Luke Nevill was 8-of-8 from the field Wednesday night.
Jan. 9, 2008
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Luke Nevill made all eight of his shots and scored 19 points as the Utah Utes shook off a sluggish start to beat Dixie State 83-64 on Wednesday night.
Johnnie Bryant added 19 points off the bench for the Utes (10-4), who won their sixth straight home game in their first meeting with the Division II Rebels since 1928.
The Utes committed a season-high 20 turnovers and shot poorly early, allowing the Rebels to stay close for awhile.
The Rebels trailed just 26-25 with 3 1/2 minutes left in the first half, before Nevill scored back-to-back three-point plays to ignite a 21-5 run spanning the halves. That gave Utah a 47-30 lead with 15:07 left, and the Utes pulled away from there.
Ben Hartman led Dixie State (3-9) with 18 points, while Kasey Winters added 12. But the Rebels committed 21 turnovers in their sixth straight loss, while the Utes shot 12-of-22 from three-point range and hit 62 percent overall.
Utah?s Stephen Weigh suffered a knee injury in the first half and had to be helped off the floor. He did not return. Coach Jim Boylen picked up his first technical foul as a head coach in the second half, for protesting a carrying violation called against Bryant.