Utes roll in final exhibition

Utah utilized an excellent shooting night and a strong effort from freshman forward Daniel Deane to defeat Montana Tech 76-50 in its final exhibition game on Monday night at the Huntsman Center.

Dean played 24 minutes off the bench, leading the Utes with 15 points and seven rebounds. He was among four Utes that scored in double figures, followed by 13-point nights from Johnnie Bryant and Shaun Green, and 12 points from Luke Nevill.

The Utes scorched the nets, shooting 66 percent from the field and 69 percent (9-for-13) from three-point range. Utah also had a commanding 31-10 advantage on the boards.

Nate Harris scored 12 points and Shea Bradshaw had 11 to lead Montana Tech, a Division I NAIA school from Butte, Mont.

Utah scored the first nine points of the game. Nevill helped get the Utes off to their quick start getting a put-back and a dunk within the first three minutes. Bryant then hit a three-pointer to give the Utes a 9-0 lead with just under 16 minutes to play in the half.

However, Montana Tech hung around for most of the first half and got within 15-12 after Casey Briggs canned a jumper at the 9:26 mark. The Utes then went on an 11-2 run over the next five and a half minutes to push their lead to a dozen. Green scored the final four points during the spurt, getting a steal and a transition layup, followed by a jumper to put Utah ahead 26-14 with four minutes to play in the half.

Leading 34-24 at the start of the second half, Utah increased its lead to 49-29 over the next five minutes. Most of Utah's damage was done from beyond the arc with Bryant making three quick three-pointers and Ricky Johns also draining a pair.

Deane helped the Runnin' Utes close out the game strong by scoring seven points in the final three minutes. He got a transition layup after a steal by freshman Curtis Eatmon, made a free throw, drained a jumper from just beyond the free throw line, and got another lay in after receiving a nice pass from Johns.

Johns led the Utes with five assists and also had eight points. He played 26 minutes as a starter. Bryant fueled Utah's long-distance shooting performance, hitting 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. He also had four assists, no turnovers and two steals.

Utah opens its regular season against Southern Utah on Friday at 7:00 p.m. (MST) in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

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