SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Headed into perhaps their biggest challenge of the non-conference season, the Utes are on a roll.
David Collette and Donnie Tillman each scored 16 points, as the Utes picked up an 80-60 home win over the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Saturday evening at the Huntsman Center.
The Utes are now 6-1 headed into Wednesday’s showdown at Butler.
Tillman scored a new season and career high with 16 points, while David Collette matched it with 16 points, as well. Gabe Bealer chipped in with 14 points and Justin Bibbins added 13 points to give the Utes four players in double figures. Jayce Johnson came off the bench to score seven points and pull down a team-high 11 rebounds.
Utah took a 37-30 lead into the locker room behind Justin Bibbins’ nine-point effort. He was 3-of-3 from downtown and that proved to be the difference over the first 20 minutes of play as the Utes shot .417 (5-of-7) from beyond the arc and the Rainbow Warriors cashed in on just a .200 (2-of-10) effort.
Hawaii closed the first half outscoring the Utes 8-2 and then opened the second half with a 4-2 run to get within five points, but Utah countered with a 14-4 run to push its lead to 53-39. The Rainbow Warriors would get back within 11 points following a 7-2 run midway through the half, but Utah’s defense clamped down and did not allow UH to convert a field goal for over four minutes following the 7:30 mark of the period.
An 8-2 run through the final media timeout would prove to be too much for the Rainbow Warriors and Utah would go onto win its sixth game of the season.