SALT LAKE CITY
– Utah senior Parker Van Dyke
scored a new career-high pouring in 20 points to help lift the Runnin' Utes to a 93-64 non-conference win over Florida A&M Monday evening at the Huntsman Center. Utah managed to get back into the win column and push its record to 5-5 overall, while FAMU fell to 3-9 on the season.
Along with Van Dyke's career night, freshman Timmy Allen
managed to record a new season/career-high with 16 points and senior Sedrick Barefield
chipped in with a 16-point effort as well. Freshman Riley Battin
and senior Jayce Johnson
contributed with double-digit scoring efforts as both players finished with 12 points each.
Barefield scored a team-high 10 points in the first half, while Allen and Van Dyke chipped in with nine points each to help give Utah a 44-34 advantage at the break. The Utes shot a first-half season-high 64 percent from the field, but allowed FAMU to knockdown 55 percent from the floor. The difference in the first half came at the free throw line where Utah was 11-for-14 through the first 20 minutes and FAMU made just one of its four total attempts.
Van Dyke would score 11 of his career-high 20 points in the second half and Utah nearly outscored the Rattlers by 20 points in the second half, winning the second period 49-30 on the way to the 29-point victory.
Van Dyke finished the game shooting 7-of-9 from the field overall, while knocking down a career-high six three-pointers on eight attempts. His previous high in scoring was an 18-point effort against UCLA last season, while hitting what was then his career-high four three-pointers.
Utah will be back in action with another non-conference home contest this Friday, Dec. 21, taking on Northern Arizona. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. MT at the Huntsman Center.
• With the win, Utah is now 1-0 all-time against FAMU.
• The Utes moved to 8-0 all-time when facing teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
• Utah registered 44 points in the first half – the team's third-largest point total in the first period this season. The Utes tallied 54 first-half points against Mississippi Valley State and 45 points in the season-opener against Maine.
• Utah's .636 (14-22) field goal shooting percentage through the first 20 minutes of play is the highest of the season. The previous high mark for a shooting percentage in the first half was .560 (14-25) against Grand Canyon.
• Allen had nine points at the break, which is the highest first-half point total for him this season, as he surpassed his previous high mark of seven points he scored against Hawaii. He would go onto finish the game scoring a new season/career-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and a 4-of-5 effort from the three-point line
• Barefield scored 10 first half points, tying his season-high mark in the first half, which came in the opener against Maine. He would finish with 16 points, going 4-for-5 from the field overall and a perfect 4-of-4 from three-point range.
• Beau Rydaclch came off the bench and played nearly eight minutes, totaling a new career-high four points and tying a career-high mark of four rebounds.
• Utah out-rebounded the Rattlers, 38-17, for a rebounding margin of +21 – the team's highest rebounding margin of the season and largest margin since pulling down 29 more rebounds than Mississippi Valley State last season (11/13/17).
• The Utes finished the game shooting .588 (30-51) from the field overall, marking a new season-high and the highest shooting percentage for a Utah team since converting .600 (39-65) on the road against Washington back on Jan. 21, 2017.
• Utah was 11-for-25 (.440) from three-point range as a team and finished the evening knocking down 22-of-29 (.759) from the charity stripe.
Utah vs. Florida A&M | December 17, 2018
Utah Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak
On playing back at home …
"Well we haven't been home in a while since the Tulsa game so it's been quite a grind. Three weeks three games and I believe we've made some progress. Then we go from three games in three weeks to three games in six nights, you know this one I wasn't very pleased with the first half energy, let them shoot sixty percent, didn't have a steal, and didn't have a blocked shot so it was a little disappointing. Chewed on some rear end at halftime and I thought the second half was better. Outrebounded them by twenty, I thought we did a good job sharing the basketball and yeah, we need a day off. We will take Tuesday off and then we will try to figure out a way to get a win against NAU on Friday."
On starting and using different lineups during the game …
"Yeah, mix it up and we haven't been starting very well so we tried to jumpstart a couple guys and get a couple other guys some opportunities. More than any other year that I have been here our starting lineup is not going to be set in stone and we will just mix it up and see how we go. I thought Timmy had one of his better games of the year starting and the old adage it doesn't make much difference who starts as who finishes games so yeah. As far as Norther Arizona, we will see how practice goes on Wednesday and Thursday and then we will determine. I need to get up to speed on NAU and figure out some matchups and what might make sense to put guys out there on the floor and look for a connected high energy group and see what we come up with this week."