30 to 2. Utah led 30 to 2. Over another college basketball team. One that plays in their own conference. That doesn't happen, but it did on Thursday night at the Huntsman Center as the Runnin Utes destroyed an overmatche ASU team by a score of 81-46 to keep their Pac 12 regular season championship hopes alive.
Jumping out to a 15-0 lead behind 5 3-pointers, the Utes never looked back in embarrassing the boys from Tempe for the second straight year in Salt Lake City. A 44-10 halftime lead bested last year's 40-9 lead in a game that was NEVER competitive.
Brekkott Chapman came off the bench to lead the team with 15 points while also contributing 7 boards while the Utes got contributions all across the board. It's speaks to how well they were playing as a team when Kyle Kuzma takes only 1 shot and Jakob Poeltl scores only 7 points, and Utah can still win by 35.
16 3-pointers made was one off of a school record, and the Utes again turned the ball over less than 10 times, something they've cleaned up significantly over the past month.
Defensively, this was Utah's finest game of the year, or at least finest half of the year when they held Arizona State to only 10 points in the first frame. The Sun Devils did their part in missing quite a few shots, but the Utes were blocking everything inside, stealing passes, forcing errant throws, and missed jumper after missed jumper. We even saw Lorenzo Bonam and Jordan Loveridge locking guys down.
The most important aspect of the win on Thursday? Utah was able to rest their starters for much of the second half, giving them as much rest as possible ahead of the game of the year on Saturday against Arizona. With the way they're playing, combined with the rest, there's no reason not to expect them to keep things rolling.