Utes run away from the Buffaloes; win 75-64
The Utes knocked off Colorado 75-64 to move to 8-8 in conference play and 19-9 overall. Utah jumped out to a sluggish start and even trailed the Buffaloes by 8 in the first half. Like they always do at home, they went into another gear in the second half to earn their second straight win. Utah at home has turned into one of the better teams in the Pac-12. Their two home losses on the year came in overtime to an Oregon team that was ranked #10 at the time and to Arizona who was ranked #4. The home court advantage has returned in Salt Lake City for the Utes.
Jordan Loveridge had one of his better games in quite some time by going for 21 points on 9-14 shooting, grabbing 7 rebounds, dishing out 2 assists and getting a steal. The last time Utah played Colorado, he had one of his worst games in Boulder by scoring just 4 points. If Loveridge can bring this type of game with him on the Bay area trip, the Utes will have a great chance to steal a game. Delon Wright also had a strong game by matching Loveridge's 21 points on 7-9 shooting. He also had 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks. Wright only had 2 points at the half, but really turned it on in the last 20 minutes. Those two did much of the heavy lifting offensively as they were the only two that scored in double figures. 5 others were on the board for Utah including 9 points from Brandon Taylor and 8 points from Dallin Bachynski. The Utes were destroyed on the boards in Boulder as they got out-rebounded 42-24 in what was pretty much the difference in the game. Utah was able to win that battle today by out-rebounding Colorado 30-27. For Colorado, Askia Booker went missing by scoring 4 points and committing 4 turnovers. I thought he would have a much better game today, but credit to the Utes for taking him out of his game. Josh Scott, to no surprise, had a strong game by registering 17 points and 7 rebounds. Xavier Johnson had a good game by going for 10 points and 4 rebounds, but with the lack of production from Booker, it wasn't nearly enough for the Buffs.
Utah's momentum has been halted by their road play all season long and now they have to go on a tough road trip to the Bay area. Utah is probably playing their best ball of the year right now and have momentum heading into the final two games. I have a sneaky suspicion that they find a way to win one at either Cal or Stanford. A win in one of these last two games would be huge for the Utes going into the conference tournament. A win on the road and the Utes finish .500 in Pac-12 play since joining the conference and would give the program its first 20-win season since the 2008-2009 campaign. A lot on the line for Utah, they need to find a way to get another road win.
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