Wyoming 62

(14-9, 6-4 MW)

(14) Utah 71

(22-3, 10-0 MW)

    9:00 PM ET, February 14, 2005

    Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

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    WYO 28 3462
    #14UTAH 33 3871

    Top Performers

    Wyoming: J. Williams 11 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    Utah: A. Bogut 31 Pts, 13 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Utes big man records 17th double-double

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Andrew Bogut is already putting on a show for the NBA.

    In front of about 10 pro scouts, Utah's 7-foot sophomore had 31 points and 13 rebounds to lead Utah (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today; No. 14 AP) to its 17th straight win, 71-62 over Wyoming on Monday night.

    Wyoming single-teamed the big Australian, hoping to shut down the rest of the Utes. The strategy failed.

    "I just got the ball inside with 1-on-1 coverage. I thought I could score every time that I got it and I did," said Bogut, who was 11-for-16 from the field

    Scouts are turning out for Utah games as the season winds down and Bogut continues to impress. He got his 17th double-double of the season and just missed his career-high of 33 points, set Saturday in a win over Colorado State.

    Bogut led the Utes in scoring, rebounding and assists (4) Monday and was 9-for-11 from the free throw line.

    "We tried a little bit of everything," Wyoming's Justin Williams said. "I think that was definitely the difference. He's just a great player."

    Utah (22-3, 10-0 Mountain West) improved to 14-0 at home this season and tied the 1990-91 Utes for the second-longest streak in school history. The longest is 23 straight in 1998-99.

    Marc Jackson and Richard Chaney each scored 12 points for the Utes, who used a 13-0 run and held Wyoming (14-9, 6-4) scoreless for a 7-minute stretch to pull away midway through the second half.

    Utah outrebounded Wyoming 34-21 and Jackson shut down Wyoming's Jay Straight until the final minute.

    "It goes back to our defense. I don't have a problem if we don't do a good job shooting the basketball," first-year Utah coach Ray Giacoletti said. "The defensive end of the floor is something that we can control."

    Straight led the Cowboys with 16 points. Dion Sherrell scored 12 and Williams added 11 as the Cowboys made a late push after the game was already decided. Wyoming stretched the game with frequent timeouts and fouls, but all it did was cut the margin to single digits as the Utes swept the Cowboys this season.

    "We decided to go straight on him and see what happened," Wyoming coach Steve McClain said of Bogut. "We didn't beat them, but we came closer than anyone else has on their home court."

    Utah won the first meeting 74-49 last month at Wyoming, but Monday was close until midway through the second half.

    "That's the scary thing -- we haven't played our best basketball game yet this year," Bogut said. "Half of our games, we really play hard but not for 40 minutes."

    Alex Dunn got the Cowboys to 42-40 with 14:41 left in the game, then Utah took off with 13 straight points. Bogut scored five during the run, including a three-point play, and Jackson atoned for a pass that was too high for even Bogut by hitting a 3-pointer to put Utah up 53-40.

    Bogut added two free throws with about 8 minutes remaining and Wyoming never got closer than 10 until Straight's 3-pointer with about 20 seconds left made it 67-60.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 62 71
    FG Made-Attempted 23-49 (.469) 22-46 (.478)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-13 (.308) 3-12 (.250)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-18 (.667) 24-29 (.828)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 16

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