BYU Update Special: BYU vs. Utah

BYU Update Special: BYU vs. Utah

Post by John Sn » Sun, 23 Feb 1992 01:11:49

The University of Utah Utes came to Provo Thursday night to take on
the BYU cougars for the first time this year. All three games last
year were close, with two of them going into overtime. Utah swept the
regular season games, but BYU won the WAC tournament game.

This game was also close the whole way with neither team enjoying more
than a 5 point advantage. The half time score was 30-29 in favor of
BYU. In the first half, BYU's leading scorer, Gary Trost, went to the
bench just minutes into the game with his second foul. He stayed there
until the second half. Freshman Russell Larson took his place and
played very well.

In the second half, the game see-sawed back and forth. BYU stretched
their half time lead to 5 points, but Utah came roaring back, scoring 9
points in a row to take a 4 point lead with a chance to widen it, but
a 3-point try missed.

BYU answered back and tied the game. With 55 seconds left and the
score tied at 55-55, Gary Trost went to the foul line to shoot two. He
missed the first and made the second, to give BYU the one point lead.
Utah came the other way and ran the clock down. Utah's 5'9" guard
Jimmy Soto missed a wild shot, but Utah's Byron Wilson grabbed the
rebound. He wouldn't have gotten a shot off to beat the 45 second
clock (Soto's shot didn't hit the rim), but he was fouled while trying
to gain control of the rebound.

Wilson made the first free throw to tie the game.  He missed the
second free throw and Kevin Nixon rebounded for BYU and handed the
ball to Nathan Call. Call took off down the side line closely guarded
by Utah. He veered toward the basket and drove the lane with time
running out and 3 Utah defenders blocking his path. As he jumped to try a
lay in, Utah's Center Paul Afeaki jumped out to draw the charge
leaving Gary Trost unguarded under the basket. Call handed the ball
off to Trost who hit the short short with no time left.

Final score, BYU 58, Utah 56.

Leading scorers for BYU were Russell Larson with 14 and Gary Trost
with 13.

BYU still leads UTEP by 1/2 game and New Mexico by one full game. BYU
travels to New Mexico on Saturday.


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