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Utah 81, Arizona 66

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

By JOHN COON
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY - Branden Carlson scored 22 points and Utah handed No. 4 Arizona its first loss of the season, 81-66 in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.

Carlson went 5 of 9 from 3-point range. Rollie Worster had 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Utes (6-2), and Gabe Madsen and Ben Carlson scored 11 points apiece.

Oumar Ballo led Arizona (6-1) with 22 points and seven rebounds. Azuolas Tubelis added 20 points for the Wildcats, who trailed wire to wire.

Arizona struggled to generate a consistent offensive rhythm before halftime against Utah's stifling defense. The Utes forced 11 turnovers in the first half that they converted into 15 points. When Arizona got looks at the basket, the Wildcats couldn't knock down shots - making only 27% of their field goal attempts before halftime.

Ben Carlson and Worster each made back-to-back baskets to punctuate a 17-4 run that put the Utes ahead 39-20 late in the first half.

Arizona trimmed away some of the deficit early in the second half, cutting Utah's lead to 52-46 on a 3-point play from Ballo. The Utes countered with an 18-4 run and weren't seriously threatened from there.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona: Especially in the first half, the Wildcats didn't resemble the high-flying team that won the Maui Invitational.

Utah: The Utes were impressive against the defending Pac-12 champions and showed they will be a factor in the league this season.

December 1, 2022


Arizona
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Tubelis F 26 7-19 5-5 1-4 1-6 0 1 1 3 4 20
O. Ballo C 25 10-12 2-5 0-0 2-7 0 3 0 2 2 22
K. Kriisa G 36 1-9 2-3 0-5 0-1 9 0 0 2 2 4
C. Ramey G 35 4-13 0-0 3-8 0-1 4 0 3 1 1 11
P. Larsson G 34 0-5 2-3 0-3 2-11 3 1 1 0 2 2
C. Henderson Jr.   21 1-4 1-2 0-2 3-4 1 1 2 2 3 3
A. Bal   8 0-2 0-0 0-2 1-1 1 0 1 2 1 0
H. Veesaar   7 2-4 0-0 0-1 1-1 0 0 0 0 3 4
K. Boswell   6 0-3 0-0 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals   198 25-71
(.352)
12-18
(.667)
4-28
(.143)
15-42 18 6 8 12 19 66


Utah
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
B. Carlson F 20 4-7 2-4 1-3 3-6 0 0 1 0 2 11
B. Carlson C 25 8-15 1-2 5-9 1-5 1 2 0 1 4 22
R. Worster G 37 5-12 2-2 0-2 1-11 9 0 1 3 3 12
G. Madsen G 34 3-8 2-3 3-7 0-2 3 1 2 2 2 11
M. Anthony G 24 3-8 0-2 0-0 5-9 2 1 0 2 2 6
L. Stefanovic   22 3-10 2-2 0-3 0-3 2 3 1 3 0 8
K. Keita   19 3-6 1-4 0-0 5-11 0 1 1 2 2 7
W. Exacte   10 1-3 0-0 0-1 0-1 1 0 0 0 1 2
M. Saunders Jr.   5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 2
B. Holt   3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 31-71
(.437)
10-19
(.526)
9-25
(.360)
17-51 18 8 6 14 16 81
Officials: Tony Padilla, Deldre Carr, Eric Curry




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