Wyoming's Rally Falls Short At BYU, 87-78

Jan. 20, 2000

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PROVO, Utah (AP) - Mekeli Wesley and Terrell Lyday scored eight points eachduring an 18-2 Brigham Young spurt as the Cougars beat Wyoming 87-78 Thursdaynight.

BYU (13-3 overall, 2-1 Mountain West) led just 44-42 after Wyoming'sLaDarion Jones scored with 16:54 left in the game. Wesley and Lyday then wentto work to give BYU a 62-44 lead with 13:51 remaining.

Wyoming (11-7, 1-2) used a 17-5 run of its own to close within 67-61 with8:25 to go. Josh Davis and Jones sparked that burst with four points each.

The Cowboys closed within 76-71 on Chris McMillian's two free throws with3:11 to play, but Lyday got a basket and the Cougars finished by hitting9-of-12 free throws.

Wesley led BYU with 34 points. Lyday added 22, 17 of them coming in thesecond half. Jones paced Wyoming with 26 points while Anthony Blakes had 19 andDavis 13.

Wyoming had a 43-32 rebounding advantage with Blakes, a 6-foot-2 guard,collecting 10. Wesley led BYU with eight rebounds.

The first half was a seesaw affair with six ties and nine lead changes. BYUtook a 38-37 halftime lead on Todd Christensen's basket with three secondsleft.

BYU led the entire second half.

The Cougars shot 52 percent in the second half and 49 percent overall.Wyoming shot 43 percent for the game.