STANFORD, Calif. — After not playing for the first time all season in Utah’s 63-59 win at California on Wednesday, sophomore Jeremy Olsen answered the bell in impressive fashion Saturday at Stanford.
Olsen gave the Utes a much-needed lift off the bench, scoring 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field.
“We were having a hard time scoring,” said Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak, while noting Olsen’s contribution. “Nobody has given up on anybody on our team. I think there’s going to be opportunity for guys to do their thing and he responded really well.”
Olsen got his chance in the first half when starting center Dallin Bachynski needed a rest and reserve Marko Kovacevic picked up a couple of fouls.
Krystkowiak said it was Olsen’s turn and he was confident the big man wasn’t going to sulk because he didn’t play against Cal.
“I feel like I had a good mindset . Last game Marko played real well. He got an opportunity to shine and he made the most of it. He played really well,” Olsen said. “We’ve got a lot of good guys and we’ve got a real deep team. It will bode well for us in the Pac-12 tourney.”
Krystkowiak agreed, saying that the Utes are going to need everybody as they head to Las Vegas next week.
TAKING THE FIFTH: Saturday’s game capped Krystkowiak’s fifth regular season as a collegiate head coach — two at Montana (2004-06) and now three at Utah (2011-14). As a veteran NBA player (1986-96) and head coach (2006-07), Krystkowiak acknowledged that college seasons move much more quickly.
“It goes so dang fast. Daylight savings is right around the corner and it seems like we were just starting practice at the end of September,” Krystkowiak said. “It’s kind of the nature of a college season maybe being a little shorter.”
Krystkowiak added that the NBA is a grind and a marathon, while a collegiate campaign always seems like a “where did it go?” kind of thing.
EXTRA STUFF:The attendance was 6,167. ... Delon Wright had 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals for the Utes . ... Chasson Randle finished with a game-high 22 points for Stanford . ... The Cardinal outrebounded the Utes 28-23 . ... Utah wound up with 17 turnovers, resulting in 18 points for Stanford . ... The Utes practiced at St. Mary’s on Thursday and Stanford on Friday . ... Stanford honored six players (Aaron Bright, Andy Brown, John Gage, Josh Huestis, Robbie Lemons and Dwight Powell) in pregame ceremonies for senior day.