Utah pulls out a big conference win in first game without coach Rick Majerus (file photo).
Jan 31, 2004
By DOUG ALDEN
AP Sports Writer
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Andrew Bogut scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half Saturday to lead Utah back from a 17-point deficit and beat Brigham Young 64-56 in the Utes' first game without ailing coach Rick Majerus.
Nick Jacobson also scored 21 for the Utes (16-5, 4-2), hitting 5-of-8 3-pointers.
Jacobson, one of just two Utah seniors and the only Ute to play his entire career for Majerus, dribbled out the clock and heaved the ball toward BYU's basket after the buzzer in celebration of Utah's 10th straight home win over the rival Cougars (12-7, 2-4).
Majerus left the team indefinitely to deal with his health after suffering chest pains Tuesday night and has spent the week under his cardiologist's care in Santa Barbara, Calif.
The Utes, playing under assistant coach Kerry Rupp, were erratic in the first half, then settled down in the second to outscore the Cougars 45-22. Utah held BYU to 3-of-8 shooting in the final 20 minutes.
Mark Bigelow led the Cougars with 22 points. Garner Meads added 10 points for BYU, which has not won at Utah since a 64-62 victory Jan. 8, 1994. The Cougars were heading toward snapping the 10-year skid with a 34-19 halftime lead, but Utah started hitting shots and outhustling the Cougars on the boards in a thrilling comeback.
After falling behind 36-19 early in the second half on a layup by Mark Hall, the Utes used an 8-0 run to get back into it and revive the home crowd. Bogut hit a 3-pointer, Chaney tipped in a rebound and Tim Drisdom converted a three-point play to get Utah back within single digits.
Bogut took over from there, scoring eight straight for Utah to get the Utes
to 40-34 with 14:31 remaining. He also had 12 rebounds.
Jacobson's 3-pointer after an offensive rebound made it 44-39, and the Utes kept cutting into the lead.
Bogut went 1-for-2 from the line after drawing Rafael Araujo's fourth foul with 8:59 remaining to trim it to 46-42, then putback an offensive rebound to make it a two-point game. Meads missed a free throw for BYU, then Jacobson hit a long 3-pointer with 7:16 remaining to give Utah its first lead at 52-50.
Jacobson added another 3 and Drisdom followed with one from beyond the arc as the Utes pulled away for good.