SEATTLE (ABC4 Sports) - The Utes hopes for a top-four seed in the Pac-12 Tournament are very much alive.
All five starters scored in double figures, led by David Collette with 22 and Tyler Rawson with 15, as the Utes stymied the Washington Huskies for their third straight win Thursday night, 70-58.
The win moves the Utes into sole possession of fourth place in the Pac-12 with four games remaining. The top four seeds receive first round byes in the Pac-12 Tournament next month in Las Vegas.
Collette scored 16 of his 22 points after the break as Utah overcame a sluggish first half to rally for the victory.
Utah (16-9, 8-6) erased a 32-24 halftime deficit with a 21-6 surge after intermission. Rawson's jumper from the lane capped a 12-0 run that put the Utes up 45-38 with 12:10 remaining.
Utah, which shot just 27 percent in the first half, made 11 of its first 15 shots after the break to push the lead to 51-40.
David Crips had 18 points but was the only player in double figures for the Huskies (17-9, 7-6). Washington has lost three consecutive games for the first time this season.
Forward Noah Dickerson, the Huskies second leading scorer at 15.6 points per game and top rebounder with 8.8, finished with just three points on 1 of 6 shooting and six rebounds before fouling out with 3:25 remaining.
Sedrick Barefield, Justin Bibbins and Parker Van Dyke each added 10 points for Utah, which extended its winning streak against Washington to six.
Barefield also had six rebounds and six assists.
The Utes shot 70 percent in the second half, making 14 of 20 field goal attempts, including 4 of 6 three-pointers.
Washington closed the first half with a 10-0 run for a 32-24 lead. The Utes missed their final eight shots of the half, failing to score after a free throw with 3:15 left. Utah was just 9 of 33 in the first half, including 3 of 16 beyond the arc.
This is the fourth straight game in which Utah has held an opponent to under 70 points.
Utah continues its road trip Saturday at Washington State.
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