Runnin’ Utes pound the Huskies behind frosh Daniels

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SEATTLE (AP) – Devon Daniels darted through Washington’s defense for a career-high 24 points, Lorenzo Bonam also had a career-high 24 points and Utah pulled away for a 94-72 win over the Huskies Saturday night.

Daniels continued his strong freshman season by dribbling around and through the Huskies, getting to the rim with ease and finishing his chances. Daniels was 10-of-13 shooting, topping his previous high of 19 in the Runnin’ Utes loss at Xavier last month.

utesBonam took over for stretches of the second half, surpassing his previous career-best of 21 points set earlier this season against UC Riverside. Bonam made 10 of 12 shots as Utah (14-5, 5-2 Pac-12) shot 68 percent in the first half and 60 percent for the game.

Markelle Fultz led Washington (9-10, 2-5) with 30 points, but the Huskies lost for the third time in four games.

Fultz has scored at least 30 points in three straight games, but twice it’s come in losing efforts. David Crisp was the only other Washington player in double figures with 14 points, but was just 4-of-13 shooting.

Devon Daniels

Washington made one run in the second half, trimming what was an 18-point deficit to 71-63 after Fultz hit a 3 from the top of the key. Bonam scored on consecutive possessions and started a 10-0 run by Utah that pushed the lead back to 18 and sent fans for the exits.

Utah was fantastic offensively in the first half. It helped the Huskies allowed Utah eight layups, two dunks and 28 points in the paint in the first half. But Utah also made Washington pay for defensive lapses on the perimeter, knocking down 5 of 7 3-pointers in building a 53-40 halftime lead. The 53 points matched a season-high in a first half for the Utes.

The only reason Washington was within 13 at the half was because of Fultz and his 16 points. Fultz was 5-of-8 shooting; the rest of the Huskies were 10-of-31.

Utah played its second straight game without leading scorer David Collette. The 6-foot-10 forward did not make the trip to the Northwest and remained back in Salt Lake City after experiencing concussion symptoms.

BIG PICTURE

Utah: The Utes like shooting against Washington. Last year in Salt Lake City, the Utes shot 67 percent in a 90-82 win. That included shooting 70.3 percent in the second half. Utah has scored at least 80 points in the past three games against Washington.

Washington: Foul trouble was problematic Washington starters Noah Dickerson and Matisse Thybulle. Both picked up important fouls early in each half and spent lengthy stretches on the bench. Thybulle had eight points in 21 minutes. Dickerson had just three points in 19 minutes.

UP NEXT

Utah: The Utes return home to host Oregon on Thursday night.

Washington: The Huskies travel to Arizona State on Wednesday.

Stats: UMBB_19

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