Rose Ties Utah Strikeout Record but Utes fall 5-4 to Washington

Jayson Rose

Jayson Rose

SALT LAKE CITY – Jayson Rose tied the single-season strikeout record as the Utah baseball team dropped game one to Washington, 5-4, on Friday afternoon.

Washington took a 4-0 lead with two runs in the fourth and fifth innings. The Utes rallied back to score three runs in the sixth and tied the game with a run in the seventh before Washington scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth.

Utah_vs_Washington-6Rose had six strikeouts to bring his season total to 102, tying the record set by Jason Price in 2004. Rose allowed four runs on six hits with four walks in a no decision. Dylan Drachler, who earned the loss, allowed one run on two hits in the eighth, while Riley Ottesen closed out the game for the Utes.

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Utes fall to Washington and Drop to Three Seed in PAC-12 Tournament

Delon Wright

Delon Wright

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) – From winning its first 11 games to being ranked in the Top 15, to dismissing its most important defensive player, to losing 10 of 11, Washington’s perplexing season added another unlikely chapter on Saturday.

Of all those events, beating No. 13 Utah might be the most surprising.

”Today was fun to watch from a coach’s perspective because we played right for 40 minutes on both ends of the floor,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said.

Nigel Williams-Goss scored 28 points, including a deep 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining as the shot clock was about to expire, and Washington rallied to stun the 13th-ranked Utes 77-68.

Delon Wright

Delon Wright

The Huskies played an inspired final game of the regular season, putting together an effort that was consistent only in rare spurts during the conference season. Williams-Goss received plenty of help. Andrew Andrews had 16 points and Mike Anderson added 15 in his final home game.

Washington (16-14, 5-13 Pac-12) was 15-4 after winning at Colorado on Jan. 22, and appeared bound for the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies proceeded to lose their next seven games and 10 of 11 as injuries and player discipline left the Huskies short-handed. Included in that skid was a 21-point loss to the Utes in Salt Lake City.

Jordan Loveridge

Jordan Loveridge

For at least an afternoon, that troubling six-week stretch where the Huskies tumbled to near the bottom of the Pac-12 standings was forgotten.

”I think from the start, I thought we came out and played with a lot of energy, a lot of confidence,” Williams-Goss said.

Jernard Jarreau scored a career-high 14 for Washington including three 3-pointers, after entering the game with two 3s in his career.

Utah (23-7, 13-5) lost for the third time in five games and will now be the No. 3 seed for next week’s Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas after finishing in a tie with Oregon. Delon Wright led the Utes with 21 points.

Brandon Taylor

Brandon Taylor

Jakob Poeltl of the Utes had 18 points, but was held to three in the second half. Poeltl was 7 of 7 from the field in the first half but was taken out of the game by Washington in the final 20 minutes.

The loss dropped Utah into a tie with Oregon but the Utes lost the head-to-head tiebreaker having lost to the Ducks in their only regular season meeting.

”We lost some pride and hopefully it’s a nice little wake up call for a bunch of guys that have been drinking some Kool-Aid that think we’re a lot better than we are,” Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. ”We’re making the game way too complicated.”

Utah vs Washington State

Utah vs Washington State

On the verge of watching Utah run away, the Huskies surged into the lead midway through the second half behind a 22-8 run. Washington pulled even at 45 on Anderson’s driving layup and his two free throws on the next possession gave Washington its first lead since 30-29 late in the first half. Utah went more than 6 minutes without scoring before Dakarai Tucker’s fastbreak layup off a Washington turnover with 9:11 left.

Jordan Loveridge added a banked 3-pointer but the Washington run continued. Jarreau sandwiched two 3-pointers around Andrews’ driving layup, the second 3 giving Washington a 55-50 lead with 6:44 left.

Loveridge later hit another 3 with 3:13 left to cut Utah’s deficit to four, but Williams-Goss answered with another floater and hit the key 3-pointer as the shot clock was about to expire. Washington was 8 of 8 at the free throw line in the final minute.

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Utes take care of Huskies with second half barrage

Chris Reyes

Chris Reyes

Sunday night the Utes took care of the Washington Huskies with a strong second half winning 77-56. The game was close the first and start of the second with Utah only leading by as little as five points.  The Utes turned on the afterburners and left the Huskies behind as Tucker and Taylor combined to make eight 3-pointers.  The Utes went on a 23-3 run to put the game out of reach. Utah scored on seven straight possessions during the run which was highlighted by three straight Tucker 3-pointers and took a 66-41 lead with 9:43 remaining. The win puts the 12th ranked Utes at 16-3 for the season and 6-1 in the Pac-12 putting them in a tie for first place with the Arizona Wildcats.

