Thank goodness he’s making shots. It’s good. Our guys trust him. We’re throwing it in the post. He’s making good decisions. —Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak
SEATTLE — Utah forward David Collette continues to have a hot hand. The senior finished with a game-high 22 points in Thursday’s 70-58 victory at Washington. He’s made 23 of 26 shots from the field during the Utes’ current three-game winning streak.
“I’m seeing a senior with a lot of pride and focus. It hasn’t been easy the whole run. I think he’s had some ups and downs. We’ve had some discussions and some text conversations about this is a time to go for it (and) quit thinking so much,” Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. “He’s playing with a lot of energy on both ends of the floor.”
Krystkowiak added that Collette is doing what a senior who wants to finish on a high note should do.
“There’s a sense of urgency, I think, from all of our seniors consistently that we want to finish the season in a very positive manner, and it takes playing hard,” Krystkowiak said. “Thank goodness he’s making shots. It’s good. Our guys trust him. We’re throwing it in the post. He’s making good decisions.”
Collette, who is averaging 17.6 points during the win streak, acknowledged that a sense of urgency may have started it.
“But at this point I think it’s just having fun and playing,” Collette said. “I think I’ve been a little uptight in a few games this year where I haven’t performed as well as I can,” he said. “And I think I’ve finally just relaxed and am just having fun, enjoying it.”
CHANGING DATES: Thursday’s game was supposed to feature the jersey retirement (No. 2) of former Washington star Isaiah Thomas. However, his recent trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers prompted a change to Saturday’s game against Colorado.
Fans who purchased single-game tickets for Thursday were allowed to get refunds.
EXTRA STUFF: The attendance was 8,170. Former Utah assistant Jim Marsh, who lives in the Seattle area, visited with Krystkowiak and his staff after the game. Sedrick Barefield had a game-high six assists for the Utes. Utah had four players log 36 minutes or more in the game — starters Barefield, Parker Van Dyke, Tyler Rawson and Justin Bibbins.