COLLEGE BASKETBALL

This Day In Utah Sports History: Utah, BYU Basketball’s Last Conference Tournament Meeting

Mar 9, 2023, 10:06 AM | Updated: 3:07 pm

DENVER – On March 9, 2006, the Utah and BYU men’s basketball teams met in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament.

The Utes won what would be the last Conference Tournament meeting between the two rivals.

The 2006 Mountain West Conference Tournament was held in Denver, Colorado.

BYU held the conference’s 3-seed with a record of 20-9. Utah had a 14-15 record and was the 6-seed.

The two regular season matchups saw each team winning a game in front of the home fans. Utah won the more recent game in February behind a 14-point, 10-rebound game from Luke Nevill. BYU won in January with a 17-point performance from Rashaun Broadus.

Utah, BYU Basketball Face Off In The Pepsi Center

Keena Young opened up scoring for the Cougars with a mid-range jumpshot. He also went on to score three of BYU’s first four baskets.

Bryant Markson was on the early attack for the Utes. He scored the first 5 points of the game for Utah.


Utah’s Australian Center Luke Nevill quickly stole the show in the quarterfinal matchup.

The Cougars didn’t have an answer for the seven-footer. Nevill finished the game with 7 offensive rebounds. The entire BYU team had four.

The Utes went on a run midway through the first half that would give them the largest lead of the game for either side, 9 points.

At halftime, Utah led by seven, 35-28. Nevill had 16 points and 7 rebounds.

Trent Plaisted started the second half on fire. He scored 11 of BYU’s first 13 points in the half. The run brought the Cougars back to within two points.

With 7 minutes left in regulation, a three-point shot from Jimmy Balderson gave BYU their first lead since 4-2.

The Cougars held onto their lead until three minutes left when the Utes tied it at 64.

Nevill continued his dominance and scored 7 straight points to give Utah a 3-point lead with 10 seconds left.

Utah advanced to the semifinals with a four-point win over the favored BYU Cougars.

The Utes lost in the semifinal to the 7-seed Wyoming Cowboys.

Wyoming lost to the San Diego State Aztecs in the championship. SDSU qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2006.

Chandler Holt is a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter at @ChandlerHoltKSL.

Take us with you, wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

College Basketball

Mountain-West-Conference-Logo...

Jeremy Mauss

Mountain West Open To Private Equity, Naming Rights For Conference

Mountain West commissioner Gloria Nevarez joined JJ & Alex to discuss how her league looks to bring extra revenue to the conference.

1 day ago

BYU Basketball, Max Triplett, Snow College...

Mitch Harper

BYU Basketball Adds Snow College Transfer To Frontcourt

BYU basketball picked up a commitment from Max Triplett out of Snow College.

2 days ago

Terrence-Shannon-Jr-Illinois-Fighting-Illini...

Dave Skretta, AP

Ex-Illinois Star Terrence Shannon Jr., Potential First-Round NBA Draft Pick, Not Guilty Of Rape

Former Illinois standout Terrence Shannon Jr., a potential first-round NBA draft pick, was found not guilty Thursday on a rape charge.

2 days ago

alissa-pili-goes-in-for-the-block-against-the-mercury-2024...

Michelle Bodkin

Utah Women’s Basketball Has Traveled To See Alissa Pili, Minnesota Lynx

Count Utah women's basketball as another team that takes the "family" motto to heart with several members traveling to watch Alissa Pili.

4 days ago

steve klauke first pitch...

Brian Preece

Remembering Steve Klauke, The Nicest Guy In Sports

How does a lifelong storyteller from Chicago, Illinois, end up building a career as a minor league in Utah? "The interstate."

5 days ago

steve klauke...

Brian Preece

Salt Lake Bees, Weber State Broadcaster Steve Klauke Passes Away At 69

Longtime Salt Lake Bees and Weber State broadcaster Steve Klauke has reportedly passed away at the age of 69.

5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

...

KSL Sports

Utah Hockey Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Want to get the latest info on Utah's newest sports franchise? Sign up for the Utah Hockey newsletter!

Hans & Scotty's Day of Adoption...

Hans & Scotty’s Day Of Adoption

Join the KSL Sports Zone for Hans & Scotty's Day of Adoption, in partnership with the Humane Society of Utah, on June 25th, 2024!

ksl-sports-newsletter...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

...

KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

This Day In Utah Sports History: Utah, BYU Basketball’s Last Conference Tournament Meeting