Parker Van Dyke's buzzer-beating 3-pointer completes 22-point comeback by Utah Utes in win over UCLA

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  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Feb. 11, 2019 6:53 p.m.


    “In Olympus Cove "reality" is knowing the basketball record between utah-slc and BYU, but ignoring the football record thinking it will go away.”


    It’s basketball season and this is a basketball article.

    What relevance does football have in the discussion?

  • KimmyP Grantsville, UT
    Feb. 11, 2019 12:50 p.m.

    LOL... In Olympus Cove "reality" is knowing the basketball record between Utah and byu, but ignoring the football record thinking it will go away. 😹

  • ERB Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 8:54 p.m.

    If Utah wins both games at home this week, then I think they’ll have a shot at doing something in the NIT.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 5:52 p.m.

    UCLA stopped doing what had earned them a 22 point lead. UCLA went into a "prevent defense" - running the clock out each possession and then looking for a forced shot before the shot clock ran out. (Sound familiar, football fans?) But Utah won the game. My unofficial stats show Utah hit 7 of 15 three pointers, 10 or 11 two pointers, and 5 of 7 free throws from the 12+ minute mark when they were 22 points behind. Those statistics will win a lot of games!

  • KimmyP Grantsville, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 5:44 p.m.

    In Palo Alto, coug fans celebrate being ranked #86 in basketball, just like they celebrate the margin of defeat in football. 😹

  • Crazy in California Acampo, CA
    Feb. 10, 2019 4:33 p.m.

    Love it any time a Utah school beats the California teams.

    Nice work.

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    Feb. 10, 2019 3:23 p.m.

    Irony? "Pathetic" UCLA has by far the best physical talent in the conference. Unfortunately, they come up short on their mental talent and the coaching they receive.

    JWR surely is spinning in his grave with all the shortfalls in the program since 1996.

    The only coaches on the national scene who can stem the tide are unlikely to leave their current jobs.

    This Bruin can only weep......

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Feb. 10, 2019 2:40 p.m.

    @Who am I sir? — @79Ute

    It was named the "Manny Hendrix Miracle Shot."

    I was at that game but almost left because my buddy said, "No way Utah's going to win this one." I tried to argue with him that it "ain't over until it's over." But he wouldn't listen and got up and left. I followed him but lagged behind and stood at the top of one of the side entrances and watched as Wyoming tossed the ball out-of-bounds. Utah's Gale Gondrezick then inbounded the ball to Manny as he rose up caught the ball in the air and knocked down the shot with only 1-second on the clock.

    Needless to say, the crowd went "Wild!" None of us could believe what we had just witnessed — one of the most improbable victories in the history of UofU basketball.

    Afterward, I ran out to tell my buddy what had happened and he didn't believe me — until I let him listen for himself on my portable radio.

    The date was March 4, 1985. The final score was Utah 61, Wyoming 60.

    After the game, Wyoming coach Jim Brandenburg said, "We snatched defeat from the jaws of victory."

    Want to learn more? Google the Deseret News article, "Utah's top-10 conference tournament games of all time."

    Lynn Archibald was the coach.

  • zipadeedoodah Lehi, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 2:26 p.m.

    Way to go Utes!... from you friends down south at BYU.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Feb. 10, 2019 2:26 p.m.

    Just Gordy

    “ And while they did beat the UTES handily in December, I am betting that is not the case now. Any team can get lucky...”

    Lucky? 😂

    BYU has dominated U for over a decade winning 13 of the last 17, most by double digits.

    Our little friends on the hill should try escaping from their crimson bubble once in awhile to see world as it really is.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 2:25 p.m.


    Thanks for the correction. I hate to be wrong. And I am especially embarrassed that my timing was mostly because I was off by a decade as to how much younger my boys are than me!

  • Newlin Sandy, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 1:51 p.m.


    Mike Newlin, Ken Gardner, Jim Mahler, Peaches Laster — I went to all those games as a U student; thanks for the memories.

