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No. 6 Utah 66, Wis.-Milwaukee 51

December 28, 1997

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Michael Doleac, Andre Miller and Hanno Mottola scored 14 points each as No. 6 Utah rallied from a six-point second-half deficit to beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee 66-51 Saturday night.

The Utes (11-0) made it an enjoyable homecoming for coach Rick Majerus, who grew up in Milwaukee and played and coached at Marquette with Wisconsin-Milwaukee coach Ric Cobb.

The Panthers (1-9), who have lost eight straight, were led by Jared Hardwick with 14 points.

After two 3-pointers pushed the Wisconsin-Milwaukee lead to 32-26 at the start of the second half, Utah went on a 17-3 run to take control. Doleac and Miller each had four points as Utah built a 43-35 lead with just under 12 minutes to play.

Damion Ninkovic’s basket with 8:49 remaining drew the Panthers at 46-44, but Utah scored the next 10 points.

Utah scored the first 10 points of the game and led 24-13 with 6:26 left in the first half after 3-pointers by Trace Caton and Jordie McTavish. Hardwick scored eight points, including two free throws with 53.7 seconds left in the half, during a 13-0 run that gave the Panthers a 26-24 lead. Miller’s jumper with 27.3 seconds to play tied it at halftime.

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