Brandon Taylor was one of six Utes in double figures this evening
Dec. 7, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Delon Wright tallied career-highs of 23 points and 12 assists while also grabbing six rebounds to lead the Utah Runnin' Utes to a 90-77 victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Huntsman Center this evening.
Wright did his damage on 9-of-12 shooting from the field for Utah (7-1), which bounced back from its first loss of the season at Boise State on Tuesday. Wright entered the contest fourth in the nation in field-goal percentage, connecting on 74.1 percent of his attempts.
"We were giving up too many threes in the first half and we tried to do a better job with penetration also coming out to start the second half," Wright said. "Once we got some momentum defensively, we started to click and get things together."
Jordan Loveridge also notched his fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The sophomore scored all of his points in the second half as the Utes won their ninth-straight at home and 11th in their last 12 outings.
Renan Lenz poured in 15 points, while Brandon Taylor and Jeremy Olsen put up 12 points apiece. Taylor dished out six assists to match his personal best while Olsen matched his career-high which he tallied twice last season.
Dakarai Tucker rounded out the balanced effort with 10 points, his second double-digit output of the season. For the contest, Utah's bench outscored Fresno State's 27-9.
"Having six guys in double figures was impressive and except for the last few minutes, our ball handling and turnover ratio was excellent," head coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "Our guys didn't force anything and we made the extra pass tonight. We showed a lot more poise than we had in other games."
Fresno State shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, but Utah was even better at 56.7 percent, as the Utes carried a 40-39 lead into intermission.
"I'd give a lot of credit to Fresno State because we were focused," Krystkowiak added. "But they were just plain good. They're a nice 1-on-1 team and in our plan, I think we did what we wanted to do. It just has to be better. Our energy showed up in the second half and we got locked in."
Utah actually improved after the break to 63 percent from the field. The Utes scored the first seven points of the second half and extended its lead to as many 17 down the stretch.
The Utes turned the ball over just six times and scored 44 points in the paint while out-rebounding the Bulldogs.
The Utes are back in action Tuesday evening against Idaho State at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
This contest is also part of the Utes' Toy Drive. If you bring an unwrapped toy to the gates of the Huntsman Center, you will receive free admission to the upper bowl. All donations will support Toys for Tots.