Utah forward Jonas Langvad is double-teamed by Whitworth guard Jon Young, left, and forward Bryan Depew during the first half.
Jan 7, 2004
By DOUG ALDEN
AP Sports Writer
The Utes (12-3) shot 50 percent from the field to close out their non-conference schedule with their sixth win in a row.
The Utes played for the second straight time without center Tim Frost, who is out indefinitely with a bad back and has missed three of the last four games. Bogut moved to center and got his seventh double-double of the season, two nights after being shut out for the first time in his college career.
The Utes, who were the Mountain West Conference regular-season co-champions last season, open league play at UNLV on Monday.
Whitworth (7-2) hadn't lost since the season opener and scared Utah in a six-point loss two years before in the Huntsman Center, but on Wednesday was no match for the bigger Utes after a quick start. The Pirates were just 18-for-54 (33 percent) from the field and leading scorer Bryan Depew finished with just 18 points, five fewer than his average.
Depew, a 58 percent shooter, was just 6-for-24 Monday.
The Pirates made their first four 3-pointers and led 16-13 before Josh Olsen tied it with a 3. Bryant Markson followed with a two-handed dunk and Chris Jackson made a layup as the Utes used a 9-0 run to pull away.
Chaney made two 3s later in the half as he scored eight straight for Utah, which led 38-30 at halftime after hitting 15 of 26 field goals, including 4-for-8 3-pointers.
Utah opened the second half with another 8-0 run, then minutes later Chaney,
who had a career-high 27 points Monday in a win over Pepperdine, increased the
lead to 60-40 with a steal and two-handed dunk.
The Utes coasted the rest of the way to improve to 9-0 at home.