It wasn't pretty, at all, but it's a win, and a much needed win at that, as the Utes knocked off the Buffs for their first Pac-12 win of the season, 56-54. The Utes
One bugaboo for Utah throughout the season has been turnovers. Utah only had 11 turnovers on the night, most of which came in the first half. The Utes held the lead for much of the first half, although it was never more than four points and really couldn't get in a consistent rhythm. Both teams struggled to score, and opened the game a combined 0-of-9 from the field and went to the first media time out with a 3-2 score. Utah shot 41% in the first half, while CU shot 28%, giving Utah a 2 point lead at half. There was good tough defense throughout the first half by both teams, with a lot of contested shots, making this game similar to the Stanford game, just a grinder.
The second half was a half of
When it looked like CU was going to make a final run and put the game away, Utah's defense started to lock down, holding them to one-and-done possessions. Loveridge and Bonam started to claw Utah back into the game on the offensive side, really beginning with some big threes by Loveridge. Utah only shot 39% from the field in the second half, while the Buffs shot 52%, but hit one more
Utah finished the game on an 11-2 run, and the last four minutes were dominated by
Utah beats Colorado 56–54 on this drive by Lorenzo Bonam in the final seconds (Vine via Jesse Hooker): https://t.co/He9lQnd4XE— SI College Hoops (@si_ncaabb) January 9, 2016
Utah now improves to 1-2 in Pac-12 play, as they dropped the two games in the Bay Area last week. The Utes will return to the Huntsman Center to take on the Oregon schools next week, beginning with Oregon on Thursday, and finishing with Oregon State on Sunday.