Tim Frost scored 19 points to help lead Utah.
By ROBERT W. BLACK
Associated Press Writer
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Jay Straight sank four 3-pointers and scored 22 points and freshman Mikel Watson scored a career-high 15 points to help Wyoming snap a four-game losing streak - its longest in eight seasons - with a 74-65 win over Utah on Monday.
Watson was 6 of 13 from the floor, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range, and Joe Ries had 13 points for Wyoming (10-13, 3-7 Mountain West).
Utah's Nick Jacobson, ranked 15th in nation in 3-point shooting at 45.9 percent, was held to 2 of 12 from the arc and 3 of 17 from the floor and finished with eight points, half his average.
Wyoming led 52-40, but Utah closed within 59-57 on a free throw by Hawkins with 4:13 to go. Watson then tipped in a missed layup by Alex Dunn to put the Cowboys up 61-57.
Hawkins scored to cut the margin to two again, but Ries' dunk after a feed from Straight put Wyoming up 63-59 with 3:04 left.
The Cowboys, the worst foul-shooting team in the conference at 66 percent, sank 11 of 12 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Wyoming took its biggest lead, 52-40, on a 3-pointer by Straight with 9:42 left.
The Utes, who trailed 35-30 at halftime, missed four straight shots and turned the ball over three times to start the second half.
Sparked by Watson, Wyoming led by nine points after the first seven minutes
before Utah tied it at 30-all.