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Utah 55, Colorado State 51

1/17/2004

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Shona Thorburn scored 19 of 25 points
in the second half and Utah survived a cold-shooting first half to
defeat Colorado State 55-51 on Saturday.

Thorburn was 7-for-11 shooting with three 3-pointers in the
second half for Utah (12-4, 2-0 Mountain West Conference). Kim
Smith added 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Utes won for the fifth
time in six games, but made only 8-of-30 shots in the first half.

Vanessa Espinoza had 15 points and Joy Jenkins 13 for Colorado
State (10-5, 1-1). The Rams made one basket, a 3-pointer by
Jenkins, in the final 4:26.

Thorburn gave Utah the lead for good, 50-48 with a 3-pointer
with 4:26 left and Smith converted two free throws after a Jasai
Ferrucho's technical foul, extended it to 52-48. Jenkins's
3-pointer cut the lead to 52-51 with a minute left before Smith
sealed the game with a driving layup with 29 seconds remaining.

Utah trailed 24-19 at halftime despite shooting 27 percent and
missing 16 straight shots in the period. Jenkins put Colorado State
ahead 19-11 with a 3-pointer, but Thorburn kept the Utes within
striking distance with six points in the last 3:35.