Feb 2, 2002
PROVO, Utah (AP) - Travis Hansen and Mark Bigelow scored 19 points each tolead BYU to an 85-70 win over Wyoming Saturday.
BYU (13-6, 3-3) snapped a three-game losing streak and handed Wyoming (14-5,5-1) its first Mountain West Conference loss of the season. The Cougars shot 59percent from the field against the Cowboys, who came in No. 1 in the conferencein field goal defense, allowing only 40 percent shooting.
Wyoming trailed by 12 at the half, but scored two quick baskets to getwithin 8 points. However, BYU scored nine of the next 11 points to increase itslead to 54-39 with 16:54 to play. Hansen scored seven of the Cougars' ninepoints during the run.
Wyoming got as close as 11 points three minutes later, but BYU used a 15-7run to open up its biggest lead, 73-54 with 8:06 left in the game. Bigelow hadtwo 3-pointers and 8 points in that span to spark the run.
Bigelow, BYU's leading scorer at 15.8 points per game, broke out of ashooting slump. He had averaged only 8 points per game and 33 percent shootingin the Cougars' last three games. Saturday he shot 67 percent and hit 3-of-6from behind the 3-point line.
Matt Montague tied a career high with 15 assists for BYU.
Hansen pulled down nine rebounds to lead BYU, which was out rebounded only29-27. The Cowboys were No. 1 in the nation coming into Saturday's game inrebound margin, averaging 10.3 more boards per game than their opponents.