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Utah defeats Grand Canyon 79-54

Published on November 22, 2013 at 05:54AM

elon Wright scored 17 points on 8-of-8 shooting while Jordan Loveridge added 15 points and 15 rebounds to help Utah pull away from Grand Canyon for a 79-54 victory to open the Global Sports Hoops Showcase on Thursday night.

Parker Van Dyke had a career-high 12 points off the bench for the Utes (3-0), who used their speed and size to take control of the game from the opening tip. Utah out-rebounded the Antelopes 49-33 and had a 42-28 edge for points in the paint. The Utes produced 20 points off 12 Grand Canyon turnovers. Utah also outscored the Antelopes 17-2 in fastbreak points.

Demetrius Walker had 16 points and Jerome Garrison added 12 to lead the Antelopes, a Division I newcomer still searching for their first win over a Division I opponent. Grand Canyon (1-3) joined the WAC this season after competing in the Pac West — an NCAA Division II conference — last season.