They didn’t blow a double-digit lead this time.

After Utah came roaring back for a thrilling 102-95 overtime victory last year, the Cougars made sure not to make that same mistake again as BYU cruised to a 82-64 victory Saturday night at the Marriott Center.

BYU now leads the all-time series 132-129, and has now won 14 of the past 19 meetings. Saturday marked the first game of a new four-year agreement that will keep the series running through at least 2023.

The Cougars dominated the Utes on both ends of the court as BYU outrebounded Utah 44-28 and also had 36 points in the point. The Utes had no answer for BYU’s Richard Harward, who finished with 15 points on 7-for-7 shooting to go with seven rebounds. BYU’s other post players, Matt Haarms and Kolby Lee, combined for 14 points, 8 rebounds and two blocks.

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Spencer Johnson had one of his best shooting performances of the season as the sophomore had 16 points, 6 rebounds and four 3-pointers. Former Ute Caleb Lohner finished with 10 rebounds and 8 points against his former team. Connor Harding had his best game of the season as he finished with a career-high 17 points.

Utah was led by Alfonso Plummer as the senior had a game-high 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-8 from downtown. Riley Battin added 14 points, but the Utes didn’t have anyone else score in double figures. For the game, the Utes shot just 36.4% from the field and 32.1% from beyond the arc.

Here’s how the media, fans and players reacted after the game:

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