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Utah tops Montana State 92-84

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The Utes bounced back from their loss against Butler with a 92-84 win over Montana State on Thursday night. Utah wasn’t able to put Montana State away throughout the game mostly due to the inconsistency on offense. At this point, I’m still not sure if the Utes have a “go to” guy on offense. Both Kyle Kuzma and Lorenzo Bonam can put the ball in the basket, but I’m not sure if they’re who you can throw the ball to in the closing seconds to get you a needed basket. Both did have solid nights Thursday, however.

The Utes had six players in double figures, led by an almost-triple double by Kuzma, who had 16 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists. Kuz did have 6 turnovers as well, so something that needs cleaned up. The Utes were led in scoring by Devon Daniels, Tyler Rawson had 17, JoJo Zamora had 15, Bonam had 12, and Parker Van Dyke had 10. The Utes still had 17 turnovers on the night, which is something that they desperately need to improve, and is something they are yet to get figured out.

Utah was able to use their superior size all night long and was able to pound the paint, especially on the boards with 19 offensive rebounds, and we +20 on the night in the total rebounding category. Utah once again struggled to get the three ball to fall, only hitting 5-of-19 on the night. Utah’s got a lot to figure out on offense before conference starts, but with the addition of Sedric Barefield in a week or so, that should give Utah some more offensive punch, because that dude appears to be a scorer.

Next up for the Utes, UVU comes to town on Tuesday.