Jordan Loveridge led three Utah scorers in double digits
Feb. 22, 2013
BOULDER, Colo. - Utah men's basketball started a three-game road swing with a tough loss at Colorado this evening, 60-50. Jordan Loveridge had 12 points and seven rebounds to pace the Runnin' Utes (11-15, 3-11 Pac-12).
Loveridge has now scored in double figures during three of the last four games and classmate Brandon Taylor added 10 points, the first time he scored in double figures since scoring a career-high 21 at Oregon State. Jason Washburn inched closer to the 1,000-point plateau with 10 points, while also grabbing five rebounds.
“We turned the ball over nine times in the first half and then they scored 21 points off our miscues for the game," Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak said."We were not dealing with their defense on the pick-and-roll effectively, we didn’t get to 50-50 balls and at times we seemed to just throw the ball in the air. At the end though, we missed open baskets. We had a chance to get it to two with an open three-point look but just couldn’t knock it down.”
Colorado scored the first five points but Utah quickly erased that margin and took its first lead, 13-12, on a tip-in by Jeremy Olsen. The Utes took their largest lead at 26-21, on a jumper by Loveridge
Colorado rallied and closed on a 9-2 run to take a 30-28 lead to the lockers. Utah shot 50 percent in the first half with Taylor leading all scorers with 10 points.
After taking a 31-30 lead in the early stages of the second half, Utah saw the Buffaloes go on an 11-0 run and hold the lead for the remainder of the game.
The Utes did eventually trim the lead to five, 55-50, on a layup by Washburn with 2:29 to play but missed a couple chances to get closer. Colorado connected on 5-of-6 attempts at the line for the final margin.
“Their pick-and-roll pressure, as well as their full court pressure, really sped us up offensively," Krystkowiak added."We had worked on slowing things down this week but they forced us to burn some timeouts early. We have to be stronger with the ball, rip through the defender, but we were off balance a lot.”
While Taylor and Loveridge were leading the Utes in scoring, Olsen and Dakarai Tucker provided sparks as well. Tucker finished with eight points, his most since the season opener, as well as three steals.
“Dakarai has played strong for us two game in a row," Krystkowiak commented. "For all the freshmen at this time it’s about consistency and confidence. Dakarai was active again tonight and got his hands in CU’s passing lanes and caused some deflections. He has really been coming along nicely, as have the rest of the newcomers.”
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 13 points and had a key block in the late going while Sabatino Chen added 12 points and Andre Roberson had 10 as Colorado (18-8, 8-6 Pac-12) rebounded from its overtime loss to Arizona State last weekend despite missing freshman star Josh Scott, who sat out with a concussion suffered in the game against the Sun Devils.
The Buffaloes gained a split of their season series with the Utes, who took the first meeting 58-55 in Utah earlier this month.
Utah continues its three-game road swing next Thursday at Cal. Tip time is scheduled for 7 p.m.