Utes hold off the Beavers
The biggest question for the Utes was how would they respond to an emotional loss to the Oregon Ducks. Would they pout and come out flat or would they put that loss behind them and get back in the column. At first, Utah stumbled just a little bit to get things going offensively and they weren't defending all that well either. Utah was able to calm down and play their game.
Through two conference games, Utah has come out a little uncomfortable and takes a couple plays to get things going. Utah would take a 10 point lead and the Beavers would close it to 3. The Beavers did this by closing the Utah lead to 63-60. What would happen from here? Would questionable coaching decisions and poor late game execution haunt this team in another close game, or would they find a way to close the game out? Starting point guard Brandon Taylor stepped up the the challenge and went on a personal 5-0 run that would change the momentum of the game. Taylor played a terrific game and finished with 23 points, 8 assists, 2 rebounds and a steal. Delon Wright has a typical stat sheet stuffing game by going off for 14 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals. Jordan Loveridge didn't have a great game offensively by only scoring 10 points, but his 5 rebounds and 4 assists were huge for the Utes. All of Utah's starters finished in double figures. Some games the bench will carry the team and other games the starters will have to do the lifting.
Utah did a great job containing Oregon State's playmakers and scorers. Roberto Nelson was held to 16 points and Angus Brandt only scored 6 points. The Beavers did shoot the ball effectively by making 10-19 3-pointer. The Beavers shot 50% from the field and got good production from their bench. Utah needed to somehow slow down Roberto Nelson and if they could do that, they would slow down the Beavers. That is what Utah did and they controlled the game and got the victory.
Up next for the Utes is a tough road trip to the Pacific Northwest as they visit the Washington schools. First up is the Huskies Wednesday night. The Huskies look to be a good team in the conference as they won at ASU and played the #1 ranked Wildcats very tough. Utah won at Washington last year and will look to do the same on Wednesday night.
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