Tim Frost logged a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Utes. (File Photo)
Jan 6, 2003
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Tim Frost posted season-highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds as Utah outlasted St. Mary's of California 65-59 Monday night.
Frost, a transfer from Portland of St. Mary's West Coast Conference, made a putback with 1:20 left to quell a Gaels surge and ensure Utah's eighth win in the last nine games.
Nick Jacobson added 10 points for the Utes (10-2), who have won five straight including a victory over then-No. 1 Alabama on Dec. 30.
Freshman Daniel Kickert had 21 points and Samuel Saint-Jean had 19. Both marks were career-highs but they didn't get much help. The rest of the team combined to shoot 8 of 22 and committed 13 turnovers.
St. Mary's (7-6) also failed to overcome a 21-9 rebounding deficit in the second half against the physical Utes.
The Gaels, who forced Utah into 16 turnovers, caused a couple of Utah miscues with tight defense in a 10-3 surge capped by Adam Capron's 3-pointer to cut Utah's lead to 60-54 with 2:11 to play. But St. Mary's couldn't get within five points the rest of the way.
Utah, which gives up just 57.4 points a game, hasn't allowed more than 61 points since a Nov. 27 loss to Arizona State in overtime. The Utes held St. Mary's to just six points in a 10:14 stretch of the second half as they built a 13-point lead.
Frost, who had six offensive rebounds, scored four points in a 10-3 run that gave Utah a 57-44 lead with 5:09 to play.
Chase Poole, the Gaels' leading scorer, had just four points before fouling out with 2:29 to play.
Utah now leads the series 14-2 and has won the last nine in a row against