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Huskies fade in second half as Utah finishes season sweep

Utah’s Justin Bibbins, right, dribbles the ball as Washington’s Matisse Thybulle falls back after missing on a dive for the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Seattle. Utah won 70-58. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
Utah’s Justin Bibbins, right, dribbles the ball as Washington’s Matisse Thybulle falls back after missing on a dive for the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Seattle. Utah won 70-58. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

SEATTLE – David Collette scored 16 of his 22 points after the break and Tyler Rawson added 15 points as Utah overcame a sluggish first half to rally for a 70-58 victory over Washington in a Pac-12 Conference game on Thursday night.

Utah (16-9, 8-6) erased a 32-24 halftime deficit with a 21-6 surge after intermission. Rawson’s jumper from the lane capped a 12-0 run that put the Utes up 45-38 with 12:10 remaining.

Utah, which shot just 27 percent in the first half, made 11 of its first 15 shots after the break to push the lead to 51-40.

David Crisp had 18 points but was the only player in double figures for the Huskies (17-9, 7-6). Washington has lost three consecutive games for the first time this season.

Forward Noah Dickerson, the Huskies second leading scorer at 15.6 points per game and top rebounder with 8.8, finished with just three points on 1 of 6 shooting and six rebounds before fouling out with 3:25 remaining.

Sedrick Barefield, Justin Bibbins and Parker Van Dyke each added 10 points for Utah, which extended its winning streak against Washington to six.

The Utes shot 70 percent in the second half, making 14 of 20 field goal attempts, including 4 of 6 three-pointers.

Washington closed the first half with a 10-0 run for a 32-24 lead. The Utes missed their final eight shots of the half, failing to score after a free throw with 3:15 left. Utah was just 9 of 33 in the first half, including 3 of 16 beyond the arc.

Big picture

Washington: The Huskies hopes for an NCAA tournament berth may hinge on their final four games – on the road at Stanford and California, then home against Oregon State and Oregon. The Huskies lost earlier to three of those teams, defeating California.

Utah: After their two games this week in Washington, the Utes close out the regular season with three games at home, where they are 10-2, losing only to Arizona and Arizona State.


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