Utah rallies from 17 down to beat Arizona State 96-867

Published 01-04-2019

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Sedrick Barefield scored 24 points, Donnie Tillman added 21 and Utah rallied from a 17-point deficit to open its Pac-12 season with a 96-86 win over Arizona State Thursday night.

Utah (7-6, 1-0 Pac-12) got off to a shaky start before long-distance shooting its way back into the game. The Utes made 16 of 30 from the 3-point arc and used a big run spanning halftime to build a 12-point lead.

Barefield made 5 of 11 from 3-point range and Tillman was 6 for 8.

Arizona State (9-4, 0-1) seemed to shake off a disappointing home loss to Princeton, jumping on the Utes early while building a 17-point lead. The Sun Devils fell back into the same habits that cost them against the Tigers, watching a four-point halftime lead turn into a double-digit deficit.

Arizona State hurt itself at the free-throw line, going 12 for 25, and had numerous defensive breakdowns, leaving the Utes open at the 3-point arc far too often.

Remy Martin led Arizona State with 22 points.

The Sun Devils picked up one of the biggest wins in program history by knocking off top-ranked Kansas three days before Christmas, only to fall flat in a home loss to Princeton to close out their nonconference schedule.

Utah closed out its nonconference schedule with an 86-71 loss to No. 6 Nevada last Saturday. The Utes had 18 turnovers and no answer when the Wolf Pack made a big second-half run.

Led by a confident Martin, the Sun Devils had much better ball movement than they did against Princeton, working it around for open shots while racing out to a 28-11 lead.

Arizona State also made every Utah possession a struggle, forcing the Utes to take numerous shots late in the shot clock.

The Utes found an offensive flow late in the half while the Sun Devils start

The Sun Devils picked up one of the biggest wins in program history by knocking off top-ranked Kansas three days before Christmas, only to fall flat in a home loss to Princeton to close out their nonconference schedule.

Utah closed out its nonconference schedule with an 86-71 loss to No. 6 Nevada last Saturday. The Utes had 18 turnovers and no answer when the Wolf Pack made a big second-half run.

Led by a confident Martin, the Sun Devils had much better ball movement than they did against Princeton, working it around for open shots while racing out to a 28-11 lead.

Arizona State also made every Utah possession a struggle, forcing the Utes to take numerous shots late in the shot clock.

The Utes found an offensive flow late in the half while the Sun Devils started taking questionable shots, whittling Arizona State's lead down to 43-39 at halftime.

Utah kept rolling to open the second half, hitting 5 of 7 from 3-point range and using an 11-0 run to go up 61-49. The Utes outscored Arizona State 50-21 during a 16-minute stretch spanning halftime.

The Sun Devils pulled within 72-68, but kept missing free throws and the Utes kept hitting 3s.

BIG PICTURE

Utah: Had an up-and-down nonconference season, but got the Pac-12 off to a great start with its big rally.

Arizona State: Once considered the class of the Pac-12, ASU is struggling at both ends of the floor.

Led by a confident Martin, the Sun Devils had much better ball movement than they did against Princeton, working it around for open shots while racing out to a 28-11 lead.

Arizona State also made every Utah possession a struggle, forcing the Utes to take numerous shots late in the shot clock.

The Utes found an offensive flow late in the half while the Sun Devils started taking questionable shots, whittling Arizona State's lead down to 43-39 at halftime.

Utah kept rolling to open the second half, hitting 5 of 7 from 3-point range and using an 11-0 run to go up 61-49. The Utes outscored Arizona State 50-21 during a 16-minute stretch spanning halftime.

The Sun Devils pulled within 72-68, but kept missing free throws and the Utes kept hitting 3s.

BIG PICTURE

Utah: Had an up-and-down nonconference season, but got the Pac-12 off to a great start with its big rally.

Arizona State: Once considered the class of the Pac-12, ASU is struggling at both ends of the floor. The Sun Devils have lost three of four and will be hugely disappointed after blowing a 17-point lead.

UP NEXT

Utah: Plays at Arizona on Saturday.

Arizona State: Hosts Colorado on Saturday.

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