Jordan Loveridge scored 16 points versus Saint Mary's in the first round of the NIT.
March 19, 2014
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) - Jordan Loveridge scored 16 points for Utah (21-12), but the Utes fell to Saint Mary's 70-58 in the first round of the NIT tournament on Tuesday night.
Utah led the entire first half and was up 41-31 with 12:30 remaining before struggling down the stretch. The fifth-seeded Utes missed five of their last six shots and committed four turnovers.
Kerry Carter scored 10 points over the final 5 minutes as Saint Mary's stormed back to win the game.
Utah shot 50 percent (6-12) from behind the arc.
Carter missed his first five shots before making a pair of 3-pointers, recording a steal and scoring on a fast break layup to complete the remarkable comeback for the Gaels (23-11) after guard Stephen Holt fouled out. Holt, Saint Mary's second-leading scorer, had 15 points.
The fourth-seeded Gaels will play against Minnesota in the second round. The Gophers, the highest seed in their quadrant, beat High Point 88-81.