It was not a pretty basketball game, from really either team, and even less pretty for the Utes who fell to the Beavers in Corvallis on Thursday night by a score of 74-56. They were led by Timmy Allen’s 24 points, while Branden Carlson had 16 points, and those were the only two Utes to score in double figures for the Utes, and really no one lease was close. Riley Battin and Lahat Thioune each had six and Alfonso Plummer had four. That’s it. That’s all the scoring fo the Utes. The Utes only shot 38.5% from the field for the game, and 16% from three. Also, 20 turnovers doomed the Utes.
Utah fell behind 13-4 early in the game, and then they settled in a bit as Allen went on a 10-2 run to pull the Utes to within one. Really, the rest of the half was pretty sluggish, overall, as neither team could really go on a run, and the halftime score was OSU holding a 30-24 lead. It was a bit of a slug fest, with each team shooting sub-40% from the field in that opening half.
The second half started really great for the Utes, as Carlson had a run of his own, and he was able to give Utah the 37-32 lead. It was kind of looking like Utah was starting to click and may give themselves some breathing room, but that was pretty much when things shut down for the Utes. A 17-0 run by the Beavers really put the game out of reach across a 7:29 stretch. The Utes just kept turning the ball over, and OSU would get out in transition for easy buckets. It’s not like Utah’s defense was bad, look it wasn’t great in that second half, but when you have live ball turnovers that makes it a lot harder.
This was the third straight game that Rylan Jones sat with that arm injury, and it was painfully obvious how much he was missed tonight. Allen is a good player, and a good scorer, but he does have a lot of turnovers when he’s the primary ball handler. Larrson also had some pretty sketchy ball handling tonight as well. Jones would be able to settle things down and get the offense settled, and at least help find an open guy for a shot. The Utes have now fallen two games below .500 in conference play, and .500 on the season. The Utes need to get back all their bodies and fast, because they just can’t score enough points as is.
Allen and Thioune combined for 18 points and 7-of-11 shooting for the Utes in the first half while the rest of the team had six points on 1-of-11 shooting with seven turnovers … the 20 Ute turnovers led to 26 OSU points … Allen and Carlson accounted for 40 of the 56 points (.714) Thursday night … the 12 steals by OSU is the most for an opponent this season, previous was 11 by Washington State.
Utah remains on the road as it heads 45 minutes down the road for a 7 p.m. (MT) battle against the Oregon Ducks on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Matthew Knight Arena on Pac-12 Networks.