Utah tried to get a desperation rally in the finals seconds. Ricky Johns had two fouls shots with 1.2 seconds left. He made the first and then intentionally missed the second but the Utes could not get a shot off before the end of regulation.
TCU's Ryan Wall made four free throws in the final second to put the Horned Frogs up for good.
At 5-10 the Utes are off to their worst start since 1972. TCU won for the fist time in Salt Lake Cith since 1958.