Utah Tech Basketball Fends Off Late Cal Baptist Run For Big Road Win

Dec 6, 2023, 10:06 PM

Utah Tech Basketball

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Utah Tech Trailblazers men’s basketball team fought off a late comeback from the Cal Baptist Lancers to pull out a big conference win, 72-69.

UTT was up by 15 at halftime. Cal Baptist slowly chipped away at the lead in the second half until it was a one-point game with 12 seconds left.

Beon Riley led the way for Utah Tech with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals on 8/10 shooting.

First Half

The Trailblazers came out of the gates running and quickly opened a 6-2 lead.

Utah Tech combined a quick offense with a tough defense and the Lancers were left shocked.

The Trailblazers built the lead with another layup and led by six after seven minutes.

Cal Baptist began putting together a response that turned into a real run.

They fought back to tie the game at 14 and then took their first lead since 2-0.

With four minutes left in the half, Utah Tech went on a massive run.

They turned a two-point lead into a 15-point lead with a 15-2 run that saw lockdown defense from the Blazers.

Hamed Olayinka threw down a nasty posterizing dunk.

The half ended just how you would expect after a run like that.

Unisa Turay ran down the court, hoisted up a three from the logo, and banked it in.

The Trailblazers led by 15 at the break, 41-26.

Second Half

Cal Baptist put up more of a fight in the second half but the deficit proved too big to come back from.

The Lancers opened the half with four quick points.

After a few makes from UTT, they went back on the attack and nailed a few threes to chip away at the lead.

CBU jumped passing lanes and forced more turnovers in the second half which led to more possessions.

With ten minutes left, the Lancers closed the lead back down to single digits.

Cal Baptist followed that up with two more quick buckets to drop the lead to four.

Utah Tech slowed down the game and did a good job of slowly building up the lead in the final stretch.

With two minutes left, the Trailblazers regained a double-digit lead, 70-60.

The Lancers weren’t done though.

Over the next 1:50, CBU went on a 9-0 run. The Utah Tech lead was now just one point with 12 seconds on the clock.

Phenomenal inbound defense from UTT resulted in a five-second violation and the ball back.

The last ten seconds was a free throw game but the Blazers ultimately came out on top, 72-69.

Are you on Threads yet? Let’s connect, give us a follow @kslsports

Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.

Want more coverage of Utah Tech Basketball? Take us with you, wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

KSL 5 TV Live

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Sports

Kalani Sitake Sees Big 12 Experience Helping BYU Football In 2024

BYU football coach Kalani Sitake sees the Big 12 experience being valuable for his program entering year two in the league.

1 hour ago

fences and buildings with an inmate walking on a snowy sidewalk...

Daniella Rivera

New Prison, New Problems: Inside the effort to staff Utah’s new $1 Billion prison facility

Utah's new prison cost taxpayers more than a $ 1 billion, yet a scathing audit shows the new facility has been unsafe and still isn't being used as intended. After being granted unprecedented access, the KSL Investigators go inside the new prison for a look at what's being done to fix its new problems.

2 hours ago


Daniel Woodruff

Utah Legislature approves allowing more children at unlicensed day care facilities

A bill in the Utah Legislature that aims to allow unlicensed providers to care for up to eight children instead of six passed the house and senate. It now awaits Gov. Cox's signature.

3 hours ago

Neilson-Berg explaining the hassles and trouble she has been going through to get into contact with...

Matt Gephardt

Get Gephardt helps Google Fiber customer get her internet fixed after customer service calls go nowhere

When a Salt Lake City woman's internet connection went down, and she couldn't get a straight answer as to when it would be back up, she decided to Get Gephardt.

3 hours ago

a sign announcing rent...

Daniel Woodruff

Utah senators kill compromise bill giving tenants more notice of rent increases

A Utah lawmaker’s push to give tenants more notice of rent increases hit a wall as Republicans on a Senate committee voted not to advance it.

3 hours ago

dome and side of the Utah Capitol...

Daniella Rivera and Annie Knox, KSL TV

Truth Test: Fact-checking claims from lawmakers who voted to make their calendars secret

The KSL Investigators put lawmakers’ statements about a measure that would conceal their calendars through the KSL Truth Test.

3 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Utah Tech Basketball Fends Off Late Cal Baptist Run For Big Road Win