PULLMAN, Wash.—Larry Krystkowiak’s squad has been searching for energy and confidence in Pac-12 play. Jakob Poeltl shook the stanchion with a slam dunk to start the game, fueling the Utes (14-5, 3-3 Pac-12) to a quick start en route to a 92-71 win at Washington State (9-9, 1-5 Pac-12).
Jordan Loveridge and Brandon Taylor set the Utes’ offense ablaze, combining for 43 points on 16-39 shooting, including five three-pointers apiece.
Utah never trailed the Cougars in this game, and led by as much as 27 points in the second half. This is the first time the Utes have scored 90 or more points in Pac-12 play since joining the conference.
The Utes dominated below the basket, outrebounding the Cougars 34-24, including a 25-5 difference between Utah defensive rebounds and WSU offensive rebounds. Poeltl also led the Utes to a 42-24 points-in-the-paint advantage despite missing at least three open looks at the rim.
Utah felt a breath of fresh offensive air, shooting 35-63 (55%), including 11-22 from three-point range. Turnovers were also kept to a relative minimum, tallying eight.
Last-place Washington State will be replaced by first-place Washington on Sunday for the Utes. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30. Pregame coverage will begin at 4:30 on ESPN700.
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