 minutes of action as both teams exchanging baskets, but it was it until the final 3:42 of the game that saw it teeter in one direction.
With a narrow 75-74 lead out of the final media break, Battin knocked down both free throws to give the Utes a 77-74 cushion. Washington's Quade Green knocked a pair of his own down on the other end before Ian Martinez answered with a jumper inside the paint.
Ahead 79-76 with 1:39 left to go after the jumper from Martinez, the turnover bug once again reared its head and saw Utah commit back-to-back ill-timed turnovers that eventually led to a 7-0 run for the opposition – which put the game away.
Carlson had a great offensive showing for Utah (6-7, 3-6 Pac-12), scoring a career-high 18 points with four rebounds on 8-of-13 shooting. Meanwhile, Timmy Allen recorded his first double-double of the season scoring 15 points and dished out a career-high 10 dimes to go with seven rebounds. Battin finished with a season-high 15 points off the bench on 5-of-8 shooting while Alfonso Plummer added 13 points of his own.
First time Utah has had a player record a double-double in back-to-back games since last season (Jan. 2-4, 2020 vs. Oregon State and Oregon) … Utah won the battle of the glass 32-28 and now moves to 4-3 when leading in the category … this is the third time this season Utah has dished out 20 assists this season, others included vs. Idaho State and Oregon … Utah finished with 31 FGM, the last time it recorded 30-plus FGM was against UCLA (31) on March 9, 2019 … Utah led for 30:01 minutes of the game to Washington's 5:16 minutes with the lead.
Utah will have another road swing on its horizon before returning home for a pair of games against the Arizona schools (Feb. 4-7). The Runnin' Utes will first get five days rest before facing off against Colorado (Jan. 30) on the road. Utah will stay on the road and play its make-up game against Arizona State on Feb. 2 in Tempe before returning home. Both games are slated to air on the Pac-12 Networks.