Jay has covered sports in Utah for more than 30 years and has been writing for the Deseret News since 2019.
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.