By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, January 30, 2016
photo credit: gocardinal.com–Stanford Cardinal drop game to Utah Utes on Friday night at Huntsman Center
Stanford’s men’s basketball weekend road swing ended badly, as the Cardinal dropped a 96-74 Pac-12 game at Utah’s Huntsman Center Saturday in Salt Lake City.
Jakob Poeltl led the Utes with a game-high 23 points, topping the 20-point mark for a career-best third straight game. Also hitting double-digits for Utah were Dakarai Tucker with 17 points, Kyle Kuzma with 16, Brandon Taylor with 15 and Lorenze Bonam with 14 points to go with his five assists.
The Utes (17-5 overall, 6-3 Pac-12) shot a blistering 71 percent from the field in the first half (including 6 of 10 behind the 3-point arc), building a 48-39 halftime lead in the process. Early in the second half, the Cardinal (11-9 overall, 4-5 Pac-12) whittled away at Utah’s lead and pulled to within 62-54 with just under 11 minutes remaining.
Utah responded by scoring 13 of the next 19 points to build a 17-point lead with 6:50 left. At the same time, the Utes held Stanford to 31 percent shooting in the second half.
Roscoe Allen and Dorian Pickens each scored 16 points to lead Stanford, which travels to Berkeley next Saturday for a Pac-12 game against California. Tip-off for the Cardinal-Bears contest is 1 p.m.