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Utah beats Colorado State, 82-66



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Luke Nevill scored 19 points and blocked six shots to break Utah's career record as the Utes beat Colorado State 82-66 Saturday and kept the Rams from winning back-to-back games in the Mountain West Conference for the first time in two years.

It was Utah's fourth straight victory over the Rams, who were coming off a win over UNLV that snapped a 19-game league losing streak.

Lawrence Borha scored 20 points and Tyler Kepkay added 17 for the Utes (12-6, 3-1 Mountain West), while Andy Ogide scored 19 with 10 rebounds to lead the Rams (6-12, 1-3 Mountain West). CSU's Harvey Perry added 15 points and eight rebounds.

The Rams fought back from an 11-point deficit in the first half to take a 35-35 tie into halftime, but the Utes pulled away midway through the second, and stayed ahead by making 20 of 24 free throws.

Nevill has blocked 161 shots in his career, breaking the career mark of 157 blocks set by Mitch Smith from 1985-89. The 7-foot-2 center has blocked 26 shots in his last seven games, and with 48 this season is on pace to shatter the single-season mark of 65, set by former All-American Andrew Bogut four years ago.

The Rams have not won back-to-back league games since beating TCU on the road and Brigham young at home on Jan. 17 and Jan. 20, 2007.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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