Utah Basketball does the job against Georgia Tech

Utah Utes guard Marco Anthony (10) dives for Abilene Christian Wildcats guard Stevie Smith (13) on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY Utah Basketball had to fight for it, but ultimately walked away by defeating Georgia Tech 68-64. Much like their game against Sam Houston last week, the Utes had to struggle and overcome turnovers, but ultimately overcame adversity to claim the win.

Utah got off to a fast start in their first Ft. Meyer’s tip-off championship game against the Yellow Jackets, but Geogia Tech fought their way back into the game by taking advantage of Utah’s turnovers and making the game a tight affair. Within three minutes the game was drawn four times. Gabe Madsen eventually sealed the win for the Utes by landing a key rebound with just over a second left while also grabbing two free throws to create some cushion.

What the stats say about Utah, Georgia Tech

Madsen led the team with 16 points and also had five rebounds and four assists. Four more Utes scored productive goals, with both Lazar Stefanovic and Marco Anthony amassing 11 points and four rebounds each. Rollie Worster contributed 10 points and four rebounds while Branden Carlson contributed another 10 points and seven rebounds.

Utah was sloppy with the ball and again had 19 turnovers that the Yellow Jackets converted into points. Despite the turnovers, the Utes came out on top — the first time since 2019 against St. Mary’s the Runnin’ Utes made as many turnovers and still won.


Utah meets Mississippi State for the Ft. at 6:30 p.m. MT on FS1 Wednesday. Meyer’s Tip-Off Championship Game. Brandon Gaudin and Bill Raftery will be on the phone.

Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE TO) and The Saturday Show (Saturday 10am-12pm) on the KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @BodkinKSLsports