Utah Fails To Finish....Again

The Utes stage a valiant comeback against UCLA, but drop another conference game

Another Pac 12 game. Another tough loss.

Utah staged a big second half comeback after trailing by as much as 12 before coming up short in the final minute to fall 57-53 to UCLA at the Huntsman Center.

Behind the play of freshman Jordan Loveridge, who was scoreless in the first half, the Utes cut a 38-26 deficit down to 2 with under a minute to go and brought the decible level in the building to a pitch that hasn't been reached in years. Missed three pointers though, on three straight possessions, including the final one with 46 seconds to go from Glen Dean, kept the Utes from springing the upset and kept them winless in Pac 12 play.

Larry Drew finished off the Utes with a scooping layup with 9 seconds to go, putting UCLA up 4 and icing the game.

The Bruins were led by Drew, Travis Wear, and Jordan Adams, who all had 12 points, while Kyle Anderson pitched in 11 with 8 rebounds. Super freshman Shabazz Muhammad was held to 6 points on 3 of 13 shooting and looked frustrated throughout the evening.

Cedric Martin was the leading scorer for Utah with 12 and Jason Washburn pitched in 11 with 11 boards for his third double-double in three Pac 12 games, while Loveridge finished with 11 points and 6 rebounds.

Utah was ultimately done by an inability to score in the first half and poor outside shooting, finishing 4 for 20 (20%) from behind the three point line, including 1 out of 9 from Dean.

The Utes (8-7, 0-3) will host USC (6-10, 1-2) on Saturday afternoon looking for their first Pac 12 win.

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