Sharif Fajardo of UTEP hovers above Mekeli Wesley of BYU as Wesley grabs loose ball and passes to teammate. photo by ravell call jan. 31. 1998.

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The BYU mens basketball team had losing streaks of six and nine games but two wins at the end of the season helped the Cougars accomplish a goal of making the WAC tournament a season after a 1-25 campaign.

BYU upset No. 16 New Mexico in The Pit 83-62, snapping the second-longest home streak in the nation at 41 games.

The win helped archrival Utah out, allowing the Utes to control their own destiny ahead of their own matchup with the Lobos. Utah earned the WACs No. 1 seed after beating New Mexico 65-55 to make it four league titles in four years.

Then the Cougars survived a triple-OT battle with UTEP, winning 76-75 after a Mekeli Wesley free throw. Wesley matched a career-high 31 points.