ST. GEORGE — The Trailblazers are blazing hot.
The Utah Tech men’s basketball team won its third consecutive game in convincing fashion, routing The Master’s University, 100-58, Saturday night in Burns Arena.
According to a press release, the Trailblazers (6-5) jumped out to a big early lead and never relinquished it.
Utah Tech sank three-straight 3-pointers and shot 5-of-6 from the floor to open the contest. The Mustangs play in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which plays at a Division II level.
A balanced attack produced four Trailblazers in double-digit scoring, led by Isaiah Pope’s 18 points. Pope netted two 3-pointers and snagged a career-high eight rebounds.
Senior Cameron Gooden netted 14 points (including 8-of-8 from the free-throw line) and Jacob Nicolds threw in a season-high 14 points as well.
Tanner Christensen was the fourth double-digit Trailblazer with 13 points, including a 5-of-7 field goal shooting effort before he fouled out.
All 14 Trailblazers who got into the game against the Mustangs scored at least two points.
Utah Tech got one day off before facing another NAIA team Monday night at 7 p.m. in Burns Arena. The Trailblazers will tip off against Westmont College from Santa Barbara, California.
The Warriors are in the Golden State Athletic Conference (as is The Master’s) and have lost four consecutive games going into Monday night’s contest.
Four Warriors starters average double-figures, led by junior guard Anthony McIntyre’s 13.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Junior guard Amir Davis leads the Warriors in rebounding (6.8 per game) and assists (2 per game).
After that, Utah Tech closes out its 2022-23 non-conference schedule Thursday, Dec. 22, with a matinee against Lindenwood inside Burns Arena at 1 p.m.
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