    Regarding yesterday’s game, the only thing missing was a national broadcast with Bill Walton; although a little of his commentary goes a long way, for me he’s a guilty pleasure...

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Feb. 10, 2019 1:20 p.m.

    "Were you on the court?" -- Bluto

    Haha! Bluto is so crushed at Utah's 22-pt comeback win, that he's throwing a tantrum. I love it!

    Have fun playing "small ball" in "high school" gyms Bluto! Who knows? You just might finish in 2nd-place this year in a 1-bid league! Congratulations?

  • KimmyP Grantsville, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 1:02 p.m.

    Actually the pillow fight came later in provo, and anywhere Gonzaga plays in the mighty WCC. 💭

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    Feb. 10, 2019 12:59 p.m.

    KimmyP - Grantsville, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 6:42 a.m.
    @g, "The really impressive win came against Pacific, right?"

    With the UCLA win, Utah moved from #97 to #94.
    With the Pacific win, BYU moved from #91 to #86.

  • 2020 Herriman, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 12:43 p.m.

    CG from Provo was on the right track. Nothing could possibly happen this basketball season that would be more humiliating than losing to a mediocre team like BYU, from a bad conference like the WCC (sans Gonzaga of course).

  • CG Provo, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 12:26 p.m.


    “CG, if BYU can do it, anyone can. Right?”

    Against a team that’s lost 6 of their last 8, sure.

  • SportsFan Provo, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 12:21 p.m.

    It’s interesting how some of the same posters who are now singing PVD’s praises, were calling for him to be benched permanently just a couple of weeks ago.

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    Feb. 10, 2019 12:17 p.m.

    Fantastic!! Go Utes!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 10, 2019 12:14 p.m.

    But seriously folks! - Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 11:15 p.m.
    Another pillow fight among .500 teams.
    Wow, how bad is the pac these days.


    I don't get it, BYU plays in bad one bid conference every year. But for some reason they keep asking how bad the PAC-12 is.

    For crying out loud, the P12 isn't as bad as WCC is EVERY year and that hasn't stopped BYU fans from celebrating 3rd place finishes.

  • SportsFan Provo, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 12:04 p.m.

    It’s always an accomplishment to overcome a 20-point deficit on the road.

    That said, UCLA has lost 6 of their last 8 games; obviously a team that is struggling.

  • BlueCoug Provo, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 11:36 a.m.

    Congratulations on a nice comeback win Utes!

  • Lester L. Wester Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 11:33 a.m.

    Bluto: "Who's "we" ?
    Were you on the court?"

    Yes, in spirit we all were. And that jealous, worn-out, unimaginative response should be retired.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 11:29 a.m.

    That was a hard game to watch for most of it, but the Utes’ comeback finish, in front of a network TV audience, made it all worth it. That effort will pay big dividends.

    And seeing the shocked look on the faces of the UCLA team and fans? Man, that was the cake under the icing!

  • JustGordon Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 11:22 a.m.

    I can only chuckle at the fans of our little blue brother in Provo who have come have posted comments about the UTES great comeback win over UCLA.

    What I don't understand is that their team is rated 80th by Sagarin and the UTES 91st..the difference in their individual ratings is .61, not significant. And while they did beat the UTES handily in December, I am betting that is not the case now. Any team can get lucky...look at

    BTW, Sagarin has the PAC12 rated as the 6th best conference...and the West Coast as the 11th.
    Playing in a conference that is almost always only gets one invite when you are never the best team make all the dissing of the UTES by the football-centered​ school down south laughable.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 9:47 a.m.

    Nice to see Utah humble the mighty Uclans.

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 9:39 a.m.

    PVD...the ultimate grinder...the ultimate UTE.

    What an amazing finish to a game that, at one point, Utah was down 22.

    An absolute burst of sunshine for a team that, at times this season, seems to have been lost and alone on some forgotten highway.

    Go Utes!

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 9:39 a.m.

