PULLMAN, Wash. — Utah built a sizable lead and fended off every Washington State comeback attempt in beating the Cougars 77-70 Saturday night at Beasley Coliseum.
Turning point: After Washington State cut a once 20-point deficit to four at 72-68 late in the game, the Cougars' Malachi Flynn was called for an offensive foul with 55 seconds to play. Justin Bibbins then hit a fadeaway jumper with 26 seconds remaining to make it a six-point game and Utah held on.
The hero: Bibbins led the Utes with 24 points, shooting 7 of 15 from the field with two 3-pointers, and added four assists, one rebound and a steal. Gabe Bealer added 18 points, all on six 3-pointers.
- The Utes hit 12 of 31 3-pointers, including eight in the first half, while Washington State made 15 of 41 from long range to battle its way back in the game.
- Utah outscored the Cougars 23-11 in points off turnovers, despite turning the ball over one more time (12-11) than Washington State.
- The Utes went on a 17-0 run to build a 33-13 first-half lead, while Washington State answered with a 15-2 run to cut it back to a seven-point game in a contest that featured several runs.
Utah almanac: 17-9, 9-6 Pac-12, Won 4 Next 3
Thursday, vs. UCLA (19-8, 10-5), 7 p.m. MST (ESPN)
Saturday, Feb. 24, vs. USC (19-9, 10-5), 12:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Saturday, March 3, vs. Colorado (15-12, 7-8), 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)