Clyburn's 27 leads Utah past Weber State 90-75


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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Will Clyburn had a season-high 27 points and nine rebounds and Josh Watkins added 16 points and six assists to boost Utah over Weber State 90-75 on Saturday night.

In his first three games with Utah, Clyburn has led the team in scoring each time and helped the Utes to their first 3-0 start since 2005-06. Jay Watkins added 12 points and Chris Hines 11.

Damian Lillard led the Wildcats (1-2) with 28 points. Lindsey Hughey had 12.

The ragged game had 36 turnovers and just 17 assists, and the Utes actually had more free throw attempts (45) than field goal tries (42). Clyburn made 14 of 15 from the line as the Utes went 40 of 45 in their highest-scoring game since beating BYU 94-88 on Jan. 27, 2009.

Byron Fulton scored a season-best 11 points, including 10 in the first half, to keep the Wildcats in the game.

Clyburn scored seven points in a 16-4 run to open the second half and push Utah's lead to 56-38 with 15:04 left. The Utes never led by fewer than 12 the rest of the way.

Any chance that the Wildcats would come back was hampered when they committed their seventh foul of the second half with 15:35 remaining to put Utah in the bonus.

Weber State, which won the Big Sky regular-season championship last season and is tabbed to finish first again, shot 36.7 percent.

The Wildcats trailed 40-34 at halftime, but it could have been worse if the Utes hadn't turned the ball over 13 times. Utah committed 20 turnovers in the game.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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