Playing nothing like a team with only two wins and more like the team that made a run to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight last spring, Oregon State rolled past the Runnin’ Utes 88-76 Thursday night in front of a sparse crowd at Gill Coliseum in rainy Corvallis, Oregon.
Utah dropped to 1-2 in Pac-12 play, 8-5 overall, with the loss.
Here are three keys to the game:
• Too many turnovers (20) and too much Jarod Lucas (25 points) and Warith Alatishe (16 points) led to the Utes dropping their second-straight conference road game. Utah won the rebounding battle and shot a reasonable 45% from the field, but didn’t take care of the ball well and OSU picked up its first conference win while improving to 3-10 overall.
• David Jenkins Jr. led the Utes with 22 points, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range, but the Utes went cold from beyond the arc after making 10 of their first 16 from 3-point range. Marco Anthony was the only other Ute in double figures, adding 10.
• Oregon State shot the lights out in the first half, going 20 of 32 from the field and 4 of 6 from deep. The hot shooting carried the Beavers to a 47-38 halftime lead, their highest-scoring half of the season by six points. The Utes shot 50% in the first half and won the rebounding battle by six, but 10 first-half turnovers were costly.