No. 12 Utah beats Washington, 77-56, behind career-high for Tucker

No. 12 Utah beats Washington, 77-56, behind career-high for Tucker
Utah guard Delon Wright flips the ball up as Washington guard Andrew Andrews tries to defend him. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

Dakarai Tucker scored a career-high 19 points, Brandon Taylor added 14 and No. 12 Utah beat Washington 77-56 on Sunday night.

Tucker and Taylor combined to make eight 3-pointers to give the Utes (16-3, 6-1 Pac-12) their 15th straight home victory dating to last season. All six of Utah's Pac-12 conference wins have come by double-digit margins.

Andrew Andrews had 19 points to lead Washington. Robert Upshaw chipped in 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for the Huskies (14-5, 3-4) who snapped a three-game winning streak.

Strong shooting helped Utah lead from the start. The Utes shot 28 for 52 (54 percent) from the field, including 11 for 18 (61 percent) on 3s.

Utah made baskets on its first four possessions to open the game — highlighted by a 3-pointer from Jordan Loveridge that gave him 1,000 points for his career at Utah. It helped his team take a 10-2 lead.

Delon Wright stole the ball and fed Tucker for a layup to give the Utes their first double-digit lead at 18-7. Utah eventually went up 29-14 on the strength of back-to-back 3-pointers from Tucker and Loveridge.

Washington climbed back into the game behind strong perimeter shooting from Andrews. He made all four 3-pointers he attempted in the first half. The final one capped a 12-2 run that helped the Huskies cut Utah's lead to 31-26.

The Utes scored baskets on their next three possessions — including back-to-back layups from Jakob Poeltl — to halt the run and push their lead back to nine.

The Huskies cut the deficit to 43-38 early in the second half on three unanswered baskets — capped by a jumper by Upshaw. That's as close as it got before Utah pulled away from the perimeter.

Starting with a jumper from Loveridge, the Utes went on a 23-3 run to put the game out of reach. Utah scored on seven straight possessions during the run — highlighted by three straight Tucker 3-pointers — and took a 66-41 lead with 9:43 remaining.



Utah: Loveridge became the 37th player in Utah history to score at least 1,000 career points. The most recent Ute player to do it was forward Jason Washburn in the 2012-13 season. … The Utes assisted on 12 of 14 baskets in the first half. … Utah has won all five Pac-12 home games by an average margin of 24.8 points per contest.

Washington: Before facing Utah, the Huskies had won all five games where they trailed at halftime this season. Three of those victories came on the road. … Huskies center Robert Upshaw leads the nation in blocked shots (4.4 per game). Washington rank sixth nationally in the category with 6.7 blocks per contest.


Utah: At UCLA on Thursday.

Washington: Hosts Stanford on Wednesday.