Poeltl scores 23 points and Utah defeats Stanford 96-74
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Jakob Poeltl scored 23 points and Utah held on for a 96-74 victory over Stanford.
The win moves the Utes (17-5, 6-3 Pac-12) a half game behind Oregon and Washington for the conference lead.
Poeltl caught fire in the second half and the Cardinal had no answer for the 7-foot Austrian. He scored 10 straight and 12 of Utah's 14 points during a second-half stretch that pushed the lead to 14. Stanford never made a significant run afterward.
Kyle Kuzma scored 16 points for Utah, while Brandon Taylor finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Dorian Pickens and Rosco Allen led Stanford (11-9, 4-5) with 16 points apiece.
A Brekkott Champman 3-pointer gave the Utes a 13-point lead in the first half, but the Cardinal put together a run, capped by a Marcus Sheffield layup, and went into halftime trailing 48-39.