Las Vegas, NV – Utah’s Dakarai Tucker the key shot of the contest, a three-pointer with 40 seconds to go to break a tie and propel the Utes to a 67-61 opening-round Pac-12 Tournament win over Washington.
Utah consistently out-rebounded the Huskies throughout the game, ending the game with a 39-28 advantage on the boards. Delon Wright did an excellent job defensively on Husky leading scorer C.J. Wilcox, holding him to 4-of-15 shooting (2-of-8 3PT). The Utes will face top-seeded Arizona in the opening game tomorrow at Noon.
Wright, who we feel will ultimately be an NBA player, scored 15 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and added three steals and two blocks. Wright penetrated and got himself to the foul line, going 9-for-11 from the charity stripe.
Washington shot just 27 percent in the first half and had their second worst point total at the half (24). Utah’s rebounding superiority (23-14) in the first half and their 13 second chance points enabled them to take a ten-point lead at the half.
Washington came strong in the second half ultimately taking a 41-40 lead with 11:26 remaining. The teams went back and forth through most of the second half, there were nine total lead changes in the game and seven ties, before Utah took control late. Washington had a 59-58 lead with 1:25 left before Tucker hit the key shot of the game from the left corner.
Colorado had no problem with USC during the regular season, beating the Trojans by a combined 30 points. That wasn’t the case this afternoon as USC had a chance to win before the Buffaloes pulled out a 59-56 win. Colorado advances to face Cal in tomorrow’s second game.
USC had a four-point lead (49-45) with 8:54 remaining before Colorado went on a 13-1 run to take a 58-50 lead with three minutes left. Josh Scott made three straight baskets after the score was knotted at 50 to give Colorado a 56-50 lead and control of the game.
Askia Booker was solid for Colorado with 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Scott helped with 13 points and nine rebounds. Byron Wesley led USC with 23 points. Colorado had a +11 rebounding advantage and held USC to 5-of-22 on three-pointers.
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