SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – It could have been their best weekend in two years. After upsetting 21st ranked Arizona State in overtime on Thursday, the Utes had a chance to knock off now 9th ranked Arizona in Tucson last Saturday, but Donnie Tillman’s shot at the buzzer wasn’t close, and Utah lost by one point, 74-73.
“It was a pretty tough loss for us, especially when we had it right there,” said center David Collette. “I think we’re good now. I think overall what was a good weekend for us, getting a win at Arizona State was pretty big, and with how we played at Arizona, I think there were a lot of good things. It seems like the team has really come together.”
“It would have been a golden opportunity to finish that last place and the the W,” said head coach Larry Krystkowiak. “It didn’t happen, but it’s no different than the results of a lot of other games.”
Despite falling to 13-8 on the year, 5-5 in the Pac-12, sharp-shooting guard Sedrick Barefield clearly broke out of his slump, scoring 43 points in the two games.
“I think he’s just gotten a little bit wiser to picking and choosing his points, keeping it a little bit simpler,” Krystkowiak said. “Hopefully that keeps going.”
“I think coming off the bench has helped him a lot,” said Collette. “I talked to him about that, and he’s really embraced it.”
So now with just eight games left before the Pac-12 Tournament beginning Friday at Colorado, the seniors know time is winding down.
“As the time card starts to count down, we’re getting closer to the end of the season,” Collette said. “I think it’s kind of becoming a little more sense of urgency for us.”
Utah and Colorado will hit the court Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in Boulder.