Tim Frost blocks the shot of Air Force's Vernard Jenkins during the Utes' 45-35 win.
Feb 2, 2003
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Marc Jackson scored 12 points and Utah held Air Force scoreless for more than five minutes down the stretch to beat the Falcons 45-35 Saturday night.
Utah (15-4, 3-1 Mountain West Conference) led through most of the defensive struggle, but Air Force (10-8, 1-3) scored six consecutive points capped by Tom Bellairs' 3-pointers for a 33-31 lead with 5:36 to play.
But the Utes kept the Falcons scoreless for the next 5:29 while scoring 12 straight points to win for the 10th time in their last 11 games.
Utah's Nick Jacobson scored eight of his 10 points in the game-clinching surge, going five of six at the line and adding a 3-pointer. Jackson made both his 3-point attempts and converted all four of his free throws.
Tim Keller had nine points and Bellairs added eight for Air Force, which has dropped four of its last five and is 1-13 against the Utes in recent years. The Falcons couldn't overcome 41 percent free throw shooting (7-for-17) and were outrebounded 36-20.
The Falcons came in leading the MWC in 3-point percentage (.417) but shot just 2 of 13 from beyond the arc.
Utah remained improved to 10-0 at home and tied the school record for fewest
points by an opponent since the inception of the shot clock, set last year in a
win at St. Mary's of California 41-35.