Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Utah guard Delon Wright, right, puts up a shot as UCLA guard Bryce Alford defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Utah basketball: Utes fall 88-66 to UCLA
College basketball » Bruins avenge loss at Huntsman Center three weeks ago.
First Published Feb 15 2014 02:39 pm • Last Updated Feb 15 2014 10:08 pm

Los Angeles • For the first time this season, Utah looked overmatched for a prolonged period.

For the first time, the Utes lost a game by double-digits and seemed outclassed in the process. If you had told Larry Krystkowiak before the Los Angeles road trip that his team would split between USC and UCLA, he would gladly have taken that result.

At a glance


Utah loses by its widest margin of the season.

» Delon Wright leads the Utes with 16 points and seven assists.

» Utah falls to 16-8 overall, 6-7 in the Pac-12.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

But the impact of Saturday’s 80-66 loss to the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion will have a grand effect on any competitor. And Krystkowiak is nothing, if not a competitor.

"I guess it’s good that we don’t have to answer questions anymore about winning on the road," Krystkowiak said. "But the USC game was two days ago, and we don’t want to live in the past. We thought this was a game we could get, so it’s disappointing that we didn’t play well at key times."

Offense, defense — it was a perfect storm of futility for Utah against UCLA. The offense lacked a flow and seemed disjointed throughout. The defense evidently forgot Jordan Adams was on the roster for the Bruins, because the sophomore small forward scored seemingly all of his 24 points on wide-open looks at the basket.

UCLA dunked the ball over Ute players. The Bruins laughed as they converted transition layups. They chest-bumped each other with glee each time Krystkowiak called timeout, and they took great joy in building a 17-point second-half lead before 9,577 fans.

Clearly, UCLA took this game personally, avenging its loss to Utah three weeks ago at the Huntsman Center.

"They played hard and we didn’t really match that intensity," point guard Delon Wright said. "I thought we should’ve been more aggressive, but we just didn’t play well when it mattered."

Wright was one of the few Utah players who looked like himself on Saturday, scoring 16 points, handing out seven assists and grabbing six rebounds. Brandon Taylor scored eight points in the first half, but didn’t score in the second 20 minutes. Jordan Loveridge continues to be great on some nights and a mystery on others. The sophomore forward scored six points and grabbed four rebounds and battled foul problems all night.

"They came out and played hard on the defensive end in the second half," Krystkowiak said. "They got up on us and it demoralized us a little bit and they gained some separation. I give our guys credit, they never gave up and they never stopped playing. But we have a lot of work to do."

story continues below
story continues below

The loss isn’t a killer for the Utes’ postseason hopes. They fall to 6-7 in the Pac-12, 16-8 overall. But three consecutive home games loom large for Krystkowiak’s program, as they try to remain relevant in the middle of the conference.

Utah never cut the lead below 10 points in the second half. The closest the Utes got to was 74-64 in the waning moments. UCLA sophomore Kyle Anderson scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out five assists. Norman Powell had 13 points and one resounding dunk over Dallin Bachynski.

"We just never got into the flow today," Loveridge said. "We didn’t play well and we just have to go and watch film on Monday to see what we could’ve done better."


Twitter: @tjonessltrib

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.