“At the start of the game, we were locked in defensively,” Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak said. “However, they started to stretch us out with their range and we were unable to get rebounds. It’s difficult right now with Aaron and Dakarai out of the lineup. We can’t play small and quick so that leads to tougher defensive assignments. Another issue we had turned out to be breakdowns off dribble hand-offs.”
DuBois finished with his fifth 20-point game of the season as the senior transfer had his best offensive performance in league play. With two games remaining in the league schedule, the Runnin’ Utes now sit at 11-17, 3-13 in Pac-12 play.
Jason Washburn notched 10 points, all in the first half, and has hit double figures in all but three league games this season. He currently needs only two points to become the 35th player in Utah history to reach 1,000 for his career.
Jordan Loveridge scored 11 points, his fourth double-figure outing in the last six games, an also matched Washburn with a team-high six rebounds.
Stanford turned in two best offensive performances against the Utes this season, scoring 87 and 84 points respectively. The Cardinal shot a combined 49 percent from the floor in both games and connected on 20-of-41 three-point tries.
Utah held a 6-5 lead before Stanford responded with an 8-0 run to take back the lead. After a three-pointer by Taylor cut the gap to 17-13, the Cardinal scored 11 in a row to push their lead to double figures for the first time.
Washburn led the Utes in the first half with 10 points but the Cardinals shot 53 percent from the field as a team, connecting on 7-of-14 three-point tries for a 44-31 lead.
DuBois scored the first seven points of the second half to trim the deficit to single digits and Cedric Martin banked in a runner before connecting on a three-pointer to make the score, 49-45 at the first media timeout.
“We got within four and had some open looks, especially from three-point range, but we could not convert,” Dubois said. “It was a combination of us missing shots and them being a tough matchup. We have to be tougher in those types of scenarios.”
Stanford went on a 9-0 run, five from Justin Gage, to push the margin back to double figures and force a Utah timeout at 60-47. Gage, a 43 percent three-point shooter on the year, went 7-for-8 against the Utes in two games this season.
“Turnovers are what killed us when we got into striking distance,” Krystkowiak stated. “They just suck the life out of you. On the other end, they started to shoot from outside and stretch us out. At times we had our ‘5’ guarding their ‘5’, but he could shoot like a ‘3’ or ‘4’. Then we went to zone and that was not effective either.”
After the Utes got consecutive buckets, the Cardinal went on a 9-0 run for a 69-51 advantage with 8:37 in regulation. The Stanford lead would eventually balloon to 22 before both squads emptied their benches.
“Stanford is not a bad shooting team,” Krystkowiak added. “They lead the league in three-point shooting. We’ll just go home now, prepare and get ready for two more at the Huntsman Center and see if we can make a run in Las Vegas.”
Chasson Randle scored 22 points and matched his career high with six assists, and Stanford snapped its longest losing streak at home this season. Dwight Powell added 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Gabriel Harris had a career-high 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench in his final home game.
The Runnin’ Utes are back home on Thursday night when they host Oregon State at 7 p.m.