Utah (finally) defeats BYU
BYU had beaten Utah seven straight times, but the Utes ended that drought in a big way Saturday night by defeating the Cougars 81-64. Jordan Loveridge stepped up and got his team out to a fast start and Utah never looked back. With the weak non-conference schedule Utah put together, they needed to have at least one win against the Boise State Broncos or the BYU Cougars. Utah's only loss so far was a heart breaker against the Broncos and so this game was a must win for the Utes.
Coach Larry Krystkowiak is still winning fans over and getting big wins like this will certainly help his cause. Krystkowiak has coached his teams to some impressive wins at home the last two seasons; wins against Boise State, Colorado, Oregon and now BYU are the beginning to a nice resume for him. Utah will likely begin the non-conference season with only 1 loss which means the Utes will have plenty of momentum on their side. That extra momentum is good, but also means that wins are expected from this team.
Utah was led by sophomore stud Jordan Loveridge who finished the game with 21 points, 5 assists and 6 rebounds. Delon Wright had a nice game as well by putting up 16 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. These two are the clear cut leaders of this team and it was good to see them show up in this type of game. Utah also got a nice lift from Dallin Bachynski who scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was a team effort as 8 different Utes scored and 9 different players got at least 2 rebounds. Freshman guard Parker Van Dyke also had a nice game by hitting two 3's that were huge momentum builders in the game. Utah has shown the ability to go pretty deep in the bench and seeing them contribute against a good BYU team helped verify what we've seen in the vanilla non-conference schedule.
Utah is winding down the non-conference portion of the season by playing some great basketball. Utah will need all the momentum they can get as they open Pac-12 play by hosting the Oregon Ducks. Before then, Utah has tune up games against Texas State on Thursday the 19th and St. Katherine on the 28th. This team deserves to play in front of a full Huntsman Center and so I encourage all to show up and support the Utes.
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