PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Andrew Bogut's migraine was no longer
bothering him when he took the floor for Utah (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today; No. 21 AP) against rival Brigham
Nothing the Cougars did seemed to rile him, either.
Bogut overcame his morning migraine and had 20 points, nine
rebounds and five blocks in Utah's 72-58 win over BYU late
Monday, overcoming a lackluster first half with a stunning final 20
"I think we just came out flat and we didn't play the way we
wanted to," Bogut said.
Utah (18-3, 6-0 Mountain West) outscored BYU 44-29 in the second
half, shooting 17-for-24 from the field in the final 20 minutes and
61.9 percent for the game.
BYU (7-14, 1-5) led by a point at halftime, but couldn't stop
Bogut or any of his teammates in the second half.
"They adjusted well on offense. We tried doubling Bogut. We
tried not doubling Bogut. We tried zone," said Austin Ainge, who
led BYU with 15 points. "They did a good job attacking all of
The state's biggest rivalry nearly turned into a brawl late in
the second half when Utah was pulling away.
Bogut went in for a two-handed dunk and hung on to the rim a
little longer than the Cougars felt he should have. When he came
down, it was on BYU's Chris Miles, who kicked at Bogut while both
were on the floor.
"I went to dunk it and hung on the rim long enough I think,"
Bogut said. "When I went down, he was still there and I fell on
him. I just tried to stay cool."
Miles was called for a technical immediately and the animosity
grew from there. BYU's Mike Hall and Markson exchanged words as
each were led away by teammates, although not before both were
called for technicals.
Utah's coaching staff ran down the bench to make sure nobody ran
onto the court.
"We don't need something crazy to happen," Utah coach Ray
Giacoletti said after his first game in the rivalry.
The brief break as the officials sorted out the technicals
didn't seem to faze Utah, which came back on the next possession
with another power dunk by Bogut, who also had nine rebounds, to
put the Utes up 67-48.
"To BYU's credit, early, they were the aggressors," Giacoletti
said. "I thought in the second half our D was solid and I thought
we were the aggressor."
BYU turned the ball over on its first possession of the second
half, leading to Jackson's layup. Drisdom made a steal at midcourt
and fed it to Bogut, who made a perfect bounce pass through the
lane to Markson for an easy dunk that put Utah up 32-29.
Balderson tied it for the Cougars with a 3-pointer, but Justin
Hawkins converted a 3-point play and Markson added a basket during
the 16-3 run to open the second half.
Markson added a dunk and a 3-pointer as the Utes scored 12
BYU cut it to 46-38 on two free throws by Young with 12:22
remaining, but the Utes took off again. Markson scored off an
offensive rebound, Hawkins added a layup and Drisdom picked up the
ball after another block by Bogut and drove for a left-handed layup
and the lead was up to 14.
The Cougars never got closer than nine the rest of the game.
Reggie Witherspoon, who spent more than 13 seasons coaching at Buffalo, is returning to the city to coach Canisius College.
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Sparkling facilities are one thing, but Tim Miles needs to regain the momentum of Nebraska's 2014 run to the NCAAs if it is to play with the big boys.