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Utah basketball: Jason Washburn, Chris Hines come up empty in first half

Published March 2, 2012 10:57 pm

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Corvallis, Ore. • Jason Washburn and Chris Hines had never been a more effective tandem than Saturday against Stanford.

They've also never been less effective than they were in Thursday's 77-67 loss at Oregon State.

The Utes' two leading scorers were held scoreless in the first half of the blowout — which was far more lopsided than the final score made it seem — when the Beavers leapt out to a 36-15 lead.

Washburn picked up his second foul 4:37 into the game and did not return before halftime. Hines, though, played 16 first-half minutes but missed each of the four shots he attempted.

"I think I took some tough shots at first," Hines said. "As the game went on, I got some better looks."

The duo combined for 36 points in the 58-57 thriller against the Cardinal. Washburn finished Thursday with 14 points, while Hines added 12. By the time they got hot, though, the game was well out of hand.

"We never really found a flow in the first half," Washburn said.

Beavers pay tribute • Oregon State bypassed its usual orange-and-black threads and wore turquoise uniforms against the Utes.

The look was courtesy of Nike's N7 program, which honors and supports American Indians. The Beavers had worn the uniforms once each of the past two preseasons, but coach Craig Robinson, who is an ambassador for the program, wanted to showcase the uniforms in a Pac-12 game.

Doing so against the Utes, named after the local tribe, was intentional, an Oregon State spokesman said.

The Utes, meanwhile, wore black uniforms for the third time this season. They found success with the look during the "blackout" game in January, when they beat Washington State.

The Utes have lost their last two games, though, when they've worn the uniforms, including at California on Jan. 14, when they were blown out by 36 points.

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