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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Brandon Taylor scored 18 points and Jordan Loveridge had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Utah to a 69-50 victory over Texas State on Thursday night.
Delon Wright added 13 points for the Utes (10-1), who held the Bobcats to just 38.3 percent shooting (18-of-47) and forced a total of 15 turnovers. Texas State shot just 18.2 percent (2-of-11) on 3-pointers.
Emani Gant scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting for Texas State and helped the Bobcats finish with a 30-20 edge in points in the paint. Still, Texas State (3-8) could not overcome poor shooting and miscues long enough to seriously threaten Utah down the stretch.
The Bobcats cut the deficit to 38-34 with 12:19 left in the second half, but Utah went on a decisive 17-4 spurt. By the time Dakarai Tucker drained a jumper to cap the run, Utah held a 55-38 lead with 7:46 left.
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