Delon Wright posted a game-high 22 points in Sunday's win.
Feb. 23, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Delon Wright scored 22 points, collected nine rebounds and had six assists and Utah blocked a season-high 12 shots to fuel an 86-63 victory over Arizona State on Sunday night.
"Renan has stuck with it and he's probably the most positive guy on the team," head coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "With his family here, for the first time ever, it was supposed to happen that way. Princeton's block was a turning point. He really brought the emotion and it got the crowd going. He's quite the weapon for us."
"The home cooked meal helps," Lenz joked. "We just wanted to get every 50/50 ball and get rebounds as well as take charges."
The senior, playing in front of his parents who are making their first visit to the United States helped the Utes dominate around the basket from start to finish. The Utes outrebounded the Sun Devils 44-36 and had a 38-26 edge in points in the paint.
Utah's 86 points and 23-point margin of victory were both program highs in a conference game since joining the Pac-12.
Shaquielle McKissic had 16 points, while Egor Koulechov and Bo Barnes added 11 apiece for Arizona State (19-8. 8-6) which has lost two straight after winning six of its previous seven games.
Arizona State shot just 30.8 percent (20 of 65) from the field and 22.2 percent (6 of 27) from distance. Leading scorer Jahii Carson was held to just eight points on 3-of-13 shooting. Utah also exploited a defense that entered the game second in the Pac-12 in points per possession.
"I think it was all about energy," Krystkowiak added. "We had good rotations and guys were covering for others. You can't have too many guys coming on rotations or else that leaves things open. We know how good they are off the dribble so we had to be ready to recover."
Arizona State scored the first basket, and the Utes promptly went on an 11-0 run. Utah led by as much as 35-11 after 13 minutes and 47-20 on a lay-up by Delon Wright with two minutes remaining in the first half.
The Utes led 51-26 at halftime after shooting 58.6 percent from the field and outrebounding the Sun Devils by a 27-17 margin.
Utah celebrates Senior Day next Saturday in its final home game of the regular season against Colorado at noon.