Jan. 20, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -Utah's Luke Nevill made a short hook shot with 57 seconds remaining, then blocked a layup attempt and watched his teammates make seven straight free throws to beat Wyoming 62-60 Saturday.
Wyoming's Brad Jones missed a runner as time expired and the Cowboys (11-8, 2-4 Mountain West) lost their third straight game.
The Utes (7-12, 2-4) followed their upset over No. 13 Air Force on Tuesday by finally winning a close game. They had lost eight games by four points or less, or in overtime.
Nevill scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Ricky Johns scored 11 for the Utes. Johnnie Bryant added 10.
Jones had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Cowboys, who made just 11 of 17 free throws, while the Utes hit 25 of 34.
The Utes made six straight from the line after Nevill's hook shot to build a 61-57 lead with 13.3 seconds left. But Utah's Luka Drca fouled Eric Platt on a three-point attempt with 4.4 seconds left, and Platt made all three free throws to cut the lead to 61-60.
Bryant was fouled on the inbounds pass and the Cowboys got a break when the clock didn't start. Bryant made his first free throw and missed the second. The Cowboys got the rebound and had enough time for Jones' final shot, but the ball bounced off the rim.