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First-place Washington eases past Utah with five players scoring in double figures

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 10:57 p.m.

Washington’s Matisse Thybulle  knocks the ball away from Utah’s Sedrick Barefield  during the first half  Wednesday  in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / AP)
Washington’s Matisse Thybulle knocks the ball away from Utah’s Sedrick Barefield during the first half Wednesday in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / AP)
Associated Press

SEATTLE – Nahziah Carter scored 12 points, Washington held Utah to five second-half field goals, and the Huskies beat the Utes 62-45 on Wednesday night.

The Huskies held the Utes without a field goal for the opening 11 minutes, 50 seconds of the second half.

Parker Van Dyke’s two free throws with 15:12 to play were the only points for Utah until Booth Gach knocked down a 3-pointer with 8:50 remaining.

Gach’s field goal looked like it might be the last for the Utes, as they didn’t make another shot until he hit a floater in the lane with 3:20 to play. Utah finished the second half 5 of 20 from the field, knocking down a 3-pointer and two layups in the final 2:30 with mostly reserves in for Washington.

The Huskies (21-5, 12-1 Pac-12) used a balanced attack as they improved to 13-0 at home. Washington finished with five players in double figures. Noah Dickerson scored 11, and the Huskies had 10 each from David Crisp, Matisse Thybulle and Jaylen Nowell.

Utah began the game with a 3-point barrage, hitting five in the first 7 minutes. Four of them came from Sedrick Barefield as the Utes jumped out to an early 17-7 lead. But Barefield went to the bench with his second foul at the 7:47 mark, and the Utes shot just 1 of 8 from deep after that.

The Huskies found their footing in the final minutes of the first half, closing on an 11-2 run to take a 33-27 lead into the break. A layup by Nowell gave UW its first lead, 26-25, with 2:20 remaining.

Barefield didn’t score after his early outburst but still led the Utes (14-12, 8-6) with 12 points.

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