Utah storms past Grand Canyon 72-48

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

points.

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

overpowered Antelopes.

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.