Lawrence Borha scored a team-high 17 points Monday
Aug. 13, 2007
CANBERRA, Australia - Another day, another tough loss for the Runnin' Utes Down Under. On Monday, the Utah men's basketball team fell at the hands of some of the best young players Australia has to offer. After a three-hour bus trip Monday morning, the Australian Institute of Sport squad defeated the Utes 87-76 Monday afternoon.
Utah was once again plagued by turnovers and foul in the 11-point loss. Trailing by17 points at halftime, the Utes rallied to cut the deficit to nine, midway through the fourth quarter, but would not get any closer.
For the second straight game, Utah dominated on the glass. The team enjoyed a 44-31 edge on the boards, including 19 offensive rebounds. However, the Runnin' Utes committed 31 personal fouls compared to 13 by AIS. That resulted in an extra 23 free-throw attempts for the home team. AIS made the most of its opportunities at the charity stripe, hitting 11 more free throws than the Utes, which proved to be the final margin of victory.
Junior Lawrence Borha led the way for Utah with 17 points and five rebounds, most of which came in the second half. Stephen Weigh added 15 points and six rebounds, while Kim Tillie pulled down a game-high 12 boards. AIS was led by Andrew Ogilvy's 16 points and six rebounds. Ogilvy will be a freshman at Vanderbilt University this fall.
The Utes will play again tomorrow against the NBL's West Sydney Razorbacks at the Auburn Centre in Sydney. The game will be the fourth in five days for Utah and the second of three straight days of competition.
- Monday's contest was a homecoming of sorts for sophomore Stephen Weigh, who played for AIS prior to coming to Utah. Weigh still has several friends who play for the current team.
- Unlike the previous two games for the Utes in Australia, this one was played under more traditional FIBA rules. The teams played four 10-minute quarters and players fouled out with five fouls instead of six.
- The Utes will practice early Tuesday morning, before taking a quick tour of the famed Sydney Opera House.
Quotes from Head Coach Jim Boylen:
On how the team played:
"We got off to a sluggish start. We were a step slow defensively and our communication was poor. Offensively, we did not finish plays in the paint (16 of 42) with Kim, Luke and Shaun going 10-for-29 from the field. A continued bright spot from the trip has been that our offensive rebounding (19 tonight) and total team rebounding have been consistent."
On playing such a deep and youthful team:
"I thought their energy and defensive intensity bothered us. We struggled to execute and did a poor job of moving the ball (only 10 assists as a team)."
On playing another NBL team Tuesday:
"It will be a great challenge for us to play our fourth game in five days. We need to take this opportunity to continue developing our team defense and improving our defensive chemistry."