Utah Utes basketball: Runnin' Utes dramatically rally past Sun Devils, 60-55 (+video)

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  • Irrelevant Provo, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 3:08 p.m.


    "Why would the Utes want to play Utah State and Weber State?"

    For a challenge? For bragging rights? For tradition? When recruiting inside the state of Utah it's nice to be able to say you beat the in state rivals. BYU played/plays USU as well as the U. It just makes sense for a preseason game. Plus as a fan its nice to say BYU beat the U.

    remember when U lost to The mighty Sacramento State Hornets? ya wouldn't it be better to instead schedule Weber State?

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    For a few minutes there it looked like this game was going to go the way of so many others this year. Closely contested but ultimately lost in the last few minutes. Not so!

    So happy for this group and how they finished this game. Love it. BEAT ARIZONA!

    Go Utes!

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 12:37 p.m.

    Great win for the Utes last night. I got pretty nervous when ASU took the lead in the second half but the Utes didn't lose hope and kept grinding it out. They made a great comeback and hit huge free throws to close it out.

    Washburn had a great game and I'm glad to see him having some success his senior year. He has been through all of the lowest points that the program has ever been through and he has remained positive and has continued to work hard.

    I would love to see the Utes be able to match this effort with some consistency, it has been a problem this season for this team but it they can, they should be able to win a few more games this year.

    Go Utes!

  • UtahUte91 Sandy, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 12:27 p.m.

    Christy B

    Why would the Utes want to play Utah State and Weber State?

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 14, 2013 11:23 a.m.

    The big difference in the game last night,

    free throw shooting!

    #2 in the PAC Utah versus #334 in the country ASU.

    Free throws are ASU's Achilles heal.

    The Sun Devils made 4 of 10 (40%); the Utes made 17 of 23 (74%); a difference of 13 points in a five-point game.

    Utah made 10 for 10 free throws in the final 4 1/2 minutes of the game to ice the game.

  • Christy B Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 14, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    If the Utes continue to play like this they might be good enough to add Utah State and Weber State back onto there schedule next season.

  • Are You for Real? Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    For those who haven't seen this team play: You are missing out on a real treat. Win or lose these kids play their hearts out and provide an interesting game. Unlike some Boylen teams who seemed to give up when they got behind. They almost always manage to keep it close. Tickets are super cheap and well worth it. Come on out and support the Utes!

  • Sega South Salt Lake, utah
    Feb. 14, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    I must admit as a die hard Ute football fan I have kind of lost touch with The Running Utes since Majerus left. I tried for a while but growing up watching great basketball then watching what I found as horrible basketball was tough to do. 11-12 now with some heart breaking losses to some pretty good teams? A coach that has made drastic improvement in 2 seasons?

    I haven't been paying attention a whole lot i'll admit, but I have been keeping tabs. I listened to the loss to Arizona earlier in the season. That was tough. But this team and this win last night may just have really sparked my attention. Been waiting for the Utes to have a, at the very least, respectable team again. Seems like coach K just might be able to do that. I may have to go check out a game now, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who has lost touch with Utes basketball, that would come back and support a legit team again.

    That may sound messed up, but it's the truth. I know others that feel the same way.

  • nosaerfoecioveht NSL, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 9:55 a.m.

    This team has heart. GO UTES!!!

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Feb. 14, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    Way to go Utes! This from a die hard BYU fan. Congrats and keep on rolling. It was a great win for sure. Let's hope there are many more to come. Great job!

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    Feb. 14, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    This is the kind of game Utah used to win with regularity back in the days of the old WAC - losing both games at ASU and Arizona, and then winning both games in the return matches, was commonplace for BYU and Utah back in the '70s.

    A nice win for the Utes this season, but the fact that fans, players, and coaches are reacting like this was something astonishing just goes to show how far Utah basketball has fallen in the last decade.

    Utah fans should be expecting to win games like this, not simply hoping the Utes can pull of an upset.

    Someday, that may be the case again, but with Washburn, Martin, and DuBois leaving at the end of this season, the Utes will be facing another rebuilding year next season.

  • EarlOfHemsley Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    Even tho I'm no Ute fan, I find myself pulling for them. Coach K has them working hard, and it's a good thing to see their hard work rewarded with a win. I still wish they would play the Aggies, but that's Chris Hill's fault, not the team's.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 7:55 a.m.

    This really is news---the Utes win. Congratulations.

  • Chewbacca Magna, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 7:56 a.m.

    Man that was a great game! It got a little scary in the second half. My young son decdided it was time to go home and go to bed. But I was determined to stay and see if they would at least keep fighting for the win. And, we were rewarded with a great comeback.

    That was probably the worst attendance I have seen this year (at least for a conference game). We really need the Ute fans to come back and support this team. Maybe next year?

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 7:42 a.m.

    The Utes and the Pac12 rock. Great tradition,great future. Go Utes.

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 7:39 a.m.

    Washburn played a great game. If the Utes can beat OSU at home in a couple of weeks they'll exceed their 3 conference wins from last season, an improvement.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 14, 2013 7:10 a.m.

    Great to see. The Utes have some really nice wins: Boise St, Colorado and now ASU. Too bad there are so many loses. I would love to see this team play well down the stretch, get at around .500 in conference play, and make some type of post season tournament. No matter what happens, they are trending upwards. GO UTES!

  • jazz4ever San Mateo, CA
    Feb. 14, 2013 6:12 a.m.

    Finally!!!!! :)

  • Are You for Real? Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 12:14 a.m.

    There are lots of Ute fans very frustrated with this team. Yes, the close losses (especially when we've blown a big lead) have been frustrating. What we need to remember is where this team has come from (only 6 wins last year). They are starting 2 Freshmen with so many other players brand new to the program. I am so excited for the future of the Runnin' Utes!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 11:41 p.m.

    Great win guys. Keep working hard!

    Go Utes!

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 11:02 p.m.

    Fun game to be at ... nicely done Utes! It was great seeing this team finally break through and win a close, hard fought, come from behind win. Now if they can just beat Arizona Sunday! (I'm not holding my breath, but a guy can hope.)
    Go Utes!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 10:34 p.m.

    Awesome win guys! Keep it up.

  • Roger Jolly Maricopa, AZ
    Feb. 13, 2013 10:21 p.m.

    Turn the corner... great game by Washburn.

    GO UTES... beat Arizona!