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Runnin' Utes Welcome in 'Runners for Friday Evening Tilt

Nov 9, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah men's basketball team welcomes in CSU Bakersfield this Friday, Nov. 11, for a 5 p.m. (MT) tilt on Veteran's Day as part of its Military Appreciation Game. Friday is also another doubleheader day for Utah Athletics with the women's team playing Utah Valley first at 1:30 p.m.
 
Krista Blunk and Joe Cravens will once again have the call on the Pac-12 Mountain broadcast as the Runnin' Utes don their USS Salt Lake City special edition jersey against the Roadrunners at home in the first meeting ever between the two programs.
 
MILITARY APPRECIATION GAME
ALL active, reserve and retired members of the armed forces receive FREE TICKETS with a valid Military ID for Friday night's battle against the Roadrunners.
 
COLLECTIBLE CUP SERIES
With four double-headers this season, the Utah marketing department will be giving away collectible cups to those with a men's and women's basketball ticket. Ute fans will have their second opportunity this Friday, Nov. 11, when Utah faces off against CSU Bakersfield.
Collector Cup Series
• Nov. 7 vs. Long Island
• Nov. 11 vs. CSU Bakersfield
• Feb. 23 vs. UCLA
• Feb. 25 vs. USC
 
THROW IT DOWN BIG MAN
Utah senior Branden Carlson had a huge opening night, scoring 21 points with 10 rebounds and 3 blocks for his seventh-career double-double. It marked the third time in his career he had notched 20-plus points in a game and first game of his career with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Carlson also became the first Runnin' Ute to record at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks since Jakob Poeltl against BYU (26pts, 13rebs, 5blks) on Dec. 2, 2015.

 
SCOUTING THE ROADRUNNERS
Cal State Bakersfield enters its third season as a member of the Big West Conference in 2022-23 under the direction of 12th-year head coach Rod Barnes. Heading into this season, the Roadrunners return 41-percent of their offense and 32-percent of their rebounding with a roster that sees six returners and seven newcomers.
 
The Roadrunners had a balanced attack in their season-opening victory over San Diego Christian on Monday with six players scoring at least seven points while all 12 players that saw action scored. Veteran forward Cameron Smith and Georgia Tech transfer Marvin McGhee III led the way for CSUB in the scoring column with 11 points apiece.
 
RUNNIN' UTES HOLIDAY CLASSIC
The Dec. 21 game against preseason #14 TCU at Vivint Arena will be named the Runnin' Utes Holiday Classic with single game tickets for that game set to go on sale Friday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. (MT) through the Utah Ticket Office online at www.utahtickets.com/basketball.
 
Season ticket holders also get the opportunity to claim up to the amount of season tickets that each season ticket holder currently has. For more information redemption options for season ticket holders and pricing, click here.
 
RUNNIN' UTES INK ERICKSON TO NLI
Utah head men's basketball coach Craig Smith signed Hunter Erickson to a National of Letter of Intent on Wednesday on the first official day for to sign players for the 2023-24 season. The 6-3 guard is currently at Salt Lake Community College, last year's NJCAA National Runner-Up, after spending his first two season at BYU (2020-22). Erickson stuffed the stat sheet in the season-opener for SLCC on Nov. 4, scoring 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting with four rebounds, four assists and three steals.
 
Erickson started his career down south, playing eight games his freshman year (2020-21) in a reserve role before seeing action in 19 games as a sophomore (2021-22). The Provo, Utah, native made his collegiate debut against Westminster and also scored his first-career basket that game. He scored a career-high 10 points against the Griffins his sophomore year on 4-of-7 shooting and helped the Cougars reach the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Tournament last season.
 
A native of Provo, Utah, Erickson prepped at Timpview High School where helped lead the Thunderbirds to four-straight regional championships among his plethora of individual awards.
 
LAST TIME OUT
Utah dominated LIU in its season-opener wire-to-wire with a final score of 89-48. With the significant lead, Utah was able to play all 14 available players with 10-of-14 finding themselves in the scoring column. The win also pushed Utah's all-time record to 12-0 in season-opening games since joining the Pac-12.
 
The Utes were led by Branden Carlson, who record his seventh career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Gabe Madsen was among 1-of-5 Utes in double-figures, scoring 13 points on 7-of-7 from the foul line while freshman Wilguens Junior Exacte added 12 points off the bench with six rebounds. Both Utah point guards, Rollie Worster and Mike Saunders Jr. chipped in with 11 points apiece.

 
As a team, the Utes dominated the boards as well – grabbing 53 rebounds to LIU's 34. Utah also turned 17 offensive boards into 23 points while also converting 17 turnovers by the Sharks into a 17-7 edge in points off turnovers.
 
UP NEXT
The Runnin' Utes remain at home as part of their four-game homestand to start the season as they entertain Idaho State with a short turnaround on Monday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. Drew Goodman will have the call on the P-12 Networks game while former head coach Mike Montgomery serves as the analyst.
 
LOOKING AHEAD
Sam Houston comes to Salt Lake City for a battle on the hardwood as Utah's home game as part of the Ft. Myers Tip-Off MTE on Thursday, Nov. 17. The Runnin' Utes and Bearkats are scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. (MT) with Krista Blunk on the call and Dan Belluomini serving as the analyst on the Pac-12 Mountain broadcast.
 
For the latest news and information on the Runnin' Utes men's basketball program, fans can stay connected online at www.UtahUtes.com and on social media by following @UtahMBB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 
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