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3 keys in the Utah Utes’ 76-61 loss to the UCLA Bruins

Utah Utes forward Timmy Allen (1) passes the ball away from UCLA’s guard Jules Bernard (1) during a men’s basketball game against UCLA at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.
Utah Utes forward Timmy Allen (1) passes the ball away from UCLA’s guard Jules Bernard (1) during a men’s basketball game against UCLA at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.
Annie Barker, Deseret News

The Utah Utes’ stumbled to their fourth straight loss on Thursday night as the end of their disappointing season draws closer. This time, the Utes fell to the UCLA Bruins 76-61 at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.

Here are three keys from the game.

  • The Utes kept things close for most of the first half and trailed by just two with 3:21 remaining until intermission, but the Bruins scored the last six points of the half. Then UCLA scored the first seven points of the second half and the lead ballooned to 20 inside of 15 minutes to play.
  • Utah started making shots down the stretch to close the gap a bit, but still hit just 45 percent of their tries on the night compared to 55 percent for the Bruins. While UCLA only got to the free throw line four times itself on the night, the Utes didn’t shoot a single shot from the charity stripe.
  • Branden Carlson scored 17 points for the Utes, but the next highest scorers, Riley Battin and Ian Martinez, scored just 10 apiece. The Bruins, on the other hand, had three players finish with at least 15 points and another had 11.