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Moment No. 5




Jan. 30, 2008

The 2003-04 Runnin' Utes were a team of destiny, led by pure shooter Nick Jacobson and future NCAA Player of the Year Andrew Bogut.

That season's Utah team had to overcome the loss of their head coach, Rick Majerus, who resigned 20 games into the season. The resignation came on the heels of back-to-back losses on the road at New Mexico and Air Force. Majerus was replaced on an interim basis by assistant coach Kerry Rupp.

Rupp and the Runnin' Utes rebounded from the two road losses and the loss of their head coach. The Runnin' Utes won their next four, before finishing Mountain West Conference play with a 9-5 record and the No. 5 seed in the league tournament. The Utes got by San Diego State 75-69 in the first round of the tournament in Las Vegas. Utah then had to beat arch-rival BYU in the semifinals, squeaking by the Cougars 54-51 behind Jacobson's 19-point effort.

Jacobson continued his hot streak in the MWC Title game against heavily-favored, home-standing UNLV. Jacobson scored 22 points and set a Mountain West Conference Championship game record, by hitting on 6-of-10 from beyond the 3-point arc. Andrew Bogut tallied his fourth double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds. But it wasn't until Jacobson hit his sixth 3-pointer with three seconds left in the game that Utah was able to pull off a 73-70 victory.

Jacobson's 3-pointer helped him to the tournament's Most Valuable Player award and also gave Utah its first conference tournament title since the inaugural season of Mountain West play in 1999.

 

 

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