SALT LAKE CITY — Gabe Madsen scored 20 points to lead six Utah players scoring in double figures and the Utes beat Eastern Washington 101-66 Monday night in the season opener for both teams.
Cole Bajema scored 17 points and Rollie Worster added 15 points, eight assists, six steals and five rebounds for Utah. Branden Carlson, Ben Carlson and Keba Keita each scored 11 points. Keita also had 11 rebounds and two blocks.
Bajema and Madsen hit back-to-back 3-pointers to open the scoring and Utah never trailed. The Utes used runs of 12-0 and 10-0 to build a 44-20 halftime lead and Eastern Washington trailed by at least 20 points throughout the second half.
LeJuan Watts made 7 of 9 from the field and finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and two steals for Eastern Washington. Dane Erikstrup hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points.
Utah shot 55% (32 of 58) from the field, made 11 3-pointers and made 15 more free throws (26) than the Eagles attempted (11). The Utes outrebounded Eastern Washington 48-28.
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