The Cougs dropped under .500 for the first time all season, falling to 8-9 overall and 1-6 in Pac-12. Utah is now 12-7 and 4-4.
WSU still has never beaten Utah on the road.
One thing the WSU defense has proven adept at is stopping — or at least severely slowing — the opponent’s primary scorer. They succeeded on that front again in this one, limiting forward David Collette to 4 points by fronting and doubling the post at every turn.
The other thing WSU’s defense has proven adept at is being unable to do a darn thing about anyone else, and all that fronting and doubling resulted in a lot of open looks for the rest of the Utes.
Tyler Rawson, averaging 10 points a game, finished with a game-high 22 points. He hit 6-of-7 from beyond the arc after coming into the game as a 37 percent shooter on threes.
He was part of a devastating perimeter attack for Utah. WSU came into the game as one of the top shooting teams in the country, but it was the Utes who did the most damage from downtown. The porous Cougar defense yielded a plethora of open looks, and Utah took advantage, shooting 13-of-31 from downtown.
WSU, by contrast, was just 9-of-25 from deep.
In the loss to Colorado, Ernie Kent lamented the lack of scoring contribution from his two stars. That wasn’t a problem in this one, as Robert Franks and Malachi Flynn scored 37 efficient points between them.
It mattered not, as they got very little help. WSU has now lost 10 of its last 13 games.
The Cougs now get a full week to plot their revenge against Washington. They’ll take on the surprising Huskies next Sunday in Seattle.