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Runnin’ Utes roll past Idaho

NCAA Basketball: Idaho at Utah Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Well, if anything it was nice to see the Utes take care of business on Friday night against Idaho at the Huntsman Center. The Utes rolled up Idaho by a score of 79-41, and were led by 22 points from Timmy Allen. He was one of 11 players to score for the Utes on Friday.

This game was over early, as Utah held a 40-16 lead going into half, and when Timmy Allen is hitting from three, you know your offense is rolling. His back-to-back threes in the opening minutes started a 12-0 run for the Utes.

Utah really put the hammer down in the second half, after an 18-2 run at about the midway point of the second half, Utah was pushing a 40 point lead, and the the Utes slowly unloaded the bench.

Pelle Larsson had a career high 15 points, and was the only other Ute to score in double figures. Alphonso Plummer pitched in nine points in his 21 minutes, while Ian Martinez had seven points, including a jaw dropping ally-oop from Rylan Jones. Jones put in seven assists on the night, while pitching in four points of his own. Lahat Thioune had a career-high nine rebounds, including four offensive .

Utah finally out rebounded a team, by 10 boards, and forced 22 turnovers. Idaho was an overmatched foe, but it was nice to see Utah do quick work of them, and get ready for Pac-12 play next week.

From the official post game release:

NOTEABLES

Utah is now 13-3 all-time against the Vandals and 12-1 when those games are at home … the 13 steals Friday night is the third time this season Utah has recorded double-digit steals … the Utes forced 22 Idaho turnovers to make it back-to-back games with 20-plus forced turnovers … the 46-36 edge on the glass was the first time Utah won the battle of the boards since the opener against Washington (44-43) … with his 22 points, Allen is now 31 points shy of becoming the 44th player to register 1,000 career points … the .281 opponent shooting percentage is the lowest by a Utah opponent since Mississippi Valley State shot .263 from the floor on Nov. 8, 2019.

UP NEXT

Utah now turns its focus towards conference play as it travels to Tempe, Ariz., for a Tuesday night bout against Arizona State at 7 p.m. (MT) on the Pac-12 Networks.