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March 9, 2007
LAS VEGAS -The BYU Cougars can only imagine how good Trent Plaisted would be if he could just knock down more free throws.
Plaisted tied his career-high with 27 points in the 23rd-ranked Cougars' 96-84 win over Wyoming in the Mountain West semifinals Friday night that sent BYU to the conference championship for the first time since 2001.
The sophomore center shoots 50 percent from the line, but only hit seven of 16, and the Cougars missed 16 foul shots overall, making for a tense final few minutes after building a 25-point first-half lead.
The Cowboys kept chipping away at their 19-point halftime deficit until Eric Platt's 3-pointer off the glass pulled Wyoming to 87-80 with 1:05 left.
Suddenly, the Cougars (25-7) were sweating out all those errant foul shots, the only flaw in an otherwise well-oiled team that is primed for some success in the NCAA tournament.
Wyoming (17-15) got 23 points each from Jones and Brandon Ewing, the only sophomore in the school's history to top 1,000 points. Platt scored 13.
The Cougars were just 29-of-45 from the stripe, and the Cowboys were 15-of-28.
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