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"The whole flow was going to the right side," Hines said, "and I saw Ced coming to the left side, and my man sucked in just a tad bit and I got a little bit of room and got a nice look."
Twenty seconds later, after Randle drove the length of the court and missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, the Utes exulted.
Utah 58, Stanford 57After shooting just 21 free throws in their last three games, the Utes go 17 for 21 from the line against Stanford.
» The Utes avoid a season-worst nine-game losing streak. They previously snapped an eight-game losing streak on Dec. 16 with a win over Idaho State.
» With USC’s 56-52 loss to Arizona State, the Utes moved two full games ahead of the Trojans and appear likely to avoid finishing last in the Pac-12.
It was just one win, but in a season with few, it felt like some kind of championship, even if all it did was strengthen the Utes’ hold on 11th place going into the Pac-12 Tournament, where the Utes suddenly look like they could be a threat.
"I wouldn’t want to play us right now if we finish 11th or whatever the case may be," Krystkowiak said. "I wouldn’t want to be the sixth-place team that faces us first."
That team, by the way, could be Stanford.
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