UH routed by Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Freshman Donnie Tillman scored 16 points as Utah led start to finish in an 80-60 win over the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team on Saturday.

The Utes simply had more skill and size than the visiting Rainbow Warriors and cruised to the win despite some ugly play on both sides.

Tillman shot 5-for-9 from the field and added eight rebounds off the bench. Dave Collette finished with 16 points for Utah (6-1) while Gabe Bealer scored 14 and knocked down four 3-pointers.

Utah led 37-30 at halftime after a sluggish start offensively for both teams. Both squads missed their first five shots and went long stretches without scoring a basket.

The Utes finally got going off seven straight points from Tillman and a 21-8 stretch gave Utah a 13-point lead. Hawaii closed the half strong with a 14-8 run of their own, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Drew Buggs.

A 20-6 second-half stretch put the Utes up 59-40 and buried Hawaii. Utah won the rebounding battle 46-32.

Buggs led the Rainbow Warriors (4-2) with 14 points and Mike Thomas added 12.

“That was not a good performance,” Hawaii coach Eran Ganot said. “I thought we did a good job to keep us in the game defensively, but again, there is an occurring thing with our offensive distortion, our inability to make shots around the rim, and we probably had six to ten layups that we either faded or missed.”

UH next hosts Prairie View A&M on Wednesday and UH Hilo on Saturday.