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3 takeaways from the Utah Utes’ 65-58 loss to the Colorado Buffaloes

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Utah Utes guard Alfonso Plummer dribbles around Colorado’s Evan Battey during a men’s basketball game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Utah lost its fourth consecutive game on Monday, falling 65-58 to Colorado. It was the Buffaloes’ first win in Salt Lake City since 2012.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

  • Just like in the Oregon game, Utah was outplayed in the second half. The Utes took a 10-point lead into halftime, but immediately gave it away out of the locker room. Colorado opened the half on a 15-0 run and outscored Utah 38-21 in the second period. Utah shot just 33% from the field in the second half. Utah’s offense diverted too much into isolation and, as a result, the ball wasn’t moving enough. Meanwhile, Colorado’s first-half 27% shooting percentage turned into 44% in the second half as the Utes had a hard time stopping the Buffaloes in the first part of the second half.

  • A consistent theme throughout the season, the Utes again had trouble with rebounding. Utah was outrebounded 49-31 and Colorado led Utah in second-chance points, 13-2. The Buffaloes had 15 offensive rebounds, compared to four for the Utes.
  • Colorado was nails from the free-throw line, making 18 of their 24 attempts, including going 13-for-16 in the second half. It was the difference in the game late as the Buffaloes made 10 of their last 10 free throws. Utah was 2-for-11 from the line and missed all seven of its free throws in the second half.