First Round, Game 1
Utah 67, Washington 61
Player of the game: Utah guard Delon Wright. The second-team All-Pac-12 selection was mediocre from the field – just 3-for-7 – but he did most of his damage from the free-throw line. Wright finished with 15 points as he hit 9-of-11 free throws with seven rebounds and four assists.
Line of the game: Washington forwards Shawn Kemp Jr. and Perris Blackwell. The Washington big men picked a bad, bad time to disappear. In 40 minutes of combined play, the lumbering duo combined for three points on 1-for-7 shooting with a total of five rebound.
Pivotal moment: The ball circled the perimeter like it was hot to the touch, finally settling into the hands of Dakarai Tucker. The Utah reserve corralled the pass from Jordan Loveridge – after Delon Wright was trapped and tossed it around to Loveridge – and Tucker fired off a beauty from downtown, breaking a 60-60 tie and putting the Utes up for good.
Won or Lost? This game was lost by Washington because of a dreadful first half. With any kind of offense – the Huskies managed 24 points on just 7-of-26 shooting – they could’ve taken out the evenly matched Utes.