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POSTGAME - BYU at New Mexico

Lee Cummard contributed 14 points in BYU's overtime win against New Mexico on Tuesday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)


BYU at New Mexico

Feb. 26, 2008

- Jonathan Tavernari made his 23rd start of the year, joining Ben Murdock, Sam Burgess, Lee Cummard and Trent Plaisted in the starting five. The latter four have started every game this season.

- Individual Career Highs: Sam Burgess -- 8 rebounds (tied); Trent Plaisted -- 5 blocks

- BYU's overtime game against New Mexico was its first of the season. The Cougars' last overtime victory on the road came against Weber State on Dec. 6, 2006.

- The last time BYU came back to win a road game after trailing at halftime was Feb. 27, 2007 at Air Force.

- Sam Burgess and Trent Plaisted combined for six consecutive free throws for BYU to end the overtime period and win the game.

- The Cougars have yet to lose back-to-back Mountain West Conference games since Dave Rose took over as head coach in 2005-2006.

- With a 33-29 advantage after the first 20 minutes of play, New Mexico became just the fifth team this season to post a halftime lead against the Cougars. Prior to the UNM game, the Cougars had not trailed at the break since trailing by one point (28-27) against SDSU on Jan. 23, 2008, a game the Cougars won 59-56. BYU is now 2-3 this season when trailing at halftime.

- Trent Plaisted scored a team-high 23 points against UNM. BYU has had at least one player top the 20-point mark in each of the last nine games.

- Lee Cummard (14) and Sam Burgess (12) also contributed double-figures for the Cougars.

- With the 70-69 win, BYU is now 17-1 when scoring at least 70 points and 16-1 when holding opponents under 70 points.

- Jonathan Tavernari made one triple against the Lobos. He needs to make four more three-pointers to tie the single-season BYU record of 74 set by Andy Toolson in 1990.

- BYU is off to its best record since 1992-93 when the Cougars were 22-6 after 28 games. Only four teams at BYU have ever achieved a record better than the Cougars' current 21-6 record.

- Lee Cummard scored BYU's final field goal of the first half with 5:24 remaining contributing to the Lobo's 9-1 run heading into the break. The Cougars ended the half with 1-for-10 shooting.

- Leading the country in three-point shooting percentage with 43.7 percent, New Mexico was 3-for-21 from beyond-the-arc against the Cougars. Until this point, UNM has averaged 8.6 three-pointers per game.

- New Mexico's J.R. Giddens finished with 30 points, the most points scored against his season (previous was 28 points by Lorrenzo Wade of SDSU).

- The game had eight ties and seven lead changes. BYU's biggest lead was nine points at 20-11. New Mexico's largest lead was eight points at 58-50.


BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

-- "Trent (Plaisted) was pretty pumped, and he steps up to the line and hits them. He told everybody in the huddle before the second free throw that he was going to make it, so that was a good sign."

-- "I was just really proud of how they battled. It was competitive and back and forth and just what we expected from that game. Our guys gave everything they had, and we were lucky that we made one more play."

New Mexico Head Coach Steve Alford

-- "I take my hats off to BYU. I thought we played hard. This is gonna hurt for a while. It was a great college basketball game; we just came up a point shy."

-- "They got the job done better one more possession than we did. We missed a lot of shots that we normally make. That's the worst three-point shooting we've had all year, and we still only lose by one point to the best team in our league."

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