Jordan Loveridge and Coach Larry Krystkowiak

Jordan Loveridge and Coach Larry Krystkowiak

The win was Utah’s 15th straight home victory dating to last season. All six of the Utes’ Pac-12 conference wins have come by double-digit margins.  A highlight of the game occurred early in the first half as Junior forward Jordan Loveridge made a 3-pointer that gave him 1,000 points for his career at Utah. The win was also Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak’s 100th career win and puts his record at Utah at an even .500.

Utah Utes vs Washington Basketball 2015

Utah Utes vs Washington Basketball 2015

The Utes shot the ball very well Sunday making 28 for 52 (54 percent) from the field, including 11 for 18 (61 percent) on 3-pointers. Utah players always try to find the best shot on every possession. That’s why the Utes lead the Pac-12 in shooting and rank second in 3-point field-goal percentage and scoring.

Dakarai Tucker scored a career-high 19 points and Brandon Taylor added 14 to lead Utah to a 77-56 victory over Washington on Sunday.  Washington was led by Andrew Andrews  who also had 19 points to lead the Huskies. Robert Upshaw chipped in 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for the Huskies (14-5, 3-4) who saw their three-game winning streak end.  Upshaw leads the country in blocks at 4.5 blocks per game.

Jakob Poeltl and Delon Wright

Jakob Poeltl and Delon Wright

Delon Wright had a quiet night scoring only five points however the point guard did have 9 assists.  Wright’s five points is a testament to the quality of this Utah team being able to win by 20+ points while their star player doesn’t have to score for the team to win.

The Utes now go on a three game road swing with UCLA, USC and ending with Colorado.   The bracket predictors are all putting Utah as a three seed in the NCAA tournament at the current date.  Look forward to that going up if the Utes can continue to shoot on the road like they are at the Huntsman Center.

Utah Holds off Washington in PAC-12 Tournament Opener

Utah vs Oregon State - Men's BasketballLAS VEGAS – Utah Holds off Washington in PAC-12 Tournament Opener as Delon Wright scores 15 points and Jordan Loveridge adds 13 as Utes defeat the Huskies 67-61.

Utah (21-10) dominated the first half ending the half leading by ten before Washington rallied in the second to set up a close finish.  Dakarai Tucker put the Utes ahead 63-60 on a 3-pointer from the corner with 37 seconds left and Brandon Taylor hit two clutch free throws to finish off the Huskies Wednesday afternoon at the MGM Grand arena.

Utah will next meet the top-seeded Arizona Wildcats Thursday in the PAC-12 Mens basketball quarterfinals.  Utah lost both match ups with the wildcats in the regular season.

Utah vs Oregon State - Men's BasketballWashington (17-15) fought back after trailing by 12 in the first half, but couldn’t get shots to fall down the stretch.  The Huskies were led by Darin Johnson with 16 points while Williams-Goss had 15 and C.J. Wilcox added 14 for the Huskies.

The Utes came into this year’s tournament having won 3 of their last four games while Washington played a difficult nonconference schedule and had an uneven run through the Pac-12, losing five of six before closing the regular season with two wins in its final three games.

Washington hosts Utah in Men’s Basketball

Utah vs BYU - Men's BasketballSeattle, WA – The University of Utah made their first road trip of conference play as Washington hosted Utah in Men’s Basketball Wednesday night. The Huskies pulled off a win 59-57 with a crazy finish as Delon Wright had an opportunity to win the game but the shot just missed and the Jordan Loveridge put back was too late..  This was only the second road game for the Utes this season the other being a two point loss at Boise State.

The Utes came out as cold as the Salt Lake City air as they missed their first 11 shots and trailed at the half 26-21 shooting just 26% and turning it over 7 times. The Utes were also 0-9 from behind the arc and 6 of 23 from the field total.  Utah played 10 different players in the first looking for a combination that could get points on the board. For the first half, Delon Wright had 9 points and 5 rebounds – Brandon Taylor, Jordan Loveridge and Jeremy Olsen with the other four field goals in the half.

Utah vs BYU - Men's BasketballDelon Wright played all 40 minutes of the game and had his 4th double double of the season with a career high as a Ute 27 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and an assist. Prince Onwas made an appearance in the game also after not playing in the last two conference games against the Oregon schools.  He chipped in six points and sparked the defense in the second half as the Utes made a run to fight back after trailing at the end of the first half 21 – 26.  One of the biggest issues for the Utes was their slow start and poor shooting.  Utah went 1-15 from 3-point range. The Utes are now 12-3 on the season and 1-2 in PAC12.

The Huskies were led by Andrew Andrews with 19 points, three rebounds and an assist.  C.J. Wilcox contributed 14 points and 5 rebounds while Nigel Williams-Goss added 13 points and three rebounds.  The Huskies are now 10-6 on the season and 2-1 in PAC-12 conference play.

The Utes next play Washington State on Sunday in Pullman Washington.  The Utes will come back home rather than staying in Washington for the four days between games.