Utes Drop Second Straight In Loss To Beavers

Feb 2, 2019, 5:15 PM
Utah Utes forward Timmy Allen (20) its the the ball knocked away by Oregon State Beavers forward Tr...
Utah Utes forward Timmy Allen (20) its the the ball knocked away by Oregon State Beavers forward Tres Tinkle (3) as Utah and Oregon State play a men's NCAA basketball game in the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. (Scott Winterton, Deseret News)
(Scott Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Utes suffered their second straight loss in a 81-72 defeat at the hands of the Oregon State Beavers.

The loss follows a defeat to Oregon on Thursday that snapped a four game winning streak for the Utes. Utah now stands at 5-3 in conference play and 11-9 overall.

Beavers Come Out Firing, Hang On For Win

After a slight delay due to a malfunction with the shot clock about five minutes into the game, the action resumed and Oregon State was red hot.

The Beavers broke a 9-all tie by reeling off a 16-2 run that gave them a commanding 14-point lead over the Utes. Utah finally snapped the run with a 3-poiner by Sedrick Barefield with 8:33 remaining in the half.

While the basket opened up a bit for the Utes, the Beavers kept up the pressure through their offense, making eight of their last 10 shots of the half to take a 46-32 lead at halftime.

Oregon State cooled off significantly to start the second half, turning over the ball five times in the first five minutes or so of the half. The Utes went on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 53-47.

The Utes mounted a tough stretch on defense, holding Oregon State scoreless for about three minutes while going on another 6-0 scoring run.

After more resistance from the Beavers, the Utes made another push for the lead, making three straight shots to cut Oregon State’s lead to 71-67 with two minutes to go. Unfortunately for the Utes, Oregon State’s Tres Tinkle, son of Beavers head coach Wayne Tinkle, drained a 3-pointer to keep the Utes at bay. The Utes never got any loss as the Beavers survived with a nine-point victory.

By The Stats

In the loss, Timmy Allen finished with 24 points. Barefiled turned in 19 points with three 3-pointers made.

Tinkle was fabulous in the win, leading the way with 31 points.

Kylor Kelley was a force down low for the Beavers, swatting six shots. As a team, Oregon State had 10 blocks in the game to just one by the Utes.

Next Up

The Utes will travel to face USC next on Wednesday at 9 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.


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