Four Double-figure Efforts Pace BYU Over UNM

Guard Ricky Bower hit four threes off the bench to spark the Cougars. Bower ended the game with a new BYU career-high 14 points. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Four Cougars scored in double figures as BYU beat the University of New Mexico Lobos 80-64 Saturday at the Marriott Center, despite 39 points form Lobo guard Ruben Douglas.

BYU improves to 14-5 on the season and 3-1 in MWC play. The Lobos drop to 1-4 in conference games and 7-11 overall.

"This was the best team we've played all year," said UNM head coach Ritchie McKay. "There is not an offensive weakness out there--at least not that I could see."

Travis Hansen led BYU with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Mark Bigelow and Ricky Bower connected on four three-pointers a piece. Bigelow finished the game with 15 points and Bower added 14. Jared Jensen chipped in 15 and carried most of the load in the paint for BYU. Jensen was also perfect 5-for-5 from the line.

The two teams combined to set a new Marriott Center record of 23 three-pointers made. For the Lobos, most of those came from senior Ruben Douglas who hit seven treys and was 14-of-17 from the line to go along with seven rebounds.

"We tried a lot of things on Ruben but they didn't work," said BYU head coach Steve Cleveland. "In the second half, when we made our run, we doubled him and he missed a few. He may be the best player in our league."

Guards Mark Walters and Javin Tindall chipped in nine and eight points, respectively, for the Lobos.

Bigelow scored BYU's final eight points of the half to give the Cougars a 39-31 lead at the break. UNM's zone defense shut down the middle, holding BYU center Rafael Araujo scoreless in the first half. Araujo finished the game with just three points.

Douglas and Walters scored 29 of the Lobos 31 first-half points. Douglas had 22 at the intermission including 5 threes.

New Mexico cut the deficit to six early in the second half, but, following a timeout, BYU went on a 9-0 run to gain a 15-point lead. The run was sparked by two treys from Bower.

The Lobos fought back, cutting the lead to nine, 71-62, with 3:47 to play on two free throws by Douglas. Following another timeout, the Cougars went on another 9-0 run highlighted by a breakaway jam by Hansen. The dunk extended the BYU lead to 18 at 80-62 and sealed it with just over one minute left.

BYU out-shot New Mexico 49.1 percent to 39.6 percent and out-rebounded the Lobos 38 to 26.

BYU will face the Air Force Academy on Monday night in the Marriott Center. Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m. The Game will be broadcast on radio only by KSL Newsradio 1160 AM.

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

Univeristy of New Mexico vs BRIGHAM YOUNG Cougars

02/01/03 1:00 PM at Brigham Young University

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VISITORS: Univeristy of New Mexico 7-11,1-4

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

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

13 CHIOTTI, David...... f 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 3 0 0 2 1 0 23

00 WALTERS, Mark....... g 4-9 1-3 0-1 2 1 3 4 9 1 4 0 2 33

05 DOUGLAS, Ruben...... g 9-20 7-12 14-17 0 7 7 1 39 2 2 1 0 38

11 TINDALL, Javin...... g 3-8 2-6 0-1 0 0 0 2 8 2 2 0 0 34

12 ASHCRAFT, Ryan...... g 1-5 1-4 0-0 1 4 5 3 3 2 2 0 0 33

01 BELL, Chad.......... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 9

22 HART, Jeff.......... 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 12

24 WILLIAMS, Jamaal.... 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7

34 MONETTE, Mikal...... 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3

42 McCOWAN, Michael.... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 8

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

Totals.............. 19-48 12-26 14-19 7 19 26 17 64 7 14 3 3 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-24 41.7% 2nd Half: 9-24 37.5% Game: 39.6% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 6-13 46.2% 2nd Half: 6-13 46.2% Game: 46.2% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 5-9 55.6% 2nd Half: 9-10 90.0% Game: 73.7% 0

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HOME TEAM: BRIGHAM YOUNG Cougars 14-5,3-1

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

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

03 BIGELOW, Mark....... f 7-14 4-8 0-0 1 4 5 3 18 4 2 0 3 31

52 JENSEN, Jared....... f 5-8 0-0 5-5 2 3 5 1 15 1 1 1 0 26

55 ARAUJO, Rafael...... c 1-6 0-0 1-2 1 5 6 1 3 2 2 0 1 19

02 HANSEN, Travis...... g 7-11 2-3 3-4 3 2 5 3 19 3 3 0 1 29

10 NASHIF, Terry....... g 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 3 1 0 1 14

04 LEMES, Luiz......... 1-3 0-1 1-1 0 1 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 11

05 SHOFF, Jake......... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

12 ROBERTS, Marc....... 0-1 0-0 2-2 1 2 3 3 2 1 1 0 0 12

14 BOWER, Ricky........ 4-7 4-7 2-2 0 2 2 2 14 3 1 0 0 27

15 ALLEN, John......... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

24 WOODBERRY, Kevin.... 2-3 1-2 1-1 0 4 4 1 6 2 1 0 1 26

32 JEPSEN, Bart........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

TEAM................ 2 2

Totals.............. 27-55 11-21 15-17 11 27 38 17 80 20 12 1 7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-26 53.8% 2nd Half: 13-29 44.8% Game: 49.1% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 6-12 50.0% 2nd Half: 5-9 55.6% Game: 52.4% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 5-5 100 % 2nd Half: 10-12 83.3% Game: 88.2% 0

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Officials: Lonnie Dixon, Mike Giarrantano, Ron Zetcher

Technical fouls: Univeristy of New Mexico-None. BRIGHAM YOUNG Cougars-None.

Attendance: 10914

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

Univeristy of New Mexico...... 31 33 - 64

BRIGHAM YOUNG Cougars......... 39 41 - 80

Points in the paint-NM 6,BY 30. Points off turnovers-NM 14,BY 21.

2nd chance points-NM 8,BY 14. Fast break points-NM 2,BY 6.

Bench points-NM 5,BY 25. Score tied-3 times. Lead changes-11 times.

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