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Runnin' Utes overpower road-weary Coppin State 94-51

SALT LAKE CITY — It was business as usual Friday night in the Huntsman Center. Add Coppin State to the list of overpowered opponents to get drilled by the Utah Utes up on the hill.

JoJo Zamora scored 22 points as the Utes topped the Eagles 94-51.

Lorenzo Bonam, Parker Van Dyke and Jake Connor added 19, 15 and 11 points, respectively, in the victory.

It’s the latest in a series of lopsided triumphs that Utah has recorded in getting off to a 3-0 start to the season. The other wins came against Northwest Nazarene (81-37) and Concordia (96-53).

“We’re executing. Guys are getting an opportunity to play — a lot of different guys,” said Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak. “I’m trying to get a handle on some rotations when the time comes.”

Krystkowiak was especially pleased that the Utes had 22 assists on 30 shots against the road-weary Eagles. They didn’t waste much time putting these birds away.

Van Dyke hit a 3-pointer and Tyler Rawson added a basket to give them a quick 5-0 advantage. The lead swelled to 19-3 just over five minutes later. From there, the margin eventually grew to 32 points.

Utah led 53-25 at halftime. Bonam topped all scorers with 17 points at the break. Van Dyke had 11 and Connor added nine. The Utes did well on the boards as well. Rawson had nine rebounds in the first half and Jayce Johnson pulled down eight.

In the second half, Utah extended its lead to a game-high 46 points.

“I think we’ve improved in different aspects each game,” Van Dyke said of the trio of blowouts. “So even though the games aren’t very close. I think there’s definitely progress with our team.”

Coppin State (0-5) played its third road game in three nights. The Baltimore-based Eagles, who play their first seven games away from home, were at Coastal Carolina Wednesday and BYU on Thursday. They began the season Nov. 11 at Hofstra and played at Valparaiso three days later. The other bookend of the lengthy trip features a visit to Ball State Monday and Grand Canyon next Friday.

The Utes, meanwhile, have the exact opposite kind of schedule. Their first seven games are at home. They host UC Riverside next Friday before closing out the homestand with Butler (Nov. 28), Montana State (Dec. 1) and Utah Valley (Dec. 6).

EXTRA STUFF: Although there was an abundance of empty seats, the announced attendance was 10,693 . . . Rawson finished with a game-high 12 rebounds and six assists . . . Johnson grabbed 10 boards . . . Utah is now 2-0 against Coppin State.


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