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Utah falls to Tulane in finale of Myrtle Beach Invitational

Not a great tournament for the Utes, as they finish out 1-2 overall after losing to Tulane on Sunday morning in the Myrtle Beach Invitational. The Utes were led by Timmy Allen and Branden Carlson’s 14 points, while Rylan Jones pitched in 11 points of his own, and Mikael Jantunen had 10. The guy that is turning out to be the barometer for the Utes is Both Gach, who had only 3 points on the game, and took just five total shots, all from three point range.

The story for the game for the Utes was turnovers. The Utes turned over the ball a total of 20 times in the game, which is a back backer, especially for a team that is still trying to find themselves and develop a personality. Utah did have an opportunity to win this game, plenty of them actually, but they turned over that chance. The Utes would take a 61-55 lead into the last couple of minutes, but more turnovers, and Tulane would finish the game on a 10-0 run dropping Utah to 4-2 on the season.

Coach K after the game said: “We couldn’t get any stops. They had a heck of a performance from (Jordan Walker), he got into the lane, made some plays, dropped it off to their big guy, hit some big shots. Those are finishing game-winning plays. Then we struggled at our end. Momentum got the best of us and it was costly for sure. It was kind of a slugfest. Not to make any excuses for both teams but it was pretty ugly. There weren’t any decisive leads up until we got an eight-point lead. It was a survival-of-the-fittest kind of thing. There was a lot of chicken we left on the bone at different spots. We had 20 turnovers and you can’t win too many games with 20 turnovers.”

Rylan Jones continues to look good, and we should be excited for his development, as he only had one turnover but had six assists. The Utes really need the one-two punch of Allen and Gach to get over the hump. The Utes shot well on the game, shooting 48% overall, but they just couldn’t get out of their own way. We’ll see how the Utes bounce back when they come home to face UC Davis on Friday.