March 4, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah broke a three-game losing streak and withstood a late rally, beating Wyoming 79-70 Saturday night.
The Utes (13-14,5-10 Mountain West) were led by sophomore guard Johnnie Bryant with 17 points. Ute senior forward Bryant Markson scored 16 points in his final home game, including 14 in the second half.
Freshman point guard Brandon Ewing scored 25 for the Cowboys (12-17,5-10), even though he didn't score his first point until 11:46 remained in the game.
Senior center Justin Williams notched a double-double for Wyoming, with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Leading 27-21 at the half, the Utes went on runs of 13-0 and 8-0 in the second half to pull away. The Utes led by as many as 20 before Wyoming went on an 8-0 run thanks in part to back-to-back Ewing 3-pointers to cut the Utah advantage down to 12 with 3:52 to play.
The Cowboys cut the lead to five with 50 seconds to play, but Utah made enough free throws down the stretch to halt the rally. Both teams now head to Denver for the Mountain West Conference Tournament next week. With the win, the Utes clinched a sixth seed in the tournament while the Cowboys earned a seven seed.