Jarred DuBois had a career-high 25 points
Nov. 28, 2012
DALLAS (AP) - Jarred DuBois finished with a career-high 25 points and four assists as Utah dropped its first road game of the season this evening, 62-55 at SMU.
DuBois led all scorers in the contest, going 9-for-13 from the field and connecting on 5-of-6 three-point tries. Freshman Jordan Loveridge, one of the Pac-12's leading rebounders finished with his second double-double of the season (10 points, 11 rebounds)
Utah led for most of the first half, with its largest lead coming at 22-18 after a bucket by Loveridge with 6:56 remaining. However, from that point on, Utah scored only one bucket, a DuBois three, for the rest of the stanza.
Meanwhile, SMU went on a 17-3 run, connecting on four three-pointers, to gain a 10-point lead at the break, 35-25. The Utes' struggles down the stretch led to a 35 percent shooting performance in the half and things were compounded by zero free-throw trips.
DuBois scored 11 points in the first 20 minutes to pace all scorers and though struggling with their shots, Loveridge and Dallin Bachynski combined for 11 rebounds.
Utah allowed SMU only two field goals (12.5 percent shooting) over the first nine minutes of the second half as it whittled the Mustang lead to one. A DuBois jumper was judged to only be a two-pointer and left the Utes trailing by a single digit.
The home side would counter with a 13-0 run while as Utah went over seven minutes without a point. Trailing 52-38, Cedric Martin broke the cold streak with a three-pointer and Brandon Taylor followed with a layup to cut the deficit to single digits. Martin finished with a season-high eight points and three assists.
When all was said and done, Utah limited the Mustangs to 24 percent shooting from the field in the second half and after allowing six three-pointers in the first period, clamped down and held SMU scoreless from beyond the arc over the final 20 minutes.
Jalen Jones scored 20 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and was a major reason SMU outscored Utah by 10 in the paint. The Mustangs improved to 7-1 under new coach Larry Brown for their best start in six years.
Utah is back in action on Friday night when it travels to play at Texas State. Tip time is scheduled for 6 p.m. MT against the Bobcats