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
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.