Britton Johnsen had 13 points and seven assists for the Utes.
Dec 14, 2002
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Trace Caton scored all of his season-high 15 points in the first half as Utah beat Northern Iowa 75-53 Saturday afternoon.
Caton, a senior forward who was shooting 21 percent this season and averaging 2.8 points, nearly matched his season total of 17 points with his five 3-point shots.
David Gruber and Matt Schneiderman led the Panthers with 13 points each.
Chris Foster scored 11 points for Northern Iowa (2-4), which dropped its fourth straight after opening the season with a pair of wins.
The Utes opened the second half with a game-breaking 21-4 run, capped by Chaney's back-to-back 3-pointers that gave Utah a 60-35 lead with 15:29 to play in the game. The Panthers shot 57 percent in the first half and 45 percent for the game, the second best mark against Utah this season.
But Northern Iowa had 18 turnovers which led to 25 Ute points.
The Panthers used a box-and-one defense designed to stop Utah's best outside shooter Nick Jacobson. The scheme worked until Caton and the other Utes began making their wide-open 3-point shots and getting it inside.
Utah coach Rick Majerus said he scheduled the first-ever meeting between the schools as a favor for Jacobson, who made his only field goal attempt and had four points.
His cousin Ben Jacobson is an assistant coach at Northern Iowa and his younger brother Adam is a freshman guard who scored three points.
The Utes usually play a NAIA or Division III school at the end of finals
week and the Panthers seemed to catch Utah by surprise.
The Panthers led 8-3 after Adam Jacobson's 3-pointer. But Caton responded with a 3-pointer for Utah and Chaney came off the bench to score five quick points giving the Utes a lead they would never relinquish.