UTAH BEATS COUGARS 88-70

Tri-City Herald (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY JOHN COON

Washington State, fall­ing vic­tim to pro­longed shoot­ing and scor­ing droughts, has lost all eight of its games out­side Pull­man this sea­son.

Timmy Allen scored 15 points and col­lected nine re­bounds while Both Gach added 14 points to lead Utah to an 88-70 vic­tory over Washington State on Satur­day night.

Charles Jones Jr. and Ri­ley Bat­tin each added 11 points while Sedrick Bare­field and Parker Van Dyke chipped in 10 apiece for the Utes. Bare­field also dished out seven as­sists. Utah (8-8, 2-2 Pac-12) snapped a two-game los­ing streak.

C.J. Elleby scored 21 points and Isa­iah Wade added 12 to lead Washington State. The Cougars (7-9, 0-3) have lost all eight games they have played out­side Pull­man this sea­son.

Washington State’s lead­ing scorer, Robert Franks, missed his fourth con­sec­u­tive game while re­cov­er­ing from a hip con­tu­sion.

The Cougars fell vic­tim to mul­ti­ple pro­longed shoot­ing and scor­ing droughts.

Utah took a 11-5 lead on backto-back layups from Gach af­ter Washington State went nearly six min­utes with­out scor­ing a bas­ket. Wade ended the drought with a jumper and added a layup to punc­tu­ate a 6-0 run that tied it at 11.

Van Dyke kept the Cougars from tak­ing the lead. He drained a 3-pointer to put Utah back in front. Then the se­nior guard stole the ball and took it in for a dunk. Van Dyke’s two bas­kets sparked a 15-0 run that gave the Utes a 26-11 lead.

Washington State opened a door for the de­ci­sive run by miss­ing eight straight shots and com­mit­ting three turnovers over a 41⁄2 minute stretch.

Utah came out on fire af­ter half­time. The Utes scored bas­kets on seven straight pos­ses­sions, cul­mi­nat­ing in a dunk from Jayce John­son, to take a 62-32 lead with 13:19 re­main­ing. All seven bas­kets were layups or dunks.

THE BIG PIC­TURE

Washington State: Turnovers and poor perime­ter shoot­ing doomed the Cougars on of­fense for the sec­ond straight game. Washington State coughed up 13 turnovers, lead­ing to 21 points for Utah and av­er­aged 12.5 turnovers per game on its road trip this week.

Utah: The Utes bounced back from a ragged of­fen­sive per­for­mance against Washington by driv­ing into the paint and get­ting out in tran­si­tion. Utah fin­ished with 48 points in the paint and tal­lied 24 fast-break points against Washington State af­ter scor­ing 26 in the paint and 12 in tran­si­tion against the Huskies.

RICK BOWMER AP

Washington State for­ward Jeff Pol­lard bat­tles with Utah guard Sedrick Bare­field (2) for the ball dur­ing the first half Satur­day. The Cougars lost 88-70.

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