Andrew Bogut scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Utah in Saturday's exhibition victory.
Nov. 13, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY - University of Utah forward Andrew Bogut racked up 23 points and 11 rebounds in Saturday afternoon's 87-47 exhibition victory over Western State (Colo.) at the Huntsman Center. Utah shot a blistering 60.7 percent from the field in the 39-point victory.
Strong outside shooting kept Western State in the contest through the early portions of the first half. The Mountaineers hit four three-pointers in the first 10 minutes of the contest. Western State trailed by just five points, 23-18, midway through the first half.
But a 10-0 Utah run over the next three minutes was the beginning of the end, giving the U. a 33-18 lead. Bogut scored four points during the spurt, putting the Utes in control. A Richard Chaney three-pointer with 4:05 left in the first half pushed the Utah advantage to 20 points, 40-20. The Utes took a 15-point lead into the locker room at the intermission, 41-26.
Senior guard Marc Jackson hit a three-pointer just two minutes into the second half to give Utah another 20-point lead. This time, the Mountaineers never got any closer. Utah opened the half with an 18-2 outburst, capped by Bogut's traditional three-point play to make it 59-28. The Utes continued to pour it on in the second half, rolling to the 39-point win.
Junior center Chris Jackson scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half for Utah. Chaney was the only other Ute in double figures, doing most of his damage in the first half. Eleven of his 18 points were in the first 20 minutes. Chaney narrowly missed a double-double, pulling down nine rebounds.
Two Western State players were in double figures. Carleton Goggins came off the bench for a team-high 11 points, while Ryan Jobe tacked on 10.
"It did what it was supposed to," Giacoletti said. "We needed to be able to play with the scoreboard lit and with officials. We need to work on taking care of the basketball. That's going to be the first point of emphasis when Monday comes."
Utah opens the regular season Friday at 8 p.m., hosting Stony Brook (N.Y.) at the Huntsman Center. That game is the second game of a doubleheader. The Ute women will host No. 7 Stanford at 6 p.m., with the men's contest to follow.