BYU Downs EA Sports All-Stars

Junior Kevin Woodberry scored 16 points with five assists in his first game as a Cougar. He made four threes and had a slam dunk in his 30 minutes. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- BYU overcame an early first-half deficit and withheld a late surge to beat EA Sports Southwest All-Stars 89-84 in an exhibition game Tuesday night at the Marriott Center.

EA Sports jumped out to 10-0 lead as former Colorado State center Joe Vogel and former University of Utah guard Tony Harvey got the All-Stars running from the tip in a very fast-paced first half.

Following a BYU timeout, Travis Hansen hit a jumper and a Kevin Woodberry steal and breakaway jam gave the Cougars momentum. Woodberry then drained two three-pointers to draw the Cougars to within six.

"Our match-ups were really bad at the beginning which is the reason why we got off to a bad start," Cleveland said. "Being an exhibition game, I wanted to let them play for a while before making any changes."

EA Sports' Ronnell Mingo, a former Wyoming Cowboy, made a jumper in the lane to give the All-Stars their biggest lead of the game at 12. BYU fought back on three pointers from Mark Bigelow and Terry Nashif, cutting the lead to 28-26.

A John Allen put-back off a Ricky Bower three-point attempt brought the Cougars to within one point, 38-37, at the end of the first half. BYU shot just 36 percent from the floor in the first half compared to 50 percent by the All-Stars.

The Cougars used hot three-point shooting in the second half to take the lead. BYU climbed to an eight-point advantage with just under five minutes after a trey by junior guard Ricky Bower but EA Sports scored the next four points to trail 73-69 with 4:05 left.

A Travis Hansen technical foul and two subsequent Vogel free throws allowed the All-Stars to take the lead at 84-83 with just over a minute remaining. On the next possession, Bigelow drove the baseline and scored to put the Cougars up 85-84.

At the other end, Harvey missed a three-point attempt and the ball bounced out

of bounds. BYU hit four free throws down the stretch to earn the win 89-84.

For BYU, Bigelow finished with 23 points and eight rebounds. Woodberry added 16 points and dished out five assists, while Travis Hansen scored 15 points and grabbed eight boards. John Allen came off the bench and chipped in 11 points and three rebounds.

"We really came after them defensively in the second half," Woodberry said. "That's what really changed things for us."

Vogel led all scorers with 29 points. Former Wyoming guard Brett McFall contributed 15 and guard Joe Smith of Alabama Huntsville added 14 for the All-Stars.

EA Sports falls 1-3 with the loss. The All-Stars opened Friday by beating Utah 92-86 in Salt Lake City before dropping games to Weber State and Utah State on Saturday and Monday. EA Sports continues its month-long exhibition schedule at Texas Tech on Thursday in Lubbock, Texas.

BYU will play its final exhibition game on Nov. 13 when it hosts the Dominican Republic National Team at 7 p.m. in the Marriott Center.

Official Basketball Box Score -- GAME TOTALS -- FINAL STATISTICS

E.A. Sports vs BRIGHAM YOUNG Cougars

11-05-02 7:00 at Marriott Center BYU Provo UT

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VISITORS: E.A. Sports 1-3

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

02 MCFALL, Brett...... * 5-14 1-6 4-6 2 4 6 1 15 2 4 0 2 33

05 SMITH, Joe.......... * 6-11 2-7 0-1 1 1 2 3 14 1 2 0 1 29

21 BRADFORD, Nick...... * 3-5 0-1 2-3 4 2 6 4 8 2 2 0 1 23

33 THOMAS, Aki......... * 1-6 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 2 1 0 0 27

44 VOGEL, Joe.......... * 10-17 3-5 6-6 1 3 4 1 29 1 2 1 0 31

03 MCLEMORE, Maurice... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 18

04 CROSBY, Chris....... 1-4 1-1 0-0 0 5 5 0 3 0 1 0 0 13

23 HARVEY, Tony........ 4-8 1-3 0-0 2 3 5 4 9 4 2 0 0 17

31 MINGO, Ronnell...... 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 4 4 0 0 1 0 9

TEAM................ 4 4

Totals.............. 32-69 8-23 12-16 14 24 38 19 84 12 15 2 5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-32 50.0% 2nd Half: 16-37 43.2% Game: 46.4% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 4-9 44.4% 2nd Half: 4-14 28.6% Game: 34.8% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 2-3 66.7% 2nd Half: 10-13 76.9% Game: 75.0% 0

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HOME TEAM: BRIGHAM YOUNG Cougars 1-0

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

02 HANSEN, Travis...... f 7-18 0-3 1-1 3 5 8 5 15 2 4 0 2 27

03 BIGELOW, Mark....... f 6-9 3-5 8-9 0 8 8 1 23 3 1 1 1 33

40 HOWARD, Dan......... f 0-2 0-0 0-0 4 1 5 0 0 2 1 1 0 10

24 WOODBERRY, Kevin.... g 5-11 4-10 2-2 0 3 3 2 16 5 1 2 0 30

52 JENSEN, Jared....... * 2-6 0-1 5-6 1 1 2 1 9 0 0 0 1 15

04 LEMES, Luiz......... 0-3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 13

10 NASHIF, Terry....... 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 11

14 BOWER, Ricky........ 2-5 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 2 6 2 0 0 0 18

15 ALLEN, John......... 3-8 1-3 4-4 2 1 3 2 11 1 1 0 1 26

55 ARAUJO, Rafael...... 1-5 0-0 4-7 4 4 8 3 6 1 4 1 1 17

TEAM................ 4 2 6

Totals.............. 27-68 11-28 24-29 19 27 46 17 89 17 12 5 6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-36 36.1% 2nd Half: 14-32 43.8% Game: 39.7% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 5-17 29.4% 2nd Half: 6-11 54.5% Game: 39.3% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 6-6 100 % 2nd Half: 18-23 78.3% Game: 82.8% 2

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Officials: Richard Ball, Roosevelt Brown, Bob Staffen

Technical fouls: E.A. Sports-None. BRIGHAM YOUNG Cougars-HANSEN, Travis.

Attendance: 5112

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

E.A. Sports................... 38 46 - 84

BRIGHAM YOUNG Cougars......... 37 52 - 89

Tags: Results