Utah Utes center Branden Carlson (35) reacts as the Utes are in the lead during a men’s basketball game against the Idaho State Bengals at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. Utah won 70-58.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Monday night’s 70-58 win over the visiting Idaho State Bengals probably produced a few anxious moments for the small number of University of Utah fans who made the trek to the Huntsman Center, but in the end it was a great little test for the Runnin’ Utes.

That’s especially true considering the competition moves up a notch later this week when Sam Houston visits on Thursday, and especially next week when coach Craig Smith’s crew hits the road for the first time and will face Georgia Tech in a tournament in Florida.

“I just think my teammates put me in a position to be able to do that. I think we had some play calls for me. A lot of it is I (was) in the right position and it was a little dump-off for a dunk. Just unselfish plays by my teammates.” — Utah center Branden Carlson.

“It is not always pretty, but it is good for the team to get a little adversity right away,” said guard Gabe Madsen, who didn’t quite reach the career-high 25 points he had in Friday’s blowout of Cal State Bakersfield, but still had a career-high eight rebounds to go with eight points.

Smith agreed with his sophomore guard, saying he was pleased with how the Utes (3-0) responded in the final 10 minutes after Idaho State had cut a 12-point advantage to one point with about 10 minutes remaining.

“I thought late obviously we did a …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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