Utah Tech Blown Out At Home, Drop Fourth Straight Game

Jan 14, 2023, 10:03 PM | Updated: 10:05 pm
Frank Staine - Dixie State Trailblazers...
(Courtesy of Dixie State Athletics)
(Courtesy of Dixie State Athletics)

ST. GEORGE, Utah – The Trail Blazers were outscored by 19 points in the second half as they dropped their fourth straight, falling 78-53 against Sam Houston.

The Trail Blazers (9-8, 1-3) hosted the Sam Houston Bearkats (12-5, 2-3) at Burns Arena in a WAC matchup on Saturday, January 14.

Losers of three straight, Utah Tech has fallen on hard times recently. In their most recent action, the Trail Blazers lost 85-72 against Stephen F. Austin.

Sam Houston has alternated wins and losses over their last six games. In their last game, the Bearkats fell 86-74 against Southern Utah.

RELATED: Slow Start Dooms Utah Tech In Home Loss To Stephen F. Austin

Frank Staine was the only Trail Blazer to reach double-figures, finishing with 10 points. 20 turnovers as a team ended any chance of a win before getting started.

Qua Grant led all scorers with 15 points, five assists and three steals. Lamar Wilkerson added 13 points in the Bearkats victory.

First Half

Staine opened the scoring by hitting a three as Utah Tech started hot.

The Trail Blazers used an 8-3 run to take a nine point lead with 11:10 left in the half

Sam Houston struck back, scoring eight straight to cut the deficit to 18-17.

Back-to-back threes from Noa Gonsalves and Tanner Christensen put UTU up 24-17.

From there, Sam Houston put the clamps down, limiting the Trail Blazers to just three more points in the half. While Utah Tech struggled offensively, the Bearkats exploded on an 18-3 run to take a 35-29 lead at the break.

RELATED: Utah Tech Falls to California Baptist On Road

Second Half

Sam Houston opened the second half on a 15-6 run, opening up their advantage to 15 points with 13:32 left.

That would be the closest the Trail Blazers would get the rest of the night as Sam Houston pulled away.

RELATED: Utah Valley Takes Down Utah Tech For Eighth Straight Win

Utah Tech went on to lose their fourth straight.

Up Next

Utah Tech look to end their four game losing streak when they take on Grand Canyon (12-5, 3-1) at GCU Arena in Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, January 18. Tip-off for this game is scheduled for 7 p.m. (MST). The Antelopes beat UT Arlington 80-48 in their last game.

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