SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – KSL Sports Live Game Coverage of the Utah Utes basketball team facing the Stanford Cardinal at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
The Utah Utes are trying to snap a four-game losing streak after falling to Colorado on Monday at home, the Stanford Cardinal is coming off of a sweep over the Washington schools.
It’s the third game of a stretch of four games in seven days for the Utes. This game was originally scheduled to be played on Wednesday but was back one day since Utah played Colorado on Monday.
Here are updates throughout the clash between Utah and Stanford.
Live Updates Between Utah Utes vs. Stanford Cardinal
Utah Utes Starting Lineups
G | 15 | Rylan Jones | So., 6’0, 178 lbs.
G | 3 | Pelle Larsson | Fr., 6’5, 215 lbs.
F | 1 | Timmy Allen | Jr., 6’6, 205 lbs.
F | 21 | Riley Battin | Jr., 6’9, 230 lbs.
F | 20 | Mikael Jantunen | So., 6’8, 220 lbs.
Stanford Cardinal Starting Lineup
G | 5 | Michael O’Connell | Fr., 6’2, 185 lbs.
F | 14 | Spencer Jones | So., 6’7, 225 lbs.
F | 3 | Ziaire Williams | Fr., 6’8, 185 lbs.
F | 11 | Jaiden Delaire | Jr., 6’9, 210 lbs.
F | 13 | Oscar da Silva | Sr., 6’9, 230 lbs.
Stanford must’ve watched the film on Utah’s last two games because the Utes are not able to get off to a strong start like they did against Oregon and Colorado. Cardinal jumped out to a 7-4 lead in the first three minutes of the game.
Branden Carlson came in and scored right away with a 16-foot jumper. He had one of his best games of his career against Colorado. Stanford had a 9-6 lead with 15:54 left in the first half.
Coming out of the timeout, Utah went on a 5-0 run after Alfonso Plummer came in and knocked down a corner three-pointer. He needs to have a big game if Utah wants to snap this losing streak.
The Utes ended that segment strong with a a 9-2 run and have a 15-11 lead with 11:57 left until halftime.
Utah’s defense has been very impressive over the last five minutes of play. Stanford has scored one point during that stretch but unfortunately, the Utes haven’t been able to capitalize offensively.
As that was typed, Stanford’s standout freshman Ziaire Williams knocked down back-to-back three-pointers. At the media timeout, Utah had a one point lead, 19-18 with 6:56 left in the half.
Not a ton of scoring in the last 3:11 since the last media timeout. Utah put up 4 points and Stanford had 5. The game was tied at 23 at the media timeout.
Utah went on a 6-0 run after the under-4 media timeout and took a 29-23 lead. Even with the scoring difficulties, Utah was on a 9-0 run and Stanford was held scoreless for another 3 minutes and change before Ziaire Williams snapped the drought with a pair of free throws.
Alfonso Plummer extended the lead to 9 with a triple. At the half, Utah was up 34-25.
Rylan Jones hit a much-needed three-pointer to start the second half. The sophomore has been struggling shooting the ball in the last two games. After Allen made a layup, the Utes gave another second half punch to Stanford as Mikael Jantunen made a layup while getting fouled. He made the free throw and stretched Utah’s lead to 42-28.
Compared to the last two games for the Utes, this second half has been much better. At the first media timeout of the half, Utah was up 44-31 with 15:40 left in the game.
Under-16 Media Timeout
Alfonso Plummer was able to get fouled on a three-point attempt (nearly knocked it down). After making all three free throws, Utah was up by 14.
Both teams scored two points before the next media timeout.
Under-12 Media Timeout
Utah fans might start getting anxious after the Cardinal went on a 9-0 run and Utah’s big lead is now just 9 points with under 9 minutes left.
Pelle Larsson stopped the run and put the lead back to double digits with a layup. With 7:26 remaining in the game, Utah had a 57-46 lead over the Cardinal.
Under-8 Media Timeout
Stanford is hanging in there and staying with the Utes. But the difference between the Oregon and Colorado games and this one for Utah? The Utes are not folding or collapsing. They have kept their lead despite Stanford getting close at times.
At the final media timeout of the game, Utah was up 67-56 with 3:52 left.
Under-4 Media Timeout
The Utes are finishing strong with some great ball movement while getting stops and forcing Stanford to turn the ball over. It looks like their 4-game losing streak will come to an end.
Utah picked up a 79-65 win over Stanford.
Up next for the Runnin’ Utes will be a Saturday evening game against California to close out the four-game homestand. Tip-off will be at 8 p.m. MST and will be broadcast on ESPNU.