Senior forward Britton Johnsen had a double-double in the Utes' exhibition season opener.
Nov. 1, 2002
SALT LAKE CITY - Despite Britton Johnsen's 23 points and 18 rebounds, Utah fell to the EA Sports Southwest team 92-86 in its exhibition season opener on Friday night at the Huntsman Center.
Nick Jacobson went for 16 points, hitting 3-of-6 three-pointers in 34 minutes. Freshman point guard Tim Drisdom had 14 points, four assists and four rebounds in his first game as a Ute. Redshirt freshmen center Chris Jackson came off the bench to get nine points in nine minutes.
Brett McFall, formerly of Wyoming, had 17 points, making 5-of-8 treys, to lead the EA Sports All Stars (1-0). Former Ute Tony Harvey had 13 points and a team-high six rebounds.
Utah (0-1) outrebounded EA Sports 45 to 36, but had 19 turnovers to 16 assists. The Utes shot 48.8 percent from the field and 29.4 percent from three-point range.
Utah built a 43-37 halftime lead, thanks to 51.4 percent shooting from the field and 11 points from Jacobson. The Utes outscored EA Sports 11-6 in the final 2:19 of the first half.
McFall dialed in from downtown to start the second half, hitting three from beyond the arc in the first six minutes as EA Sports jumped out to a 62-52 lead with 13:18 remaining in the game. The All Stars hit 14-of-29 three-pointers in the game.
"We've got a lot of work to do," said Ute head coach Rick Majerus. "We have to try to get better. There were more negatives than positives, which is usually the case [in an exhibition game]. Obviously, we have to address the foul shooting. It showed we have not worked on those. We have four players back from last year. We are a team in a transitional period."
Utah plays its final exhibition game against EA Sports West on Nov. 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Salt Lake City.