Jan. 17, 1998
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Even though its star player was weakened by the flu for the second straight game, fourth-ranked Utah coasted to another victory Saturday night.
The Utes routed Wyoming 75-58 despite a limited contribution from center Michael Doleac, who played only 18 minutes and scored just 10 points.
"There were no letups tonight. We felt we were in control the whole game," said Doleac, who also was bothered by the flu during Thursday's win over Colorado State.
Utah, off to its best start since the 1912-13 team won its first 16 games, opened the game with a 21-4 run and coasted the rest of the way.
Hanno Mottola scored 14 points and Alex Jensen added 13 for Utah (15-0, 3-0 Western Athletic Conference).
"I've been passive lately on offense. I came out tonight wanting to be aggressive," Mottola said.
Wyoming (12-4, 2-2) shot only 29 percent from the field in the first half and didn't make its second field goal until Jeron Roberts hit a jumper with 5:32 left in the half.
"We came out with a lot of defensive intensity, and the positive thing was that we sustained that defense throughout the game," Utah coach Rick Majerus said.
Roberts led Wyoming with 28 points, including 21 in the second half. Gregg Sawyer added 16 points for the Cowboys, who lost their second straight following a six-game winning streak.
Utah, which has won 29 of its last 30 games, led 37-18 at halftime.
Roberts and Sawyer opened the second half with baskets that cut Utah's lead to 37-22, but the Utes answered with a 12-1 run.
The run included consecutive 3-pointers by Mottola and David Jackson hit another.
Shortly thereafter, Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt was charged with a technical foul, and Andre Miller hit the foul shots to put Utah up 49-23.