FILE: Utah Utes forward Both Gach (11) looks to shoot against the Washington State Cougars during the second half at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Gach had a triple-double in the Utes’ 143-49 win over Mississippi Valley State on Friday. | Silas Walker, Deseret News
Two Utes, Both Gach and Rylan Jones each get rare triple-doubles in victory
SALT LAKE CITY — Before Friday night, the Utah basketball team had just two triple-doubles in the history of the program, one by Andre Miller in 1998 and the other by Alex Jensen in 1999.
So guess what happened in the team’s home opener against Mississippi Valley State? The Utes had not one, but TWO triple-doubles as sophomore Both Gach and freshman Rylan Jones both accomplished the rare feat in 143-49 victory over Mississippi Valley State.
“It speaks to our unselfishness as a team and we all just play for each other and play for each other.” — Utah guard Rylan Jones
Gach, the 6-7 guard from Minnesota finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Jones, the 6-foot guard from Salt Lake, came up with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in the record-breaking victory.
The Utes broke all kinds of school records in the victory, and the 94-point victory also set an NCAA record for biggest margin of victory between two Division I schools in beating the Delta Devils from Itta Bena, Mississippi. The previous record was 91 set by Tulsa in a victory over Prairie View A&M in 1995.
Utah’s 143 points broke the school record of 132 set back in 1960 against Evansville and the 73 points in the second half broke the record of 71 in a half. The Utes also set a record for most assists in a game (41) and tied the record for most 3-pointers made in a game with 17.
“That doesn’t happen unless you’re pretty darn sharp,” said Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak. “I thought we were dialed in, we guarded well, we shared the basketball and rebounded. It was a high-powered win for us and it was done by a number of guys. When the second shift came in, the pedal didn’t leave the metal. It was a great team win with a lot of enthusiasm. It was fun to be part of.”
Krystkowiak said he wasn’t trying to pour it on against first-year coach Lindsey Hunter, a former NBA player he played against more than two decades ago, and called it “a respectably played game.”
He pointed out that the NCAA changed its method for selecting tournament teams last year to include metrics of offensive and defensive efficiency, which makes it more incumbent on teams to not let up as early as in the past.
“The new NET system that they use for the NCAA tournament completely blew that out of the water,” Krystkowiak said. “So it’s not fair for a team like that to have to deal with that margin.”
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