Brigham Young vs Wyoming

No. 16 BYU 85, Wyoming 63 wire reports

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Brigham Young wouldn't give Wyoming any chance to pull off an upset.

Freshman Tyler Haws and Jimmer Fredette both scored 22 points as the No. 16 Cougars beat Wyoming 85-63 on Saturday.

The Cougars (10-2 MWC, 25-3) led comfortably the entire way to stay within one-half game of first-place New Mexico. After Wyoming cut a 14-point lead to eight with 10 minutes left, BYU regained control down the stretch.

"I thought they [Wyoming] did a good job of controlling the tempo," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "We did a much better job in the second half of playing possession to possession. We did a good job offensively and a good job of guarding them down the stretch we did a really good job of finishing it off."

Freshman Desmar Jackson scored a career-high 26 points for Wyoming (2-11, 9-18), which has now lost seven straight games and 10 of its last 11.

BYU led 40-28 at halftime, only to see Wyoming cut the lead to eight with 10 minutes remaining. But Jonathan Tavernari's 3-pointer and Charles Abouo's dunk ignited a 16-3 run and the Cougars cruised from there.

"Hats off to BYU, they are very good and very talented," Wyoming coach Heath Schroyer said. "They really stretch you and they can beat you in many ways. We had a chance when we cut it to eight, but like a really good team, they rallied and went on a 5-0 run and that was it."

Haws, who scored a career-high 24 points in the first meeting with Wyoming, was just 6 of 15 from the field, but a perfect 10 of 10 from the free-throw line. He also grabbed eight rebounds. Fredette scored 15 of his points in the second half.

"Tyler was terrific; he was on attack," Rose said. "This was a game where they really run at Jimmer and Jimmer did a great job of finding the open guy and making the right decision with the ball."

Tavernari scored 17 points for the Cougars and Jackson Emery added 10. BYU shot just 43 percent from the field (29 of 66), but was 20 of 24 from the free-throw line.

Djibril Thiam scored 12 points for Wyoming, which missed its first eight shots from the field, falling behind 10-0. The Cowboys would end up shooting 41 percent from the field (22 of 54), but gave up 19 points off of 12 turnovers.

"I think a lot of it has to do with BYU," Schroyer said of his team's slow start. "They did a nice job defensively. When you struggle to score, it affects other things."

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Brigham Young #16 (25-3) «404585
Wyoming (9-18)283563
BYU:Jimmer Fredette 22 Pts
BYU:Tyler Haws 8 Reb
BYU:Jimmer Fredette 4 Ast
WY:Desmar Jackson 26 Pts
WY:Djibril Thiam 7 Reb
WY:Daylen Harrison 3 Ast

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WyomingBrigham Young
Desmar Jackson
Tyler Haws
Brigham Young Cougars
J. Fredette, G367-145-514122
T. Haws, G336-1510-1082122
J. Emery, G313-73-552110
C. Miles, F-C182-31-25145
N. Hartsock, F181-40-03242
J. Tavernari, G-F337-120-082217
C. Abouo, G-F122-50-02124
M. Loyd Jr., G70-11-20111
B. Davies, F60-10-01020
J. Anderson, F-C40-20-01110
L. Magnusson, F10-00-02100
B. Zylstra, G-F11-20-01002
L. Morgan Jr., GDid Not Play
Totals 29-6620-2437171985
Wyoming Cowboys
D. Jackson, G319-184-640426
D. Thiam, F304-74-472112
A. Bouedo, G260-40-03100
J. Luster, G261-31-23333
A. Waddell, C264-100-02138
R. Dermody, F282-50-14135
A. M'Baye, F212-53-43138
D. Harrison, F70-00-00310
B. Sylla, C30-21-22001
R. Watsabaugh, F10-00-00000
A. Davis, GDid Not Play
J. Dean, GDid Not Play
T. Manzano, GDid Not Play
A. Muojeke, FDid Not Play
Totals 22-5413-1928121863
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Boise St.12-620-1272
Fresno St.11-720-1376
New Mexico10-817-1486
San Diego St9-919-1498
San Jose St.7-1114-16191
Utah St.7-1114-17181
Air Force4-1412-21251
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Wake 54 Final
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AF 56 Final
N Mexico 59
Illinois 65 Final
Purdue 75
Tx A&M 60 Final
Iowa St 56
Colorado 74 Final
Kansas 94
K-State 83 Final
Oklahoma 68
Kentucky 58 Final
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