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Cougars Suffer Season's Second Loss at ASU

TEMPE -- The Cougars were cold and the Sun Devils were hot Saturday afternoon in Tempe, Ariz., as Arizona State defeated BYU 80-52 at Wells Fargo Arena.

BYU shot a season-low 25.4 percent from the floor while Arizona State made a BYU opponent-high 51.8 percent of their attempts. BYU fell to 2-2 with the loss while Arizona State improved to 5-1 on the year.

"Everything that could go wrong went wrong," BYU coach Steve Cleveland said. "Arizona State just dominated us in every facet of the game."

After falling behind 15-5, BYU scored 13 straight points to take an 18-15 advantage when Eric Nielsen made a lay-in off a Mekeli Wesley assist. The Cougar edge soon became a distant memory, however, as Arizona State took a 37-22 halftime lead in the middle of an incredible 60-13 scoring run that gave the Sun Devils a margin as high as 44 points with eight minutes to go in the game.

"I felt like our guys were really ready to play," said ASU coach Rob Evans, whose club has had a week to prepare for the Cougars. "It's the way they practiced. They keep getting better defensively. This is the second-best defensive effort of one of my ball clubs."

Four ASU players reached double figures, led by center Chad Prewitt with 20. Wesley and Terrell Lyday led BYU with 11 points apiece while Nielsen added nine points and a season-high nine rebounds. Lyday went 3-17 from the floor and Wesley 3-15 as BYU made only 15 of their 59 field goal attempts. The 28-point loss was BYU's third-worst scoring deficit suffered during Cleveland's tenure.

BYU returns home to play Florida International Thursday in the Marriott Center before returning to the road to face Rice at the Compaq Center in Houston as part of a double-header also featuring North Carolina and Texas A&M. The double-header will be played Saturday.

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

BYU Cougars vs Arizona State

12-02-00 4:00 PM at Ned Wulk Court

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VISITORS: BYU Cougars 2-2

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

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

15 WESLEY, Mekeli...... f 3-15 0-2 5-8 5 2 7 4 11 1 4 0 1 30

42 COOPER, Nathan...... f 1-2 0-1 3-4 3 2 5 3 5 0 4 0 0 19

43 DAWES, Derek........ c 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 6

24 LYDAY, Terrell...... g 3-17 2-8 3-3 0 2 2 2 11 2 2 0 0 38

31 MONTAGUE, Matt...... g 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 3 4 0 1 28

02 HANSEN, Travis...... 3-8 1-1 1-2 1 1 2 4 8 0 1 0 0 17

20 BOBIK, Daniel....... 1-5 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 3 3 0 1 0 1 16

23 SHIPPEN, Ty......... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

25 NIELSEN, Eric....... 3-6 0-0 3-8 0 9 9 3 9 0 1 0 0 31

34 CHRISMAN, Jacob..... 1-3 0-1 3-4 2 1 3 4 5 1 0 0 0 12

40 HOWARD, Dan......... 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

TEAM................ 2 1 3 1

Totals.............. 15-59 4-17 18-29 14 26 40 25 52 8 17 2 3 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 6-28 .214 2nd Half: 9-31 .290 Game: .254 DEADBALL

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 2-9 .222 2nd Half: 2-8 .250 Game: .235 REBOUNDS

F Throw % 1st Half: 8-12 .667 2nd Half: 10-17 .588 Game: .621 2

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HOME TEAM: Arizona State 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

11 Storey, Awvee....... f 6-9 0-0 2-3 2 6 8 4 14 0 2 0 0 27

42 Redhage, Shawn...... f 3-7 1-1 4-4 1 2 3 4 11 6 4 2 0 26

52 Prewitt, Chad....... c 8-12 1-2 3-4 0 8 8 4 20 2 2 1 2 25

01 Mason, Alton........ g 4-9 1-2 0-0 0 4 4 2 9 3 0 0 1 20

02 Knight, Donnell..... g 2-7 1-2 4-4 2 5 7 2 9 3 3 0 0 30

03 Dodd, Kyle.......... 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 4 4 1 3 3 0 0 1 31

04 Smith, Tommy........ 4-5 1-1 2-2 0 3 3 5 11 1 1 2 0 14

20 Nahra, Brad......... 0-2 0-1 0-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 8

22 Johnston, Tyson..... 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 1 5 0 1 4 0 0 9

23 Howard, Jonathan.... 1-3 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 8

34 Bray, Jonathan...... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

TEAM................ 1 5 6

Totals.............. 29-56 6-12 16-22 6 39 45 28 80 19 18 5 4 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-27 .481 2nd Half: 16-29 .552 Game: .518 DEADBALL

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 2-3 .667 2nd Half: 4-9 .444 Game: .500 REBOUNDS

F Throw % 1st Half: 9-11 .818 2nd Half: 7-11 .636 Game: .727 1

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Officials: Terry Christman, Tommy Nunez, Michael Reed

Technical fouls: BYU Cougars-BENCH. Arizona State-None.

Attendance: 7249

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

BYU Cougars................... 22 30 - 52

Arizona State................. 37 43 - 80