Van Horn, defense get Utah into Sweet 16 Tenacious Utes overpower UNC-Charlotte, 77-58

West Regional

March 17, 1997|By Ken Murray

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Utah's defense held North Carolina-Charlotte's two best players to nine points and the Utes advanced to the round of 16 on Thursday with a convincing, 77-58 victory in the West Regional yesterday.

Charlotte's leading scorer, DeMarco Johnson, averaging 19.3 points, scored just six. Point guard Sean Colson, averaging 14.5, had just three points on a 1-for-13 shooting performance. They were a combined 3-for-22.

"I credit our guys," coach Rick Majerus said after Utah's 13th straight win. "We understand how to win. We win with defense and rebounding."

Utah's Andre Miller (eight points, nine assists, two steals) hounded Colson, while Keith Van Horn checked Johnson.

On the offensive end, Van Horn and Mike Doleac were unstoppable for Utah. Van Horn had a game-high 27 points and the 6-foot-11 Doleac, showing a soft outside touch, had 18. Together, they hit 18 of 29 shots.

Utah (28-3) opened a 17-point lead with a 13-4 run in the first half. Charlotte (22-9) got within seven points twice early in the second half, but had just two field goals in a span of 7: 33, and Utah built it back up to as much as 23.

NORTH CAROLINA-CHARLOTTE -- Johnson 2-9 2-2 6, Shaw 1-4 0-0 2, Kuehl 4-8 1-2 9, Colson 1-13 1-2 3, Downs 4-10 0-0 10, Bundy 4-7 0-0 11, Theodore 0-0 0-0 0, Dwiggins 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Gardiner 6-9 1-2 14, Howard 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 23-63 5-8 58.

UTAH -- Hansen 2-3 0-1 4, Van Horn 10-18 6-6 27, Doleac 8-11 2-2 18, Caton 4-8 2-2 12, Miller 2-5 4-4 8, Jackson 0-1 0-0 0, McTavish 0-1 0-0 0, Mottola 1-3 4-4 6, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Johnsen 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 28-52 18-19 77.

Halftime--Utah 39-31. 3-point goals--UNCC 7-21 (Bundy 3-5, Downs 2-5, Gardiner 1-1, Howard 1-2, Johnson 0-1, Shaw 0-1, Colson 0-6), Utah 3-17 (Caton 2-6, Van Horn 1-6, Miller 0-1, Jackson 0-1, McTavish 0-1, Doleac 0-2). Fouled out--Hansen. Rebounds--UNCC 29 (Kuehl 11), Utah 33 (Van Horn 8). Assists--UNCC 12 (Colson 7), Utah 20 (Miller 9). Total

fouls--UNCC 19, Utah 14. A--11,916.

Pub Date: 3/17/97

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