Bealer scores 20, Utah bests Mississippi Valley State 91-51
Bealer scores 20, Utah bests Mississippi Valley State 91-51:- Gabe Bealer scored 20 points and the Utah eased its way to a 91-51 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Monday night.
The Utes are now 2-0 as they attempt to create a new identity after losing for of their top six scorers from last season, including Los Angeles Lakers first-round pick Kyle Kuzma.
Bealer carried the load against the Delta Devils with a 7-for-10 shooting night, including six 3-pointers. Freshman Donnie Tillman added 12 off the bench as the Utes shot a gaudy 50 percent from the floor.
Utah was without starting guard Sedrick Barefield (stomach virus) and big man Jayce Johnson (ankle).
Gemaal Davis paced Mississippi Valley State with 13 points and Jordan Evans added eight. The Delta Devils (0-2) were outmatched in size and athleticism and shot just 28.6 percent from the field.
Mississippi Valley State: The Utes provided Valley with a good test against a Pac-12 program, but these nonconference losses mean little. It’s all about SWAC play for the Delta Devils and Monday was a good payday, but an expected loss.
Utah: The early season is all about the Utes finding themselves. Barefield is expected to be one of Utah’s leading scorers this season, but he was unavailable. Johnson has yet to play. So those are two major rotation players, but the Utes were able to get several down-the-line players significant minutes.
Mississippi Valley State: The Delta Devils continue their Utah road trip with a final stop at Utah State on Wednesday.
Utah: The Utes host expected lottery pick Michael Porter, Jr. and the Missouri Tigers on Thursday.