You can now chalk up two games that Utah had won in the final seconds, that they just flat out gave away. The first was the Stanford game, the most recent was Thursday night, when Jordan Loveridge hit three free throws to give Utah a one point lead with 2.2 seconds to go, and then the ensuing play, Stephen Thompson Jr. was fouled by Brandon Taylor on a half court heave. Thompson hit three free throws and the game was over, OSU won.
Utah was led by Jakob Poeltl's 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Kyle Kuzma had a good game with 17 points of his own. Loveridge ended up with 9, after hitting some big threes in the second half, and the three big free throws. Oregon State was led by Gary Payton II's 20 points, and Thompson had 13.
Utah played a solid first half, and a strong second half up until...
At about the 7 minute mark, Utah had a 10 point lead and was rolling. Jakob Poeltl picked up his 4th foul, on a very questionable call, and then within the next minute, OSU cut the lead to 10. Also, with around 3 minutes left, Utah had multiple chances to push the lead to 6+, but came up with multiple empty possessions with turnovers (9 in the second half), and keeping OSU within striking distance.
Whatelse, Brandon Taylor's foul. First thing, of course, Taylor shouldn't have been that close to the kid, but I don't think you can let the kid waltz freely down the court either. Also, I thought the ref bailed the kid out for jumping sideways into Taylor to initiate the contact. I was shocked when I saw the foul called, because I don't think I've ever seen a foul called in that scenario before.
All-in-all, this was a game Utah had won, more than once, but they snatch the defeat from the jaws of victory. This one hurts, because now they go to Oregon on Sunday, and Utah will have to play a much, much better game for a chance for a split.
Wow, this one hurts.