Poeltl scores 25 as Utah beats Washington State 88-47

Utah forward Jakob Poeltl (42) goes to the basket for a dunk during the second half in an NCAA college basketball game against Washington State Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Jakob Poeltl scored 25 as Utah faced little resistance in a 88-47 victory over Washington State on Sunday.

The Utes (19-7, 8-5) emain in striking distance for the Pac-12 regular-season title with the win.

The Cougars (9-16, 1-12) were never competitive after the first five minutes. The Utes went on a 17-3 run that included 14 from Poeltl to take a 21-9 lead. Another 17-5 stretch, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Jordan Loveridge pushed the lead to 40-21 at halftime.

Things didn't get better for the Cougars after the half and they never found an answer for Poeltl. The 7-footer added seven more points during a 13-0 run that gave Utah a 55-24 lead. Poeltl put an exclamation mark on the spurt with a break-away, one-handed tomahawk dunk.

Que Johnson scored a WSU-high 13 points as the Cougars shot a season-low 30.6 percent from the field.