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Slumping Utes fall to Colorado State at home

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The University of Utah men's basketball team was pushed around Wednesday night at the Huntsman Center in a 65-50 loss to Colorado State. The loss is the third straight for Utah who will now look forward to a break in the schedule that doesn't have them in action until next Wednesday when they travel to TCU to start up the second half of the conference schedule.

Coach Jim Boylen tried to explain his teams sloppy performance after the game. "The injuries have finally take their toll," referring to Luka Drca's back spasms and David Foster's sore knees.

Drca (Belgrade, Serbia) missed two practices earlier this week due back pain and Foster (Lake Forest, Calif.) is suffering from knee pain due to what he explains as "wear and tear." The absence of Freshman guard Marshall Henderson (Hurst, TX), who was serving his one game suspension for hitting BYU guard Jackson Emery in last Saturday's match-up, also added to the Utes sub par performance.

The Runnin' Utes turned the ball over 16 times, only scored a season low 50 points and were out rebounded 33-26 while allowing the Rams to grab 11 offensive boards. The staunch Colorado State defense kept Utah scoreless for the first five and a half minutes of the game continuing one of Coach Boylen's biggest headaches of having slow starts. The zone defense the Rams played caused problems for the Utah, especially in the second half when the Runnin' Utes shot 35 percent from the floor.

"No Henderson, no Drca, I would have played zone too," Coach Boylen stated.

"No Henderson, no Drca, I would have played zone too," Coach Boylen stated.

Juniors Carlon Brown (Riverside, Calif) and Jay Watkins (Memphis, Tenn.) each scored 13 points in Wednesday nights loss. Brown also lead the team with five rebounds. The 7'3" Utah Sophomore center David Foster had nine blocks on the night to bring his season total to 95 which is now the new record for blocks in a season for the University of Utah men's basketball program.

After being asked what he thought about his new record Foster said, "I wish I had the rebound record right now." Although Foster has a towering presence in the post he has struggled rebounding the ball this year, only averaging 5 boards a game.

Colorado State's Junior forward Andy Ogide scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to lead the Rams over the worn down Utes. Freshman guard Dorian Green and Senior guard Travis Busch each helped the visiting teams cause contributing 13 points each.

The Rams out rebounded the weary Utah team 33-26 and found extra success on the offensive boards where they grabbed 11 rebounds. Andy Ogide who stands 6'9" tall and is listed at a beefy 245 pounds had his way inside and grabbed a game high nine rebounds.

Utah will try to take advantage of their time off. "We might try to do a NBA type deal, giving the guys who play time to rest and guys the younger guys time in the gym," Coach Boylen said. A healthy team is essential going into the second half of conference play if the Runnin' Utes want to turn their season around. Utah will travel to Ft. Worth next Wednesday to face TCU, a team they beat by 20 points in early January. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT and can be seen on the Mtn.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Andy Ogide scored 14 and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Colorado State over slumping Utah 65-50 Wednesday night.

Travis Busch and Dorian Green each had 13 points for the Rams (13-9, 4-4 Mountain West). Busch, a senior transfer, tied his career high, set last season with Minnesota.

Colorado State didn't allow Utah (10-12, 3-5) to score for the first five minutes and shut out the Utes for more than five minutes down the stretch. The Rams beat Utah for the first time since Jim Boylen became the Utes coach before the 2007-08 season.

Carlon Brown and Jay Watkins paced Utah with 13 points apiece, but the Utes couldn't overcome 16 turnovers and their lowest point total of the season.

David Foster blocked nine shots -- the second-highest single-game total in school history -- for Utah, which has lost four of its last five games.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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