NCAAB Game Recap - Colorado at Utah
Sat Mar 7, 2020 2:30 PM EST

VMI
57
ETSU
70
F
LongI
66
RobM
86
F
Kansas
66
TxTch
62
F
UtSt
59
SDSU
56
F
Maine
50
Vermt
61
F
Denv
69
NDSt
71
F
Murr
75
Belm
76
F
SacHr
72
StFPA
84
F
Woff
77
Furm
68
F
Albany
73
Stony
76
F
IPFW
77
SDSt
74
F
UMassL
75
Hartfo
89
F
GrgWas
51
Dayt
76
F
Chat
78
UNCG
68
F
Pepp
82
StMar
89
F(2OT)
UNH
67
UMBC
73
F
Baylor
64
WVU
76
F
WCU
70
Mercer
56
F
Drake
66
Brad
76
F
USF
72
Pacif
54
F
KY
71
Fla
70
F
Valpa
89
MOSt
82
F
CoCar
63
TexAr
62
F
BC
62
FlaSt
80
F
JMU
61
Elon
63
F
ArkSt
66
ULLa
73
F
Seton
60
Crei
77
F
UNCW
55
Drex
66
F
Lou
54
UVA
57
F
UNC
76
Duke
89
F
Stan
67
Oreg
80
F
Vill
70
GTown
69
F
Aub
85
Tenn
63
F
PSU
69
NW
80
F
Wisc
60
Ind
56
F
Marq
86
StJon
88
F
SCar
74
Vand
83
F
UTEP
77
Rice
72
F
UGA
64
LSU
94
F
LaSal
78
StJos
77
F
Rut
71
Purd
68
F(OT)
VaTec
56
ND
64
F
GMas
65
Ford
61
F
Colora
72
Utah
74
F(OT)
Alab
50
Mizzu
69
F
UCLA
52
USC
54
F
Marsh
82
TexSA
77
F
OkSt
81
Tex
59
F
IaSt
63
KansSt
79
F
Syr
65
Mia-FL
69
F(OT)
NWSt
100
CenAR
85
F
Cal
56
OrSt
74
F
HBU
78
TXAMC
84
F
Ark
69
TexAM
77
F
IdaSt
76
Ida
80
F
Web
69
E WA
78
F
McNee
70
Lamar
66
F
AbCh
71
InWor
68
F(OT)
SamH
57
SFA
68
F
SoMis
62
MidTN
65
F(OT)
Okla
78
TCU
76
F
N CO
75
MTSt
61
F
Corn
85
Princ
82
F
Colum
65
Penn
85
F
Gram
70
AlSt
58
F
TXSo
75
Alc
90
F
PVAM
80
South
89
F(OT)
WaSt
74
AzSt
83
F
Miss
44
MisSt
69
F
DeP
55
Prov
93
F
Charl
43
LaTec
66
F
W Ky
91
FlInt
85
F
SMU
60
SoFL
61
F
URI
64
UMass
63
F
Yale
69
Harv
83
F
Brown
70
Dart
58
F
SeLA
69
NOrl
79
F
JackSt
54
AlaAM
51
F
OlDom
63
UAB
72
F
Temp
63
Cin
64
F
CSBak
61
GrCan
64
F
CBap
76
TexPA
79
F(OT)
StBon
49
StLou
72
F
MsVl
74
ArkPB
71
F
Butl
72
Xav
71
F
S UT
85
Mont
80
F(OT)
UCDav
61
UCRiv
66
F
CAPoly
67
UCSB
69
F
HI
82
CSNor
86
F
Wash
69
Ariz
63
F
Sac
72
PorSt
76
F
LongB
69
CS-Ful
75
F
UMKC
Seatt
Canc
ChiSt
UtVal
Canc

Utah 74, Colorado 72

Mar 7, 2020, 2:30 PM EST

Final (OT)

1

2

OT

T

Colorado (21-10)

41

23

8

72

Utah (16-14)

33

31

10

74

Gach's three foul shots send Utah past Colorado in OT
Sat Mar 7, 2020 7:04 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Making one clutch play after another is becoming second nature to Both Gach again.

Gach scored a career-high 28 points, including three go-ahead free throws with 0.6 seconds left, to lift Utah to a 74-72 overtime victory over Colorado on Saturday. Those game-winning points offered one final defining moment among many for a sophomore guard mired in a shooting slump not too long ago.

Gach endured a 10-game stretch where he went just 2 of 35 from 3-point range and shot over 35% percent from the field twice. The slump finally ended on a two-game road trip against California and Stanford where he averaged 17 points on 59% shooting.

Filling in for injured point guard Rylan Jones, Gach looked revitalized running Utah's offense. He shot 9 of 15 against the Buffaloes and dished out four assists.

