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Jakimovski, Roberts help Washington State beat Utah 71-54

Cougars go on 22-3 run in second half to pull away

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Washington State guard Noah Williams (24) drives the ball while pressured by Utah guard Rollie Worster (25) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 71-54.
Washington State guard Noah Williams (24) drives the ball while pressured by Utah guard Rollie Worster (25) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 71-54. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Photo Gallery

PULLMAN — Andrej Jakimovski and Tyrell Roberts scored 15 points apiece and Washington State used a 22-3 run in the second half to beat Utah 71-54 on Wednesday night.

Roberts, who went 0 for 6 from the field in his scoreless first half, scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers, in a 22-3 run that gave Washington State a 55-31 lead with 12 minutes to play.

Jakimovski added eight rebounds, two steals and a block. Noah Williams and TJ Bamba each scored 10 points for Washington State (11-7, 4-3 Pac-12). Williams also had three of the Cougars’ 10 steals.

Lazar Stefanovic led Utah (8-13, 1-10) with 11 points.

The Cougars shot just 37% — Utah made 18 of 46 (39%) from the floor — but attempted 19 more field goals than the Utes. Washington State outrebounded Utah 39-29, including an 18-6 advantage on the offensive glass used to build a 15-4 advantage in second-chance points, and outscored the Utes 19-3 in points off turnovers.

Utah has lost nine consecutive games for the first time since the 1935-36 season, tying a program record.

Marco Anthony made a layup to make it 18-all with 6:42 left before the break, but the Utes didn’t make a field goal and committed five of their 13 first-half turnovers as Washington State used a 15-7 spurt to take a 33-25 lead into halftime.

Utah center Branden Carlson, who missed the last five games following an appendectomy, played for the first time since a 74-68 loss to Washington on Jan. 6 and finished with eight points in 19 minutes.

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