SALT LAKE CITY — Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak often refers to the season as a marathon and not a sprint. That being the case, the Utes pretty much jogged — albeit at a good pace — through a 88-70 win over Washington State Saturday night in the Huntsman Center.
It didn’t take long for the Utes to overpower the short-handed Cougars.
After playing to an 11-11 tie, Utah pulled away with a 15-0 run. Parker Van Dyke and Riley Battin powered the decisive outburst with five points apiece. Washington State, playing without injured Pac-12 scoring leader Robert Franks (22.1 ppg), missed eight straight shots while being held scoreless for nearly five minutes.
“I think it all starts on the defensive end,” Van Dyke said. “When you play great defense and you cause some turnovers and things like that, it leads to easier offensive scores. And so when we have some really good intensity and we’re moving around and playing team defense collectively we can be pretty good.”
“I think we did a good job defensively — without a doubt. But, overall, we graded out real well, and then we were able to get out in transition.”
Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak
The Cougars (7-9, 0-3) made just 22.6 percent (7 of 31) of their shots in the first half. The Pac-12’s top 3-point shooting team went 1-of-11 from beyond the arc over the first 20 minutes.
“I think we did a good job defensively — without a doubt,” said Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak, who noted a few shortcomings like giving up nine offensive rebounds in the first half. “But, overall, we graded out real well, and then we were able to get out in transition.”
The Utes led 44-24 at the break. Both Gach led the way with 12 points, while Van Dyke added eight.
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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News