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March 9, 2007
BYU will be making its third appearance in the MWC championship game. The Cougars lost the 2000 final to UNLV, and defeated New Mexico in the 2001 title game. BYU also improved its all-time record in MWC tournament play to 8-6, and 3-2 in the semifinal round.
Wyoming falls to 5-7 all-time in the MWC tournament.
The 94 points scored by BYU is the fourth-most in tournament history. The Cougars' three-point percentage of 64.3% (9-of-14) ranks third all-time, as does their total free throws made (29). BYU also set a new tournament record with 45 free throw attempts, while its 10 steals tied the semifinal record. BYU finished with seven blocks, tied for fifth-most in tournament history.
For individual records, BYU's Trent Plaisted finished the game shooting 76.9% (10-of-13) from the floor, which ranks him second all-time, is a new semifinal record, and new sophomore tournament record as well.
BYU opened the game on a 20-5 run over the first 5:21 of the contest. The Cougars made their first 7-of-9 shots from the floor, including 4-of-4 on three-pointers. Wyoming made just two of its first seven field goal attempts and turned the ball over four times during the stretch.
Following a Wyoming free throw, BYU then scored nine straight points, part of an 18-7 run over the next five minutes. Plaisted scored 11 of BYU's 18 points during that span, which turned a 20-6 lead into a 38-13 advantage with 8:16 left in the first half.
BYU finished the period by setting a new MWC tournament record with 54 first-half points. The 54 points was also a season-high in a half for the Cougars, topping the 52 first-half points they scored against Wyoming on Jan. 16 in Provo.
BYU held the 54-35 halftime lead thanks to shooting 60 percent (21-of-35) from the floor and 75 percent (6-of-8) from three-point range.
Wyoming closed to within single digits in the second half, thanks to an 18-7 run that made the score 77-71 with 3:07 to play in the game. The Cowboys trailed by just seven points with a minute left, before BYU made 9-of-12 at the free throw line in the final minute for the win.
Plaisted finished the game with a career-high tying 27 points and 10 rebounds for BYU, giving him his third double-double of the season, and ninth in his career. Keena Young also finished with a double-double for the Cougars, his sixth of the year and ninth in his career, with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Wyoming's Brad Jones and Brandon Ewing tied for team-high scoring honors with 23 points apiece.
BYU will play the winner of the #2 UNLV-#6 Colorado State semifinal game in Saturday's championship contest at 4 p.m. PT.