Sedrick Barefield, Parker Van Dyke and Timmy Allen hit key hoops in the second half on Saturday afternoon as Utah held off two Tulsa challenges before escaping with a 69-64 nonconference victory in Salt Lake City.
Barefield and Both Gach scored 15 points apiece for the Utes (4-3), who have alternated wins and losses the entire season.
Jeriah Horne had 15 points for the Golden Hurricane (5-3), which lost for the third time in their last four games.
Barfield knocked down four 3-pointers for the second time in the past three games. He is 11 of 20 during the stretch after being just 4 of 21 over Utah’s first four games.
After a sluggish first half in which Utah walked off with a 23-17 lead, Tulsa clawed within 34-30 before Barefield and Van Dyke sandwiched a two-point basket by the Golden Hurricane’s Martins Igbanu with 3-pointers to extend the margin to 40-32.
Tulsa wouldn’t go away, and eventually got back within 50-47 on a 3-pointer by DaQuan Jeffries with 6:46 to go.
But Allen countered with a three-point play that stalled the Golden Hurricane rally and doubled the margin, and Utah went on to lead by as many as 11 down the stretch.
Barefield connected on four 3-pointers and Gach three as the Utes outscored the Golden Hurricane 30-15 from behind the arc.
Jayce Johnson had a game-high 12 rebounds to complement 12 points in a double-double performance for Utah, which was coming off a 79-57 loss to Northwestern.
Sterling Taplin had 12 points, Lawson Korita 11 and Jeffries eight to go with a team-high nine rebounds for Tulsa, which was outshot 42 percent to 36.2.
The Golden Hurricanes were just 5 of 30 from 3-point range but committed just seven turnovers. Utah had 10 miscues.
—Field Level Media