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MURRAY SLAMS BEAR RIVER, 67-29

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Tuesday was 2's-day for fourth-ranked Murray. A pair of personality traits - selfishness and unselfishness - provided the setting for the Spartans' 67-29 preseason win over Bear River.

"I think we were unselfish. That was the key," said Murray coach Gordon Kener. "As soon as we decided we were going to make the easy pass, we were a good team.'David Hancey orchestrated Murray's offensive attack with timely passes, while junior standout Jeff Johnsen led all scorers with 13 points. Teammate K.C. Fisher finished with 12 points and a dozen rebounds.

The Spartans capitalized on two overwhelming runs to compliment a defensive effort which was downright selfish. Simply put, Murray refused to share its offensive success.

Bear River went scoreless for more than six minutes to open the game and failed to connect on a field goal until midway through the second quarter. Meanwhile, Murray built a 20-4 advantage thanks to a game-opening run of 16 unanswered points.

The Bears managed to close the gap to 22-14 by halftime and narrowed the margin to five with a three-pointer early in the second half.

However, the momentum shift proved short-lived as Murray outscored Bear River 45-12 down the stretch to put the game out of reach.

"A lot of my kids play football and we're still not there," said Bear River coach Rex McKee. "And Murray, they are a great team."

The Bears (1-1), who were led by eight points from Kirt McKee, have practiced just nine times since the school's football team reached the state finals.

Meanwhile, the Spartans (3-1) have won three straight since an opening night setback to Bountiful.

Elsewhere in the state:

Sky View 78, Layton 74

At Sky View, Kenny Clark scored 17 of his game-high 32 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Bobcats over the Lancers. Mike Kooyman hit 3 three-pointers in the fourth quarter for Sky View (2-0), which outscored Layton (1-3) 34-26 in the hot-shooting fourth quarter. Tyson Murdock topped the Lancers with 25 points.

Viewmont 61, Fremont 47

At Viewmont, the Vikings remained undefeated behind the 16-point effort of Jeremy Jeppson as they defeated the Silver Wolves. Cody Skinner added 14 for Viewmont (3-0), while Olin Hannum led Fremont with 12.

Brighton 49, Davis 47

At Davis, the fourth-ranked Bengals came back from an early deficit to squeak past the Darts. Scott Harrison poured in a game-high 24 points to lead the way for Brighton (2-1) while Kelby Miller scored 18 in a losing effort for Davis.

Highland 75, Hunter 60

At Highland, Winston Scott led a balanced scoring attack with 17 points as the Rams caged the Wolverines. Highland (3-1) jumped out to a 27-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.

Olympus 75, Granger 72

At Granger, the Titans picked up their second win of the season by holding off the fast-closing Lancers. Jeff Pedersen lit the nets for 24 points while teammate Jonathon Eberhardt added 20 for Olympus (2-1). Andy Butterfield and Tim Ericson combined for 45 points for Granger (1-2).

Hillcrest 51, Kearns 31

At Kearns, the Huskies used a big second half to blow past the Cougars. Chad Keetch led the scoring attack for Hillcrest with 21 points, including six 3-pointers.

American Fork 55, West Jordan 43

At American Fork, the Cavemen evened their preseason record by taking care of the Jaguars. David Eckles and James Bromley combined for 25 points for American Fork (2-2), which held West Jordan (0-3) to 15 first half points.

Timpview 74, Jordan 71 OT

At Jordan, the top-ranked Thunderbirds were given a big scare but escaped with a road win over the Beetdiggers. Dan Brooks scored 25 points and Nate Cooper added 20 for Timpview (3-0).

East 73, Spanish Fork 69 OT

At East, the Leopards blew an 11-point fourth quarter lead but were strong enough in overtime to outlast the Dons. John Hammer tossed in 20 points for East (1-2) while Darin Zwick added 19. Kris Jex paced Spanish Fork with 22.

Springville 59, Woods Cross 57

At Springville, the Red Devils used an 8-6 fourth quarter edge to just get by the Wildcats. Dustin Tanner led Springville (2-2) with 13 points while teammate Jake Huff hit four 3-pointers for his 12 points.

Grantsville 59, Park City 45

At Park City, the Cowboys rode out of town with a big win over the Miners. Grantsville held Park City to just three points in the third quarter.

Carbon 49, Uintah 47

At Uintah, the third-ranked Dinos kept their early season record perfect by squeezing out a road victory over the Utes. Jason Dunn hit a 3-point bucket with 10 seconds left to win the game for Carbon (4-0). Rhett Deets led all scorers with 23 points for Uintah (3-1).

Parowan 68, Lincoln County 56

At Parowan, the Rams improved to 4-0 by playing the role of the inhospitable host to Lincoln County. Chad Wilson hit for 24 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the way for Parowan.

Int. Christian 86, St. Joseph's 78

At St. Joseph's, the Lions jumped out to a big lead and then coasted past the Jayhawks. Eric Cartier and Steve Matlak combined for 32 points for ICS (3-2) while Rory McEntee led all scorers with 31 points for St. Joseph's.

Rowland Hall 61, Mt. Vernon 55

At Mt. Vernon, the fourth-ranked Winged Lions used a 22-10 outburst in the fourth quarter to grab a road victory over the Patriots. Michael Thomas and Howard Horn combined for 37 points to lead the way for RHSM (4-0).

Dugway 58, Salt Lake Lutheran 39

At Dugway, Brett Palmer tossed in 18 points and Jed Kelly added 11 to lead the fifth-ranked Mustangs to a victory over the Lynx. Dugway (3-0) held SLL to three points in the first quarter. Andy Wildauer paced the Lynx with 16 points.

Logan 64, Malad, Idaho 55

At Logan, the Grizzlies remained undefeated by picking up a home victory over the visitors from the north. Mike Miller led Logan (5-0) with 18 points.