BYU Rallies to Defeat TCU

Lee Cummard hit a three to tie the game with 10 seconds left in regulation in BYU's 89-80 overtime win over TCU. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- BYU stormed back during the last minute of regulation to force overtime, and the Cougars outscored TCU 17-8 in the extra period, earning the 89-80 win and extending BYU's home win streak to nine games. The Cougars are now 11-6 overall and 3-3 in the Mountain West Conference while the Horned Frogs are 5-15 overall and 1-5 in league play.

"We had a bleak couple of minutes there but we came out and made the big plays," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "We had a nice run in the second half. We made the big plays. We got our confidence and our team finally began to believe that we could win."

Trent Plaisted had career and game highs of 22 points and 16 rebounds despite playing most of the game in foul trouble. Lee Cummard had just six points but hit the game-tying three with 10 seconds remaining in regulation. Brock Reichner was second on the team with 13 points while Rashaun Broadus had 12, Fernando Malaman and Keena Young had 11 apiece, and Jimmy Balderson added 10. Reichner also chipped in six assists.

Nile Murry had a team-high 18 points for TCU, and Chudi Chinweze had 16, Brent Hackett added 14 and Judson Stubbs had 11.

As a team, BYU hit 39.7 (27-68) percent of its shots from the field and had 45 rebounds and 24 assists. The Horned Frogs shot 42.6 (26-61) percent and had 36 rebounds and 18 assists.

With the score tied at 57, Cummard hit a three, but then the Horned Frogs scored 13 of the next 14 points to go up 69-61. With less than one minute remaining, Reichner hit a three to cut the TCU lead to five, but Chinweze hit two free throws to push the lead back to seven at 71-64. Broadus hit a layup with 41.1 seconds remaining, and then the Cougars got the ball back, and Broadus hit a three to cut the lead to two. BYU quickly fouled Chinweze, who made 1-of-2 to put TCU up three.

The Cougars quickly ran up the court but struggled to find an open man. Cummard eventually broke free and hit the game-tying three with 10 seconds left. After a series of timeouts, the Horned Frogs were unable to release the ball before the horn and the game went into overtime, BYU's first overtime game since Feb. 5, 2005 -- an 82-72 win at UNLV.

In overtime, TCU scored first but BYU went on a 10-2 run to go up by six at 82-76. Broadus and Reichner both hit threes during the run. Murry hit a three just at the one-minute mark to cut the lead to three at 82-79. The Cougars sealed the deal by scoring seven of the last eight points.

"These types of games build confidence, the confidence to win," Rose said. "That's something you can build on. Even though we had a tough half, you've go to give credit to the guys who made the big plays."

The Cougars took a 19-14 lead early in the first half behind six points from Plaisted and threes by Reichner, Malaman and Austin Ainge. From there BYU went cold and TCU caught fire, scoring the next 13 points on 4-of-4 free-throw shooting and three shots from downtown. Plaisted continued his solid play by scoring six more before the half but the Horned Frogs continued to connect, taking a 41-29 lead into the break.

The Cougars shot 28.1 (9-32) percent from the field in the first period, the lowest shooting percentage in a half this season. After starting 3-for-5 from downtown, BYU missed 11 consecutive threes to finish 3-of-16 for the half. The Horned Frogs, who entered the game hitting just 35.5 percent from the field as a team, hit 50 percent in the first half. The Cougars also struggled with turnovers as 13 first-half BYU miscues led to 21 TCU points.

Plaisted finished one board shy of a double-double heading into the break, recording 12 points and nine rebounds.

BYU turned the tables on TCU to start the second half, going on a 10-3 run to cut the lead to five at 44-39. The Horned Frogs, who started the second period just 1-of-11 from the field, pushed the lead back to nine at 50-41 behind four free throws by Murray. The Cougars then went on another run, this time 14-2, to take a 55-52 lead. Jimmy Balderson scored eight points during the run.

