RENO — 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.
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.