Craig Smith era begins with Utah victory over Abilene Christian, 70-56

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – The Craig Smith era is off to a successful start.

Five Utah players scored in double figures, as the Runnin’ Utes won its first game under its new head coach over Abilene Christian, 70-56.

David Jenkins Jr. led the way with 15 points, Branden Carlson added 14 points, while Rollie Worster chipped in with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, as the Utes held the Wildcats to just 38.6 percent shooting from the floor.

Dusan Mahorcic scored 11 points and pulled down 8 rebounds off the bench, while Marco Anthony had 10 points and 9 rebounds.

Despite committing 20 turnovers, Utah was able to pull away in the second half, dominating the boards, 55-29.

Riley Battin had 8 points and 10 rebounds for the Utes.

Utah will next host Sacramento State Saturday night at the Huntsman Center.

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