Jordan Loveridge led the Utes with 14 points
Dec. 8, 2012
PROVO, Utah - Utah men's basketball led by as many as 12, but could not put away BYU this evening on the road, falling 61-58. The Utes held the Cougars to 31 percent shooting, their worst offensive performance of the season.
Jordan Loveridge scored 14 points and Glen Dean had 10 for the Utes (6-3), but no field goals over the final 7:05 dampened the spirits of the Utah faithful. Utah shot only 25 percent from the floor in the second half and has now been held under 60 points in two of its three losses.
A 7-0 run by the Utes over a span of 3:25 in the first half gave them a double-digit lead for the first time at 27-17. The largest lead for Utah came on a layup by Aaron Dotson that pushed the margin to 12.
Utah shot 46 percent in the first half and held BYU to 29 percent shooting. Washburn led all scorers with nine first-half points on 4-of-4 shooting.
Dallin Bachynski scored seven points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Dean added six and four. Justin Seymour also grabbed four rebounds to help Utah to a +6 advantage on the glass. The work inside gave the Runnin' Utes an 18-6 edge when it came to points in the pain.
Loveridge scored nine points over the first 10 minutes of the second half, including five in a row that kept the Utes in front 48-43 with 11:18 to play.
Leading by three, Dean stuck a big triple to double the lead for Utah at 52-46 with a little over seven minutes remaining. Unfortunately, that would be the last bucket of the night for the Utes.
Matt Carlino drained consecutive three-pointers to knot the game at 52-52 with 4:55 left. Craig Cusick gave the Cougars their first lead when he buried a three after Utah made a free throw to go ahead by one.
Carlino scored 19 points and Tyler Haws added 14 points and six rebounds to rally BYU to victory. Haws benefitted from 10-of-10 shooting at the line as Cedric Martin harassed him into 2-of-10 shooting from the field,
Haws hit a pair of free throws with 16.7 seconds remaining after the Utes were forced to foul. Prior to the personal, Washburn missed his first field goal attempt in 13 tries, a span of two-and-a-half games, which could have given the visitors a lead.
Dean had a look at a three to tie the game but the shot went awry. Martin grabbed the rebound and had his try knocked out of bounds by Brandon Davies. Seymour had the last chance to force overtime but his try bounced off the rim.
Utah has next week off before returning to the Jon M. Huntsman Center for three home games starting Dec. 18. The Runnin' Utes host SMU after losing to the Mustangs down in Dallas earlier this season, 62-55.