    “Who's ‘we’ ?”


    Everyone who is not “you” and “yours.”

  • packers roy, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 9:15 a.m.

    What a comeback, should be a answer to a trivial question, what team won a game without ever leading during game time? (ball went through after time expired) hopefully this win will be a huge learning experience for the kids, play hard, never give up until the whistle blows and you never know what might happen...Allen is going to be a stud (if not already) Gach has the chance to become a very, very good player, Battin is starting to really find himself on the court, and they're all Freshmen, things all looking up on the Hill, as always, a Great day to be a Ute

  • Originalflyinhawaiian Yakima, WA
    Feb. 10, 2019 9:14 a.m.

    As a die hard Cougar, I’ve gotta give props to Utah. It wasn’t just the buzzer beater. It was a darn good comeback. Extremely hard to say it but...well done, Utes.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 7:39 a.m.

    @ AZUTE1 - Mesa, AZ

    you wrote:
    "Super exciting what we accomplished today"!

    Who's "we" ?
    Were you on the court?

  • rickmac37 , 00
    Feb. 10, 2019 7:30 a.m.

    Nice win almost turned TV to another channel but living on east coast don’t see Utes too offend so hung in there.

  • KimmyP Grantsville, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 6:42 a.m.

    The really impressive win came against Pacific, right? 😹

  • NeilT Harrisville, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 5:16 a.m.

    Great win. Always a few who have to take cheap shots at either the U, BYU, or the PAC 12. No need for trash talk.

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Feb. 10, 2019 12:59 a.m.

    PVD all over Sports Center tonight, including #1 on best plays segment.

    Congrats Parker and the rest of the team!

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Feb. 10, 2019 12:12 a.m.

    Who am I sir:

    Manny Hendrix played about 30 years ago.

    Fifty years ago we were watching Mike Newlin and Ken Gardner in the final year of the friendly confines of Einar Nielson Fieldhouse. The next year, for the 1969-1970 season, the Utes moved into the Special Events Center (now the Huntsman Center).

  • But seriously folks! Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 11:15 p.m.

    Another pillow fight among .500 teams.
    Wow, how bad is the pac these days.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Feb. 9, 2019 11:11 p.m.

    I sat amid UCLA fans who were absolutely stunned. One guy was screaming that he was sick of this kind of play, but almost all the rest of them were just staring out at the court with wax statue expressions on their faces. Then a few just started smiling and shaking their heads. I absolutely did NOT dream the Utes were going to have a chance to win this until Timmy Allen's offensive rebound put back. And even then, it looked impossible. Went and had a beer at Rocco's in Westwood afterwards and when I walked in--people still had shocked looks on their faces. I don't care about the records, the season or the strength of the opponents schedule---this one was one for the ages. Man, they fought hard when it looked hopeless. Some youngsters really grew up today.

  • byu_realistic Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 10:45 p.m.

    Great comeback win Utah!!! That's an amazing sweep of the SoCal schools! Keep it up!

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 10:29 p.m.

    This game took me back some 50 years. Utah vs. Wyoming. Wyoming led by1 point with somewhere like 2 seconds to go and they had the ball out of bounds! There was a time out called and I spent the entire time telling my sons why Utah could not win the game. Well, Wyoming tried a long inbounds pass that was not touched! (All they had to do was have it touched in bounds and the time would expire - as I told my boys) Well, because it was not touched Utah got the ball out of bounds in their end of the court. Ball in - on a touch shot by Manny Hundricks - ball through the net! I then had to explain for quite a long time how Utah did win. Now I have to explain to my grandkids how Utah could win this game when they trailed the game from buzzer to buzzer and no overtime!

    This just added to today's euphoria. Utah 7 - opponents 0. Not a score - the results!
    Wins by U men's basketball, Women's gymnastics, Women's softball won 2 games, women's tennis, women's swim/diving won, and historically the first win ever by our Lacrosse team!

    What a day to be a Ute!

