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Both Gach Sinks 3 Free-Throws To Lift Utah Past Colorado In Overtime Thriller

Mar 7, 2020, 3:13 PM | Updated: Mar 8, 2020, 6:54 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Utes men’s basketball team finished their regular season with a 74-72 win over Colorado in overtime after Both Gach made three free-throws at the end of the game.

Gach led Utah with a career-high 28 points along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. He was very efficient shooting the ball, going 9-15 from the field and 2-6 from the three-point line in 42 minutes.

Alfonso Plummer added 21 points on 5-11 shooting from beyond the arc in his first start of the season for the Utes.

McKinley Wright had 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead Colorado, who had three players score in double figures. Tyler Bey added 16 points and Evan Battey chipped in 15.

Second Half/Overtime Performance

The Utes won the game due to a foul that was called in the final seconds of overtime. Utah trailed by one point with 8 seconds remaining when Gach shot a three as time expired but McKinley Wright made contact during Gach’s shooting motion.

Gach made all three free throws with 0.6 seconds left and the Utes prevailed.

The Utes turned to Gach to fill the void and he did that and then some. Gach scored 18 points against Cal after struggling for most of conference play. The sophomore from Minnesota also hit the game-tying jump shot that sent the game to overtime against Colorado.

Utah trailed Colorado 41-33 at the halftime break before the Utes snapped out of their funk and outscored the Buffaloes 31-23 in the second half. They scored 10 points in overtime.

Both Gach/Alfonso Plummer

Utah posted a great performance without the services of freshman standout point guard Rylan Jones who was out with a concussion that he suffered last Saturday in their loss to California.

The Utes turned to Gach to fill the void and he did that and then some. Gach scored 18 points against Cal after struggling for most of conference play. The sophomore from Minnesota also hit the game-tying jump shot that sent the game to overtime against Colorado.

Gach scored 16 points in the first half, 7 in the second half and five in overtime. Plummer dropped 8 points in the first half, 11 in the second half and two in the overtime period.

The backcourt duo scored 24 of Utah’s 33 points in the first half, 18 of their 31 points in the second half and seven of their 10 points in overtime.

Timmy Allen chipped in 10 points and 8 boards to become the third player to score in double figures for Utah.

The Utes finished their regular season with a 16-14 overall record and 7-11 in Pac-12 play. They have clinched the 9-seed in the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas. Their opponent will be announced on Saturday night. Utah’s first round game will be played on Wednesday, March 11 at 1 p.m. MT at T-Mobile Arena. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.

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