Utah 72, Grand Canyon 48
Will Clyburn scored 14 points and Jason Washburn added 12 to
power Utah over Grand Canyon 72-48 on Friday night.
Josh Watkins had 11 points and six assists while Chris Hines
made three 3-pointers for the Utes in the season opener for both
teams. Nick Witherill led the Division II Antelopes with 11
Four of Utah’s top five scorers from last season graduated or
transferred, and the Utes played with seven new players. Though
they looked disjointed at times, it didn’t matter much against the
Utah lost its last two season-opening games to Southwest Baptist
in 2008 and to Idaho in 2009. The Utes made sure it didn’t happen
again with pressure defense that flustered the Antelopes into 29
percent shooting and a 52-26 rebounding advantage.