Andrew Bogut paced Utes with 26 points and 13 rebounds. (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)
Feb. 26, 2005
By DOUG ALDEN
AP Sports Writer
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Andrew Bogut had 26 points and 13 rebounds and Marc Jackson finished with a career-high 11 assists Saturday, helping No. 13 Utah beat Brigham Young 69-60 and sweep the Utes' state rival this season.
Justin Hawkins added 21 points for the Utes (24-4, 12-1 Mountain West). He made his first 3-pointer of the season to start a 10-point run that put Utah up by 12 midway through the second half.
After the win, the Utes cut down the nets and received the conference trophy awarded to the regular-season champion. Utah had clinched the regular-season title last weekend and was playing its first game at home since.
BYU (9-19, 3-10) was able to slow down the Utes early, but couldn't stop them in the second half. Austin Ainge led the Cougars with 17 points and Mike Hall scored 12.
The Cougars also had just 13 assists, only two fewer than Jackson's total, and committed 28 fouls to Utah's 14.
Richard Chaney added 10 points for the Utes, who were 15-for-19 from the floor in the second half and shot 59 percent.
Utah's 18-game winning streak ended Monday with a loss at New Mexico. That loss also ended the Utes' chances of becoming the first team to go unbeaten in the MWC. The Utes were sluggish early, but Bogut, Jackson and Hawkins led the second-half charge that put away the Cougars.
Bogut, who was kicked in the back when Utah won in Provo last month, got his 19th double-double of the season in a game filled with contact and talking.
Bogut and Ainge were both called for technicals after a confrontation late in the first half when Ainge and Jackson got tangled up and Bogut stepped in.
Ainge had already received the loudest boos when he was introduced. He is the son of former Cougars player and current Boston Celtic executive Danny Ainge, who is still disliked by Utah fans more than 20 years after his college career.
After a 29-all tie at halftime, Utah came out and took control with a 7-2 run to start the second half. Ainge got BYU to 36-35 with back-to-back layups, but Bogut answered with a layup and, after a steal Jackson, made a nice no-look pass to Hawkins, who took it in for a dunk.
BYU called time out and came back with a 3-pointer by Hall to cut Utah's lead to 40-38, then Hawkins' first 3-pointer of the year sparked a 10-point run for the Utes. Bogut was wide open and made a 3-pointer. He was pumping his right arm after hitting the long shot, then had to turn around right away after another steal by Utah.
The Utes got the ball to Bogut again and he hit a layup to put the Utes up 50-38 and drew a foul. Bogut missed on the three-point play opportunity, but the Utes were in control and didn't let the Cougars get closer than five the rest of the game.