  • GoRed Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 9:26 p.m.

    What an incredible comeback! In Pauley Pavillion, no less.

    It shows how fun playing in a legitimate P5 conference can be, unlike conferences like the WCC where you have one good team and the rest are the equivalent of high school teams playing in high school gyms.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 9:14 p.m.

    Great shot for this Returned Missionary.
    A memory to cherish for a lifetime.

  • Max-was-right Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 9:13 p.m.

    How bad is the Pac 10? Wow

  • THEREALND Mishawaka, IN
    Feb. 9, 2019 9:09 p.m.

    Great shot to win that game!

    "How pathetic is UCLA to blow a 22-point lead at home in losing to a mediocre Utah team that was dominated by BYU?"

    CG, if BYU can do it, anyone can. Right?

  • gridlockisbetter Enterprise, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 8:32 p.m.

    That was a sweet shot for sure, and it capped off a great comeback!

  • JD Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 9, 2019 8:21 p.m.

    WOW, what a win! Just an unbelievable comeback, it's one for the ages! The future is bright with the freshmen playing so many minutes and you can see the improvement. I think this might have been Riley's best game, throw in Timmy Allen's quiet 22 points, and contributions by Both Gach have the Utes pointed in the right direction. Coach K has coached his tail off this season! Congrats to Parker Van Dyke, it's his time to shine!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 9, 2019 8:13 p.m.

    Super exciting what we accomplished today!

    PVD, et al, were beyond impressive down the stretch, when it counted!

    Go get that Top-4 finish!

    Go Utes!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 9, 2019 8:12 p.m.

    Co Ute

    Totally agree, usually classy characters are out in force.

    As far as the game goes, Wow what a great come back

  • BrianB Greencastle, IN
    Feb. 9, 2019 8:01 p.m.

    I finally got to see the Utes play. What a great finish, but they should have never been in it with such a poor first half. I'm not hating on the Utes. They never gave up, hustled and came through when it mattered. That is worth celebrating!

    I don't think they will win the conference tourney to get in the dance, but 2nd is a possiblity and if they can get in the championship game, anything can happen. I hope they do it and can build for next year.

  • Taylor99 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 7:50 p.m.

    Epic comeback. So happy for PVD, always like the maturity, leadership and poise he brings. He will indeed remember that shot and comback (as they all will) for the rest of his life. Go Utes!

  • 8 in a row! Ogden, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 7:33 p.m.

    Congratulations to Parker Van Dyke, our local boy, and the rest of the Utes today. It was nice to see his shots go in today. Hopefully he can bottle that up and keep it going.

    The Cali road sweep was indeed sweet. Down goes Stanford, California, USC and UCLA.

    Go Utes!

  • CO Ute , 00
    Feb. 9, 2019 6:47 p.m.

    Nice comeback Utes.

    And Y fans showing lack of class in their comments again. Too bad none of you could congratulate a local Salt Lake kid that is also a returned missionary on making a huge shot to cap an epic comeback.

  • TroyTown Anaheim, CA
    Feb. 9, 2019 6:27 p.m.

    Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 9, 2019 6:23 p.m.

    Wow! What a come back win with clutch shooting by PVD! Allen and Battin were outstanding today. The young Runnin' Utes continue to improve!

    Go UTES!

  • utahutesfanatic Washougal, WA
    Feb. 9, 2019 6:08 p.m.

    At the end, it says the Utes split the road trip, probably written before the epic comeback. That should probably be fixed.

    What a fantastic finish to the game for Allen and Van Dyke! I wish we had three more years of Van Dyke!

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Feb. 9, 2019 6:04 p.m.

    In other news, the Utah Men's Lacrosse team beat the Mercer Bears 13-9 earlier this afternoon as well.

    GO UTES!!!

  • CG Provo, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 5:54 p.m.

    How pathetic is UCLA to blow a 22-point lead at home in losing to a mediocre Utah team that was dominated by BYU?