Britton Johnsen had 10 of his 15 points in the second half to spark Utah to the win Saturday. (file photo)
Feb 8, 2003
Johnsen was 5-for-7 while Jackson came off the bench to help Utah (5-1, 17-4 Mountain West Conference) win its fifth straight and maintain a first-place tie in the conference with Brigham Young, which beat Wyoming 74-66 earlier in the day.
The victory gave coach Rick Majerus his 300th win in 14 years at Utah to join Vadal Peterson (385) and Jack Gardner (339) as Utah coaches with 300 wins.
Matt Nelson led Colorado State (3-3, 14-7) with 20 points and eight rebounds. Brian Greene added 15 to reach double-figure scoring for a conference-record 31 straight games.
Greene's reverse layup extended CSU's halftime lead to 49-41, but Tim Frost's 3-pointer got Utah within 55-53 with 8:31 left. Darien Chavis' short jumper made it 57-53 for CSU, but the Utes went on an 11-0 run to put them ahead 64-57 with 3:15 left.
Nelson ended the drought with a layup with 2:48 remaining. Jacobson countered with two free throws and sealed the win with a jump shot in the last 24 seconds.
Colorado State was ahead 35-32 at the half after Nelson's rebound basket at
the buzzer. Nelson finished a 12-0 run with a hook shot and two free throws to
give Colorado State its biggest lead, 26-19 with 4:41 left in the first half.