Britton Johnsen has averaged 20 points and 17 rebounds in two exhibition games.
Nov. 13, 2002
SALT LAKE CITY - Senior forward Britton Johnsen had his second double-double of the exhibition season with 17 points and 16 rebounds, leading Utah past the EA Sports West All Stars 78-58 on Wednesday night at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
Johnsen, who shot 7-of-11 from the field in 33 minutes, had plenty of help from a couple of newcomers. Junior center Tim Frost, who transferred from Portland, had 15 points and six boards as a starter. Freshman Richard Chaney came off the bench to hit 8-of-12 shots and get 18 points in 20 minutes.
Utah fell behind 26-17 points with 7:05 to play in the first half before outscoring EA Sports 13-7 to end the second half. The Utes' trio of California freshmen got the run started over the next three and a half minutes. Chaney had a tip-in on a missed three-pointer by Marc Jackson, Tim Drisdom made a pair of free throws and Bryant Markson, who made his first appearance as a Ute after having arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 24, got a layup to make it a one-point game at 26-25.
After trailing 33-30 at halftime, the Utes pushed the lead to 10 points with a run midway through the second half. Over a two-minute span, Chaney connected on a three-pointer, Johnsen made jumper, Frost had a layup and Chaney laid one in to close out the 9-0 run with 10:51 to play in the half.
Holding the All Stars to 32 percent from the field in the second half, Utah had a 50 to 43 percent shooting edge in the game. The Utes also shot 70 percent from the free throw line and doubled-up EA Sports on the boards, 46 to 23.
"This team (EA Sports) was just very tired. This team played in Oregon last night, and you look at their 9-for-21 from the free throw line," said Ute head coach Rick Majerus. "Usually these teams--for the last six or seven games that we've played an EA Sports team--have given us a good game. But, when you play so many games in so many days, you can't give a good competitive effort; and their best player, (Maurice) Spillers, didn't play. We tried harder, our effort was better, but it's going to be a long process."