Utah Tech blew out Lindenwood behind a big play by Pope

Salt Lake City – The Utah Tech men’s basketball team took down the Lindenwood Lions behind a big performance by Trailblazers guard Isaiah Bishop.

The Blazers host the Lions on Thursday, December 22 at Burns Arena in St. George.

Utah Tech beat Lindenwood 95-64.

Pope led the Trailblazers with a game-high 25 points.

In the first five minutes of the afternoon, it was a close contest between the Lions and the Trailblazers. After that, Utah Tech torched Lindenwood for the next opening half.

Noah Gonsalves connected on a three-pointer to tie the scoreboard at 5-5 Utah Tech at 15:59 of the first half. The triple started a big run for the Blazers, who took a 52-24 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The last 20 minutes of the game saw a tighter contest and the Blazers managed to win the second half by just three points.

However, the big lead was too big for the Lions to overcome after the break.

The Trailblazers shot 52.4 percent from the floor, including 14-28 for 50 percent from beyond the arc. Lindenwood shot 35.6 percent overall and 34.6 percent from three.

Utah Tech had a 44-point lead at one point and held other advantages in the game. The Blazers outscored the Lions in rebounding, assists, steals, blocks and turnovers.

Pope’s 25 points came on 8-13 field goals, 4-7 three-pointers and 5-6 from the free throw line. Court added three rebounds, five assists and a steal in 27 minutes.

The guard was one of four trailblazing players to score in double figures. Gonsavles added 19 points and Cameron Gooden added 13 points. Frank Stein scored 10 points off the bench.

With the win, the Trailblazers improved their record to 8-5 this season.

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Utah Tech’s next game is against the UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros on Thursday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. (MDT). The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

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