Delon Wright scored 15 points and added 11 rebounds versus Boise State.
Dec. 04, 2013
BOISE, Idaho - Jordan Loveridge scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, but Utah lost to Boise State 69-67 on Tuesday night. Delon Wright added 15 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Utes (6-1).
"This was a great college environment and early-season test for both teams," head coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "I was really pleased with how we responded with fire in the second half. We made mistakes early and obviously losing Princeton hurt us with our depth. We had open looks at the end of the day and we were able to accomplish a lot of things."
Loveridge hit a 3-pointer with 1:46 left to give Utah a 66-65 lead and Marks answered with a floater in the lane with 49 seconds left and hit two free throws with 16.7 seconds remaining. Loveridge missed a tying 3-point attempt with seven seconds to go.
The Broncos led 37-29 early in the second half before Utah rolled off eight straight - five by Loveridge - to knot the score with 15:09 remaining. Thompson drained an 18-footer to put Boise State back ahead and Utah answered with Kenneth Ogbe hitting two 3-pointers and Loveridge knocking down one during a 9-2 run for a 46-42 lead with 12:10 to play.
"We have some freshmen who are 'basketball players'," Krystkowiak said. "He was huge and made big shots. I like his length and the more comfortable he is in his role, we will continue to integrate him more in the lineup."
The Utes again had a four-point edge after Loveridge's hoop with 8:15 to play before Thompson converted a three-point play and Drmic scored five points during a 10-1 surge to give the Broncos a 61-56 edge with 5:29 to go.
The Utes and Broncos entered the contest as two of the remaining 20 undefeated teams in the nation.
Boise State led the nation in scoring at 97.7 points prior to the contest while matching the best start in program history. Meanwhile, the Utes were also filling up the basket with a 90.7 average that ranked sixth nationally while starting 6-0 for the first time in 15 seasons.
Yet scoring was in short supply during a first half that ended with Boise State holding a 32-25 halftime lead despite shooting just 26.7 percent from the field.
The teams were a combined 8-of-30 from the field over the first 10 minutes as Boise State held a 13-10 lead. Utah had a 20-17 advantage after Dakarai Tucker's basket with 6:26 to go in the half before Boise State received back-to-back 3-pointers from Elorriaga and Nick Duncan to take a 3-point lead.
"This was a good test," Krystkowiak added. "There are plenty of things we can look at going forward. Boise will be a top-25 team and we were really pleased with our performance. This is like a Pac-12 road game and we’re going to play these types of games all season. How can you not be excited when you play games like these?"
Utah is back in action on Saturday when it returns home to play Fresno State at 3 p.m. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network