Utah forward Timmy Allen reacts following a basket against Coastal Carolina 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

SALT LAKE CITY — The shots were falling for the Utah basketball team Friday night and as a result, the Utes bounced back from an off night to take an 80-66 victory over Ohio at the Myrtle Beach Invitational at the HTC Center in Conway, South Carolina.

The Utes shot 60% in the first half when they opened up a 15-point lead and finished at 48.9% for the game. From 3-point range, the Utes shot 46.7% on 7 of 15 as they improved to 4-1 on the season.

“I thought we bounced back really well,” said Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak. “We came out with a great focus, we played hard and we shared the basketball. It was good to get a win. It’s a tough environment, and I was proud of our guys.”

After taking Saturday off, the Utes will take on Tulane Sunday at 8:30 a.m. MST in the fifth-place game. Tulane defeated Middle Tennessee State Friday 86-74 to improve to 4-1.

A night earlier in a 22-point first-round loss to host team Coastal Carolina, the Utes had a rough night, shooting only 33.3% from the field and 17.9% from 3-point range.

“It was ugly last night,” Krystkowiak said. “We broke down the film and we were deficient in a lot of different areas.”

Against the Bobcats, four Ute starters finished in double figures with Timmy Allen leading the way with 19 points, while Both Gach scored 18, Rylan Jones had 17 and Riley Battin 10. Mikael Jantunen added 8 points off the bench.

Following three straight victories to open the season, the Utes looked …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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