Nov. 15, 1997
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Senior point guard Andre Miller, whose job last season was to pass to the now-departed Keith Van Horn, took over the scoring load with 19 points to pace 14th-ranked Utah to an 87-59 rout of Fullerton State in the season opener for both teams.
Miller had 15 points in the first half as the Utes got in front early. Utah (1-0) opened with an 8-0 run, capped by Michael Doleac's 10-footer 5:29 into the contest.
Doleac, a 6-11 senior, was a key member of the squad that went to the Final Eight last season. He scored 12 points and grabbed 11 boards. Van Horn, the second overall pick in the NBA draft, led last season's squad.
Alex Jensen had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Utes, who destroyed Fullerton State 65-32 on the boards. Utah had just four less offensive rebounds than Fullerton's total. Hanno Mottola chipped in 10 and 11.
Chris Dade led the Titans (0-1) with 13 points. Fullerton State hit just 31 percent (19-of-62) of its shots, including 3-of-17 from behind the arc, and were held to five assists.
The Utes turned a 43-29 halftime advantage into a 20-point cushion with 5:35 to play and led by as much as 30 in the final minutes.