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Utah Men's Basketball Holds Off Colorado, 58-55

Cedric Martin was one of four Utes in double figures

Cedric Martin was one of four Utes in double figures

Feb. 2, 2013

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SALT LAKE CITY - Brandon Taylor drew a charge with 9.7 seconds left and Glen Dean hit a pair of free throws on the other end to help Utah survive a late rally and upset Colorado 58-55 on Saturday afternoon.

Jason Washburn scored 13 points and collected 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double in conference play while Jeremy Olsen added a career-high 12 points off the bench on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor in just 14 minutes of action, to lead the Utes (10-11, 2-7) to their second Pac-12 win of the season and first one at home.

Cedric Martin tallied 11 points and Jarred DuBois scored 10 points to help the Utes snap a two-game losing slide. Spencer Dinwiddie had 18 points while Andre Roberson chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Buffaloes (14-7, 4-5).

Utah jumped out to a 7-3 lead, getting five points from Martin, but Colorado responded with an 8-0 run to grab its first lead of the contest. The Utes went back on top thanks to a 6-0 run capped by a DuBois jumper which made the score 19-17 with 8:18 to play in the period.

Consecutive three-pointers by Martin and Taylor erased a small deficit and the freshman added a foul-line jumper for Utah's largest lead, 29-23 with 1:22 in the half. The Runnin' Utes took that margin into the lockers, leading 31-25.

Martin and Olson each scored eight points over the first 20 minutes and despite being out-rebounded by seven, Utah held an advantage inside, scoring 16 points in the paint against the Buffaloes. The Ute bench also out-scored Colorado's, 14-0, while only committing two turnovers.


 

 

At halftime, Utah honored the passing of former head coach Rick Majerus with a brief video and the unveiling of a banner in the rafters commemorating all of his achievements. Utah AD Dr. Chris Hill, Majerus' family and Keith Van Horn all addressed the crowd, thanking them for attending and honoring Majerus' accomplishments and legacy.

Utah scored the first nine points of the second half, seven from Washburn, to open up a 15-point cushion. Meanwhile, Colorado was ice cold, not scoring a field goal from the 4:52 mark of the first half to the 14:13 mark of the second (10:39).

After CU broke its frigid streak, Utah went on a 9-0 spurt to open up a 49-27 lead with 12:28 remaining in the game. A jumper by Taylor put Utah ahead 20 with 10:44 showing, however, it would be the last basket the home side would score for the rest of the contest.

Colorado went on a 22-3 to trim the gap to a single point, 54-53 with 1:45 to play. DuBois made a pair of free throws to push Utah's lead back up to three points before Dinwiddie drew a foul while going up for a shot which he still managed to convert.

He did not take advantage of his opportunity to even the score at the free throw line, and after Glen Dean added a couple more insurance points for the hosts, Dinwiddie missed a 3-pointer that would have forced overtime as the buzzer sounded.

Utah shot 46 percent for the game while the Buffaloes connected on 40 percent of their tries. The Utes' three-point defense, which had struggled the past six games (43%), held CU to 5-of-17 from deep (29%).

The Utes battled in the second half, out-rebounding the Buffaloes 17-14, but were a minus-four on the day. Despite that margin, Utah still scored 26 points in the paint.

The Runnin' Utes are back in action on Wednesday night in Corvallis against Oregon State at 8 p.m.

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