Utes come from behind to stun Cardinal 60-56

The agony of defeat and the thrill of victory all in one photo as Stanford Cardinal players walk off the floor as the Utah Utes celebrate in the foreground at Utah University on Thu Feb 17, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Thursday, February 17, 2022

Utah used a late run to come from behind at earn its first road win of the Pac-12 men’s basketball season Thursday, defeating Stanford 60-56 at Maples Pavilion.

Center Branden Carlson and reserve Both Gach led the Runnin’ Utes with 13 points each, while Rollie Worster and Gabe Madsen were next with 11 points apiece. Marco Anthony grabbed 12 rebounds.

James Keefe and Jaiden Delaire scored 11 points each to lead Stanford (15-11 overall, 8-8 Pac-12). Keefe was the Cardinal’s leading rebounders with eight, followed by Delaire and Harrison Ingram with seven boards each.

Brandon Angel scored eight of his 10 points off the Stanford bench during a 12-4 run for the Cardinal to close out the first half. Stanford led 28-21 at the break.

The Runnin’ Utes (10-16 overall, 3-13 Pac-12) trailed by five points with five minutes to play in the second half. With under four minutes to play, a steal by Madsen lead to Gach’s layup, and moments later, Carlson dunked on the Cardinal’s Keefe to tie the game at 54-all at 2:35.

Madsen’s 3-pointer with 1:42 left put the Utes ahead, eventually building a two-possession lead, as Utah finished the game with a 16-8 run.

On Saturday, Utah travels to Berkeley to face California, while the Cardinal host Colorado in its home finale.

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