Dec. 19, 2011
-Senior guard Josh Watkins scored a career-high 26 points to lead all scorers. He finished 7-of-13 from the field and knocked down a career high-tying 11 free throws. Watkins has now eclipsed the 20-point plateau nine times in his Utah career and scored double digits in 33 of his 41 games as a Ute. He has now led Utah in scoring eight times in his 10 games this year.
-Watkins added a game-high six assists, made two steals and blocked a shot.
-Junior center Jason Washburn scored 18 points on 6-of-8 from the field and 6-of-7 at the free throw line. It was his eighth double-digit game of the year and his sixth in the last seven games. Washburn scored 10 of 18 in the first half alone on a 5-of-5 performance from the field. He also added seven rebounds in the game to go with two crucial late-game blocks.
-Junior wing Cedric Martin tallied 11 points, including three 3-pointers and two made free throws. Going 3-of-7 for the night, Martin has now hit 8-of-16 (50%) of his 3-pointers over the last two games including his 5-of-9 effort from long range on Friday against Idaho State. Martin also added five rebounds and three assists.
-Utah forced a season-high turnovers by its opponent for the second consecutive game. After Idaho State committed 15 turnovers on Friday, the Utes turned Portland over 16 times, including six charges.
-The Utes made 24-of-35 foul shots, both season highs.
-The Utes were on the plus side of the points-off-turnovers comparison for the second straight game after accomplishing that stat only once in their first nine games. After a 15-14 points-off-turnovers differential tonight, Utah holds a 37-22 points-off-turnovers advantage over its last two games.
-Utah held Portland without a field goal for the first seven minutes of the game, taking an 11-1 lead before the Pilots hit a shot from the floor.
-Utah never trailed in the game and only allowed Portland to tie the game once, at 55-55 with 8:00 left in the game.
Scores First: Utah