Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
College basketball: Utah defense delivers again in victory over Washington

Utah limits Huskies’ star Wilcox to difficult shots during most of 2nd half.

First Published Feb 06 2014 10:50 pm • Last Updated Feb 06 2014 11:15 pm

There are times Utah can look downright ugly offensively.

During those moments, the Utes can turn the ball over like they are giving away candy. They miss open shots, they don’t run good sets and the accumulation of it all creates prolonged scoring droughts.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

But they always play defense. That is their constant.

"Defense is certainly something you can hang your hat on," coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "It’s something that can get you through the bad times when you struggle to make shots."

Thursday’s 78-69 win over Washington at the Huntsman Center provides ample proof of this. Utah played so bad offensively at times in the first half, it was a wonder how the Huskies didn’t blow to a double-digit lead. Yet, at the half, the Utes were up 31-30.

For a while in the second half, C.J. Wilcox put on a show for Washington, hitting seemingly every shot he put up. Yet, by the end of the game, Wilcox’s offense was reduced to wild forays through the lane, hoping his shot would fall through outstretched arms belonging to Dallin Bachynski and Jordan Loveridge.

Most of all, Krystkowiak sacrificed offense for the defense of Princeton Onwas, who came in, played 25 minutes and made life difficult for Wilcox, a native of Pleasant Grove. Onwas’ seven points and four rebounds were nice. But his true value on Thursday night rested in his ability to contain one of the best scorers in the conference.

"That’s what Princeton likes to do," Krystkowiak said. "He’s big, he’s athletic and he looks the part. He came to the Pac-12 because he wanted to defend great players."

The game was blown open thanks to 13 consecutive Utah points. It turned a 51-49 deficit into a 62-51 advantage. The Utes earned that spurt with 10 consecutive stops. Overall, they limited Washington to 43 percent shooting from the field. Andrew Andrews killed Utah a few weeks ago in Seattle. He went 1-12 on Thursday night. They took away Perris Blackwell and his inside presence with Bachynski and Jeremy Olsen.

"We did a good job of making it tough on them at times," Loveridge said. "It helped us make a run when we needed to."

story continues below
story continues below


Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.