No. 24 Utah rolls over Delaware State 105-58
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Jordan Loveridge scored 14 points as No. 24 Utah romped past Delaware State 105-58 Tuesday night.
The Utes (10-2) led from start to finish in the lopsided meeting. Loveridge hit a triple from the left wing to cap a 12-0 run and give Utah a 31-13 lead just over 10 minutes into the game. The Utes used another burst in an 18-5 run to go up 52-25 shortly before halftime.
The wealth was spread around as all 10 players that saw time in the first half scored. Utah had 15 assists on 18 first-half baskets. Kyle Kuzma scored 15 and Lorenzo Bonam added 12.
Delaware State simply didn't have the talent to match a Utah team that advanced to the Sweet 16 last March and beat then-7th ranked Duke on Saturday. Devin Morgan led DSU with 14 points.
Utah set season highs in points, 3-pointers (12), bench points (50) and tied a season best with 30 assists.
The Hornets entered the night as one of four winless Division I teams in the country, according to STATS.
Utah has held its last three opponents to less than 33 percent shooting from the floor.
Delaware State: Entered the game allowing 75.5 points per game to rank No. 251 in the country. … The Hornets have lost by 20 or more in 7 of 12 games this season. … Delaware State was outrebounded 48-23.
Utah: The Utes are 6-0 all-time against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference teams. … Utah returned to the Top 25 this week after beating Duke in overtime Saturday. … Poeltl, a two-time Pac-12 player of the week this season, didn't score his first points until the 4:01 mark of the first half. He finished with six points.
Gabe Bealer entered the game averaging 4.5 points in just six games, but the junior college transfer showed the potential coach Larry Krystkowiak talked about before the season. On back-to-back plays the 6-foot-6, 183-pounder had a thunderous breakaway dunk and then knocked down a triple from the corner.
Delaware State: travels to face Texas Christian on Monday.
Utah: hosts College of Idaho on Sunday.