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Drew Hansen has been named a 1997 Rhodes Scholar nominee.
Nov. 24, 1997

Utah Basketball Notes

Utes Take on Loyola Marymount, UC Irvine

Quickly: The Utes take on Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, Tuesday Nov. 25 at 7:05 p.m. PST (8:05 MST) . The game will be televised live back to Salt Lake by KJZZ-TV.

Utes Down T-Birds: The Utes moved to 3-0 on the season with a 66-48 victory over Southern Utah University Saturday night in Huntsman Center. Playing without center Michael Doleac, who missed his second straight game with a sprained ankle, Utah relied on double-digit scoring from Hanno Mottola (12 points), Alex Jensen (11 points) and Andre Miller (10 points) to down the pesky T-Birds.

Utah started the game down 12-2, but overcame that margin to lead 30-22 at the half. A second defense, which held SUU to just .261 from the field in that period, helped the Utes secure the win. The Utes shot .488 from the floor for the game while SUU hit for just .313. Utah also shot well from the free throw line, nailing 21-23 for .913 percent.

Majerus' Mark: Ute coach Rick Majerus went into the season as the 14th winningest active coach in the country and has posted a 183-55 (.769) record in his ninth season at the helm for Utah. Majerus is currently in his 14th year as a major college head coach and has an overall career record of 282-107 (.725). He is the winningest Utah basketball coach in modern time.

Ute Injuries: Freshman Britton Johnson has been out of action for the last three weeks with patella tendonitis in his left knee. He is expected to be out until around the end of December. Michael Doleac sprained his left ankle in the game day practice before the Weber State game and did not play against the Wildcats or Southern Utah. He is listed as probable for Loyola Marymount.

Series record vs. Loyola Marymount: Utah leads in the series with Loyola Marymount 1-0. The teams have only met once before (1985) with the Utes winning the game in the Huntsman Center 89-85 in overtime.

Loyola used to be called Loyola of California and the Utes hold an 18-1 lead in that series. The last game with Loyola of California was played back in 1978 with the Utes taking a 85-77 win. The only Loyola win was an 85-64 victory in Los Angeles in the first game of the 1960-61 season. The Utes lead in the combined series 19-1.

The Last Five Games:
1985: Utah 89, Loyola Marymount 85
1978: Utah 85, Loyola of CA 77
1976: Utah 89, Loyola of CA 79
1975: Utah 97, Loyola of CA 69
1974: Utah 108, Loyola of CA 104 OT
*all five games were played in SLC

Scouting Loyola: Loyola is 0-2 on the season with losses at UNLV (96-81) and at home to USC (92-88). The Lions' leading scorer is forward Ben Ammerman (6-7) who is averaging 21.5 points per game. Guard Haywood Eaddy (5-4) is averaging 13 points and 6.5 assists per game. and Center Peter Cornell (6-11) is averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Loyola is coached by Charles "Tub" Bradley, a former player at Wyoming who also has been an assistant coach at Brigham Young University, Wyoming and San Diego State. He came to Loyola from Metro State where he was at the helm for three years. Bill Garnett, a former Wyoming player as well, is one of Bradley's assistant coaches.

Hansen Named Rhodes Scholar Candidate: Ute senior Drew Hansen has been named a 1997 Rhodes Scholar nominee. Hansen is majoring in political science and economics. He also carries close to a 4.0 GPA. He has received only one grade lower than a perfect "A" during his college career and that was an "A-". He was also honored as the recipient of the 1997 Playboy Magazine Anson Mount Scholar Athlete Award for basketball.

Up Next: The Utes close out Thanksgiving week by hosting UC Irvine in a Saturday game at Huntsman Center, game time 7:35 p.m..

Ricks' Remarks

On Loyola: "Loyola just had a very close game with USC. They're very physical and have great size. They play well together and we anticipate that this will be a very difficult game. They have a decided home court advantage and are very deep. Loyola also has a point guard who can play all kinds of havoc with his penetration."

On the Utes: "We are getting better, but we are a really young team. If you ask what word best defines our team it would be young. With Doleac out, we have one senior and one junior. We play like we are young. I think we are playing hard and I think we're a little bit tired. But, I'm expecting the team to have a good effort on Tuesday."

Ute Notes: In the first three games, the Utes have held their opponents to just .341 shooting from the floor. Hanno Mottola has two double-doubles in points and rebounds in the first three games. He had 12 points and 11 rebounds against Cal State Fullerton and 25 points and 10 boards against Weber State.

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