CORVALLIS, Ore. — So much for a carryover. The Utah Utes played more like they had a hangover in their first outing since last week's upset of Stanford. They didn't put up much of a fight in a not-as-close-as-it-looks 77-67 loss to Oregon State at Gill Coliseum.
The Beavers (16-13, 6-11) never trailed in dominating the Utes (6-23, 3-14). They built a 36-15 halftime lead and held distinct statistical advantages across the board — including points in the paint (22-6), rebounding (24-13), second-chance opportunities (9-1), bench productivity (11-3), fast-break scoring (8-2) and points off of turnovers (9-4).
Utah veterans Chris Hines and Jason Washburn, both standouts in the win over the Cardinal, were held scoreless in the decisive first half. The Utes, who didn't score a basket for the final 9:22, shot just 21.7 percent (5-of-23) for the first 20 minutes.
Oregon State, meanwhile, connected on 14-of-27 attempts to quickly put the game out of reach. For good measure, the Beavers opened the second half with a 7-0 run to make a bad situation even worse for the Utes.
The deficit eventually swelled to 31 points (56-25) as Oregon State completed its two-game thrashing over the Utes this season.
The Utes were seeking their first win away from the Huntsman Center since Hines hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer of a 62-60 victory at New Mexico on Feb. 19, 2011. Since then, they've dropped 16 straight games outside of Salt Lake City — 12 true road contests and four at neutral sites.
Utah visits Oregon Saturday afternoon.
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