Utah center Branden Carlson (35) drives to the basket against Coastal Carolina guard Ebrima Dibba (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Myrtle Beach Invitational in Conway, S.C., Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) | AP Photo/Gerry Broome
SALT LAKE CITY — After a strong start to the season with three straight victories, the Utah basketball team came back to earth with a thud Thursday, losing in the first round of the Myrtle Beach Invitational 79-57 to Coastal Carolina in at the HTC Center in Conway, South Carolina.
The freshman-laden Utes had looked sharp at times in beating Nevada on the road and Minnesota at home and laying 143 points on Mississippi Valley State, but were overmatched by a team picked to finish sixth in the Sun Belt Conference.
Nothing went right for the Utes, who shot poorly from 3-point range (17.9%) and from the foul line (56.0%), gave up too many offensive rebounds and committed too many turnovers.
With the loss, the Utes fell to 3-1 on the season, while Coastal Carolina improved to 3-2. Utah will meet Ohio, which lost to Baylor 76-53, Friday at 5:30 p.m. MST.
“We knew it was going to be a dogfight,” said Utah assistant coach Andy Hill. “They presented some problems with their quickness. They outscrapped us — that’s their game — and they did it and we didn’t.”
Hill also pointed out that the Chanticleers were able to get fast break baskets because so many Utes’ shots weren’t falling. Overall, the Utes shot 33.3% on 19 of 57.
“You’ve got to make some shots, and we couldn’t get them to go down and that led to a transition game for them,” Hill said.
Except for Timmy Allen, who finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, the Utes didn’t …read more
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