SALT LAKE CITY — Jordan Loveridge had 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting - which included several key baskets down the stretch - to help Utah hold off Idaho State for a 74-66 victory on Tuesday night.
Delon Wright added 15 points and Dakarai Tucker chipped in 12 points for the Utes (8-1) who improved to 17-0 all-time in their home arena versus the Bengals.
Tomas Sanchez had 19 points to lead Idaho State (3-3) while Andre Hatchett chipped in 15 points and Chris Hansen added 14. The Bengals lost to a Pac-12 opponent for the second time this season.
Trailing by nine early in the second half, Utah roared back to life by clamping down on defense. The Utes allowed Idaho State to shoot just 34.5 percent (10-of-29) from the field after halftime. It helped open things up on the other end of the floor.