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Men's Basketball Falls to No. 6 Arizona

Jan 15, 2022
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Utah men's basketball team fell to No. 6 Arizona Saturday night, 82-64, in front of a raucous crowd inside the McKale Center.
 
The Utes played the Wildcats tough early on in the first half and took a 15-12 lead behind six points from Dusan Mahorcic off the bench at the 13:49 media break. Both teams then struggled to find the bottom of the basket out of the 11:49 media break with Marco Anthony's floater in the paint the only points between the two squads.
 
A fast break lay-up from Riley Battin on a pass from Gabe Madsen and a pair of free throws from UA were the only other points from either team with 7:49 left in the half as Utah led 19-14. After an exchange of baskets, Arizona (8-9, 1-6 Pac-12) picked things up and mounted its attack against the Utes as it slowly gnawed away at the lead before going ahead 30-28 with 1:40 left to go in the first half. Gabe Madsen made it a one possession game heading into the locker room, 34-31, after hitting his second 3-pointer of the night.

 
Utah took a while to get its first bucket of the second frame, but back-to-back from Mahorcic kept the Utes within striking distance heading into the first media timeout (15:51) before the Wildcats (14-1, 4-0 Pac-12) forced a Ute timeout with a quick 6-0 run to set the Utes back 44-35.
 
Both Gach got going out of that timeout and hit consecutive triples before sandwiching a pair of free throws from Rollie Worster with a smooth runner down the lane to keep the Runnin' Utes within 48-45 of UA.

 
A 10-0 run by the home team saw Utah's deficit balloon back up to 56-45 and forced a Utah timeout with 9:29 on the clock. That run continued for the Wildcats as they expanded on that lead to 67-45 behind a 21-0 run before Lahat Thioune knocked down both free throws to end the run. The 6-10 junior then scored on an offensive board on the next trip down for Utah's first field-goal in 8:00 minutes (67-49). It was an even game from that point on, but the damage was done as Utah left Tucson with the loss.
 
Utah had three players finish in double figures led by Gach, who posted 12 points while Thioune and Mahorcic each added 10 apiece. Battin led the team with eight boards to go with four points.
 
UP NEXT
The Utes now head to the Valley of the Sun to take on Arizona State this Monday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. inside Desert Financial Arena with Roxy Bernstein and Don MacLean on the call in the Pac-12 Network broadcast.
 
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