LSU 55

(6-4, 0-3 away)

Utah 69

(11-3, 10-0 home)

    10:00 PM ET, January 3, 2005

    Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

    1 2 T
    LSU 34 2155
    UTAH 35 3469

    Top Performers

    LSU: B. Bass 17 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Utah: A. Bogut 24 Pts, 17 Reb, 1 Stl

    Utah 69, LSU 55

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Andrew Bogut nearly outrebounded Louisiana State by himself.

    The Utah center had 17 rebounds and the Utes outrebounded LSU by nearly a 2-1 margin in a 69-55 win Monday night to extend their winning streak to six in a row.

    Bogut scored 24 points, had his seventh straight double-double and just missed his career rebounding high by one. He has 49 rebounds in his last three games as Utah prepares for Mountain West Conference play, which opens next week.

    "We didn't have the best schedule early," Bogut said. "But right now we've played three or four good schools in a row. I think this gives us great momentum."

    Bogut scored 11 of Utah's first 12 points in the second half and the Utes (11-3) wore down the Tigers (6-4) and won the rebounding battle 39-21. LSU hit 11 of 31 from 3-point range, but could not hit them down the stretch after falling behind.

    "You're going to have some misses," Utah coach Ray Giacoletti said. "We were going to be disciplined to keep stepping back and putting bodies on people and not give them second chances."

    Marc Jackson scored 15 and Bryant Markson added 12 points for the Utes, who won the second meeting between the two schools and evened the series after LSU opened the home-and-home series with a 65-61 win last season in Baton Rouge.

    Brandon Bass led LSU with 17 points and nine rebounds and Tack Minor added 12 points. But the Tigers couldn't overcome 19-for-50 shooting from the field, even with a solid night on 3-pointers and have lost three of four.

    "Our inability to make an open shot was one of our problems tonight," LSU coach John Brady said. "We had every opportunity to hit open shots and didn't make them. We also didn't stop Utah from getting offensive boards."

    They had no answer for Bogut, who had five of Utah's 12 offensive rebounds.

    Bogut scored seven straight points to open the second half, starting it with a dunk and adding a baseline jumper just before the shot clock expired. Bogut kept spinning around whoever was defending him for easy layups.

    "We've got a great offense," said Jackson, who was 4-for-4 from 3-point range. "It's just a cut offense and it cuts you up. We put him out on the wing and we were just having him cut and those big guys couldn't stay with him."

    The Tigers tried double teaming Bogut and he still pulled down two offensive rebounds in one possession.

    Jackson hit a 3-pointer and Markson made two free throws to put Utah up 54-44, then Bass answered with a 3-pointer to get the Tigers back within single digits. But Tim Drisdom put back his own miss and Jonas Langvad hit his second 3-pointer of the night to put Utah ahead 59-47. Bogut added two free throws with 5:57 left to make it a 61-47 lead and even the Tigers' 3-point attack wasn't enough to make up the margin.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 55 69
    FG Made-Attempted 19-50 (.380) 25-48 (.521)
    3P Made-Attempted 11-31 (.355) 7-16 (.438)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-7 (.857) 12-22 (.545)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 9 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 15

    2004-05 Season

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