Wyoming Edges BYU 59-58

Feb. 12, 2005

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PROVO, Utah (AP) - Jay Straight scored 23 points and Wyoming held off BYU 59-58 Saturday when the Cougars missed a late free throw that could have forced overtime.

Austin Ainge was fouled while attempting a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left. He made the first two free throws, but missed on the third and the Cowboys (14-8, 6-3 Mountain West) got the rebound to seal their fourth straight win.

BYU (8-16, 2-7) has lost two straight and three of four.

The frantic finish came after a bizarre moment with 15 seconds remaining. The clock actually stopped and during a dead ball the referees realized the problem and removed the 10 seconds, leaving 5.1 on the clock with Wyoming up 59-56.

Mike Hall stole the inbounds pass for BYU and got it to Ainge for the tying attempt. The Cougars got a break when Ainge drew the foul, but he couldn't convert on the last free throw.

Wyoming trailed the Cougars 53-47 with 5:48 remaining in the game, but scored nine straight points to take a 53-56 lead two minutes later.

Justin Williams scored 11 and Alex Dunn pulled down 12 rebounds for Wyoming.

Jimmy Balderson scored 11 and Ainge finished with 10 points for the Cougars, who shot only 30 percent to the Cowboys 48 percent.