NCAAB Game Recap - Weber State at Utah
Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:00 PM EST

E KY
67
Lou
99
F
UMKC
57
Kansas
98
F
Oreg
71
Mich
70
F(OT)
Gonz
84
Ariz
80
F
GaTec
53
KY
67
F
StLou
61
Aub
67
F
Mem
51
Tenn
47
F
Drake
47
Dayt
78
F
MSU
72
Oakl
49
F
South
41
Butl
66
F
Del
70
Vill
78
F
Seton
48
Rut
68
F
Xav
78
Wake
80
F
KansSt
61
MisSt
67
F
IPFW
65
IUPUI
74
F
App
81
How
59
F
Syr
79
GTown
89
F
Princ
80
FaDi
65
F
Dart
76
Boston
78
F
(N/A)
60
Elon
91
F
Tuls
79
Ark
98
F
Nich
57
WVU
83
F
NJIT
71
StFNY
73
F
TN-M
72
UNCA
91
F
(N/A)
79
Jacksn
93
F
IL-C
65
DeP
86
F
HolyC
72
Canis
80
F
CenMI
76
Tex
87
F
LongI
74
Rider
89
F
Duques
71
Radf
49
F
Alab
71
PSU
73
F
AlaAM
74
Mia-FL
88
F
Morg
68
LaSal
85
F
Wagn
63
Hartfo
71
F
NCC
71
CoCar
91
F
Army
89
Buff
76
F
UCLA
61
ND
75
F
Lamar
50
TCU
79
F
AF
79
Denv
75
F
NFla
72
SoMis
69
F
MidTN
64
Miss
82
F
Toled
80
Detr
72
F
Web
49
Utah
60
F
UCSB
61
S UT
62
F
(N/A)
50
StBon
75
F
HiPt
64
FlAtl
81
F
Campbl
67
ECU
79
F
Mayv
60
SDak
96
F
Sac
58
SCla
60
F
USF
91
CS-Ful
69
F
ULLa
59
LaTec
77
F
Charl
71
Rich
78
F
Winth
73
Furm
80
F
ArkPB
46
OrSt
80
F
AlSt
57
Bois
100
F
Okla
75
WichSt
80
F
OlDom
55
Ill
69
F
Stan
78
SJSU
58
F
CSBak
70
Ida
76
F(OT)
NMSt
62
NM
69
F
Evans
72
WIGB
62
F
Niag
80
Albany
84
F
W MI
59
Manh
58
F
Colg
67
Cin
66
F
WilBa
59
NOrl
103
F
(N/A)
54
Gram
82
F
CenAR
79
Pepp
92
F
BYU
68
UtSt
64
F
UGA
59
AzSt
79
F
E IL
75
WIMil
68
F
Lib
61
Vand
56
F
HBU
84
Rice
96
F
(N/A)
57
Oral
69
F
Stony
78
Prov
82
F
(N/A)
63
UAB
75
F
N CO
74
Wyo
53
F
ULMo
59
SFA
66
F
NoAZ
79
UtVal
73
F
Fres
62
CAPoly
37
F
BethC
68
CBap
87
F
UCDav
54
USD
58
F
(N/A)
63
UCIrv
120
F
StMar
89
Cal
77
F

Utah 60, Weber State 49

Dec 14, 2019, 4:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Weber State (3-6)

25

24

49

Utah (8-2)

31

29

60

Allen scores 19 as Utah rolls past Weber State 60-49
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:13 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Timmy Allen was missing his point guard and shots were clanging off the rim. Nothing was coming easy.

"It was an ugly one, especially down the stretch but I'm glad we could tough it out," Allen said after he scored 19 points to lead Utah past Weber State 60-49 in the Beehive Classic on Saturday.

Riley Battin added nine points and 10 rebounds and Mikael Jantunen and Branden Carlson each had nine points for the Utes (8-2), who played without starting point guard Rylan Jones.

"It hurts my heart. That's my PG! He's a great player. I think he's the best point in the Pac-12," Allen said.

Jerrick Harding scored 17 points, Cody John had 15 and Kham Davis contributed 11 for the Wildcats, who fell to 3-6.

