Junior wing Cedric Martin scored a career-high 19 in Friday's 71-59 win over Idaho State.
Dec. 16, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Junior wing Cedric Martin poured in a career-high 19 points to lead the University of Utah men's basketball team (2-8) to a 71-59 victory over Idaho State (2-8) in a non-conference matchup Friday at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
Led by Martin, three Utah players hit double-digits in points as the Utes shot 48.9% from the field. Utah's 71 points was its highest scoring output at home this season. The Utes' 22 points off turnovers was also a season high, while Idaho State only managed eight points off Ute turnovers. The Utes committed 12 turnovers, while the Bengals turned the ball over 15 times.
Martin connected on six of nine field goal attempts for his 19 points. He hit a career-high five 3-point field goals on only five attempts from long range.
Junior center Jason Washburn turned in 17 points on a 4-of-5 effort from the floor for his seventh double-figure-scoring game of the year. He also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, which was just one shy of tying his career high.
Junior forward Dijon Farr also set a new career high with 16 points on a 7-of-11 effort from the field for his second-career double-digit-point effort. He also set two more career highs with six rebounds and a career-high four steals, the most by a Ute this season. His 16 points was his most since scoring 12 points at Boise State on Nov. 16.
Sophomore forward Javon Dawson tied his career high with six points after connecting on two of three shots from the field. He also pulled down four boards, which was just one shy of tying his career high.
Senior guard Josh Watkins had his streak of 14 straight double-digit scoring games snapped, but did kick out a season-high eight assists, compared to only two turnovers.
After ISU hit a jumper to open the scoring, Utah scored five straight on a Martin 3-pointer and an alley-oop between Watkins and Farr. The Bengals then used a 7-0 run to assume a 12-7 edge before a 4-point play by Farr brought the Utes within a point (12-11). The Bengals put together a 14-6 spurt to earn their largest lead of the contest to that point (26-17). The Utes countered with a 9-2 spurt to pull within a basket at 28-26. ISU had a slight 6-5 edge in the final 2:09 to take a 34-31 lead into halftime. Martin, Farr and Washburn scored eight points apiece. Washburn also tied for game-high honors with four rebounds in the opening half. The two teams combined to go 12-for-12 at the free throw line in the first 20 minutes of play.
ISU took six of the first eight to start the second half to assume a 40-33 edge. Down 43-35, Utah went on a 7-0 run that was capped by Martin's third 3-pointer of the contest, to come within a point, 43-42. Utah's second alley-oop of the contest, this time from Storey to Farr, and a 3-point field goal by Storey sparked a 9-2 Ute run and gave them their second lead of the game (and first since the 7-5 mark) at 51-48. A 3-point field goal and a pair of free throws by Storey sparked a run that gave the Utes their largest lead of the game to that point, 59-49. Utah then took control of the contest by sprinting to a 13-point lead (66-53) with 3:51 remaining. The Utes led by no fewer than eight the rest of the way en route to a 71-59 victory.
Idaho State was led by 13 points by Melvin Morgan and Chase Grabau contributed 11. Abner Moreira had a team-high eight rebounds.
The Utes host Portland on Monday. Tipoff from the Huntsman Center is at 7 p.m. and the game can be viewed here.