SALT LAKE CITY — Larry Krystkowiak became the fifth coach in Utah history to win 100 games with the Runnin’ Utes. He reached the mark with Thursday night’s 92-84 triumph over Montana State in the Huntsman Center.
“I was never even aware of any of that stuff,” said Krystkowiak, who did acknowledge that it was cool and he appreciated a postgame video highlighting his victories with the program. “I talked about it always being about we and not me. It probably should happen when you’ve been here going on your sixth year.”
Krystkowiak, who is now 100-74 since taking over in the 2011-12 season, joins Vadal Peterson, 385 (1927-53); Jack Gardner,339 (1953-71); Rick Majerus, 323 (1989-2004); and Jerry Pimm, 173 (1974-83) in reaching the milestone at Utah.
At game’s end, the MUSS unveiled a congratulatory banner during the postgame and athletics director Dr. Chris Hill presented the game ball to Krystkowiak.
“We’re pretty happy for him,” Hill said. “He’s done a great job."
Unlike Krystkowiak’s first victory with the Utes — a 58-55 decision over San Diego Christian on Nov. 14, 2011 — No. 100 wasn’t as tightly contested.
Montana State did prove to be a bit pesky, however. There were three ties and two lead changes down before Utah used a 15-4 run to pull away. JoJo Zamora paced the outburst with five points. Other contributors included Devon Daniels, Parker Van Dyke, Lorenzo Bonam and Tyler Rawson.
Leading 25-17, Utah went on to hold a 12-point edge at the break. Zamora and Van Dyke topped the Utes with 12 and 10 points, respectively, in the opening half.
Utah’s 47-35 halftime lead included a 9-0 margin in fast-break points. The Utes also held a 24-9 rebounding advantage.
Montana State climbed back into contention in the second half. The Bobcats cut the gap to 52-49 on a 3-pointer by Zach Green with 14:57 left to play.
It was a close as it got down the stretch. Utah regained control and eventually upped its lead to 15 on a couple of occasions down the stretch.
Kyle Kuzma almost had a triple-double. The junior forward finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists.
“Montana State did a good job double-teaming me,” Kuzma said. “So I was able to find people and people converted.”
Daniels led the Utes with 18 points. Rawson added 17, along with nine rebounds. Zamora finished with 15 points.
“Pretty good effort on our part,” Krystkowiak said. “I thought we had a number of guys contributing.”
EXTRA STUFF: Utah’s next game is Tuesday at home against Utah Valley. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. . . . The announced attendance for Thursday's game was 10,548 . . . Dating back to 1942, the Utes are 18-1 against Montana State ... Tyler Hall and Quinton Everett finished with 22 and 21 points, respectively, for the Bobcats.