UNLV forward Romel Beck and Jonas Langvad battle for a rebound during the first half.
Jan. 11, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Marc Jackson scored 23 points as Utah defeated the UNLV Rebels 70-52 on Monday night.
The game was the Mountain West conference opener for both teams. The Utes (13-3, 1-0) have won eight games in a row and nine of their last 10. The Rebels (7-6, 0-1) have lost to Utah in four straight meetings. UNLV has dropped seven consecutive games in Salt Lake City dating back to 1982.
Utah cruised to the victory on the strength of a 17-4 run midway through the second half. The run was sparked by a pair of 3-pointers by Jackson and two buckets by Andrew Bogut. The Utes led by as many as 20 in the second half. The Rebels struggled after guard Jerel Blassingame received his fourth foul at the 9:28 mark in the second half and was forced to leave the game.
The Utes built a 31-24 halftime lead thanks to a balanced scoring effort that included a quick 5-0 run near the end of the first half. Utah also out-rebounded UNLV 23-10 in the opening half.
The majority of Jackson's points came behind the arc where he was 5-of-8. Bogut recorded his 12th double-double of the year with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Bryant Markson also scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
UNLV's Romel Beck and Odartey Blankson each scored 12 points.