Playing two games in one day was simply too much for Utah.
First, the Utes beat Hawaii, 81-69, Friday morning in a game that was suspended from the night before when Hawaii Coach Riley Wallace collapsed on the court.
Wallace was hospitalized overnight for tests and was released Friday morning. Doctors said all tests were normal.
In the nightcap, Brigham Young beat a weary Utah team, 75-62, to advance to the Western Athletic Conference tournament championship game.
BYU (24-6), No. 1 seeded in the tournament, will play second-seeded Texas El Paso for the title tonight. The two teams were tied for the conference championship at the end of regular-season play.
The Utes (20-10) held a 41-39 lead in the first half. But the fatigue became apparent in the second half when the Utes managed only seven field goals while BYU, led by guards Nathan Call, Mark Heslop and Nick Sanderson, was hot.
Call and Heslop had 14 points apiece and Sanderson had 12.
Byron Wilson led the Utes with 21 points.
Texas El Paso 83, New Mexico 72--Prince Stewart made two quick baskets to start a second-half rally that helped give the Miners (25-5) the semifinal victory that probably pushed the Lobos (18-12) out of the NCAA tournament.