BYU will head to Fort Collins, Colo. on Saturday and play Colorado State at 7 p.m.

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

TCU Horned Frogs vs BYU Cougars

01/25/06 7:07 pm at Provo, UT

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VISITORS: TCU Horned Frogs 5-15,1-5

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

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

12 IBIKUNLE, Femi...... f 1-5 0-0 0-2 1 4 5 4 2 0 0 0 0 13

22 CHINWEZE, Chudi..... f 6-15 0-0 4-9 5 2 7 5 16 1 5 1 2 33

02 HACKETT, Brent...... g 4-9 3-7 3-4 0 3 3 2 14 5 5 0 3 33

04 MURRY, Nile......... g 4-12 2-5 8-8 1 2 3 4 18 5 2 0 4 38

05 OWENS, Neiman....... g 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 1 2 3 3 1 1 0 1 21

13 DOUGHERTY, Neil P... 2-3 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 5 3 1 0 0 16

15 STUBBS, Judson...... 5-7 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 4 11 2 4 0 1 25

23 ADAMS, Blake........ 3-8 1-4 1-1 1 2 3 1 8 1 1 0 0 25

45 PIERCE, Art......... 0-0 0-0 3-4 0 1 1 1 3 0 3 0 1 14

50 TAYLOR, Allen....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7

TEAM................ 4 3 7

Totals.............. 26-61 8-18 20-29 14 22 36 26 80 18 22 1 12 225

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-28 50.0% 2nd Half: 9-24 37.5% OT: 3-9 33.3% Game: 42.6% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 6-11 54.5% 2nd Half: 2-4 50.0% OT: 0-3 0.0% Game: 44.4% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 7-9 77.8% 2nd Half: 11-18 61.1% OT: 2-2 100 % Game: 69.0% 4

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HOME TEAM: BYU Cougars 11-6,3-3

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

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

03 YOUNG, Keena........ f 3-7 0-0 5-6 1 2 3 4 11 3 0 1 2 27

30 CUMMARD, Lee........ f 2-3 2-3 0-0 0 4 4 2 6 4 2 0 0 19

44 PLAISTED, Trent..... c 7-12 0-0 8-8 8 8 16 5 22 1 7 2 0 31

11 REICHNER, Brock..... g 3-9 3-8 4-4 2 1 3 2 13 6 2 0 1 32

13 AINGE, Austin....... g 1-5 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 2 3 0 0 13

01 BROADUS, Rashaun.... 4-11 3-6 1-2 0 0 0 2 12 4 3 0 5 32

02 ROSE, Mike.......... 0-5 0-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 10

04 EMERY, Jackson...... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 2

15 MALAMAN, Fernando... 4-8 1-2 2-2 1 4 5 3 11 1 0 0 0 26

23 BALDERSON, Jimmy.... 3-7 1-3 3-4 1 2 3 3 10 2 0 0 2 26

43 DAWES, Derek........ 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 7

TEAM................ 5 3 8

Totals.............. 27-68 11-30 24-28 19 26 45 25 89 24 20 3 11 225

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 9-32 28.1% 2nd Half: 14-30 46.7% OT: 4-6 66.7% Game: 39.7% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-16 18.8% 2nd Half: 6-11 54.5% OT: 2-3 66.7% Game: 36.7% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 8-8 100 % 2nd Half: 9-12 75.0% OT: 7-8 87.5% Game: 85.7% 4

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Officials: Verne Harris, Kelly Self, Ruben Ramos

Technical fouls: TCU Horned Frogs-None. BYU Cougars-None.

Attendance: 9106

Score by Periods 1st 2nd OT Total

TCU Horned Frogs.............. 41 31 8 - 80

BYU Cougars................... 29 43 17 - 89

Points in the paint-TC 32,BY 24. Points off turnovers-TC 30,BY 22.

2nd chance points-TC 12,BY 14. Fast break points-TC 8,BY 2.

Bench points-TC 27,BY 34. Score tied-5 times. Lead changes-8 times.

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