Utah Falls Late Against Washington Thursday Night
SALT LAKE CITY – A late drought down the stretch Thursday night saw the Utah men's basketball team fall to the visiting Washington Huskies 74-68 inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
First half action saw a lot of back-and-forth, but it wasn't until after the 11:36 minute mark did the Runnin' Utes find their rhythm on the court, scoring on four of their next five trips on offense for the 20-18 lead.
A quick 7-3 run out of the 7:54 media break was enough for Washington to call a timeout. Despite the Huskies leading for 10:48 minutes of the first half compared to Utah's 8:32 minutes, the Utes headed into the locker room with a 37-33 lead.
Utah (8-7, 1-4 Pac-12) moved the ball well in the first 20 minutes of action against the UW zone, assisting on 10 of the team's 15 made shots while converting 10 offensive boards into an 11-0 edge in second-chance points.
The Utes started the second frame out well, and jumped out to a 50-36 lead (their largest of the game) on a hard drive to the rack from Rollie Worster shortly after Lazar Stefanovic threw up a lob that Branden Carlson threw down with authority.
UW's Terrell Brown Jr. single-handedly kept the Huskies (6-6, 1-1 Pac-12) in the game and scored nine of the next 11 points for Washington to get within 54-50 of the Utes out of the 10:12 media timeout. The Huskies then mounted a 15-5 run, including an 8-0 run on back-to-back threes that forced Utah to call a timeout trailing 65-59 with 4:38 left to play.
However, the Utes showed life and reeled off a 6-0 spurt to get within 68-65 of Washington after Marco Anthony's put back on Stefanovic's floater - which forced UW to call its final timeout of the game with 57.9 ticks remaining.
The Huskies extended their lead to 72-65 afterwards, going 4-of-4 from the line before Gabe Madsen rattled in his fourth 3-pointer of the game to bring Utah within 72-68 but time was against the Utes as Washington stole the road victory 74-68.
Utah had five players in double-figures, including three with 12 points apiece in Stefanovic, Carlson and Madsen. The 12 points for Stefanovic tied his career-high while Madsen's dozen is a new career-high. Anthony picked up his first double-double as a Ute with 10 points and 13 rebounds while Worster added 10 points and seven boards of his own.
BY THE NUMBERS
Utah won the battle of the glass 44-26, including a 13-6 edge on the offensive glass that gave it a 17-4 advantage in second-chance points … the Utes also recorded 18 assists, their highest since 28 against Manhattan … first game since Tulsa that Utah had five players scoring in double-figures … Utah is now 6-1 when playing Washington first in the series at home … Coach Smith is now 0-2 against UW in his career.
Utah closes out the short homestand with the Washington State Cougars this Saturday, Jan. 8, at 4 p.m. (MT) on Pac-12 Networks with Krista Blunk and Mike Montgomery on the call.
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