CORVALLIS, Ore. (ABC4 sports) – When the Runnin’ Utes walked into the Gill Colliseum Thursday night, they had to feel confident of walking out with a win.
Coming into the game, Oregon State was just 2-10 on the season, but the Beavers came to play and eventually knocked off the Utes, 88-76.
Utah’s Achilles heel was turnovers. The Runnin’ Utes turned the ball over a season high 20 times, leading to 23 Oregon State points off of those turnovers.
Utah outrebounded Oregon State 37-32, but the Beavers outscored the Utes 40-24 in the paint.
David Jenkins Jr. led the Utes with 22 points off the bench, while Marco Anthony was the only other Utah player to score in double figures with 10 points.
Utah only shot 43.1 percent from the field, but its three-point shooting kept them in the game. The Utes were 12 of 27 from beyond the arc.
On the flip side, Oregon State shot the ball great from the field, 55.7 percent overall, and 50 percent from behind the arc.
Jarod Lucas tied a season high, leading all scorers with 25 points for the Beavers. Lucas made 7 of 13 shots from the field, and knocked down 9 of 11 free throw attempts.
The game started out as a fast paced, high scoring matchup. Utah kept itself in the game with solid three point shooting, while Oregon State was scoring baskets at will. An 8-0 run by the Beavers saw Utah head into under-12 media break down 24-19.
The Runnin’ Utes went down by as many as 14 points, but in the second half a Branden Carlson three-pointer got them within one point, 52-51. 52-51. But the Beavers countered with an 11-4 run and Utah never got within three points the rest of the way.
Oregon State finished 55.7% shooting (34 for 61) and made half their 12 3-point attempts. The only mild blemish occurred at the foul line where the Beavers missed seven of 21 attempts.
All five Oregon State starters scored in double figures. Warith Alatishe finished with 16 points, while Dashawn Davis had 13.
Utah drops to 8-5 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
The Runnin’ Utes will look to get back on track Saturday, January 1st in Eugene, Oregon as they take on the Ducks.