Nov. 19, 1997
ODGEN, Utah - Hanno Mottola scored 25 points and nine rebounds and Andre Miller added 15 points as 14th-ranked Utah raced to a 13-point halftime lead en route to an 87-72 victory over intrastate rival Weber State.
Trace Caton and Drew Hansen contributed 12 points apiece for Utah (2-0), which shot 58 percent (14-of-24) from the field in the first half. The Utes have won four straight meetings with Weber State and lead the all-time series, 6-2.
"There were times where we did good things, and times where we didn't do very well," Utah coach Rick Majerus said. "We did terrible on the foul line. We were terrible in turnovers in the first half. We have too many guys who are unselfish to a point."
Miller's short jumper with 16:17 left in the first half gave Utah the lead for good, 8-7. Jon Carlisle's drive with 10:55 to play ignited a 9-4 run and put the Utes ahead 25-16. Caton hit a jumper and Hansen and David Jackson each hit three-pointers in the spurt.
Hansen connected on 4-of-5 shots from three-point range and also handed out five assists.
Damien Baskerville paced the Wildcats (0-1) with 25 points and nine rebounds.
"We thought we had a chance in our own arena, but we underestimated their outside shooting," Wildcats coach Ron Abegglan said. "They shot very well from the perimeter. They have nice, big players, they are experienced.
Carlisle got Utah rolling with an 18-foot jumper 16 seconds into the second half. Hansen sank a three-pointer and Mottola converted a three-point play, giving the Utes a 48-29 lead with 18:13 to play.
"I knew I had to be one of the guys to score tonight," Mottola said. "I had to step up inside tonight with (Michael) Doleac being out."
Weber State got as close as 72-61 on Alex Fisher's three-pointer with 2:56 to go before Hansen answered with another three-pointer. Caton's three-pointer with 84 seconds left made it 80-64.
Ryan Jama had 16 points and Eric Ketcham added nine for the Wildcats, who shot 40 percent (23-of-57).