It's been nothing but a love-love relationship for Brandon Ewing and Brad Jones when it comes to playing Utah. Both members of the Wyoming backcourt have experienced great individual success against the Utes. Wednesday night the two had a 69-64 win to compliment the 38 points they combined for in the victory at the Huntsman Center.
The win moves Wyoming to 2-5 in league play with BYU coming to Laramie this Saturday.
"This is a big win for us on the road because we felt like we gave away two league games at home earlier," said Ewing.
"They (Utah) have a great guard in Johnnie Bryant and a great big in Luke Nevillthey just bring the best out of us. Coming here (Huntsman Center) is great. The fans are riled up so if you don't come here to perform, you're not a true basketball player."
Ewing did perform well, scoring a team-high 21 pointsjust shy of his career average of 22 against the Utes. Part of coming up just short was Utah's defensive adjustments in the second half that held the junior to six points after he scorched the Utes for 15going 5-of-7 from the three-point line in the first half.
"I take my hat off to their (Utah's) coaching staffthey double teamed me," said Ewing. "But, that opened up things."
Benefiting most from the lost defender was Jones, who scored 10 points in the second half. His final two points came at the free-throw line to put Wyoming up by three with 12.3 seconds left to play.
Wyoming coach Heath Schroyer credited his team's 20-of-23 effort at the line as being one of the big differences in the game. Jones led the way, going 11-of-11 from the charity stripe. The senior finished with 17 points, which was above his career average of 14.25 against the Utes. He also grabbed 13 rebounds.
"I know this is my last year coming to this gym. This is a legendary gyma lot of great players have come through this program," said Jones. "We've been close the last couple of years and felt like we could get a win here. We had a great week of practice and just came out prepared tonight."