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On the other hand, questions had emerged about BYU’s own strength, or lack thereof, this season. Vulnerability had shown its ugly face in three losses against five wins thus far, including a complete 21-point owning of the Cougars by Iowa State.
Turns out, the measuring went both ways in this meeting.
But with the zone causing Utah problems and suddenly better shooting coming from the Cougars, BYU crawled back against the Utes, taking the lead on a Haws three-point play with just under three minutes left. Haws hit two free throws before Utah missed its last couple of bombs at the end.
Rose then shook the hands of the Utes, took in a deep sigh, walked off the court, and, later, found enough humor to rib a certain columnist: "When I saw you here," he said, echoing a former Utah coach, "the first thing that went through my mind was, ‘Nice of you to show up.’"
No, that was from back when the Utes would have lost by 20.
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