CITY OF LAKE SALE – The University of Utah basketball team had every chance to recover the losing streak, but fell to Arizona State 64-62 on Monday afternoon.
It’s the sixth straight defeat for Utah basketball, and the road doesn’t get any easier this week with ranked teams making their way to Salt Lake City. Jalen Graham hit a float in the paint with four seconds left to give the ASU the lead and victory.
David Jenkins Jr. led the Runnin ‘Utes with 14 points. Rollie Worster scored 13 points and six rebounds, while Dusan Mahorcic scored 12 points and eight rebounds.
Kimani Lawrence had 18 points for Arizona State. DJ Horne contributed 13 points and four rebounds. Graham lost 12 points and Marreon Jackson added 10 points.
Both teams fight offensively in the first half
If you are a fan of scoring and limited turnovers committed, this game is not for you. Utah had a nearly five-minute period without scoring a single point. Another four minutes went by without making a basket.
The ASU wasn’t much better. The Sun Devils have not scored a field goal in the last 3:54 of the first half, making only one of their last eight attempts. David Jenkins Jr. punched a triple in the corner on the halftime signal to give Runnin ‘Utes a 28-26 lead. Despite the lead, Utah committed nine turnovers with ASU scoring 12 points behind mistakes.
Utah shot just 37% from the field, 3 of 12 from the three-point line and 5 of 7 from the free-throw line. Rollie Worster had eight points to lead the Utes in the first 20 minutes of play. Jenkins had five points at half-time.
DJ Horne scored eight points to lead Arizona State. Marreon Jackson and Jay Heath added five points each. The ASU only scored 30% of its field goals, 4 of 17 from the center and 2 of 3 from the charity streak.
Utah suffer a heartbreaking loss to the ASU in the closing seconds
Around 14 minutes into the second half, Arizona State went on an 8-0 run to take a six-point lead. After the timeout, Dusan Mahorcic scored in the paint. The Utes looked down but not out as they stopped throwing so many threes and started attacking the basket. They managed to get more on the foul line and that’s how they stayed in the game.
Runnin ‘Utes had a very good possession in which Riley Battin picked up a couple of offensive rebounds, which ultimately led to a corner triple from Worster that took the Utes to two points with five minutes left.
Utah followed with a fade three that was tipped into the basket by Jenkins. The Runnin ‘Utes had a three-point lead with four minutes left in the game. With the game tied at 60, the ASU layup to go up two with one minute to go. David Jenkins made a fade-out clutch jumper to equalize the game at 62 when the shot clock expired.
Arizona State chewed up time before Jalen Graham hit a lane float with four seconds left. Utah were out of timeouts, but David Jenkins failed to shoot in time.
Utah lowered the record to 8-10 overall and 1-7 in the Pac-12 game. The journey doesn’t get any easier as UCLA # 9 arrives at the Huntsman Center Thursday, January 20 at 9:00 PM MT on FS1.
Trevor Allen is a member of the Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com, co-host of the podcast Faith, Family and Football with Clark Phillips III, and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASports.