Well crap. Utah went from seizing control of the Mountain West, to taking another step back on the road after an overtime loss to the Aztecs late Wednesday. Utah and San Diego State both entered the game as the lone undefeated conference teams, but it was the Aztecs who left the court with some serious momentum heading into the heart of conference play. The loss, Utah's 5th of the season and 4th on the road, follows a damning trend of building leads on the road, only to watch them slip away because of prolonged scoring droughts.
Utah jumped to an early double digit lead and pretty much controlled the first half of play against the favored Aztecs. However, the second half took on an entirely different feel, as the Utes stumbled, allowing San Diego State to go on a 14-0 run, which catapulted them to the lead, a lead they would not relinquish for most of the second half. But, like we've seen over the past few months of the Boylen era, Utah strongly fought back, tied the game and had a chance to go take control in the final seconds, but eventually failed to score.
With clear momentum heading into overtime, it looked as if Utah would be able to steal a major road win against the undefeated Aztecs. However, the team looked gassed on their way to only 4 points in the extra period, eventually losing to San Diego State 64-56. It marked the 3rd time in 4 road games where Utah has lost by less than 10 points to an opponent in their home gym. This only a few weeks after the Utes lost by two to Gonzaga is Spokane.
Leading the Aztecs was Lorrenzo Wade, who had 20 points on 8-18 shooting. For Utah, Johnnie Bryant and Luke Nevill both scored 12 points to lead the team. Disappointingly, Tyler Kepkay continued to struggle, only managing 4 points on 2-6 shooting. In fact, Luka Drca ran the offense far more smoothly when he was out there on the court than Kepkay.
Utah connected on 46% of their shots, while only holding the Aztecs to 40% from the field. That defensive intensity kept Utah in the game and frustrated San Diego State's offense all night. Unfortunately, the offense stumbled to start the second half and that ultimately lost them the game. It didn't help that Utah shot a horrendous 2 of 13 from three point land. Ugh.
|D. Gay (G)||28||2||1-2||50.0||0-0||0.0||0-1||0.0||0||1||1||3||1||0||0||0|
|K. Spain (G)||33||19||5-13||38.5||5-6||83.3||4-6||66.7||2||3||5||1||2||1||3||3|
|B. White (F)||42||11||4-11||36.4||3-3||100.0||0-0||0.0||4||1||5||2||2||0||1||2|
|L. Wade (F)||39||20||8-18||44.4||4-7||57.1||0-1||0.0||1||7||8||2||1||1||2||2|
|R. Amoroso (C)||39||10||5-9||55.6||0-1||0.0||0-0||0.0||1||7||8||0||1||0||2||3|
|C. Brown (G)||22||6||3-4||75.0||0-0||0.0||0-0||0.0||1||2||3||0||1||0||0||1|
|L. Borha (G)||22||2||1-4||25.0||0-0||0.0||0-1||0.0||1||2||3||1||1||0||1||1|
|T. Kepkay (G)||31||4||2-6||33.3||0-0||0.0||0-1||0.0||0||1||1||0||0||0||2||1|
|S. Green (F)||38||11||5-15||33.3||0-1||0.0||1-6||16.7||3||5||8||0||0||2||0||4|
|L. Nevill (C)||42||12||5-9||55.6||2-5||40.0||0-0||0.0||2||6||8||2||0||3||5||3|
Utah now travels home for a big game against BYU. It'll be Boylen's first game against the Cougars and hopefully a memorable one. Tip-off is set for 2 and tickets are limited. GO UTES!