Luke Nevill, right, puts a shot over Brigham Young center Trent Plaisted. (AP Photo)
Jan. 31, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Keena Young scored 21 points and Brigham Young beat Utah 76-66 Wednesday night and snap a 12-game road losing skid to the Utes.
Luke Nevill, who led the Utes with 26 points, capped a 9-0 run with a bank shot to cut the lead to 68-59 with 3:25 to play.
But Young made a spinning shot in the lane and added a jumper to clinch the first BYU victory in the Huntsman Center since 1994 when Robbie Reid hit a long 3-pointer to lift the Cougars to a 64-62 win.
Jonathan Tavernari had 17 points and Jimmy Balderson scored 10 of his 11 points in the second half to help the Cougars to their third straight win and a share of first place in the Mountain West Conference with Air Force and UNLV.
Ricky Johns posted a career-high 18 points but no one else scored more than seven for the Utes, who have lost eight of their last 10 games.
The Cougars led 40-27 after Balderson and Cummard hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the second half.
Bryant's fast-break layup cut the lead to 47-40 with 15:24 to play but Tavernari scored nine points in a 15-4 Cougar run. His steal and layup capped the spurt and BYU led 62-44.
BYU shot 58 percent in the second half and improved to 15-0 when it outrebounds opponents.
For the first dozen possessions, every Utah play went through Nevill and the Utes led early, but when the seven-foot Australian went to the bench, the Cougars grabbed the lead and never relinquished it.
Utah leads the series 124-119.