Madsen Shines in Loss to #16/15 USC
SALT LAKE CITY – Gabe Madsen had a breakout game for the Utah men's basketball team, scoring a career-high 20 points on 5-of-11 from 3-point range but it was enough as the Utes fell to #16/15 USC 79-67 Saturday evening inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
The opening minutes of the first half saw a lot of action from both teams as Utah took an 11-8 lead heading into the 14:12 media break thanks to a put back from Jaxon Brenchley. USC then went on a 21-3 run that forced a second Utah timeout with 5:35 left in the half down 29-14.
Gabe Madsen then got hot and scored 11 of the next 16 points for Utah (8-12, 1-9 Pac-12), including a pair of shot clock buzzer beaters, and brought the Runnin' Utes within 35-30 of the visiting Trojans at the half.
AGAIN.@GabeMadsen53 = king of corner threes. ??
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) January 23, 2022
Like the first 20 minutes of action, the second frame opened up with both teams going at it as Utah trailed 44-36 at the first media time out (15:40). From there, a 10-2 run ensued for the Trojans (16-2, 6-2 Pac-12) that forced a Utes timeout with 13:21 on the clock. Down 56-38, Utah showed life and fired off a 9-0 run before USC's 5-2 spurt put it ahead 61-49 with 7:26 left to go.
Madsen would drain a couple more threes, the first of which brought Utah within single-digits (63-54) of the Trojans before they pushed the lead back into the double-digit range and kept the Utes out of reach the rest of the way – which handed them their eight-straight loss.
At halftime, the Utah Athletics Department honored the late Wat Misaka with an honored jersey ceremony. Misaka's legacy will live on inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center as he joins the other Runnin' Ute legends in the rafters.
Forever a Ute ??
— Utah Basketball (@UtahMBB) January 23, 2022
Utah now hits the road for a pair of games next week. It will first take on Washington State in a midweek match-up at 8 p.m. (MT) on Wednesday, Jan. 26, inside Beasley Coliseum. The Utes will then battle the Washington Huskies on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m. (MT). Both games are scheduled to air on Pac-12 Networks.
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