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Published: Saturday, Dec. 8 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Oh, and I wanted to mention - you stuck your foot in your mouth early didn't you, Chris B. Next time wait until the final buzzer that way you won't embarrass yourself

I Bleed Blue
Las Vegas, NV

BYU still won shooting an abysmal 31 percent from the field. Too bad we played down to our opponent but good job cougars! Chris can now go into hibernation until the spring. It's going to be a long winter.

Cedar Hills, Utah

BYU played their worst game of the year and still won! The basketball IQ on this team is breathtakingly low, Cusick thinks he is a play maker, Austin cannot finish around the rim and Zylstra was chucking up 3's like the ball is on fire. This team is maddening to watch, and YET, they still beat Utah who played out of their minds.


Credit byu for doing what utah couldn't do in the final stretch: make key shots. A coug fan mentioned it, and I agree with him that Larry outcoached rose, but the coaches don't handle the ball, and byu is a little better in overall roster talent and experience. Good game, no "beating ourselves" excuses. Good job, cougars, and can you finally admit Utes basketball is coming back?

Glenn A.
Salt Lake City, UT

With more experience/seasoning, Bachynski is going to be a good one. Same with Loveridge. Whether BYU isn't good as usual, or whether Utah is better than most thought isn't relevant to me. It was just good to watch a competitive basketball game between the two programs again. The players enjoyed it, too. The passion on both sides was evident. Here's to hoping this is a sign the Utes are on the rise.

Joe Schmoe
Orem, UT

Funny how all of the sudden a few ute "fans" are back on the bandwagon. Will Utah get more than 2,000 people to a home game now?

Enjoy the moral "victory" as you only lost to one of BYU's worst teams in the last 10 years.

You are definitely headed in the right direction.

I expect to see the Pac 12 banners flying high!

Frisco, TX

How could Rose let Bachynski and Harrison get away? Bachynski wanted to come to BYU, and Rose didn't offer. Sharp is improving at the 4, but thinking about Bachynski at the 5 and Davies at the 4 would have been a terrific duo.

And we really need someone like Harrison - great defense, slashing to the basket. He would have taken a lot of pressure off Haws.

Two missed opportunities, thinking about what could've been. I try to stay true blue, but I'm struggling with what someone saw in offering scholarships a couple of this years recruits over Bachynski and Harrison.

Ah well, next years recruiting class is top notch.

Lynchburg, VA

Great game by both sides! I am more than encouraged with the Utes play, and the comeback is happening faster than anyone thought! Cougers, you guys won fair and square. Way to fight back and get the win at home. Utah, way to show that you're not content to be a cellar dweller. We are on the rise it seems, and hopefully the progress keeps coming! Go Utes!

Idaho Falls, ID

Nice moral victory for the utes. Hey, take what you can get.

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

We let Utah think they had a chance and then we destroyed them. Even playing our worst game in years we had enough to beat Utah.

Can't wait for the NCAA tournament.

Salt Lake City, UT

Chris B

The Utes are vastly improved; but unfortunately for U, even with a great game by the Utes and a sub-par performance by the Cougars, BYU was still good enough to pull out another win - 61-58!

BYU owns U in basketball!

11 of the last 12

129-125 overall

It is nice to see the Utes improving; they won't be such a drag on BYU's RPI from now on.


Scandrus, the Utes did NOT play out of their minds. Wednesday night vs Boise was playing out of their minds, tonight was playing tough, but with too much nerves when we needed a big shot. It also didn't help that our leading rebounder was beat on the boards all night. But just like a great workout tears muscle fibers to build them back bigger and stronger, once the team recovers from the loss, it will have built them up more. Congrats on the win and good luck on the season, the wcc is week enough you likely won't need it aside from gonzaga (who were nearly beat by Wazzu).

Frisco, TX

StGtoSLC - "cougars, and can you finally admit Utes basketball is coming back?"

Conditional yes - the Utes are definitely better than last year's team. I predicted about a 10 win season, but after seeing U play tonight, I'll raise that to about 14. Probably still below 500 with a very easy non-conference schedule.

The key will be next year. Will Utah unexpectedly lose top talent after the season? If not, Bachynski and Loveridge are two solid players to build a team around for the next few years. If they stick around, and U pick up a couple more good recruits, U should improve again next year.

But BYU's recruiting for the next two years is the best in the Dave Rose era. This could be the weakest BYU team for the next 6 or 7 years.

Salt Lake City, UT

Clean sweep for the BYU men's and women's basketball teams over Utah, with the Lady Cougars handing the Lady Utes their first lost.

Ogden, UT

Phew that was close. This was a game that the Y needed. Now, if Carlino can continue to make improvements. If Carlino, Haws and Davies can get it going at the same time, the Cougs may make some noise. It'll be interesting to see how good both of these teams (BYU and Utah) really are. Give it a month and we should have a pretty good idea. As far as the comment of Dave Rose getting out-coached. I'm not sure how you get out-coached and win the game.

Where's Chris B.?

South Jordan, UT

I imagine there are some "fans" in Lexington, Chapel Hill, Durham, etc. that vent their ill will on the 'net at halftime of a game. But, nobody pays any attention to them!

Geez, all you doubters, naysayers, negative types, why not just keep your inaccurate, ill advised, immature comments to yourself. Let the coaches and players do their best.

Orem, Utah

Good programs like B.Y.U. can shoot terrible at home and still find a way to win. I guess your predicted win over B.Y.U. will be put on hold for awhile.

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

Chris B | 8:17 p.m. Dec. 8, 2012

Game over Utes win!


Final Score | 9:00 p.m. Dec. 8, 2012

BYU 61 Utah 58

Chrissy obviously hasn't learned the fundamental rule of sports journalism:

It's not over 'til it's over.

Congratulations Cougars!

7 straight wins; 11 of the last 12!

Salt Lake City, UT

It's just sad when so many Utes are giddy about a loss. Where's the passion for winning only and not settling for the moral victory?

Wasatch Front, UT

To SoonerUte:

You have to be a complete Ute homer to believe the referees favored the Cougs down the stretch. I will grant you that the refs had as bad of a night as the two teams, but the calls down the stretch were anything BUT in the Cougs favor. Yes, a couple of bad calls went the Cougs way. But there were at least as many bad calls the other way. Take off your red colored glasses and you will see that no one, not even the refs, had a good night.

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