Utah Utes guard Sedrick Barefield (2) dribbles around Florida A&M Rattlers guard Rod Melton Jr. (4) during a basketball game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.

SALT LAKE CITY — Streak, albeit a small one, is within Utah’s grasp Friday night in the Huntsman Center.

The Utes (5-5) can secure back-to-back wins for the first time this season if they follow Monday’s 93-64 victory over Florida A&M with a triumph over Northern Arizona (2-7).

Utah’s second-to-last non-conference game carries a sense of urgency. The Utes host national powerhouse Nevada on Dec. 29 before opening Pac-12 play the first week of January.

“We just try to go out there and play our best every single day. I definitely think that we’re headed in the right direction,” said senior guard Sedrick Barefield. “We’ve made some strides and we’re sharing the ball a lot better. We’re playing man-to-man defense, which is helping us be more locked in. So I think that those changes are helping us get better and we just have to keep getting better every single day.”

The Pac-12 is open, he continued, and the Utes know what they’re capable of doing.

“We know that we haven’t been playing our best basketball and it’s been tough,” Barefield said. “But I believe in our guys. I believe in their talent and their skill level.”

" We know that we haven’t been playing our best basketball and it’s been tough. But I believe in our guys. I believe in their talent and their skill level. "
Utah guard Sedrick Barefield

The future is bright, he added.

“If we can get these next two and get it rolling before conference, we’re going to be in a pretty good spot,” said freshman Timmy Allen.

Senior guard Parker Van Dyke had a career-high 20 points Monday as the Utes bounced back from a lopsided loss at Kentucky on Saturday. He said they’ve got to be a little more patient as a team because of the learning curve involved with a young squad.

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“But I think overall we’re going in a good direction and hopefully we can pick up some consistency and win on Friday — get our first back-to-back wins of the season,” Van Dyke said.

EXTRA STUFF: This is just the second meeting between Utah and Northern Arizona. The Utes defeated the Lumberjacks 85-52 in the Huntsman Center in 1994 . . . Northern Arizona has lost six straight games . . . Since the 2013-14 season, Utah is 20-0 at home in December.

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Northern Arizona (2-7) at Utah (5-5)

Huntsman Center

Friday, 7 p.m.

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Radio: ESPN 700AM