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Bibbins scores 18, leads Utah to 75-60 win over Stanford

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Larry Krystkowiak didn't want his team to worry about offense on Thursday night, so, naturally, Utah went out and had its most efficient offensive night of the Pac-12 season.

Justin Bibbins scored 18 and Utah led wire-to-wire in a 75-60 victory over Stanford.

The Utes (14-9, 6-6 Pac-12) broke a two-game skid while the Cardinal (13-12, 7-5) watched a two-game win streak end.

''I really thought we just guarded them,'' Krystkowiak said. ''As I mentioned to our team, sometimes if you really focus on playing defense, it's a crazy thing in basketball, but there's a correlation that sometimes that team doesn't guard you as hard. Because you kind of steal their thunder. I thought the offense took care of itself.''

Bibbins finished 7 for 9 from the field, including 4 for 4 from behind the arc, as Utah shot 50.0 percent from the field - a season high in conference play. Sedrick Barefield added 17 points and David Collette chipped in 13.

Reid Travis scored a Stanford-high 16 points and had 10 rebounds while Daejon Davis posted 14 points.

''Before the game me and Justin were telling each other if we just focus on the defensive end we'll be free-flowing on the offensive end,'' Barefield said. ''That has to be our M.O. and we've got to really lock in on defense.''

Utah went into halftime with a 40-28 lead powered by a 14-2 run that put the Utes up 36-22. Bibbins and Collette combined for 20 first-half points while shooting 8 for 9 from the field. The Utes' 55.2 shooting percentage was a season high for the first 20 minutes during Pac-12 play.

A 14-0 second-half run punctuated by a Bibbins triple gave the Utes a 67-44 lead and put the game away.

''Early on, we played without any pace at all,'' Stanford coach Jerod Haase said. ''Their zone defense, which they played basically the entire game, got us stagnant. We emphasized pace and I thought we had a good plan of attack, but we did not execute it. ... At no point did we have a comfort level against the zone.''

The Cardinal entered the night as the second-best shooting team in Pac-12 play (49.3 percent), but the Utes held them to just 30.8 percent from the field in the first half. The normally efficient shooting was off all night and Stanford finished at 35.8 percent.

''This isn't going to be the first or last team that's going to zone us like that,'' Travis said. ''We've got a lot of talented players that can do a lot of things one on one, so it makes sense why teams want to zone and take that away.

''For us, we just got to make teams pay. We got to move the ball fast and we got to be more aggressive.''

The Utes were without leading rebounder and fourth-highest scorer Donnie Tillman, who sat on the bench in street clothes. Krystkowiak said it wasn't disciplinary, but a private issue where he needs a little break and ''a combination of getting some classwork squared away, getting his body squared away and getting his mind in the right spot.''

BIG PICTURE

Stanford: The Cardinal entered the night tied with UCLA for the No. 4 spot in the Pac-12 standings and lost ground in the race for a first-round bye in the conference tournament. The night began with eight teams having between three and six conference losses and Stanford still has to play Arizona, Washington and Arizona State.

Utah: The Utes are confident they can move up into a top-four seed and a first-round bye in the tournament. Thursday was big step in that direction, gaining a full game on the Cardinal. Utah has four games remaining against teams in front of them in the standing that are also fighting for that bye.

UP NEXT

Stanford: Travels to face Colorado on Sunday.

Utah: Hosts California on Saturday.

