March 5, 2008
PROVO, Utah (AP)--Trent Plaisted scored 23 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Brigham Young to a 78-61 win over Wyoming on Wednesday night, clinching the Mountain West title with one game remaining in the regular season.
It's the second straight for BYU (24-6, 13-2 Mountain West), the only team in the short history of the Mountain West to win two outright titles.
The Cougars have also played two straight seasons without a loss at home. Their home court winning streak is now 47 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in the nation.
Jonathan Tavernari scored all 18 of his points in the first half including his 75th 3-pointer of the season, which set a new single season record for the Cougars. He finished the game with 76. The old record of 74 was set by Andy Toolson in 1990. Tavernari also had a career high five steals.
The Cougars pulled away from Wyoming (12-17, 5-11) early in the second half with a 19-4 run that gave them a 57-33 lead with 14:02 left to play. BYU's largest lead of 26 points came when Sam Burgess connected on a 3-pointer with 12:34 remaining.
Burgess and Lee Cummard also scored in double figures with 13 and 12 points respectively.