@UtahMBB to Entertain Oregon Saturday Night
SALT LAKE CITY – Fresh off their route of the Beavers on Thursday, the Utah men's basketball team will need to turn their attention to a surging Oregon Ducks team this Saturday, Feb. 5, for a 6:30 p.m. (MT) tip inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
Due to a scheduling conflict by FOX, the Utah vs. Oregon game will start on FOX Business Network until the conclusion of the Clash at the Coliseum (NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying) and then transition over to FS1 as originally scheduled. Fans can find what channel FOX Business is on for their service provider here. Additionally, fans can watch the game through the FOX Sports App with their cable service provider login.
Ben Wilson will have the call alongside NBA veteran coach Dave Miller as Utah looks pick up its first victory over the Ducks at home since 2013. In addition to the game, the Runnin' Utes program will be recognizing the great Tom Chambers with an honored jersey ceremony at halftime.
OFFENSE AWAKENS IN ROUT OF BEAVERS
Utah arguably played its most complete game all season this past Thursday and hit new highs as a team and individually.
- The .531 shooting clip in the first half was just the seventh time the Utes have shot 50-percent or better in a single half this season
- The nine 3-pointers in the first half was the most in any half this season and most since hitting 11 in the second frame against MVSU in 2019
- The 23 assists was the second-most this season in a single-game and third time this year with 20-plus dimes
- Previous games with 20-plus assists were against Bethune-Cookman (20) and Manhattan (28)
- The 29 field-goals made is the second-highest total this year – second only the 35 against Manhattan
- The 15 made 3-pointers is most this season and most since draining 17 against MVSU back in 2019
- The 15 made 3-pointers is also a season-high for any Pac-12 team in league play
- The last time Utah committed just five turnovers in a game was against UCLA on March 9, 2019
- The last time Utah had two players record a double-double in the same game was against #RV/RV Stanford (Feb. 6, 2020)
- Branden Carlson: 15 points, 10 rebounds
- Riley Battin: 11 points, 10 rebounds
- Branden Carlson, Marco Anthony and Lazar Stefanovic accounted for 29 of Utah's 39 rebounds – including all 11 of the team's offensive boards
- The win snapped a four-game losing streak at home, which tied the program high
LAST TIME OUT
Persistence and continued hard work finally converged for the Utah men's basketball team this past Thursday as it snapped a 10-game losing streak that spanned 43 days with a 84-59 rout of Oregon State at home. The offense had a balanced attack with five players in double-figures while the starters accounted for 60.7-percent of the scoring with the bench coming up with 33 points.
Lazar Stefanovic led the team with 15 points and eight rebounds on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range while David Jenkins Jr. and Rollie Worster scoring 13 points apiece. Meanwhile, Branden Carlson posted his third double-double of the year scoring 12 points on 10 rebounds – including four on the offensive glass. Both Gach picked up his first-career double-double scoring 11 points while dishing out a career-high tying 10 assists. Meanwhile, Marco Anthony pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds to go with his five points.
Utah had a double-digit lead for nearly eight minutes of the second half before Oregon State go within 53-45 to force a Ute timeout. After that timeout, Utah put the pedal to the metal and went on a 22-5 run to put the game away for good and seal the victory.
The Runnin' Utes get back in the W column. ??@UtahMBB takes down Oregon State, 84-59, to end its losing streak and picks up its second conference win.#GoUtes | #Pac12MBB | @Vegas pic.twitter.com/YE4ynMhnPr
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) February 4, 2022
The Utes begin their final stretch of road games before the Pac-12 Tournament starting with Colorado next Saturday, Feb. 12, before closing out their final road swing in the Bay Area. Utah will open with the Stanford Cardinal on Thursday, Feb. 17, before wrapping things up against California that Saturday, Feb. 19.
After closing out its final road games of the year, the Runnin' Utes close out the regular-season with a three-game homestand starting with the Arizona (Feb. 24) and Arizona state (Feb. 26) before welcoming in Colorado for the final game of the regular-season.
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