Idaho State vs Utah

Loveridge scores 27, Utah defeats Idaho St. 74-66

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Jordan Loveridge had 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting - which included several key baskets down the stretch - to help Utah hold off Idaho State for a 74-66 victory on Tuesday night.

Delon Wright added 15 points and Dakarai Tucker chipped in 12 points for the Utes (8-1) who improved to 17-0 all-time in their home arena versus the Bengals.

Tomas Sanchez had 19 points to lead Idaho State (3-3) while Andre Hatchett chipped in 15 points and Chris Hansen added 14. The Bengals lost to a Pac-12 opponent for the second time this season.

Trailing by nine early in the second half, Utah roared back to life by clamping down on defense. The Utes allowed Idaho State to shoot just 34.5 percent (10-of-29) from the field after halftime. It helped open things up on the other end of the floor.

Tucker hit a pair of 3-pointers to fuel a 18-5 run that put Utah in front at 52-48. When Dallin Bachynski capped the run with a dunk with 9:38 left, Utah looked to be in control.

Idaho State got within a point twice - the final time on a 3-point play from Chris Hansen to make it 57-56 in favor of Utah - but the Utes answered with timely baskets down the stretch.

Utah took its largest lead, 70-61, on Loveridge's layup with 2:48 left. The sophomore then made a 3-pointer with 52 seconds remaining to secure the victory after the Bengals clawed back within four.

Utah played without much energy on defense in the first half and it opened the door for Idaho State to set a favorable tempo and take control of the game.

The Bengals shot 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from the field and 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from distance before halftime. Idaho State also had a 15-11 edge in rebounds and a 9-4 advantage in points off turnovers.

Utah struggled to hold onto the ball against the Bengal defense. The Utes turned it over eight times in the first half - with six coming as a direct result of Idaho State steals. The Bengals entered the game leading the Big Sky in steals with 11.4 per game.

The Bengals scored the game's first six points, culminating in a jumper from Jeffrey Solarin. Utah responded to the initial run. The Utes caught and passed Idaho State on back-to-back layups from Loveridge and Wright to take a 15-13 lead with 10:37 left in the first half.

Utah's lead did not last long. Scotty Tyler drained a 3-pointer a minute later to help Idaho State rip off a 22-5 run to take control. Hansen capped the lengthy spurt with another 3-pointer to give the Bengals a 35-20 lead with 3:27 remaining before halftime.

Utah closed the gap a bit before halftime when Loveridge and Brandon Taylor hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cut Idaho State's lead to 37-28 with 1:09 left in the half.

The Utes drew within five, 37-32, after Loveridge made another 3-pointer early in the second half. Idaho State boosted its lead back to nine at 43-34 after Hatchett and Solarin each chipped in a basket and free throw to temporarily contain Utah.

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Idaho State (3-3)372966
Utah (8-1) «284674

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Big Sky
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
N. Colo.0-08-3129
Portland St.0-08-361
Idaho0-06-3155
Montana0-05-4205
So. Utah0-05-4105
Montana St.0-06-599
Weber St.0-04-5219
North Dakota0-04-6262
Idaho St.0-03-5335
E. Wash.0-03-8196
Sac. State0-02-8277
N. Arizona0-02-9269

Pac 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Arizona St.0-09-02
UCLA0-07-297
Utah0-07-245
Oregon0-08-3167
Arizona0-07-328
Colorado0-07-383
Oregon St.0-07-3180
Washington0-07-384
Wash. State0-06-3131
USC0-05-353
California0-04-6240
Stanford0-04-6218
 
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