RENO, Nev. (AP) — Timmy Allen scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Utah beat Nevada 79-74 on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.
Both Gach added 22 points for Utah.
After Nevada went on an 9-0 run with 8:46 to take a 58-56 lead, Utah answered with a 13-2 run over the next four minutes of the game and never trailed again.
Utah's starting lineup included five underclassmen and two freshmen.
Nevada's Lyndsey Drew scored a career-high 30 points in his return after missing last season to injury. Drew shot 12 of 19 from the field. The rest of the Wolf Pack players shot 32.7% (16 of 49).
Nevada starting guard and Louisiana Tech transfer Jalen Harris suffered a leg injury midway through the first half and did not return.
True freshman Rylan Jones struggled from the floor in his first game at Utah. Jones scored eight points on 2 of 8 shooting with five assists.
The Utes out rebounded Nevada 51-32 and outscored the Wolf Pack 38-26 in the paint. Nevada finished with four offensive rebounds.
Nevada committed 29 fouls to Utah's 16. The Wolf Pack attempted nine free throws to Utah's 35.
Utah: A young Utah team pulled off a tough road win in front of 8,234 fans at Lawlor Events Center.
Nevada: The Wolf Pack dropped its first home game since the 2017-18 (18 straight wins) and Steve Alford lost his first game as Nevada's head coach.
Utah: The Utes return to Salt Lake City for their home opener Friday against Mississippi Valley State.
Nevada: The Wolf Pack plays its second of four-straight home games to start the season against Loyola Marymount.
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