SALT LAKE CITY — Stanford guard Chasson Randle is on the verge of becoming the university's first player since Landry Fields in 2010 to average more than 20.0 points per game and lead the Pac-12 in scoring.
Those aspirations took a hit Thursday night.
Randle was held to 10 points as No. 11 Utah cruised to a 75-59 victory over the Cardinal.
"They just really paid a lot of attention to him," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "Their defense was very sound. It was just one of those games where you give them credit for how they defended and you move on."
Utah used a combination of Brandon Taylor, Kenneth Ogbe and Delon Wright to make life miserable for Randle, who went 2-for-11 from the field and did not make a field goal until 6:23 left in the game. The school's career leader in 3-point baskets, was 0-for-4 from behind the arc.
"Our whole backcourt did a really good job at making things hard for him," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "Randle is leading our conference in scoring, a 2,000-point scorer. He's going to be a handful all the time and we were just trying to make him take tough shots and Brandon's been doing that a lot."
"The biggest lesson we can take is just noticing how sharp Utah is, how diligent they are," Brown said. "They never get away from what they do. They always get great shots. They play sound defense. They just don't beat themselves, that's the biggest thing we can take away from this. You have to beat them. They are not going to give it away."
Delon Wright matched Brown's 15 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Utah to victory. Dallin Bachynski finished with 13 points, while Jordan Loveridge and Brekkott Chapman added 12 for the Utes (19-4, 9-2 Pac-12), who opened the second half with a 15-2 run to cruise past the Cardinal. The run was highlighted by seven consecutive points from Loveridge.
Utah closed the first half with a 6-0 run, including two buzzer-beating baskets from Bachynski, to take a 33-27 lead into halftime. Stanford led 10-4 out of the gate with the help of four offensive rebounds, but Utah responded with a 17-5 run sparked by eight straight points from Chapman.
"I don't think we finished the first half well, but you have to give them a lot of credit," Dawkins said. "They made a lot of plays down the stretch of the first half, offensive rebound putbacks.
"At the start of the second, we knew we had to get off to a good start but we didn't. They got off to a really fast start in the second, they went on a run and that put the lead into the teens. We just then had to try and claw back after that point."
Stanford: The Cardinal entered shooting 45.0 percent from the field, but were held to 37.7 percent. ... Starting center Stefan Nastic fouled out with just seven points after averaging 13.8 the rest of the season. ... The bench was outscored 33-5.
Utah: The Utes have not allowed more than 69 points in 22 consecutive games. They entered as one of five teams in the nation not to allow more than 72 points all season. ... Point guard Brandon Taylor scored just five points after coming into the game second on the team with 11.1 points per game. However, he dished out a game-high eight assists.
The Utes control their own destiny in their chase for the first Pac-12 title in school history. The team posted a 17-37 conference record in its first three years in the league and failed to finish higher than eighth in those three. Utah has seven games remaining, including the three best league records in No. 7 Arizona (20-3, 8-2), Oregon (18-7, 8-4) and Oregon State (16-8, 7-5). Utah will win the league if it wins out after not having won a conference title of any kind since 2009.
Stanford: at Colorado on Sunday.
Utah: hosts California on Sunday.