Jan. 20, 2001
By ROBERT W. BLACK
Associated Press Writer
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Marcus Bailey scored a career-high 33 points and BrettMcFall sank a 3-pointer with 1:47 left in overtime to lift Wyoming over Utah78-77 on Saturday.
It was the sixth straight time the Cowboys beat the Utes in Laramie, and11th consecutive home victory for Wyoming (11-4, 2-1 Mountain West) dating backto last season.
Utah (11-7, 3-1) fell out of first place in the Mountain West.
Kevin Bradley, who had 19 points, put the Utes up for the last time, 77-75with 1:59 left in overtime on a 20-foot jumper.
McFall then answered with his game-deciding trey from the right corner.
Utah's Travis Spivey stole the ball from Bailey in the closing seconds butBradley, pressured by Bailey, was short from 17 feet as the buzzer sounded.
Nate Althoff had 18 points and Britton Johnsen 11 for Utah.
After Bailey sank two free throws to put Wyoming up 69-66 with 21.4 secondsremaining in regulation, Bradley drilled a 3-pointer with 10.1 seconds left tosend the game into overtime.
Wyoming had a chance to win it in regulation but McFall lost the ball in theclosing seconds and time expired during a scramble.
The Cowboys rallied from 13 down in the second half to tie it at 56 on adunk by Bailey with 5:37 remaining.
McFall's 3-pointer with 4:20 left put Wyoming up 59-58, the Cowboys' firstlead since the 1:15 mark of the opening half.
Utah began the second half with a 16-4 run as Wyoming repeatedly missed fromin close. Althoff's two free throws with 13:23 left put the Utes up 54-41.
The Utes then went cold and the Cowboys, led by Bailey's six points, went ona 15-2 roll to tie it.
Utah led 38-37 at the half after leading by as much by seven. Wyoming'sbiggest lead was six, at 10-4.