January 19, 2013 at 7:35 PM
Utah live game thread
IT’S OVER — Utah 74-65.
HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? — After a timeout, Andrews threw an inbound pass away and Taylor got fouled. Utah 63-54.
STILL A CHANCE — Utah 60-52, 3:13.
IF IT’S GONNA HAPPEN — Looks like Washington has another run in it. The Huskies have scored on back-to-back possessions. Utah 56-46, 6:01.
STILL RAGGED — Not much cohesion offensively from the Huskies who are shooting 34 percent from the floor. Utah 54-41, 8:46.
TIME FOR A RUN? — Utah’s subs are in the game and its top three scorers are on the bench. Still Taylor is taking control. Meanwhile, Wilcox has drained consecutive three-pointers. Utah 50-39, 10:45.
SECOND HALF — If Suggs don’t get it going offensively, not sure if the Huskies will have enough offensive firepower to get back into this one. Utah 37-25, 16:20.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Wilcox is scoreless on 0-for-2 shooting while Washburn has a game-high 14 points and has made 6 of 7 shots.
The two stars tell the story of this game. Washington is shooting 35.5 percent (11 of 31) while Utah is 14 of 24 from the floor (58.3 percent). Just when it seems as if the Huskies have gotten a handle on the Utes, someone hits what seems like a crazy, miraculous shot. Taylor drained a crazy layup as the shot clock expired and Loveridge has hit some tough shots.
But the Huskies’ inability to slow down Washburn has hurt them. He also has six of Utah’s 12 rebounds.
With Wilcox bottled up by DuBois, Dean, Taylor and Utah’s zone, the Huskies will need Suggs to take over. He has seven points on 3-of-9 shooting.
Utah has 14 baskets and 10 assists. That’s pretty good.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — Utah 33-25.
PAGING SUGGS — With Wilcox handcuffed, Suggs is taking over. He’s scored on consecutive possessions with a driving layup and three-pointers. Utah 31-25, 1:13.
CAN’T STOP THEM — Washington is relying on banked three-pointers, but the Huskies will take it. Meanwhile the Utes are shooting 66.7 percent (14 of 21). Washington is 9 of 25 (36%). Utah 30-20, 3:12 left.
ON FIRE — Washburn is 6-6 for 12 points. He’s doing it against Kemp and N’Diaye. Maybe Jarreau should get a chance. Meanwhile, Wilcox is 0 for 2 and scoreless against Dubois and Glen Dean. Utah 23-13, 6:50.
FOOLS GOLD — The Utes are shooting 69 percent and the offense has bogged down the last two possessions. The Huskies have a better feel of how to defend them. Brandon Taylor needed a miraculous layup to avoid a shot-clock violation and the Utes got a shot clock violation on the last possession. The Huskies are shooting 29 percent. Utah 18-11, 10:02.
BENCH PAYING EARLY DIVIDENDS — Jernard Jarreau is in the game with Kemp and Andrews. Wilcox and Suggs are the other starters on the floor. UW playing better defensively. Utah 14-7, 11:53.
SPARK PLUG? — Simmons stripped Loveridge in the open court, but missed a breakaway layup. Andrews cleaned up the miss with a putback. The crowd is a little bit more animated after the play. Utah 14-6, 13:09.
SECOND SUB — Andrew Andrews is in for Gaddy. Wilcox is trying topust up DuBois. Utah 14-4, 13:56.
FIRST SUB — N’Diaye is out and Shawn Kemp Jr. is in. Maybe he’ll have better success against Washburn.
BAD START — The Huskies are 2 of 8, including an airball from Wilcox. The Utes are 6 of 8 and Washburn can’t miss. He’s 4 of 4, including long, contested jumpers. Utah 12-4, 14;55.
NEW INTRO — We mentioned it Wednesday, but the Huskies have tweaked the pregame introductions. The starters enter the court from the tunnel near the UW bench. It just means they have a little longer to walk to get on the floor.
CHIT CHAT — During the coaches’ greeting, Romar chats with Dotson for a few seconds.
STARTING LINEUPS — No change for UW: Aziz N’Diaye, Desmond Simmons, C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs and Abdul Gaddy.
Utah: C Jason Washburn, F Jordan Loveridge, G Glen Dean, G Jarred DuBois and Cedric Martin.
DOTSON OUT — Utah reserve guard Aaron Dotson, the former Rainier Beach High standout, will not play tonight due to a knee injury.
NICE SHOES — UW coaches are wearing sneakers with their suits to raise awareness for the Coaches vs. Cancer program. The Coaches vs. Cancer program is a nationwide program founded by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers athletic coaches, their teams, fans, and communities to save lives from cancer by participating in a variety of national and local events.
The Huskies are wearing special t-shirts during warm ups that will have “In Memory of Andrew Moritz” printed on them. Moritz is a former Husky basketball walk-on that lost his battle with cancer last year.
FREQUENT FLYERS — Utah played at Washington State on Wednesday and flew home after the game. They arrived in Salt Lake City early Thursday morning. They went to class and practiced for two days before leaving Friday afternoon for Seattle. It’s the same travel routine Washington did last week in the Bay Area.
MILESTONE — Lorenzo Romar is coaching his 350th game with Washington.