Feb. 12, 2005
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.
Jimmy Balderson scored 11 and Ainge finished with 10 points for the Cougars, who shot only 30 percent to the Cowboys 48 percent.