(22) Utah 72

(8-2, 3-2 away)

E Michigan 67

(4-5, 4-3 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 21, 2005

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    #22UTAH 34 3872
    EMU 32 3567

    Utes stop late surge, beat Eastern Michigan

    YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) -- Senior forward Kim Smith scored a season-high 29 points and forward Jessica Perry added 13, leading No. 22 Utah to a 72-67 victory over Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night.

    The Utes (8-2) charged to a double-digit lead midway through the second half and then withstood a late rally by Eastern Michigan.

    After nine first-half lead changes, the Utes took the lead when Julie Larsen hit a 3-pointer and added two free throws that gave Utah a 30-27 lead.

    The Utes extended their lead to seven points before Eastern Michigan (4-5) closed within two points, 34-32, by halftime.

    Ryan Coleman, who finished with 13 points, keyed a second-half run that gave the Eagles a 39-37 lead. But Utah rallied.

    Smith hit a 3-pointer with 12:21 to push Utah's lead to 48-44. The Utes then scored eight straight points and led by 10 points after Shona Thorburn's layup off of a lob pass.

    Senior forward Nikki Knapp scored 21 points for Eastern Michigan, which closed within two points in the final minute but was unable to complete the comeback.

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