TEMPE, Ariz. — At least the Bachynski brothers, Dallin and Jordan, got to see a lot of action against each other this year, even if fouls were the dominant stat between the two.
Older brother Jordan of Arizona State came out on top again this year, scoring 11 points and grabbing 12 rebounds before fouling out, while Dallin of the University of Utah finished with six points and four fouls.
Dallin hadn’t started a game for Utah all season before Thursday night, and it was a surprise when he was announced as the starter.
Coach Larry Krystkowiak had given no indication that Bachynski might start and even said Dallin “might be coming in around the time Jordan is going out.’’
The two brothers gave a casual fist bump before the opening tipoff, which Jordan won. Dallin got his first points of the game with a pair of free throws, but later was called with a personal foul after getting bowled over by Jordan.
Dallin went to the bench with two fouls with seven minutes left in the first half, but played more in the second half
After the game, the two brothers stopped and gave each other a hug during the postgame handshake line, and later Dallin stuck around and visited with his family members and friends.
"We didn’t get the win, but I was able to get the minutes,’’ said Dallin. “I wish I could have done more to help the team win the game, but I look forward to playing again in Salt Lake and getting the W.’’
WIN-WIN: You’d think the Bachynski brothers' matchup would cause a lot of consternation for his parents, but father John Bachynski saw it as a win-win situation.
“I’m OK because a Bachynski is going to win,’’ he said right before the game. “On the other side, you always learn from a loss. So it’s good both ways.’’
John was wearing a black shirt with a logo on the back and front pocket with “Bachynski” above the numbers 13 (Jordan’s) and 31 (Dallin’s) with a Canadian Maple Leaf in the middle. He also had a black hat with a logo in front that Jordan designed with an ASU pitchfork and the letters “AS” on the left side and a “U” on the other with the Ute drum-and-feather logo.
Last year’s matchup between the brothers turned out OK for John because Dallin had the play of the night, a ball fake on his brother and a dunk, while Jordan had a good all-around game with 14 points in a one-point overtime victory for ASU. However, the two brothers hardly played against each other as Dallin played just six minutes because of four personal fouls.
NO BIG DEAL: After the game, the handshake line was held up for 20-30 seconds as Krystkowiak had some words for ASU coach Herb Sendek and made a few gestures toward his bench.
When asked afterward, Krystkowiak said, “That was something internal between me. I was just informing him of something. Herb and I get along great. I just wanted him to know something about his team.’’
When Sendek was asked if he could share what was said, he replied, “Not really. He was just checking to see if there was a good place to get a bite to eat after the game.’’
ROUGH NIGHT: Perhaps no one had a tougher night than the Arizona State stats crew.
For some odd reason they had a mixture of last year’s Utah team and this year’s team on the stats. The halftime stats had Cedric Martin, who graduated last year, playing seven minutes and scoring a 3-pointer. It also had Justin Seymour, who didn’t return this year after his freshman season, scoring five points, and Glen Dean, who also didn’t return this year, playing five minutes without a point.
It wasn’t just a matter of jersey numbers either, as the Utes don’t even have a 43 on this year’s team, which was Martin’s number last year.
After the game, the stat sheet had the score 79-77 on one “final” stat sheet and 79-69 on another, with Dallin Bachynski, who only had six points on the night, as the Utes’ leading scorer with 16 points.
As most writers' deadlines approached, nearly two hours after the game ended, final stats had still not appeared in the press room.
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