Feb. 8, 2006
Tonight's attendance was 12,213, a season-high for Utah. The Utes are averaging 10,261 fans per game this season, which ranks second in the Mountain West Conference.
Utah and BYU have played 241 times. The Utah vs. BYU series ranks 10th among NCAA Division I rivalries in the number of games played.
The Utes lead the all-time series 123-118, winning 21 of the last 26 meetings and seven of the last nine.
BYU snapped Utah's three-game winning streak in the series with its 72-60 win on Jan. 7 in Provo, Utah. The Cougars haven't swept the Utes since the 1993-94 season.
In Salt Lake City, the Utes have a 72-46 advantage and have won 12 in a row. Their last loss to BYU at home was 64-62 on Jan. 8, 1994.
In conference regular season play, Utah has a 119-112 edge. Since the formation of the Mountain West Conference in 1999-2000, Utah leads 10-4.
With the win, Utah captured the Old Oquirrh Bucket for 2005-06. Utah went 4-1 while BYU went 3-2 against instate opposition this season. The Utes have won the Old Oquirrh Bucket 13 times since its inception in 1974-75. Utah State earned the trophy for the 2005-06 season.
After BYU led 15-12, the Cougars shot just 2-for-14 in the final 12:23 of the first half as Utah went on a 27-9 run to take a 39-24 lead at the break. The Utes also had runs of 11-0 and 16-2 in that stretch.
Freshman center Luke Nevill had his 11th double-figure scoring game overall this season and his sixth in 10 conference games. Nevill also had his third double-double with 10 rebounds.
Sophomore guard Johnnie Bryant had his 14th double-figure scoring game this season. Bryant has scored in double figures in nine of the Utes' 10 Mountain West games this season.
Senior forward Bryant Markson has reached double figures in scoring in 21 of the last 28
games he has played in dating back to last season, including 15 games this year.
The Utes improved to 6-2 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field this season.
Utah improved to 7-3 when shooting 40 percent or better from three-point range. Utah tied a season-high by shooting 50 percent from three-point range. The Utes also shot 50 percent (8-for-16) against the Cougars in Provo on Jan. 7.
The Utes have shot 72 percent or better from the free throw line in each of the last four games, winning three of those.