Wyoming Wins Second In A Row; Defeats Utah 69-64

Jan. 30, 2008

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Brandon Ewing and Brad Jones combined for 38 points as the Wyoming Cowboys held on to beat Utah 69-64 on Wednesday and win back-to-back games for the first time all season.

The Cowboys (8-11, 2-5 Mountain West) also snapped a five-game road losing streak against the Utes dating to 2002.

Luke Nevill scored a season-high 25 points with nine rebounds for the Utes (11-8, 2-4), who trailed 65-64 after Tyler Kepkay's three-point play with 12.9 seconds left. But Jones made the last of his 11 straight free throws with 12.3 seconds remaining to stretch the lead to 67-64, and Ryan Dermody rebounded Kepkay's running 3-point attempt in the waning seconds to clinch the victory.

Dermody made two free throws with 0.3 seconds left for the final margin.

The Cowboys made 18 of 21 free throws, including their last nine in a row over the last 7 1/2 minutes.

Ewing scored a team high 21 points, including 15 in the first half -- all on 3-pointers -- to give the Cowboys a 34-28 halftime lead. The Utes have not won in seven games this season when not leading at the break.

The Utes did not make a basket for a 10-minute stretch, missing 10 straight shots between a Nevill lay-up with 7:58 left in the first half and a Carlon Brown basket with 17:58 remaining in the second. They scored their only five points in that span on free throws in the first half.