Tim Frost scored 16 points to help the Utes end BYU's 44-game home winning streak.
Jan 25, 2003
By DOUG ALDEN
AP Sports Writer
The Utes (14-4, 2-1 Mountain West) were playing without coach Rick Majerus, who missed the game to attend the funeral of the stepfather of former All-America Andre Miller. Assistant Kerry Rupp took over for Majerus and the Utes got the first win by an opponent at the Marriott Center since Feb. 17 2000, when New Mexico beat the Cougars 78-74.
BYU (13-5, 2-1) started the streak two days later with an 83-82 win over Nevada-Las Vegas and carried it until Saturday, when the Utes were 25-for-51 from the floor and outrebounded the Cougars 38-33.
No. 7 Oklahoma now has the longest home streak at 32.
Tim Frost scored 16 and Nick Jacobson finished with 13 points and caught the final rebound as time expired and the Utes celebrated in front of their bench, pointing at the crowd of 21,412, the largest at BYU since Utah visited in January 2000.
A few disgruntled fans threw empty plastic bottles and other debris as the Utes left the court.
Travis Hansen, who scored 21 and had 12 rebounds, gave BYU a 57-56 lead midway through the second half, but the Cougars couldn't hang on to it while going 11-for-27 from the floor. BYU had shot 54 percent in the first half.
Rafael Araujo had 19 points and nine rebounds, Mark Bigelow added 16 points and Ricky Bower scored 10 for the Cougars.
Jackson gave Utah a 65-63 lead on a three-point play with 6:34 left in the game, then broke a 65-all tie when he drove through the BYU defense for a layup that put the Utes up for good.
The Cougars had several chances in the last two minutes but couldn't take advantage of them. Down 71-67 with 1:50 left, Nashif missed a pair of free throws. About a minute later, Bower got BYU to 73-69 and had a chance at a three-point play after being fouled by Johnsen, but Aroujo was called for a lane violation.
BYU cut it to 77-75 with 6.5 seconds left, but that was it for BYU as
Jackson sealed it with two more free throws, completing a 17-for-17 performance
from the line.