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Utah Utes forward David Collette (13) dunks over Washington State Cougars forward Robert Franks (3) during the game at Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. The Utes lead 35 to 29 going into the half.

SALT LAKE CITY — David Collette scored a career-high 22 points and Utah held on for a 74-70 victory over Washington State on Thursday night.

Neither team played a particularly clean game, but the Utes (16-8, 7-5 Pac-12) made the final plays of the night for the win. Utah watched an 11-point second-half lead evaporate thanks to a 15-3 run highlighted by a Malachi Flynn 3-pointer to give Washington State a 60-59 lead.

The two teams went back and forth down the stretch until a Collette layup with 38.4 seconds left gave Utah a 71-68 lead. Ike Iroegbu buried a midrange jumper with 20.9 seconds left to cut the lead to 71-70.

Flynn missed a 3-pointer to tie the game after Lorenzo Bonam pushed the lead to 73-70 on a pair of free throws with 19.6 seconds left.


• Kyle Kuzma scored all of his 10 points in the second half.

• The Utes shot just 13.5 percent from the 3-point line (2-15) while WSU was 10 for 22.

Records: Utah 16-8 (7-5 Pac-12), Washington State 11-13 (4-8)


Utah: David Collette filled up the box score, scoring 22 points to go with his 6 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals.

Washington State: Ike Iroegbu had 17 points and 8 assists.

Up next

Utah: vs. Washington, Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Washington State: at Colorado, Sunday, 6:30 p.m.