Stephen Weigh scored a game-high 21 points in Utah's first exhibition
Nov. 5, 2007
Runnin' Ute Exhibition Game #2
Game Date: Nov. 6, 2007 Release Date: Nov. 1, 2007 Game Time: 7:30 p.m. MDT Location: Salt Lake City, Utah Arena: Jon M. Huntsman Center (15,000) Radio: Utah Sports Radio Network (Mike Lageschulte, play-by-play; Joe Cravens, color) Internet: www.UtahUtes.com (live audio, live stats) Television: None Series History: Utah leads 1-0 in exhibitions Last Meeting: Nov. 14, 2005 (Utah 79-51)
Utah Wraps Up Exhibition Play Against Northwest Nazarene
The University of Utah wraps up exhibition play Tuesday night at the Jon M. Huntsman Center, hosting the Northwest Nazarene Crusaders. The game is slated to tip off off at 7:30 p.m. and follows a women's exhibition game with Fort Lewis College, which begins at 5 p.m.
Utah holds a 1-0 exhibition series lead over Northwest Nazarene. The Runnin' Utes defeated the Crusaders 79-51 in an exhibition contest back on Nov. 14, 2005. Bryant Markson scored 15 points, while Luke Nevill tallied 13 for Utah in that contest.
Northwest Nazarene is an NCAA Division II school, located in Nampa, Idaho. The Crusaders are members of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
Tuesday's contest is the last of two exhibition games for Utah this season. The Runnin' Utes open the regular season Friday, when South Carolina Upstate comes to Salt Lake City for a 7 p.m. contest.
Runnin' Ute Fast Breaks
Tuesday's game marks the second time the Utes have hosted Northwest Nazarene in an exhibition game.
Utah averaged 69.2 points per game last season, while allowing an average of 72.2.
Utah was ranked 322nd (out of 325) in NCAA Division I in three-point field-goal percentage defense. The Utes' opponents shot .500 from behind the arc against them.
Utah went 11-19 last season to finish with its worst record since going 8-19 in 1972-73.
After going 14-15 in 2005-06, Utah had its first back-to-back losing seasons since 1983-84 and 1984-85.
The nine freshmen and sophomores who played last season accounted for 66.2 percent of Utah's points, 82.7 percent of its rebounds, 65.1 percent of its assists and 67.3 percent of its minutes.
The Utes lost seven games by one possession and one more by four points in 2006-07. Three of Utah's losses were in overtime.
Hot Hand Luke
Junior center Luke Nevill ranked ninth in the nation in field-goal percentage last season, converting at a .637 clip from the field. The 7-foot 1-inch Aussie didn't slow down any in Utah's exhibition opener. Nevill was 6-of-7 against Montana Tech Thursday night. He finished with 16 points, three rebounds, a blocked shot and two steals in just 22 minutes of action.
Sophomore forward Stephen Weigh got off to a solid start in Tuesday's exhibition opener. He scored a game-high 21 points, grabbed five rebounds and tallied a steal and an assist in 29 minutes. Weigh's only struggles against the Orediggers were from 3-point range, as he went 3-for-9 from beyond the arc.
100 Seasons of Utah Basketball
2007-08 will mark the 100th season of basketball at the University of Utah. The Runnin' Utes will enter their 100th season with an overall record of 1,595-833. Utah ranks 10th in NCAA history in all-time winning percentage with a .657 mark. Utah also ranks 10th in the NCAA in all-time victories.
Utah has won three national championships -- the 1916 AAU Championship, the 1944 NCAA Championship and the 1947 NIT title. Utah is one of only 35 schools ever to win the NCAA Division I men's basketball title.