12:00 AM ET, January 6, 2004
Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah played without its starting center, got no points from its top scoring forward and still won.With just one game remaining before the beginning of the Mountain West Conference season, it was a good time for the Utes to find some other options.Richard Chaney scored a career-high 27 points and Nick Jacobson scored 18 to help Utah remain unbeaten at home with a 76-69 win over Pepperdine on Monday night."Most of the times they fell asleep on me and a couple other guys. We got open and shot the ball really well," said Chaney, who was 5-for-7 from 3-point range. "I was just taking what was coming to me. I didn't expect to have a big game, I just fell into it."Tim Drisdom scored 10 points and Justin Hawkins had 10 rebounds off the bench for the Utes (11-3), who improved to 8-0 at home this season.The Utes were playing without center Tim Frost, who has a bad back and will miss at least the next game and possibly more.And forward Andrew Bogut, the Utes' second-leading scorer, was shut out for the first time in his 14-game college career by going 0-for-0 from the floor, and finished with just three rebounds."They were focusing more on trying to guard Andrew and they were focusing on Nick a lot," said Chaney, whose previous high of 22 points came against Southern Utah last week.Glen McGowan led Pepperdine (5-10) with 22 points. Shaun Davis scored 15 and Terrance Johnson had 14 points for the Waves, who lost their fourth straight.Pepperdine cut a 10-point lead in the second half to four but couldn't complete the comeback after McGowan missed a key free throw down the stretch."We came out with a lot more intensity than other games. our tendency is to let other team go up on a big run at the beginning of the game. It's been a habit," McGowan said. "Our intensity and our hunger was on a different level. Coach challenged us and we responded. Everybody did and we responded. Everyone did what they were supposed to do except for me."Chaney made a dunk to put Utah up 68-58, Davis came back with a 3-pointer and Turner drove for a dunk off a steal to cut it to 68-63 with about three minutes left.Hawkins put back a rebound with a dunk to put Utah back up by six, but the Waves got a break when Hawkins missed the first of a 1-and-1 with 1:01 remaining. But Jesse Pinegar rushed a 3-pointer and missed badly for Pepperdine, and Utah got the rebound, called time out and held on for the win.Utah, which averaged just 13 3-pointers per game, attempted 27 on Monday and made 14. The Utes' highest attempts from beyond the arc for the season had been 23 in an 82-39 win over San Diego on Dec. 6."Part of it is what they give you. I don't think we took that many bad 3-point shots," Majerus said.The first half was an outside shooting competition, with both teams combining for 10 total points inside. Instead, the Waves and Utes threw up shot after shot from beyond the arc -- and made plenty. Utah made 9 of 14 3s, while Pepperdine was 4-for-10 to keep it close throughout the half.McGowan tied it at 36 with a three-point play, then Drisdom broke the tie by driving for a layup just before halftime.
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