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Utah Basketball - At the wrong time

Published December 8, 2012 10:42 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

For so much of this season, Utes guard Jarred DuBois has been the best player on the team.

On Saturday against BYU, DuBois played his worst game at the wrong time.

The transfer from Loyola Marymount scored four points, turned the ball over six times, was in foul trouble all night and missed all six of his 3-point attempts. With the Utes losing 61-58, it's difficult to imagine Utah losing to the Cougars if DuBois plays his normal game.

And that wasn't the only abnormality of the contest for the Utes. Freshman Jordan Loveridge scored a team-high 14 points, but failed to grab a rebound for the first time all season. Utah shot 3-15 from 3-point range in the second half and had more turnovers than assists.

As a result, BYU defeated Utah for the eighth consecutive time. Many will point out that the Utes made it close for the first time in years. Tyler Haws called the contest "a war".

But Glen Dean was clearly down afterwards in his first introduction to the rivalry.

"This one hurts," Dean said. "We thought we played well enough to win this one."

Utah will play the what if game extensively on this one. Still, the Utes have had a good week, defeating Boise State, before pushing BYU to the final buzzer.

Tony Jones