Cummard, BYU hang on at Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Brigham Young has a winning streak on rival Utah’s home court.

The Cougars held off the Utes 55-52 Saturday for their second straight win in Salt Lake City, something BYU hasn’t done since 1984 and ’85.

“Wow. It’s been a long time,” said Lee Cummard, who led the Cougars with 19 points and hit two free throws with three seconds left to seal the victory.

Cummard didn’t even know until he was told after the game that BYU’s last winning streak at the Huntsman Center dated back to midway through the Reagan Administration.

Cummard was a little bit winded after a thrilling finish as the Cougars (13-5, 2-1 Mountain West) stopped Utah twice with a one-point lead in the final 1:01, then avoided overtime when a desperation 3-pointer for Utah (10-6, 1-2) bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

Cummard got the ball and celebrated by tossing it into the seats, where Utah fans had heckled the Cougars.

“They were giving a couple of my teammates a little grief, so I thought I’d give them a souvenir for the road,” Cummard said.

BYU has won the last three meetings and can sweep the Utes for the second straight year with another win Feb. 20, when Utah visits Provo.

Lawrence Borha led Utah with 12 points, and Luke Nevill had 11 points and nine rebounds.

• New Mexico 59, Air Force 44 — At Albuquerque, N.M., J.R. Giddens had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Lobos took advantage of the Falcons’ worst shooting of the season.

New Mexico (15-4, 2-2 MWC) equaled its win total of last season.

Air Force (10-7, 2-2) never got its offense on track and hit just 11 of 40 shots (27.5 percent). Anwar Johnson was the only Falcon in double figures, with 10 points.

• Texas Christian 70, Colorado State 58 — At Fort Collins, Colo., Henry Salter hit a 3-pointer late and scored 14 points as the Horned Frogs ended a 12-game road losing streak by beating the Rams.

Jason Ebie had 12 points and Kevin Langford 10 for TCU (11-6, 3-1 MWC).

Marcus Walker had 25 points for the Rams (6-11, 0-3).

• San Diego State 70, Wyoming 43 — At San Diego, Ryan Amoroso scored 16 points and Kyle Spain added 15 as the Aztecs scored 19 unanswered points to start their game against the Cowboys.

San Diego State (14-4, 4-0 MWC) dominated the first half, holding Wyoming (6-10, 0-4) to 3-for-23 shooting from the field as it led by 25 points before taking a 35-13 halftime lead.

Joseph Taylor led Wyoming with nine points.

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