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3 keys to the Runnin’ Utes’ 76-62 loss to TCU

A cold-shooting night and the inability to keep one of the nation’s top offensive-rebounding teams doomed Utah.

TCU forward Chuck O’Bannon Jr. (5) takes a shot as Utah’s Rollie Worster (25), Lazar Stefanovic (20), Branden Carlson (35) and Marco Anthony (10) defend in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021.
Tony Gutierrez, AP

A cold-shooting night and the inability to keep one of the nation’s top offensive-rebounding teams doomed the Utah basketball team to a 76-62 loss to the TCU Horned Frogs on Wednesday night at the Dickies Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Here are three keys to the Horned Frogs’ non-conference win over the Runnin’ Utes:

• The Utes got off to a nice start and led by six points early, but a flagrant 1 foul called on David Jenkins Jr. spurred the Frogs, and they finished the first half on a 14-5 run to take control of the game. The Utes went 0 for 8 from 3-point range in the first half.

• Utah’s poor shooting night continued into the second half, and TCU maintained a six- to 14-point lead most of the second 20 minutes. The Utes finished shooting 34% from the field and were a frosty 3 of 20 from 3-point range.

• Both Gach reached double figures in scoring for the third-straight game, finishing with 16 points on 5 of 13 shooting, while Branden Carlson chipped in 16 as well. Utah gave up 11 offensive rebounds to the Frogs, who turned the advantage into 10 second-chance points.