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Comeback Falls Short for Runnin' Utes Against Arizona State,

Feb 26, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – A late run by the Utah men's basketball team to cut a 14-point deficit fell just short in the waning moments as the Runnin' Utes dropped a 63-61 heartbreaker to the Sun Devils Saturday night inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
Marco Anthony had a hot start to the game for Utah, scoring seven of the team's first nine points after Branden Carlson opened with a one-handed jam. The San Antonio, Texas, native had 11 early points to keep the Utes on pace with Arizona State - who hit a trio of 3-pointers by the 7:31 mark to keep within a possession of Utah before Lazar Stefanovic lost his defender for the wide-open three to go up 23-20.

The game slowed down a bit after that on both sides with ASU outscoring the Utes 13-7 the rest of the way to send Utah (11-18, 4-15 Pac-12) into the locker room down 33-30. Despite trailing at the break, Utah shot .481 from the field compared to ASU's .424 shooting clip.
After some back-and-forth scoring between the Utes and Sun Devils, ASU went on an 11-1 run to take a 52-38 lead. The Runnin' Utes went 0-for-8 from the field during that stretch before a 7-0 run by Utah out of the 11:28 media break brought it within 52-45 and forced ASU (12-16, 8-10 Pac-12) to call a timeout with 9:18 left to play.

Down 58-45 at the under-eight media break (7:07), Utah slowly mounted its comeback with a 7-1 spurt after Anthony hit two from the line before knocking down a short jumper in the paint which inched Utah within 59-52 of ASU with 3:22 remaining. A reverse lay-up by Carlson followed by a pair of free throws from Rollie Worster cut it 59-56 with two minutes on the clock.
After ASU missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Carlson responded on the other end with a straightaway 3-pointer to knot it up 59-59 and extend the 14-1 run for Utah - which forced Arizona State to call a timeout with 1:04 left to play.

A late foul with 48.5 ticks left saw Jalen Graham knock down both shots from the foul line to go up 61-59 before Carlson found a diving Anthony for the two-handed jam with 28 seconds remaining tied 61-61. Marreon Jackson broke loose as the clock wound down and converted on the lay-up with six seconds on the clock. A quick inbounds found Worster to go coast-to-coast for the baseline jumper that nearly went in before bouncing back out to hand Utah its fifth loss this season in games within five points.
Anthony finished with a season-high 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting while Carlson added 15 points and six rebounds on 7-of-13 shooting.
The Utes will get a few extra days to rest up and prep for their final game of the regular-season when Utah welcomes in Colorado for a 7:30 p.m. (MT) tip-off inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center on ESPNU with Dave Feldman and Adrian Branch once again on the call.
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