The Washington Huskies pushed Utah to the edge, overcoming a 12 point first half deficit, but the Utes hold out late and beat UW 67-61 in the first game of the opening round of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
This win locks up Utah’s second round matchup against No. 1 seed Arizona tomorrow.
The turning point and play-of-the-game both came on a clutch 3-point basket made by Dakarai Tucker with 40 seconds left to give the Utes a 63-60 lead over UW. After that, Utah hit four free throws to Washington’s one.
Utah’s player of the game was undoubtedly Delon Wright who recorded 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and 2 blocks.
The Utes led early, getting out to a 30-18 lead with 4:37 remaining in the first half.
That lead was chipped away at by the Huskies behind 16 points off the bench from Darin Johnson, who led all scorers, until Washington eventually took a 41-40 lead with 11:34 remaining on a Johnson layup.
It was back and forth from that point until eventually the game was tied 60-60 with just over a minute remaining.