Salt Lake City-Dropping 2 points at halftime, Utah scratched and squeezed just to make the game ranked 19th against USC at Huntsman Center on Saturday night.
However, the Ute team started the second half with a key three-pointer from Pelle Larsson and an old-fashioned three-pointer from Timmy Allen. Comeback. USC head coach Andy Enfield has seen enough and called for a timeout to break the Utah boom.
However, the timeout is only a temporary break, because Utah has established a 13-point lead and seems to control a team at the University of Southern California that struggles to play against Utah’s tough insiders on offense. The Ute team struggled, beating USC 71-61, performing outstandingly after losing four consecutive games, and winning the most impressive victory of the season the week before the Pac-1
Utah coach Larry Kristokovic said: “If you really come up with a competitive mentality and you come up with a connected mentality, and you are trying to do things collectively, then I think we The team will be very good.”
“Looking back, victory is always a bright spot, but loss is not a bright spot, but the key now is to let us continue to work hard.”
In the second half, Utah (10-11, 7-10) surpassed USC 44-32 and was led by Alfonso Plummer, who won with 19 points and 3 rebounds, which was the key to Utah’s second half game. Component, three-pointers hit 3 in the second half, leading Utah. Allen added 15 points and 8 assists to give Utah an offensive presence.
USC (19-6, 13-5) tried a full game late in the game to substitute Utah. The latter made 15 turnovers in the game, including 10 in the first half, but Utah did not back down and maintained the victory. .
In the first eight minutes of the game, Utah’s Branden Carlson committed a second foul-an illegal screen for a USC player who had fallen on the ground-and Rylan Jones jumped out of the game because it appeared to be him. His right shoulder was injured after the jump to collect a loose ball on the ground. At that time, USC performed well and controlled the 16-8 lead. This seemed to be the beginning of the rout and benefited the best team in the Pac-12.
Until freshman Ian Martinez (Ian Martinez) joined the game.
The statistics may not fully show what Martinez did to reverse the situation, but he was an integral part of Utah, fighting the University of Southern California midway through the first half. He took off an undisputed dunk with quick, active hands and passed it back in the air for a while, and his fierce battle on the post provided Utah with a second chance, which included a corner kick against Alfonso. Plummer’s three-pointer hits a three-pointer.
Martinez fought low again, fighting for a rim under the rim, surrounded by three USC guards, his shooting percentage dropped, and the subsequent free throw line allowed the three-pointer to be completed. On the defensive side, Martinez blocked shots and killed a USC team, trying to make any mistakes a failure.
At the break, Utah trailed 29-27 and the two teams had a total of 19 turnovers. But Martinez is the main reason Utah keeps the amazing distance in the game.
“He played an important role tonight,” Krestkovic said. “His energy, stamina and athleticism-he shot in the overtaking lane, got a lot of steals for us and dunks, and some other deviations; he is long and agile like a cat.
“He stepped up and tried his best-stay in the moment and try to win the next game.”
After just ending an overseas trip with the Finnish national team, Mikael Jantunen returned to Utes’ starting lineup and won with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
Utah has the number one scorer at the University of Southern California, and it may be the NBA draft pick Evan Mobley (Evan Mobley) who reached 11 points (7 of which came from the free throw line) and limited the games he has controlled in the past Influence.
Krystkowiak said: “A player with his talents can’t take everything away, but you can try-continue to punch him physically, try to exhaust them and give them everything they get.”
Allen said it was a five-person attack on Mobley.
He added: “Playing a person like him is not a one-on-one matchup.” “All of us need to set a limit on the number of contacts he can get. I think we have done a good job in this area. “
Krystkowiak said he doesn’t know the extent of Jones’ shoulder injury, although it looks a bit different from the injury he suffered when he was forced to miss four games a few weeks ago.
Krystkowiak said: “I know this is a bit different from the way he was injured before-my fingers crossed-but we are all fascinated by him, there is no doubt about it.” “He chased a typical Rylan style ball, a loose The ball fell on the floor, then stretched out and sprained his shoulder again.
“We talked about this in the timeout-we have lost a brother and we need some people to step up their efforts to make up for his absence. We will continue his thoughts and prayers, and hope that we can bring him back to our side. Go to court again. This is a sad situation.”
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