Lawrence Borha scored a career-high 20 points in Utah's win Friday night.
Nov. 9, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -Lawrence Borha scored a career-high 20 points and Utah won its debut under new coach Jim Boylen, beating South Carolina-Upstate 86-52 Friday night.
The Utes, who are coming off their worst season in 23 years, had five players score in double figures and held the Spartans to 28 percent shooting and forced 18 turnovers in Boylen's first game as a head coach.
Bobby Davis scored 13 points to lead the Spartans in their first game as a Division I team - they played in Division II last season - but they could not cope with the bigger Utes.
Even with 7-foot-2 center Luke Nevill limited by foul trouble to two minutes in the first half, the Utes had no problem pulling away. They had runs of 11-0 and 13-0 in the first half, grabbed nearly three times as many rebounds, and led by 24 points at halftime.
The Spartans never got closer than 21 points after that, even though the Utes committed 20 turnovers.
Utah's Tyler Kepkay limped off the court near the end of the first half with an apparent ankle injury suffered when he landed awkwardly following a fast-break lay-up. But the former junior-college scoring leader returned in the second half and finished with 12 points.
Nevill also added 12 - all in the second half - for the Utes and Stephen Weigh scored 10.
Luke Payne added 12 for the Spartans.-UU-