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Loveridge had five points and Brandon Taylor added a 3-pointer to help Utah jump out to an 11-0 lead. Holt halted the run with a three of his own that briefly sparked St. Mary’s before the Utes scored nine straight to go up 30-17.

It was a rough first half all-around for the Gaels. They suffered through a seven-minute scoring drought, and center Brad Waldow missed a fast-break dunk with no defender around.

“It was looking shaky for a long time there, even in the second half,” Bennett said. “(We) just kept hanging in there and trusting each other.”