Stanford men suffer Pac-12 basketball loss, 96-74, at Utah


The Stanford men's basketball team finished the first half of the Pac-12 Conference schedule against the same team it started conference play. Only the outcome and venue were different.

Senior Rosco Allen and sophomore Dorian Pickens each scored 16 points but the Cardinal fell, 96-74, to host Utah on Saturday.

Dorian Pickens
Stanford (11-9, 4-5 Pac-12) travels to California next Saturday for a 1 p.m. tip-off hoping to create some momentum heading into the stretch run.

Marcus Sheffield added 13 points for the Cardinal, which has lost three of four. Sheffield has reached double figures in scoring in four of his past five games and is averaging 10.7 points during conference play. Marcus Allen had 10 points.

Utah (17-5, 6-3) shot 70.8 percent in the first half to take a 48-39 lead into the break. The Cardinal trailed by as many as 13 in the first half, before cutting away at the Ute's advantage over the final two minutes of the half.

"We've got to play better defensively," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "Defensively, it let us down on this road trip. We have to do better with our schemes."

Stanford continued to chip away at Utah's lead in the early stages of the second half and got within eight points, 62-54, with 10:54 remaining on a Pickens free throw.

The Utes, however, responded with 13 of the next 19 points to take a 17-point advantage with 6:50 to play and held on for the double-digit win.

"You have to pick your poison," Dawkins said. "They have so many threats along the perimeter who can shoot the basketball along with an inside presence. You have to pick and choose how you want to defend that."

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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