Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Loveridge scored 21 points,
adding six rebounds and five assists, as the Utah Runnin' Utes crushed the BYU
Cougars, 81-64, in the latest installment in the Desert Duel.
Also scoring in double figures for Utah (9-1) were Delon Wright and Dallin
Bachynski with 16 and 11 points, respectively, the latter also pulling down
eight rebounds in just 19 minutes of action as the team won for the third time
in as many games. Wright helped out with six rebounds and a game-high seven
assists as well.
The Cougars (8-4), losers of two of the last three, were paced by Tyler Haws
with 14 points, but the star guard shot only 3-of-11 from the floor. Kyle
Collinsworth and Eric Mika pitched in with 12 points apiece, the latter also
clearing 10 rebounds. Matt Carlino struggled with a mere 3-of-15 shooting from
Utah led by as many as 18 in the first half, even as the team shot only 42.1
percent from the floor and 6-of-18 behind the 3-point line in the frame.
Luckily for the hosts, BYU suffered with only 31.4 percent accuracy from the
field through the first 20 minutes, not to mention a disappointing 5-of-12
showing at the free-throw line, allowing the Utes to claim a 42-29 advantage
at the break.
In the second half there was very little improvement for the Cougars who
converted 34.5 percent from the floor, leaving the Utes to run away with the
BYU, which shot only 32.8 percent for the game, didn't do itself any favors
with a mere 17-of-31 (.548) at the charity stripe.
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