SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah used an inspired first-half effort to propel itself to a 67-51 victory over Central Michigan this evening at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Jarred DuBois scored a season-best 20 points and Glen Dean added 13 for the Utes.
DuBois' final points of the contest came at the end as Utah took its largest lead at 67-47. The Loyola Marymount transfer also added five rebounds and five assists without committing a turnover to cap an impressive all-around performance.
Jordan Loveridge and Dallin Bachynski each added eight points for the Utes with Loveridge leading the squad with nine rebounds and the sophomore from Calgary adding six. For the second game in a row, Utah expertly attacked inside and was a +16 in points in the paint.
The Utah defense was equally impressive, holding Central Michigan to 26 percent shooting from beyond the arc and 30 percent from the field. In comparison, Utah shot 49 percent from the field and was also a +9 on the glass against the Chippewas.
Trailing 6-4, Utah used a 16-2 run to push out in front and from that point, never looked back. The Utes extended their lead in the first half to as many as 14, eventually going into the lockers with a 37-24 cushion.
Utah's defense was stifling as it held the Chippewas without a field goal from the 18:14 mark in the first half to the 5:58 mark, a span of 12:16. In fact, the Utes held CMU to only two two-point field goals and 26 percent shooting, while having their best 20-minute stretch against a DI opponent this season, shooting 58 percent.
DuBois led all scorers at the break with 12 points and also added three rebounds along with three assists. Jason Washburn scored all seven of his points in the first half, going 3-for-3 from the field and capping it with a baseline jam over a CMU defender.
DuBois eclipsed his previous personal high with his first field goal in the second half. Dean eventually reached double figures for the fourth-consecutive game on a layup that put Utah ahead 49-36 with 14:33 to play.
Derrick Richardson scored 10 points and was the only one in double figures for the Chippewas against the constant Utah pressure. CMU did shoot 31 three-pointers on the evening, eclipsing the previous season high for a Utah opponent (23, Sacramento State).
CMU's leading scorer Kyle Randall made just 1-of-11 shots and Utah's height and tenacity forced more than half of Central Michigan's shots to come from behind the arc.
Utah next hosts Wright State Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.