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3 keys to Utah’s 67-65 overtime win over Washington State

Rollie Worster scores a season-high 19 points and makes a pair of free throws with 25 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Utes their second Pac-12 win

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Utah guard Marco Anthony (10) shoots and is fouled by Washington State forward Mael Hamon-Crespin during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Utah won 67-65.

Utah guard Marco Anthony (10) shoots and is fouled by Washington State forward Mael Hamon-Crespin during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Utah won 67-65.

Young Kwak, Associated Press

The Runnin’ Utes stayed hot after last week’s big upset of No. 4 Arizona, sneaking past Washington State 67-65 on Sunday afternoon at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Washington.

Rollie Worster made a pair of free throws with 25.1 seconds left in the overtime period and the Utes survived after leading by six with three minutes remaining.

Worster led the Utes with a season-high 19 points, while Marco Anthony added 13.

Utah improved to 2-0 in Pac-12 play, 7-2 overall. Up next for the Utes is a non-conference game Thursday against Jacksonville State at the Huntsman Center.

Here are 3 keys to Utah’s second conference win:

• Gabe Madsen went scoreless in the second half after netting eight points in the first half, then hit a 3-pointer in overtime that gave the Utes a 65-59 lead with 3:15 left. Utah got 17 points from its bench.

• Anthony made a 3-point play with 6.4 seconds remaining in regulation to knot the score at 59-59, and Keba Keita blocked Dylan Darling’s layup as time expired to send the game into overtime. The Utes had six blocked shots, and held the Cougars to 32% shooting from the field.

• Mouhamed Gueye led WSU with 20 points before fouling out with 4:35 remaining in the game. The Cougars were just 4 of 30 from 3-point range (13%) against the Utes, who are No. 6 in the country in 3-point shooting percentage defense.