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Texas Christian maintains perfect record in league play

Texas Christian coach Billy Tubbs is taking things one game at a time, at a time, at a time. Eleven times, in fact.

"I'm just kind of glad to get this one over with," said Tubbs. "It's good to win, but we got to get ready for the next game."For Utah coach Rick Majerus, win No. 300 wasn't much different from win No. 1.

"I haven't given it much thought," Majerus said after his Utah team beat Colorado State 60-48 Saturday night. "This win wasn't any more important to me than any other."

As for Tubbs, he did not sound like a coach whose team is undefeated in 11 straight games in the Western Athletic Conference, after Texas Christian posted a 91-69 victory over San Diego State.

TCU (22-4, 11-0 WAC) opened the game Saturday with a 17-4 run on the way to a 51-37 halftime lead. But it was a sloppy performance, as the Horned Fogs shot only 39 percent from the floor.

In other WAC action, New Mexico beat Air Force 96-72, it was Wyoming over Brigham Young 77-54 and Hawaii trounced Southern Methodist 94-82.

Also, Rice beat San Jose St. 72-59, and UNLV beat the University of Texas-El Paso 69-63.

Majerus improved his record to 300-109 overall, and 201-57 in his nine years at Utah.

Utah (21-2, 8-2 WAC) stayed in second place in the Mountain Division of the WAC with pressure defense that held Colorado State (19-5, 7-4) to its lowest point total since a 58-40 loss to Drake in 1991-92.

Andre Miller scored 16 points and Michael Doleac added 14 to key Utah's offense as Majerus joined Vadel Peterson (384-224) and Jack Gardner (339-154) as the only coaches at Utah to reach 300 wins.

Lamont Long and Royce Olney combined for 21 points in a quick game-breaking run as New Mexico beat Air Force 96-72 to extend its winning streak to six games.

"We knew we had to be aggressive at both ends," said Long, who led all scorers with 27 points. "We knew if we did that, we could have some easy runs on them. That's what we did."

The Lobos hit 68 per cent from the field (36-53), and were nine of 15 from three-point range. They also converted 15 of 17 free throws. Kenny Thomas overcame early foul trouble to add 16 points and Clayton Shields scored 15.

Robert Johnson scored 16 points to lead Rice to a win over San Jose State to keep the Spartans winless in WAC play.

San Jose State shot only 26 percent from the field in first half, compared to 53 for Rice.

In Laramie, Wyo., Jeron Roberts had 25 points and Gregg Sawyer added 16 in their final regular season home game as Wyoming beat BYU.

Wyoming (17-6, 7-4) improved to 13-1 at home.

BYU (6-19, 1-9) has lost nine straight since its last win - 60-41 over Wyoming in Provo last month.

Anthony Carter had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Alika Smith added 23 points and eight assists as Hawaii snapped a three-game losing streak with a 94-82 victory over Southern Methodist.

The win keeps the Rainbows (15-7, 4-6) in contention for a berth in the WAC post-season tournament.

Issiah Epps put UNLV ahead to beat the University of Texas-El Paso 69-63.

Kevin Simmons had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and freshman reserve Greedy Daniels scored 19 points for the Rebels (13-10, 4-5)