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Key Players
R. Travis
J. Bibbins
33.8 Min. Per Game 33.8
13.7 Pts. Per Game 13.7
5.0 Ast. Per Game 5.0
3.1 Reb. Per Game 3.1
52.9 Field Goal % 47.4
30.2 Three Point % 45.3
66.5 Free Throw % 85.3
+ 2 Rodney Herenton made layup 17.0
  Defensive rebound by Trevor Stanback 23.0
  Jake Connor missed 3-pt. jump shot 25.0
  Offensive rebound by Jakub Jokl 34.0
  Jakub Jokl missed hook shot, blocked by Kodye Pugh 36.0
+ 1 Trevor Stanback made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:01
  Trevor Stanback missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:01
  Shooting foul on Chris Seeley 1:01
  Offensive rebound by Trevor Stanback 1:01
  Kodye Pugh missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:03
  Lost ball turnover on Chris Seeley, stolen by Kodye Pugh 1:15
Team Stats
Points 60 75
Field Goals 19-53 (35.8%) 28-56 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 6-13 (46.2%) 7-20 (35.0%)
Free Throws 16-22 (72.7%) 12-18 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 38 31
Offensive 11 5
Defensive 22 23
Team 5 3
Assists 11 16
Steals 2 6
Blocks 4 10
Turnovers 11 5
Fouls 19 18
Technicals 0 1
16 PTS, 10 REB, 1 AST
18 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Stanford 13-12 283260
home team logo Utah 14-9 403575
Team Stats
away team logo Stanford 13-12 72.9 PPG 38.6 RPG 12.7 APG
home team logo Utah 14-9 75.0 PPG 39.2 RPG 14.8 APG
Key Players
00
R. Travis F PPG RPG APG FG%
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J. Bibbins G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
R. Travis F 16 PTS 10 REB 1 AST
J. Bibbins G 18 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
35.8 FG% 50.0
46.2 3PT FG% 35.0
72.7 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Travis 16 10 1 6/14 0/0 4/5 1 31 0 0 1 2 8
D. Davis 14 5 5 4/8 2/3 4/5 2 29 1 0 4 3 2
D. Pickens 7 4 2 2/10 2/5 1/2 0 31 0 0 2 3 1
M. Humphrey 5 2 1 1/6 0/1 3/4 3 21 0 2 0 0 2
K. Okpala 2 2 2 1/4 0/0 0/0 5 16 0 1 2 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Travis 16 10 1 6/14 0/0 4/5 1 31 0 0 1 2 8
D. Davis 14 5 5 4/8 2/3 4/5 2 29 1 0 4 3 2
D. Pickens 7 4 2 2/10 2/5 1/2 0 31 0 0 2 3 1
M. Humphrey 5 2 1 1/6 0/1 3/4 3 21 0 2 0 0 2
K. Okpala 2 2 2 1/4 0/0 0/0 5 16 0 1 2 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Cartwright 5 1 0 2/3 1/2 0/0 1 17 0 0 0 0 1
I. White 5 1 0 1/2 1/1 2/2 0 17 0 0 0 0 1
K. Pugh 3 3 0 1/3 0/1 1/2 0 7 1 1 0 2 1
R. Herenton 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
T. Stanback 1 2 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 4 0 0 0 1 1
J. Sharma 0 1 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 2 3 0 0 0 0 1
B. Pagon 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0
O. Da Silva 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 5 17 0 0 1 0 1
M. Sheffield - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 60 33 11 19/53 6/13 16/22 19 200 2 4 11 11 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bibbins 18 2 4 7/9 4/4 0/0 1 37 1 0 0 0 2
S. Barefield 17 1 4 6/14 1/5 4/6 0 37 2 0 0 0 1
D. Collette 13 3 0 6/6 0/0 1/1 5 14 0 3 1 0 3
T. Rawson 8 10 5 2/8 0/4 4/4 3 31 1 1 1 1 9
G. Bealer 8 2 0 3/5 2/4 0/0 0 14 0 0 0 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bibbins 18 2 4 7/9 4/4 0/0 1 37 1 0 0 0 2
S. Barefield 17 1 4 6/14 1/5 4/6 0 37 2 0 0 0 1
D. Collette 13 3 0 6/6 0/0 1/1 5 14 0 3 1 0 3
T. Rawson 8 10 5 2/8 0/4 4/4 3 31 1 1 1 1 9
G. Bealer 8 2 0 3/5 2/4 0/0 0 14 0 0 0 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Van Dyke 5 4 3 2/4 0/2 1/2 1 19 2 1 0 0 4
C. Seeley 4 1 0 1/5 0/0 2/4 4 9 0 2 2 1 0
J. Johnson 2 4 0 1/3 0/0 0/1 3 19 0 3 1 1 3
J. Connor 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
J. Jokl 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
M. Reininger 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
B. Rydalch 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
K. Caldwell 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
C. Popoola 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
D. Doutrive - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Duda - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. King - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Tillman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 75 28 16 28/56 7/20 12/18 18 200 6 10 5 5 23