Utes Lose Close Road Game in Familiar Fashion
I am seriously considering creating a template for Utah's road games. "They played hard and did some good things, but lost a close one to ______." We've seen how this story goes. Utah plays well and builds a nice lead and then struggles down the stretch and can't close it out. They were a lot better offensively tonight then they have been in any of the other road conference games, but then there defense didn't show up. Arizona State scored 79 points on the Utes which is the most they've allowed all season. Utah jumped out to a nice lead and looked comfortable playing on the road. They were getting up and down the floor and playing like they do at the Huntsman Center.
Arizona State has a great player in Jahii Carson and it seemed like only a matter of time until he took over the game. He had Brandon Taylor on him and was able to drive to the right on three consecutive plays that really changed the game. After he got hot, Utah sent another guy to stop Carson which opened up Jonathan Gilling who hit a dagger 3 to put the Sun Devils up by 6. Utah would make some shots at the end of the game, but ASU did a good job at making their free throws to keep Utah from seriously threatening. Utah is a decent team, but until they can go win a road game, expectations will be light and momentum will be halted. You just hope that the process of learning to win on the road is coming to an end and Utah can get some road wins.
Utah was led by Jordan Loveridge who scored 23 points on 8-15 shooting and Delon Wright who chipped in with 22 points on 6-15 shooting. Jahii Carson carried the Sun Devils with 23 points and 3 assists. Off the bench, Jonathan Gilling had the game we feared he could have. He made all three of his 3-point attempts including at the dagger that put Arizona State up 6 with about 2 minutes left.
Up next for the Utes is the #1 ranked Arizona Wildcats. Zona is 19-0 and is basically rolling through their competition. It will be a monumental task for the Utes, but they are in desperate need of a road win. Tip-off from the McKale Center will be at 8:00 Sunday night and the game will be televised on FS1.
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