(21) Utah 72

(18-3, 6-0 MW)

BYU 58

(7-14, 1-5 MW)

    12:00 AM ET, February 1, 2005

    Marriott Center, Provo, Utah

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    Tempers flare in Utah's victory over BYU

    PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Andrew Bogut's migraine was no longer bothering him when he took the floor for Utah (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today; No. 21 AP) against rival Brigham Young.

    Nothing the Cougars did seemed to rile him, either.

    Bogut overcame his morning migraine and had 20 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in Utah's 72-58 win over BYU late Monday, overcoming a lackluster first half with a stunning final 20 minutes.

    "I think we just came out flat and we didn't play the way we wanted to," Bogut said.

    Utah (18-3, 6-0 Mountain West) outscored BYU 44-29 in the second half, shooting 17-for-24 from the field in the final 20 minutes and 61.9 percent for the game.

    BYU (7-14, 1-5) led by a point at halftime, but couldn't stop Bogut or any of his teammates in the second half.

    "They adjusted well on offense. We tried doubling Bogut. We tried not doubling Bogut. We tried zone," said Austin Ainge, who led BYU with 15 points. "They did a good job attacking all of those."

    Bryant Markson and Tim Drisdom each scored 11 points and Marc Jackson added 10 points for Utah, which beat BYU for the fifth time in the last six meetings.

    The state's biggest rivalry nearly turned into a brawl late in the second half when Utah was pulling away.

    Bogut went in for a two-handed dunk and hung on to the rim a little longer than the Cougars felt he should have. When he came down, it was on BYU's Chris Miles, who kicked at Bogut while both were on the floor.

    "I went to dunk it and hung on the rim long enough I think," Bogut said. "When I went down, he was still there and I fell on him. I just tried to stay cool."

    Miles was called for a technical immediately and the animosity grew from there. BYU's Mike Hall and Markson exchanged words as each were led away by teammates, although not before both were called for technicals.

    Utah's coaching staff ran down the bench to make sure nobody ran onto the court.

    "We don't need something crazy to happen," Utah coach Ray Giacoletti said after his first game in the rivalry.

    The brief break as the officials sorted out the technicals didn't seem to faze Utah, which came back on the next possession with another power dunk by Bogut, who also had nine rebounds, to put the Utes up 67-48.

    Jimmy Balderson had 13 points and Keena Young scored 10 for BYU, which was outscored 44-18 inside. The Cougars also had 10 turnovers in the second half.

    "To BYU's credit, early, they were the aggressors," Giacoletti said. "I thought in the second half our D was solid and I thought we were the aggressor."

    BYU turned the ball over on its first possession of the second half, leading to Jackson's layup. Drisdom made a steal at midcourt and fed it to Bogut, who made a perfect bounce pass through the lane to Markson for an easy dunk that put Utah up 32-29.

    Balderson tied it for the Cougars with a 3-pointer, but Justin Hawkins converted a 3-point play and Markson added a basket during the 16-3 run to open the second half.

    Markson added a dunk and a 3-pointer as the Utes scored 12 straight points.

    BYU cut it to 46-38 on two free throws by Young with 12:22 remaining, but the Utes took off again. Markson scored off an offensive rebound, Hawkins added a layup and Drisdom picked up the ball after another block by Bogut and drove for a left-handed layup and the lead was up to 14.

    The Cougars never got closer than nine the rest of the game.

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