"I feel like I'm being myself once again in just being able to make plays for myself and my teammates,” Gach said.

Gach came up big in critical moments to help Utah (16-14, 7-11 Pac-12) snap a three-game losing streak. He hit a jumper with 2.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Gach also kept the Utes within striking distance after Colorado threatened to break the game open in the first half. He scored 16 points before halftime by attacking the rim and knocking down shots from the perimeter.

Alfonso Plummer added 21 points and Timmy Allen chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds for the Utes. Utah won for only the second time in the team's past eight contests.

McKinley Wright IV scored 20 points and totaled six rebounds and six assists to lead the Buffaloes. Tyler Bey scored 16 points and collected 10 rebounds. Evan Battey added 15 points.

It wasn't enough to prevent Colorado (21-10, 10-8) from suffering a fourth straight loss. The Buffaloes shot just 30% from the field in the second half and went 2 of 15 from 3-point range after halftime.

"I have no problem with our effort and our competitive spirit,” Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. “But we missed some really good looks in the first half and in the second half that didn't go down. When you do that, you put a lot of pressure on your defense.”

Initially, Utah looked a bit lost on offense without Jones in the lineup. The Utes' starting point guard sat out while still recovering from a concussion he suffered during a loss at California a week earlier.

Colorado twice built up a double-digit lead in the first half and led 23-13 on a 3-pointer from Maddox Daniels midway through the half. Gach kept Utah in it with a flurry of baskets and free throws. His final basket before halftime cut the deficit to 36-33.

Utah finally took its first lead after halftime behind a pair of 7-0 runs. Plummer twice cut the deficit to a point with 3-pointers. Allen finally put the Utes in front 47-46 after he capped the second run with a layup.

Colorado countered with its own 7-0 run to go back in front. Battey and Maddox Daniels combined for back-to-back baskets to punctuate the spurt and put the Buffaloes up 53-47.

Utah had one more rally left in regulation. The Utes surged ahead 60-59 on Plummer's fifth 3-pointer of the game. Bey immediately answered the basket with a go-ahead jumper on the ensuing Colorado possession. He then converted a 3-point play with 19.6 seconds left in regulation to put the Buffaloes up 64-62.

After Gach forced overtime with a jumper, Colorado appeared poised to pull away in the final seconds. Wright capped an 8-2 run for the Buffaloes by driving for a go-ahead layup to put them up 72-70 with 31 seconds left in overtime.

But Gach converted three free throws after being fouled by Wright on a last-second shot and it secured an improbable win for Utah.

“I'm just happy we could end the regular season on a win,” Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. “I think we have some things in motion.”

STARTING STRONG

Plummer made his first career start for the Utes on Saturday and quickly made the most of opportunity. He had his second straight 20-point game after making a career-high five 3-pointers and shooting 7-of-14 from the field overall.

The junior guard has seen his role increase dramatically over the last five games and is averaging 15.6 points per game over that stretch.

“I'm happy for my work,” Plummer said. “I feel like I'm getting better. I'm helping the team every day, so I'm just blessed and happy for my position right now.

OUTSIDE WOES

Colorado shot just 25% from 3-point range, going 7-of-28 overall. It marked the fourth consecutive game that the Buffaloes have shot under 30% from the perimeter. They shot 35% or better in 10 of their previous 14 games.

“Right now, we've gone from the best 3-point shooting team in the league, about four games ago, to a team that's really struggling to make one when they're wide open – much less when it's crunch time,” Boyle said.

BIG PICTURE

Colorado: The Buffaloes were aggressive around the basket on offense and opportunistic on defense in the first half. Colorado went away from that formula after halftime and it proved costly.

Utah: Without their starting point guard, the Utes looked completely lost on offense at critical times. But Gach came through in the end and rallied Utah for one of their biggest wins of the season.

UP NEXT

Colorado and Utah will both prepare for in the Pac-12 Tournament next week.

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Leaders

Colorado PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
L. Siewert 0 0 1 3 0 0
A. Strating 0 0 0 0 0 0
Utah PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
L. Thioune 0 0 0 1 0 0
J. Brenchley 0 0 1 2 1 0

Team Comparison

Colora Utah
Points For 72 74
Field Goals 28/64-44% 25/63-40%
Three Pointers 7/28-25% 8/24-33%
Free Throws 9/12-75% 16/19-84%
Offensive Rebounds 6 8
Defensive Rebounds 31 32
Rebounds 40 45
Blocks 3 1
Steals 7 6
Turnovers 10 11
Personal Fouls 13 13
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Jan 12 Utah 52 @ Colora 91 L. Thioune 2 A. Strating 1
Sat Mar 7 Colora 72 @ Utah 74 D. Schwartz 2 R. Battin 3

Game Information

Stadium: Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 10,886
Game Time: