Jarred DuBois passes away from California's Tyrone Wallace
Feb. 28, 2013
BERKELEY, Calif. - Utah struggled offensively this evening as it dropped a road contest at Cal, 64-46.The Utes now stand at 11-16 overall, 3-12 in the Pac-12 standings. Jordan Loveridge finished one point shy of his fourth double-double of the season for the Runnin’ Utes.
Loveridge’s 11 rebounds matched his best outing in league play as the freshman duplicated his performance at Arizona State. He was one of a few bright spots for the visitors, who also set season lows in a number of categories ((points, field goals made, field goal percentage, three-pointers made, three-point percentage).
“I was impressed with how we defended tonight, I have no complaints,” Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak said “It was a frustrating combination of things though offensively. The turnovers tend to suck the life out of you and they scored 15 points directly off of them in the first half. In the second half, we had open looks at the basket and just could not convert. At the end of the game, we were taking bad shots and throwing the ball all over the court.”
One week after scoring only 50 points at Colorado, the Utes shot only 29 percent from the floor in the loss to Cal. Utah scored 45 and 46 points respectively in their two games against the Golden Bears last season. This was the lowest output offensively for Utah since scoring 41 points vs. Colorado last season in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.
Allen Crabbe had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Justin Cobbs added 12 points and seven assists, and California overcame a sluggish start for its sixth straight win. The highest scoring duo in the Pac-12 Conference helped the Golden Bears (19-9, 11-5) seal their longest winning streak since opening the season 6-0.
Utah fell behind out of the gate but responded with a 7-0 run for its first lead of the contest, 10-7. The Runnin’ Utes went on to take their largest lead at 22-14 as Washburn converted down low to cap a 12-3 run by the visitors.
However, the good feelings were short-lived as Cal went on a 21-2 run. The Golden Bears took the lead on a Tyrone Wallace layup at 25-24, and then scored nine more to close the half. Cal scored 15 points off eight Utah turnovers as it took a 10-point lead to the lockers.
After taking its largest lead of the game at the 6:33 mark of the first half, Utah would only score one field goal until a Dakarai Tucker layup with 13:58 to go in regulation.
“We aren’t far away from where we need to be. We are not trying to re-invent the wheel. We just have to eliminate mistakes. I can’t keep pounding away at them because we need to be mentally and physically fresh coming down the stretch. I think we have learned all the lessons we are going to learn. The first half, we turned the ball over a bunch and in the second half, we had only two. We kept them off the offensive glass the first period and they wind up with seven in the second half. “
Tucker continued his strong play this evening and has now averaged 7.0 points per game the last three contests. Glen Dean also had another solid outing vs. the Golden Bears and he finished the season averaging 8.0 points per game against Cal.
“For the freshmen, it’s a steep learning curve. Everything went so well for the first 16 minutes and then after that, things started to snowball. That just goes to show how fragile playing with any type of lead is. Then when we fell behind, I thought we tried for too many home runs. We needed to make passes that led to passes that led to scores, and we were trying to come right down the floor and get points.”
The Runnin’ Utes are back in action on Sunday at 3 p.m. against Stanford. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.