Utah 80, Arkansas State 58
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Alex Jensen scored 18 points, six above his average, and grabbed 11 rebounds as Utah beat Arkansas State 80-58 in the first round of the NCAA Midwest Regional Friday.
The victory stretched the Utes’ winning streak to 23 games. They have never lost an NCAA first-round game under coach Rick Majerus.
Utah (28-4) dominated inside with its superior height, outrebouding the Indians 40-24, and wearing them down in the second half.
Arkansas State (18-12), shot 42 percent in the first half but made just three of 13 field goals in the first 13 minutes of the second half.
Chico Fletcher scored 21 points to lead Arkansas State. Eric Beatty scored 17 points for the Indians.
Hanno Mottola scored 22 for Utah and Tony Harvey added 14 points,
Arkansas State opened a 15-7 lead in the first seven minutes before Utah came roaring back.
Arkansas State cut the lead to three points, 33-30 with 44 seconds left in the half, but a 3-point basket by Harvey gave Utah a 36-30 lead at the half.