SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah coach Ray Giacoletti had to marvel a
little bit as he looked at the box score.
Two Utes scored 14 points and two others scored 13 in 79-60
victory over rival Brigham Young on Wednesday night.
"That's probably how it needs to be for us to be successful. So
many nights we get something out of one (player). Tonight, everyone
came together," Giacoletti said.
The Utes beat the Cougars for the 12th straight time at the
Huntsman Center and avoided being swept in the state rivalry for
the first time since 1994.
Luke Nevill had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Johnnie Bryant
also scored 14. Bryant Markson and Shaun Green added 13 points each
for Utah (11-10, 4-6 Mountain West), which pressured the Cougars
into shooting just 30 percent (18-for-60) from the floor.
"It started on the defensive end. We started playing defense,
we got stops and we got easy buckets on transitions," Bryant said.
"Everybody just did their part tonight."
The Cougars (14-7, 6-4) managed to cut an 18-point lead to nine
midway through the second half, but the Utes never let it get any
closer despite a few late scares.
Brock Reichner led BYU with 21 points, keeping the Cougars in it
by making six of eight 3-pointers. Keena Young added 14 points and
Trent Plaisted scored 12 for BYU, which was just 9-for-32 from the
floor while trying to come back in the second half.
"They sped us up," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "Everything that
we did, we were just in a hurry. We took quick shots, not at our
Utah had lost six of eight since opening the Mountain West
season with a win over New Mexico on Jan. 4, but there were no
signs of a slump in the rivalry game Wednesday. The Utes were
25-for-48 from the floor and used runs of 11-0 and 9-0 in the first
half to take over the game and avenge a 12-point loss to the
Cougars last month.
"We didn't want to be the team to let them get a win over here
against us," Nevill said.
It was definitely Utah's night.
Two of the loudest cheers of the night had nothing to do with
what was happening on the floor. Utah football coach Kyle
Whittingham received a warm greeting when he was shown on the
big-screen monitor, then it got even louder when the score of the
women's game in Provo -- a 70-52 victory for Utah -- was announced.
Ute fans took a moment away from the men's game to chant
"overrated" for the Cougars, who are ranked No. 18 nationally in
the women's poll.
In what has been a frustrating season, the Utes got to celebrate
much more than they had since the conference season began.
"It feels great. It's good to get a win at this point -- no
matter who it is. With BYU, there's a little more at stake," said
Tim Drisdom, who scored six for Utah.
There was plenty for Utah fans to cheer until the Cougars
started to rally about midway through the second half and used an
11-2 run, getting within 53-44 on Plaisted's three-point play with
8:30 left to play.
But Utah stopped the rally and had a solid enough lead after the
first half to hold off the Cougars.
After BYU opened the game quickly with an 11-5 run, Utah took
over after a long delay to review a call. With 13:32 left in the
first half, BYU was called for a shot clock violation, but Green
also fouled Reichner on the play and the officials reviewed the
video for several minutes before ruling the initial call stood.
After the delay, BYU took a 13-9 lead, then Utah scored 11
straight. Tim Drisdom, Green and Bryant hit consecutive 3-pointers
to start the run. The Utes added a 9-0 run later in the half and
led 39-24 at halftime after Nevill's layup with eight seconds
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