Deion Wright scored 23 points to lead Utah
Kenneth Ogbe added nine points and freshman forward Brekkott Chapman had eight first-half points.
Freshman forward Kyle Kuzma scored 14 points to lead Utah
Kyle Kuzma led the team with 19 points and four rebounds in win against the Highlanders.
Utah vs. Kansas men's basketball
Utah takes on BYU
Utah vs. UTPA men's basketball
No. 25 Men's Basketball vs. UC Riverside; photos by Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
Men's basketball USATSI Gallery -- 11/18/14
Larry Krystkowiak is entering his fourth year as the head coach of the Runnin' Utes. Last season, Krystkowiak guided the Utes to their first postseason appearance since 2009 and their best record since joining the Pac-12, surpassing the 20-win mark.
Delon Wright, in his first season under Krystkowiak's tutelage, went on to earn First Team All-Pac-12 and All-Defensive Team honors, a precedent for Utah men's basketball in the conference of champions. Jordan Loveridge continued his development and finished among the top-12 in the league in scoring and rebounding and was Utah's first Pac-12 Player of the Week.
Other noticeable improvements were made by Brandon Taylor, who finished fourth in 3-pointers made and 10th in assists, Dallin Bachynski, who was one of the league leaders in blocked shots, and Dakarai Tucker, who was sixth in 3-point field goal percentage.
The Utes also excelled in the classroom with Taylor being named a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree and Jeremy Olsen earning a second Pac-12 All-Academic accolade. In all, five Utes, a program record, earned that distinction from the league as Olsen was joined by Taylor, Tucker, Bachynski and Renan Lenz.
Striving for success, both on and off the court, are trademarks of the Krystkowiak era and due to improvements in both areas, the Utah head coach was rewarded with a new five-year contract that runs through the 2018-19 season.
In 2012-13, Krystkowiak led Utah to the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals for the first time in program history and won two postseason games for the first time since winning the Mountain West Conference championship in 2009. The Utes also more than doubled their win total from the previous season by winning 15 games.
Jason Washburn was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 becoming the first Ute to receive any postseason recognition since the team entered the league. Also, Olsen was named to the Pac-12's All-Academic First Team and became the first Ute to win scholastic honors since the switch in conferences.
Krystkowiak was introduced on April 4, 2011 as the new men's basketball coach at the University of Utah and the man to lead the Runnin' Utes into the next phase of their storied history. Krystkowiak, who has prior head coaching experience in the NCAA, CBA and NBA, left a position as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Nets to become the 15th head coach in Utah men's basketball history.
In his previous collegiate head coaching post, Krystkowiak led his alma mater, the University of Montana, to a 42-20 record and two NCAA appearances as the Grizzlies' from 2004-06 before joining the NBA coaching ranks.
Hired as an assistant coach by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2006-07, "Krysko" was elevated to head coach with 17 games remaining in the season. He was retained as the Bucks' head coach in 2007-08. Among the players he coached was former Ute All-American Andrew Bogut. Krystkowiak's other head coaching experience was in the CBA with the Idaho Stampede in 2003-04.
After a nine-year NBA playing career in six cities, Krystkowiak's first coaching job was as an assistant coach at Montana from 1998-2000. The Grizzlies were the Big Sky champions in 2000. He then moved on to Old Dominion as an assistant in 2001-02 before signing on as the head coach of the CBA's Idaho Stampede. In his lone season with the Stampede in 2003-04, he led the team to a 38-14 record and a berth in the CBA Finals.
Krystkowiak spent the next two seasons as the head coach at Montana. The Grizzlies were Big Sky champions in 2004-05, winning the conference tournament and earning an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. They appeared in the Big Dance in 2006 as well, earning an at-large bid and advancing to the second round with an upset victory over fifth-seed Nevada. It was UM's first NCAA tournament win since 1975. Montana finished the season with a 24-7 record, after going 18-13 in Krystkowiak's first season, losing to No. 1 seed Washington in the NCAA First Round.
The only three-time Big Sky MVP in league history and two-time Academic All-American for Montana from 1982-86, Krystkowiak is still the school's all-time career leader in points (2,017) and rebounds (1,105). He was selected in the second round (28th overall pick) of the 1986 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls and played in the league for nine years with San Antonio (1986-87), Milwaukee (1988-92), Utah (1992-93), Orlando (1993-94), Chicago (1994-96) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1996). Over his NBA career, he averaged 8.1 points and 4.1 rebounds a game with his best season in 1988-89 when he averaged 12.7 points and 7.6 rebounds a game for Milwaukee.
Krystkowiak made the Dean's List four times at Montana, including in 1996, when he completed the degree he began over a decade earlier in business administration. He graduated with honors, boasting a 3.5 grade point average.
Krystkowiak and his wife Jan have five children, sons Cam, Luc, Ben and twin daughters Samantha and Finley.
Krystkowiak Coaching Experience
|2011-||University of Utah||Head Coach|
|2010-11||New Jersey Nets (NBA)||Assistant Coach|
|2010||USA U18 Men's National Team||Head Coach|
|2007-08||Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)||Head Coach|
|2006-07||Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)||Assistant Coach|
|2004-06||University of Montana||Head Coach|
|2003-04||Idaho Stampede (CBA)||Head Coach|
|2001-2002||Old Dominion University||Assistant Coach|
|1998-2000||University of Montana||Assistant Coach|
Krystkowiak Year-by-Year Coaching Record
|Season||School||Position||Overall / Conf. (Finish)||Postseason|
|2013-14||Utah||Head Coach||21-12 / 9-9 (8th)||NIT 1st Round|
|2012-13||Utah||Head Coach||15-18 / 5-13 (10th)|
|2011-12||Utah||Head Coach||6-25 / 3-15 (11th)|
|2007-08||Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)||Head Coach||26-56|
|2006-07||Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)||Head Coach||5-13|
|2005-06||Montana (NCAA)||Head Coach||24-7 / 10-4 (2nd)||
NCAA 2nd Round
|2004-05||Montana (NCAA)||Head Coach||18-13 / 9-5 (2nd)||NCAA 1st Round|
|2003-04||Idaho Stampede (CBA)||Head Coach||37-16||CBA Finals|
Krystkowiak Playing Experience
|1997||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1986-87||San Antonio Spurs|