Jason Washburn carried Utah in the first half with 14 points
Jan. 20, 2013
SEATTLE- Utah men's basketball (9-9, 1-5) used a strong defensive performance and made huge baskets throughout the game and beat Washington, 74-65, It was the first road win for the Runnin' Utes since joining the Pac-12.
Jason Washburn scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half to get Utah off to a good start. Meanwhile, freshman Brandon Taylor added a career-high 19 off the bench to go along with a personal-best six assists. His classmate, Jordan Loveridge, finished with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists
The Utes handed Washington its first conference loss and won its first league game on the road since departing the Mountain West Conference. Utah shot a terrific 60.4 percent from the field and held Washington to just 37.3 percent shooting.
Utah jumped out to a 12-2 lead, eight from Washburn, and would hold that margin for most of the half. The Utes took their largest lead at 30-17 with 3:57 to go on a Loveridge jumper but UW responded with an 8-1 run to cut the gap to six. A pair of Washburn free throws gave the visitors a 33-25 lead heading into halftime.
Leading by eight at the start of the second half, Cedric Martin connected on a jumper to make it 35-25, and Utah ultimately led by as many as 15 points after a Taylor two with 8:15 to go. Washington closed its deficit to as few as six points but didn't get any closer.
Utah returns home next week for games with Cal and Stanford. The Runnin' Utes host the Golden Bears on Thursday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m.