Utah led 31-25 at the half after overcoming an early six-point deficit. After the break, Battin scored four quick points, Carlson dunked and the Utes never relinquished a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

In the second half, both teams had a hard time finding the bottom of the net as they combined to shoot 2 for 18 during one stretch.

Jones, who was second on the team in minutes played, was out with bruised ribs. That may have contributed to Utah shooting just 34% after making more than half their shots this season.

"It's different without Rylan. He does a lot of things for us, both on offense getting people shots but he's key defensively too," said Both Gach, who played 36 minutes at the point and had eight points, six rebounds and three assists.

But the Utes got buckets around the basket and if they missed, they tallied 11 points in the second half on second chances to go along with a 47-34 rebounding advantage.

On the other side, the Wildcats finally have a mostly healthy team after a rash of injuries at the beginning of the season but haven't been able to find an offensive rhythm.

Preseason Big Sky MVP Harding averaged 28 points in Weber State's two wins last week but didn't start scoring until the Wildcats were down big in the second half.

"I just feel like we didn't hit shots tonight. That was the biggest thing," Harding said. "I feel like a lot of them were wide open. That's on us."

The Wildcats had 14 missed layups and dunks against Utah's extraordinary length. The Utes' aggressive switching defense on Weber State's perimeter screens kept the Wildcats off balance.

"I think their size affected us a little bit around the rim, but they're still open layups. And then in the second half, I didn't feel like we took a bad shot. We usually make those shots, but we didn't," Weber State coach Randy Rahe said.

CALM BEFORE THE STORM

The Utes now embark on a stretch of six games featuring four Top 25 teams - Kentucky, San Diego State, Oregon and Colorado.

"It's only going to get harder from here," Allen said. "It's going to be fun. I'm looking forward to it. I think we're built for it. We just got to be poised."

The Utes haven't faced a Top 25 opponent yet.

Seeing as the Utes are playing Kentucky in Las Vegas, Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said, "It's a different level of poker stakes. We're going to be playing at a different table. I'm pleased that we've played ten games and win eight of them, but this next stretch is a different animal. I don't think we'll be a favorite anytime soon."

BEEHIVE WON'T BE BACK

The three-year experiment of the Beehive Classic is over. The annual doubleheader featuring Utah's top four basketball schools at the Vivint Smart Home Arena, the home of the Utah Jazz, didn't ever capture the imagination of fans. Instead of the intensity of an in-state rivalry, the arena was filled to just a quarter of the lower bowl with fans in a huge arena that had the buzz of an exhibition contest.

The matchup was the first for the Wildcats and Utes since 2011 after a legacy of playing each other nearly every year. Utah now leads the series 27-14.

BIG PICTURE

Weber State: Against a defense with some length and athleticism like Utah's, the Wildcats had a hard time generating good shots and making them. They converted just 33% of their field goals and got nothing in the mid-range as the Utes ruled the paint and harassed the Wildcats on the 3-point line.

Utah: The youth of the Utes- with no seniors and just three juniors - was apparent again, as it has been through the early part of the season, with unforced turnovers and poor shot selection early in the game and again late. But Utah did enough on defense to win their fourth straight as they denied Harding good looks until the end of the game.

Allen explained their game plan. "Just take him out as much as possible. Deny him. Don't let him touch it," Allen said.

UP NEXT

Weber State: Hosts Bethesda (California) on Tuesday.

Utah: Plays No. 8 Kentucky in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP-Top25

Leaders

Weber State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Cunningham 0 0 2 2 0 0
J. Jordan 0 0 1 0 1 0
Utah PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
E. Ballstaedt 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Allen 19 0 4 7 1 0

Team Comparison

Web Utah
Points For 49 60
Field Goals 19/57-33% 20/58-34%
Three Pointers 4/18-22% 5/25-20%
Free Throws 7/13-54% 15/19-79%
Offensive Rebounds 11 17
Defensive Rebounds 23 30
Rebounds 39 50
Blocks 6 4
Steals 7 4
Turnovers 9 12
Personal Fouls 17 12
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Utah Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Dec 14 Web 49 @ Utah 60 A. Plummer 3

Game Information

Stadium: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 0
Game Time: