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Runnin' Utes Top Stanford, 58-57

Utah junior guard Chris Hines tied for game-high honors with 19 points in a 58-57 win over Stanford.

Utah junior guard Chris Hines tied for game-high honors with 19 points in a 58-57 win over Stanford.

Feb. 25, 2012

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SALT LAKE CITY - Junior guard Chris Hines and junior center Jason Washburn combined for 36 points and the University of Utah men's basketball team (6-22, 3-13 Pac-12) defeated Stanford (19-10, 9-8 Pac-12) Saturday at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

The Utes shot 44.7% (17-of-38) from the floor, compared to a 36.8 mark (21-of-57) for the Cardinal. Utah connected on 17 of its 21 free throws (81%), while Stanford was 9-of-14 (64.3%) at the stripe. During Utah's 68-65 loss in Palo Alto, Calif., on Jan. 11, the Utes went 1-of-9 from the free throw line in a 68-65 loss.

Defensively, Utah set a new season high with 10 steals and also grabbed 25 defensive rebounds, compared to 18 for Stanford.

Hines tied for game-high honors with 19 points, including a 5-of-8 effort from 3-point range. He has recorded five straight double-figure-point games and 23 over his career. The guard from Houston, Texas grabbed a career-high seven rebounds as well.

Washburn turned in 17 points off a 6-of-9 effort from the floor. He posted his fourth straight game of 10 points or more and the 29th career double-digit-point effort. The Battle Creek, Mich., native also grabbed five rebounds and tied his career high with three steals. He also buried his first career 3-point field goal with the shot clock expiring at the 6:10 mark of the first half.

Junior forward Dijon Farr recorded his seventh game of 10 points or more this season with a 12-point effort to go along with six rebounds.

Junior wing Cedric Martin dished out a team-high four assists, compared to one turnover.

Washburn scored Utah's first six points of the game within the first three minutes and the Utes held a 6-4 lead before back-to-back Stanford 3-pointers gave the Cardinal a 10-6 edge. A Hines' 3-pointer cut Utah's deficit to one point. From that moment, Stanford reeled off six straight points to push its lead to seven points (16-9). The Cardinal pushed its lead to as many as 10 points (21-11) before Washburn's first career 3-point field goal spurred an 11-2 Utah run that tied the game for third time, 27-27. The game would be tied once more at 33 points apiece before a Javon Dawson free throw gave Utah a 34-33 edge heading into halftime. Utah is 4-1 this season when leading at halftime. The only time the Utes lost a game they led at halftime was at Arizona on Feb. 11. Washburn and Hines led the way 11 points in the opening half as Utah hit 14 of its 16 free throw attempts.

As Stanford found itself in a drought for 6:02 (from 1:35 in the first half to 14:33 in the second half), Utah built its largest lead of the game, five points (38-33), early in the second half before Stanford came back to force the fifth tie of the contest at 38 points apiece. The game would tied two more times before a pair of Martin free throws, his only two points of the game, gave the Utes a 49-48 lead heading into the final media timeout.

A hectic final 3:55 ensued as the lead changed hands seven times. The teams traded 3-point field goals before an Aaron Bright layin gave Stanford a 53-52 edge. A free throw by each team made the score 54-53 before a Washburn jumper pushed Utah to a 55-54 advantage. A Dwight Powell tip-in gave Stanford a 56-55 lead before Hines drained a clutch 3-pointer for a 58-56 edge. Stanford's Josh Owens then made one of two free throws to cut Utah's lead to one (58-57), but the Utes were able to keep the Cardinal off the board for the remainder of the game to preserve a 58-57 victory.

Stanford was led by 19 points from Chasson Randle, while Anthony Brown scored 11 points and dished out four assists.

The Utes are at Oregon State next Thursday. Tipoff in Corvallis is set for 8 p.m. MT.

 

 

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