Feb. 15, 2001
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
PROVO, Utah - Terrell Lyday scored 25 points and Trent Whiting had 14as BYU beat Wyoming 79-63 on Thursday night, creating a three-way logjam at thetop of the Mountain West standings.
The Cougars (18-7, 7-3 MWC) pulled into a share of the lead after theCowboys (16-6, 7-3) had a second-half emotional meltdown to fall into a tiewith BYU and Utah (15-9, 7-3).
BYU showed why it's the nation's third best team at the free throw line,hitting 21-of-22 in the second half. The Cougars scored 15 of their last 17points from the stripe to extend their homecourt winning streak to 19 games.
Ronell Mingo led Wyoming with a career-high 18 points and Paris Cornerscored 14 but Marcus Bailey, the Mountain West's leading scorer with a 17.8average, was held to nine points. Josh Davis scored 10 for the Cowboys.
Nate Cooper had a career-high 11 points for BYU.
The Cougars, fueled by a boisterous crowd of 16,488, extended a 60-56 leadwith a free-throw binge that started when Chris McMillian got a technical afterfouling Lyday, who hit both technicals and the ensuing free throws.
The Cowboys missed their next two shots, allowing BYU to extend the lead to68-45 when Cooper barely beat the shot clock on a short jumper. After Davismissed inside, Wyoming coach Steve McClain went ballistic.
He raced onto the floor to argue with the officials, who immediatelywhistled the technical foul. Whiting hit both of those free throws, and Cooperadded another set as BYU went ahead 72-56.
McClain got another technical with 36.7 seconds remaining and was ejected.
It was a physical match, with elbows flying from the opening tip. TheCowboys trailed 20-4 early and 40-28 at halftime but pulled within 46-43 earlyin the second half after a 10-0 run over a three-minute span.
Bailey hit a 3-pointer with 6:40, trimming the margin to 60-56. But that'swhen the Cougars got focused and Wyoming unraveled with McMillian's technicalfoul.