Here's our postgame recap box that will publish alongside our story in tomorrow's newspaper ...
PLAYER OF THE GAME — Delon Wright proved to be a thorn in UW’s side the entire game, leading all scorers with 27 points – and most of them came on drives to the rim that ended with easy layups. Wright made 10 of his 17 field-goal attempts, and 6 of his 8 free throws. Even though Utah didn’t win the game, he looked like the best player on the floor -- whether he was or not -- and clearly had the biggest impact.
IT WAS OVER WHEN — Wright’s 3-pointer missed from the corner as time expired.
STAT OF THE GAME — Utah did not have an assist until 6:17 remained in the game, when Wright dished to Jordan Loveridge for a jumper. The Utes also missed their first nine shots of the game.
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QUOTABLE – “I think our guys have bought into the defense. I think our guys are now enjoying playing the defense because we’ve taken ownership now, and it’s becoming fun for our guys to play it.” – UW coach Lorenzo Romar on adjusting to new defensive scheme
WHAT IT MEANS – The Huskies know they have to win at home to have a chance to play in the postseason, and though Utah is probably better than it was a year ago, this was a game UW had to have. Their defense continued to improve, and though their offense struggled for much of the game, guys made plays when they had to (particularly Andrew Andrews, who can be a force when he’s on).
NEXT UP — Colorado at Washington, 12 p.m. Sunday, Pac-12 Networks.
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