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3 keys to Utah’s disappointing 74-68 loss to the Washington Huskies

Runnin’ Utes blow 14-point second-half lead, fall to 1-4 in Pac-12 play

Utah Utes guard Marco Anthony drives on the Washington Huskies in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.
Utah Utes guard Marco Anthony (10) drives on the Washington Huskies in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Utah has been good at the Huntsman Center this season, but that trend didn’t hold up Thursday night against the visiting Washington Huskies. Washington overcame a 14-point deficit in the second half and rolled to a 74-68 win.

Here are three keys to Washington’s win:

• Utah led 50-36 with just over 14 minutes left when Rollie Worster hit a 3-pointer, but the Utes went cold as ice after that, and the Huskies heated up considerably to get their first Pac-12 win. The Huskies hit 10 3-pointers, including 6 of 10 in the second half.

• The Runnin’ Utes continued to be careless with the basketball and finished with 19 turnovers after committing 35 combined in the two losses to the Oregon schools last weekend. Utah lost despite winning the rebounding battle 44-26.

• Trailing 68-59 with under four minutes remaining, the Utes put together a 6-0 run to trim the deficit to three, but Emmitt Matthews Jr. made two free throws with 43 seconds remaining after a controversial foul was called on Branden Carlson, and the Huskies held on.