Coming off its victory over Idaho State Friday night, the Utah basketball team picked up right where it left off and raced to a 39-27 halftime lead against the University of Portland Monday night at the Huntsman Center.

Josh Watkins scored 12 first-half points and dished out 6 assists, while Jason Washburn scored 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting. For the half, the Utes shot 61.5 percent on 16 of 26 from the field, while the Pilots went 9 for 20. Cedric Martin hit 3 of 4 3-pointers for 9 points in the half as the Utes made 4 of 9 from long range.

The 2-8 Utes came out on fire and jumped to a 15-3 lead nine minutes into the game. The lead got as high as 16 at 30-14 with 5:23 left before the Pilots closed the gap by halftime.