Nov. 25, 1997
LOS ANGELES - Hanno Mottola scored 25 points and Andre Miller added 16 as number 14 Utah shot a torrid 72 percent from the floor and cruised to an 89-50 rout of Loyola Marymount.
|Hanno Mottola led the Utes offensively with 25 points. (File Photo)|
Utah (4-0) made 33-of-46 field goals and improved to 20-1 all-time against the Lions in the first meeting between the schools since 1985. Mottola made all 10 of his shots from the field and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line.
"We are not a great basketball team right now," said Utah coach Rick Majerus. "I have been around teams that are great and we're not a great team. We have the possibility of being a good team. We do one thing well, we defend. We played really hard tonight. The older players really played well tonight for us."
Starting center Michael Doleac returned to lineup for the Utes after missing two games with a sprained ankle and had seven points, six rebounds and two blocked shots in 19 minutes. Utah dominated inside, outrebounding the Lions 36-16.
Haywood Eaddy scored nine points and Leo Saucedo added eight for Loyola Marymount (0-3), which shot just 29 percent (15-of-52) from the field.
"There is a reason Rick and his team are ranked 14th in the country, they're a solid basketball team," said Loyola Marymount coach Charles Bradley. "We are a very young basketball team. As a coaching staff, we need to learn to do a better job of getting our players ready to play, especially with a team the caliber of Utah. I've said it before, we have a lot of work to do and we need to continue to improve every day."
The Utes took a 15-0 lead when Greg Barratt sank a three-pointer -- his only points -- with 14:28 remaining in the first half.
Loyola Marymount had its first two shots rejected and did not score until Saucedo made a jumper, cutting the deficit to 15-2 with 14:03 left. Willie Allen had a steal and layup to cut Utah's lead to 17-4 with 13:09 to go in the first. The Lions did not come closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
Utah ended the first half with an 8-0 spurt to take a 49-20 advantage when Alex Jensen hit a driving layup with 23.6 seconds remaining. The Utes did not let the lead fall below 26 points in the second half
Utah received 28 points from six substitues, who played a combined 92 minutes.