PULLMAN, Wash.—When Utah has won in conference play this season, they’ve won big. The red-hot Utes heated up (13-5, 4-2 Pac-12) Washington State’s (9-9, 2-4 Pac-12) nets in the icy Palouse, 88-47.
Utah started out of the gate with an 11-2 lead before WSU coach Ernie Kent called a timeout to stop the momentum. It didn’t help much, as Utah extended its lead to 17 at 33-16 before anyone could blink.
Lorenzo Bonam led the way for Utah early on, scoring seven of Utah’s 11 points, ultimately finishing with 17 for the game before getting an early exit as a reward for the blowout. Kyle Kuzma tied WSU’s Josh Hawkinson with 19 points to lead all scorers and put up a double-double. Overall, four Utes scored in double digits while all 13 players that traveled to Pullman found playing time. David Collette missed the game while undergoing concussion treatment in Salt Lake City.
The Utes’ lead gradually grew in the second half behind a friendly 57.9% shooting, including 8-17 from three-point range, as well as a strong defensive effort.
Utah has two days off before playing the also-lowly Washington Huskies in Seattle on Saturday afternoon.
Asst. coach DeMarlo Slocum Postgame:
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