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Cougars Respond in Second Half to Defeat Texas Southern

PROVO -- Mekeli Wesley scored 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to record his first double-double of the year and lead BYU to a 76-61 win over Texas Southern in its first game of the 1999 Cougar Classic.

After playing the first 20 minutes even, the Cougars turned a 32-32 tie into a 15-point victory by out scoring the Tigers 44-29 in the second stanza. While Wesley received help from his teammates as the Cougars pulled away in the second half, it was Wesley's first half that kept BYU in position to take over the game.

The junior forward made 7-8 field goal attempts and his only free throw attempt on his way to 15 points in the first 20 minutes. Wesley also pulled down seven of his team-high 10 rebounds in the first half. With his nine-point second half, Wesley has scored 24 points or more in five of BYU's six games.

Other top Cougar scorers included Terrell Lyday with 14 points, Todd Christensen with nine and Nathan Cooper with six. Reserve guard David Nielsen also added six points in his three minutes on the floor, making 1-2 field goals and all four free throws. Matt Montague's three-pointer, his only points of the game, opened the scoring in the second half and the Cougars never looked back, building a 35-32 lead into a 49-39 lead at the 10:59 mark on a Silester Rivers free throw.

Steve Hoyer scored 23 points to pace the Tigers while teammate Chris Miller pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. BYU out rebounded Texas Southern 42-31 and shot 45 percent to the Tigers 33 percent.

With the win, BYU improves to 5-1 on the year and will met the 4-2 Weber State Wildcats in the Cougar Classic title game Saturday. Weber State, who defeated nationally ranked Utah earlier this year, advanced to the championship game by beating Western Oregon. Texas Southern falls to 2-4 with the loss and will play Western Oregon in the consolation contest.

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

Texas Southern vs Brigham Young

12/10/99 7:35 at Provo, Utah

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VISITORS: Texas Southern 2-4

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

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

42 ROWE, Cameron....... f 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

10 GOFF, Terrell....... g 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3

12 HOYER, Steve........ g 8-13 3-4 4-5 0 2 2 1 23 1 2 1 1 26

14 MILLER, Chris....... g 1-2 1-2 3-4 5 7 12 1 6 2 1 0 3 29

33 TIMMONS, Marquel.... g 2-5 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 5 5 1 0 0 18

11 BENNETT, Ricky...... 2-9 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 6 3 2 0 2 34

15 DYSE, Patrick....... 1-5 0-2 3-4 0 1 1 5 5 0 1 0 1 16

30 BOSTON, Harold...... 2-5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 5 4 0 2 0 1 19

32 UNDERWOOD, Rahmeen.. 1-8 0-0 2-2 0 3 3 4 4 2 6 0 1 23

35 ANYANWU, Ifey....... 2-8 0-0 4-6 1 4 5 5 8 1 1 0 0 32

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

Totals.............. 19-57 7-18 16-21 9 22 31 23 61 14 16 1 10 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-27 .444 2nd Half: 7-30 .233 Game: .333 DEADBALL

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 4-7 .571 2nd Half: 3-11 .273 Game: .389 REBOUNDS

F Throw % 1st Half: 4-6 .667 2nd Half: 12-15 .800 Game: .762 3

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HOME TEAM: Brigham Young 5-1

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

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

13 VRANES, Michael..... g 2-7 0-2 1-2 2 0 2 0 5 6 0 0 2 24

15 WESLEY, Mekeli...... g 11-15 0-2 2-2 1 9 10 0 24 2 0 0 1 31

24 LYDAY, Terrell...... g 4-9 1-3 5-10 0 2 2 2 14 1 1 0 3 25

25 NIELSEN, Eric....... g 0-1 0-0 1-4 1 4 5 0 1 0 2 0 1 22

31 MONTAGUE, Matt...... g 1-2 1-1 0-0 0 4 4 1 3 5 3 0 1 27

02 RIVERS, Silester.... 1-2 0-0 2-2 3 5 8 3 4 0 2 0 0 15

04 CHRISTENSEN, Todd... 3-8 2-7 1-2 0 0 0 2 9 1 3 0 2 22

05 ROBERTS, Marc....... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6

10 ALLEN, John......... 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0

20 TAGGART, Nick....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

33 SMITH, Morgan....... 0-3 0-1 2-2 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0

34 ELLSWORTH, Joe...... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

42 COOPER, Nathan...... 2-6 1-2 1-2 1 3 4 4 6 3 1 0 0 22

50 NIELSEN, David...... 1-2 0-0 4-4 1 1 2 2 6 0 2 0 0 3

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

Totals.............. 26-57 5-18 19-30 12 31 43 15 76 20 14 0 10 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-28 .464 2nd Half: 13-29 .448 Game: .456 DEADBALL

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-7 .143 2nd Half: 4-11 .364 Game: .278 REBOUNDS

F Throw % 1st Half: 5-9 .556 2nd Half: 14-21 .667 Game: .633 8

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Officials: Steve Welmer, Ronnie Hernandez, Mark Whitehead

Technical fouls: Texas Southern-None. Brigham Young-None.

Attendance: 6541

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

Texas Southern................ 32 29 - 61

Brigham Young................. 32 44 - 76