A nearly 10-minute drought in the first half doomed the Washington Huskies to lose their seventh consecutive game, 85-61, to the Utah Utes Saturday (box) in Salt Lake City. Freshman guard Markelle Fultz missed his second consecutive game, so David Crisp had room to score a career-high 31 points, but it was not enough to overcome a disorganized effort.
Washington capitalized on a pair of Matisse Thybulle steals to take an 18-10 lead with 12:47 to play in the first half. The Utes closed the half on a 34-10 run as the Huskies failed to score a field goal for nine minutes, 41 seconds.
Huskies (9-16, 2-11 Pac-12)
Crisp finished 13-of-21 with five three-pointers and three turnovers. His previous high was 26 against Long Beach State on Nov. 22. Fultz missed both games on the trip with a sore knee.
Sophomore forward Noah Dickerson added 18 points with a 7-of-12 shooting performance, his fifth consecutive game in double digits. No other Husky scored more than five points — the rest of the team went 5-for-23 shooting..
The Huskies were out-rebounded 39-23, including a 15-9 advantage on offensive boards.
“We’re going to try to build on what we’re doing in the zone and try to believe in that. We’re going to take away from what we did tonight with offensive efficiency. We just have to play a little more conservative.” – UW coach Lorenzo Romar
The Huskies return home for two games, beginning with Arizona State (11-14, 4-8 Pac-12) Thursday (8 p.m., FS1).