Utah sophomore guard Kemery Martín scored a career-high 25 points, and the Utes’ defense stifled Arizona State in a 65-51 victory in a Pac-12 game Sunday in Tempe, Ariz.
The Utes held Arizona State to 31 percent shooting, forcing 15 turnovers and coming away with 29 defensive rebounds.
“I thought two games in a row, our defense was fantastic,” said Utah coach Lynne Roberts, whose team lost 66-54 to Arizona on Friday night. “Our players did a great job with very little prep time for Arizona State and they locked in.”
Utah (4-9, 3-9 Pac-12) finished the game shooting 51 percent from the floor and 50 percent from 3-point range, scoring 17 points off turnovers and outscoring the Sun Devils 26-20 in the paint.
Martin shot 10 for 12 from the floor and a perfect 5 for 5 from 3-point range, adding two rebounds and two steals.
Martin guarded Arizona State’s leading scorer, Taya Hanson, who was averaging 13.3 points per game entering Sunday’s game. Hanson scored only five against the Utes, going 2 for 10 from the floor.
Brynna Maxwell added 11 points for Utah, on 3-of-6 shooting, and Peyton McFarland had six points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Utah held the Sun Devils (8-4, 4-4) to 18 percent shooting in the first quarter, outscoring the Sun Devils 15-7 in the period.
The Utes are scheduled to host Oregon at 3 p.m. Friday before hosting Oregon State at noon next Sunday.
Women’s volleyball • After a dominant performance against Arizona on Friday night, the Utah volleyball team backed that up with another sweep on Sunday at the Huntsman Center.
Utah beat the WIldcats 3-0 (25-13. 25-13, 25-16) to sweep the weekend and start the season 2-0. Utah’s Saige Ka’aha’aina-Torres spread the offense around and finished with 28 assists. Dani Drews led the team with 13 kills hitting .321. Kennedi Evans led the team with 4.0 blocks.
Utah finished the match hitting .368 with only eight errors and held Arizona to just a .106 hitting percentage.
Utah is scheduled to visit California for matches on Friday (7 p.m. MST) and next Sunday (1 p.m. MST).