The rivalry is back and in full effect as BYU ended the three-game losing drought to Utah in the Cougars' 77-65 victory. Here is what you may have missed.
“That’s not safe”
BYU fans came out Saturday night with the plan of being the ultimate distraction to the Runnin' Utes.
They came after Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak and the Utes squad right from the moment they stepped on the court. It started with some of the students wearing safety jackets and helmets as if they were construction workers to send a message to Krystkowiak. The rivalry series was cancelled to protect his players after BYU guard Nick Emery punched former Ute player Brandon Taylor.
The crowd even chanted “That’s not safe” in attempt to get under the skin of Krystkowiak while the Utes played aggressively on defense.
The players for the Cougars fed off that energy from the crowd and used it to their advantage. Forward Payton Dastrup said after the game that the Cougars have the best fan base.
"Yeah for sure. If you think about it, with finals and stuff, last night we tried to bring them all together and just tell them how much we needed them to come out, and they came through, and that motivated us to get the win — for Cougar nation," Dastrup said.
Star Wars: The Last Cosmo
If you missed "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," BYU had you covered, well sort of. During halftime, Cosmo the Cougar appeared in a Luke Skywalker outfit and went head-to-head against Darth Maul in a dance off.
Elijah Bryant ... the next Oscar Robinson?
Bill Walton sure enjoyed his time in Provo as he was calling the game for ESPN2. During the broadcast he made a bold comparison of Elijah Briant to NBA Hall-of-Famer Oscar Robertson. As much of a stretch that was comparing the sophomore guard to the "Big O", Bryant could provide those traits once he's at his best like last night.
Bryant, who scored 29 points, was superb from the 3-point line, nailing five of his seven shots from behind the arc.
"I think tonight was my night," he said after the game. "Guys were just finding me because I was hot. In our system, it could be anyone's night."
Jerry Sloan spotted at the Marriott Center
Walton wasn't the only NBA legend in attendance. Former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan also appeared at the Marriott Center.