FROM SALT LAKE CITY -- As usual, we have our postgame recap box that will publish in tomorrow's newspaper. And for the fifth consecutive time after a road game, it recaps a UW loss.
PLAYER OF THE GAME — Utah had a trio of players deserving of this honor, but the nod goes to Jordan Loveridge, who missed only one field-goal attempt and scored 16 points, but also had a game-high 13 rebounds. Delon Wright is a runner-up with 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting, five assists, four rebounds and three steals in 38 minutes.
IT WAS OVER WHEN — Brandon Taylor buried a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:23 to play, extending Utah’s lead to 70-63 and essentially providing the game’s final dagger.
STAT OF THE GAME — Utah shot 60 percent from the field, and made 68 percent of its field-goal attempts in the second half.
QUOTABLE — “They’re doing a lot of different reads because we’re switching a lot of stuff. We have a lot of mismatches because we’re smaller. They exploit that pretty well. Overall we had some mental mistakes that hurt us at crucial times. That was the main thing.” – UW guard C.J. Wilcox on opponents adjusting to the Huskies’ defensive scheme
WHAT IT MEANS — Barring some kind of miracle run over the last eight conference games, you can probably take any thoughts of the NCAA tournament off the table for this team. The Huskies are now 1-5 on the road in Pac-12 games, and while Utah is no pushover, this isn’t the kind of game a tourney-bound team can afford to lose. Not in this league. Not this season. A split of this trip would feel like a monumental accomplishment now.
NEXT UP — Washington at Colorado, Sunday, 5 p.m., ESPNU
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