Talk about a game of runs, as the Utes were able to withstand the final run by Arizona State to come away with a road split in the state of Arizona by a score of 88-82. Things started out really well for the Utes, as they opened the game with a 9 point lead at 11-2, but Arizona State would go on a massive run after that to take a 23-6 run to take a 10 point lead. Utah would have a run of their own to counter before the end of the half to trail by 3.
Utah would have a run late in the game to give themselves a10 point lead, but ASU would battle back to have an opportunity to tie at the end of regulation, but Utah was able to dodge some threes by ASU to put away the win. For Utah, it’s a nice road win, and one they needed to win to salvage the split. It’s also nice to get that win coming back home, where Utah will face the ranked USC and UCLA this coming week.
The star of the game was Kyle Kuzma, who had a career high 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting, including going an impressive 3-of-4 from three point range, an area he has struggled greatly. Kuzma also had 12 boards, but he did struggle from the free throw line by going 1-of-5 and had opportunities to put the game away sooner.
Joining Kuz in double figures was David Collette, who continues his impressive play with 18 points and 5 rebounds, as well as JoJo Zamora, who also had 18 points, who was about Utah’s only offense for a stretch in the first half. Devon Daniels had another nice game himself with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, and was a spark in the 2nd half for the Utes.
On offense, the Utes were good, shooting almost 55% for the game and 50% from deep. The Utes still had too many turnovers with 15, and were oftentimes stripped by ASU. The Utes also won the rebounding battle by 10, which isn’t a big shock with the guard oriented team of ASU.
Like mentioned, next up are the LA schools at the Huntsman Center, the only time the Utes will see them this regular season, since they don’t make the return trip to LA this year. The Utes will need to clean things up, but the home court should help out.