UTAH BEATS COUGARS 88-70
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.
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.