Senior forward Bryant Markson is averaging 14.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game this season.
Jan. 11, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY - The Runnin' Utes (8-5, 1-1 MWC) host Mountain West Conference preseason favorite San Diego State (8-6, 1-1 MWC) tonight at 7:05 p.m. (MST) in the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The game will be broadcast on Hot Ticket 700 (KALL-AM) and the Utah Sports Network. Buy Tickets Here
Utah has won four of its last nine games after beginning the season 4-0. The Utes opened their Mountain West Conference schedule with a 68-49 victory over New Mexico at home last Wednesday night, then fell to in-state rival BYU, 72-60, last Saturday afternoon in Provo, Utah.
Senior forward Bryant Markson (6-7, 198), a preseason all-Mountain West Conference pick, leads the Utes in scoring (14.4 ppg), assists (3.1 apg) and steals (21), and is second in rebounds (5.7 rpg). Sophomore guard Johnnie Bryant (6-0, 190), a junior college transfer in his first season with the Utes, is second on the team in scoring (11.5 ppg). Bryant is also shooting 40.5 percent (25-of-60) from three-point range and 91.7 percent from the free throw line.
The Aztecs have won four of their last six games. After downing Loyola Marymount (84-68) at home on Dec. 31 in their final nonconference game, the Aztecs defeated Colorado State (83-75) at home last Wednesday and lost at Air Force (65-62) last Saturday to open MWC action.
Junior guard Brandon Heath (6-3, 183), a pre-season all-MWC pick by the league's media, leads the Aztecs in scoring (17.6 ppg) while shooting 43.5 percent from three-point range (40-for-92) and 87.5 percent from the free throw line. Junior forward Marcus Slaughter (6-8, 223), voted the top returning player in the Mountain West, is one of only two players in the conference averaging a double-double. He leads SDSU in rebounding (10.2 rpg) and is second in scoring (15.7 ppg).
The Utes lead the all-time series with the Aztecs 48-9 and have won 28 of the last 30 meetings. Utah is 26-1 against SDSU in Salt Lake City and has won 22 consecutive home games over San Diego State.