SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Freshman Brekkott Chapman scored a career-best 22 points to help No. 14 cruise past South Dakota State 80-66 on Tuesday night.
Delon Wright added 17 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Utes, who used a four-minute first-half run to take command and never looked back.
Dakarai Tucker added 11 points for Utah (9-2).
Cody Larson scored 13 points, Reed Tellinghuisen added 12 points and Zach Horstman had 10 for the Jackrabbits (9-4), who shot 39 percent and saw their seven-game winning streak snapped.
Chapman displayed a savvy inside-out floor game and seemed to be in the right place at the right time, whether it be by the basket for a rebound and a put-back or flying to the rim to receive a Wright-led fast break pass.
The smooth 6-foot-8 forward made 9 of 13 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers. Chapman’s previous high was 11 points against UC-Riverside on Nov. 21.
Isaiah Wright stole the ball and hit a 3-pointer on the other end to cap a 19-4 run over a four-minute span and make it 45-26 for the Utes just before halftime.
The Jackrabbits stayed close in the early stages and closed the gap to 26-22 after a three-point play by Horstman with 5:19 left in the first half.
But the Jackrabbits’ string of four games decided by four points or fewer would not continue. In fact, the closest they got to the Utes in the second half was the final score, playing against Utah’s seldom-used reserves.
Wright, who made seven of his eight attempts, is averaging 19 points on 60 percent shooting over a seven-game stretch.
Utah’s largest lead was 66-40 with 11:38 to play after the Utes made three straight layups and a free throw.
South Dakota State: Cody Larson got a flagrant foul for elbowing Kyle Kuzma with 10:08 left in the game … SDSU is 1-9 against Top 25 foes since moving to Division I in 2004-05. … SDSU grabbed 10 offensive rebounds and had 14 second-chance points (Utah had just seven).
Utah: Jordan Loveridge missed his seventh game after knee surgery but is nearing a return and starting forward Chris Reyes played just three minutes because of an undisclosed injury. … The Utes have won 26 straight against unranked opponents at home by an average of 24 points. … Utah is fifth in the nation at defending 2-point shots (37.
SDSU visits No. 23 Northern Iowa on Sunday.
Utah hosts Carroll College next Tuesday.
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