No. 5 Utah 85, Brigham Young 49
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Utah players wanted to make up for their mistakes against New Mexico, but coach Rick Majerus took no joy in handing Brigham Young its 13th straight loss.
``I’m glad the game’s over. I don’t like coaching games like this, but at least we were able to play the younger guys and the walk-ons,″ Majerus said after the fifth-ranked Utes’ 85-49 victory over Brigham Young on Thursday night.
``It was like sprinting against Carl Lewis,″ BYU interim coach Tony Ingle said. ``You can look good for the first four or five steps, but after that, it’s over.″
Keith Van Horn scored a game-high 22 points, with 19 of them coming in the first half. He played only eight minutes in the second half.
``We’re used to playing BYU for the (Western Athletic Conference) championship,″ he said. ``It’s strange playing in a game like this.″
The 36-point margin was the most lopsided in a BYU-Utah game since the Utes won 62-25 in 1910.
The Utes (16-3, 8-1 WAC) have won five straight over the Cougars (1-18, 0-9).
Utes Michael Doleac and Ben Caton both cited Utah’s loss Saturday at No. 9 New Mexico.
``We stepped it up defensively and got back to the way we normally play after that lapse we had at New Mexico,″ said Doleac, who had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Utes.
``We wanted to show ourselves we could play well defensively after how poorly we did against New Mexico,″ Caton said.
Freshmen Jeff Johnsen, with 12 points, and David Jackson, with 10, each had season highs. Andre Miller passed for six assists while backup point-guard Jordie McTavish had five assists.
Eric Nielsen led BYU with 15 points before fouling out with 7:15 to play. Justin Weidauer and Jeff Campbell each had eight points for the Cougars.
``We had to play the two football players (John Moala and Tyrone Brown), who were just at the Cotton Bowl eating prime rib a month ago,″ Ingle said. ``And now this.″
Van Horn established Utah’s dominance early with 13 points as the Utes jumped to a 19-6 lead. Johnsen’s steal and breakaway dunk capped the game-opening run.
The Cougars rallied within 24-16 on a 10-foot jumper by Moala.
Utah answered with 10 consecutive points. Miller’s rebound layup with 2:54 to the half made it 34-16. The Utes led 39-25 at halftime.
In the second half, Utah’s bench extended the lead to as much as 41 points. Ashante Johnson made a rebound layup to put Utah 85-44 with 1:25 to play.