POSTGAME - BYU at New Mexico

(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

POSTGAME NOTES

BYU at New Mexico

Jan. 17, 2009

Player Notes

Gavin MacGregor had his best first half of the season, hitting 3-of-3 from the field for six points while grabbing four rebounds. Three of his boards were on the offense end and he converted two into second chance buckets. MacGregor finished the game with career highs of 11 points and seven rebounds, including six on the offensive boards.

Lamont Morgan, Jr., hit 1-of-1 from downtown in the first half. He finished the game 1-of-2 from downtown and has now hit seven of his last 10 attempts from long range.

Jimmer Fredette scored a team-high 15 points at New Mexico to extend his team-best double figure scoring streak to 12 games.

Team Notes

— For the 16th-straight game, BYU head coach Dave Rose started Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Chris Miles. The Cougars are 13-3 with that starting lineup.

— New Mexico led BYU 41-34 at the half, just the third time this season the Cougars trailed at the half. BYU trailed Long Beach State 38-31 in the season opener before coming back to win 75-65. The Cougars were behind 35-31 at the half against Tulsa but fought back for the 74-68 victory. BYU was not as fortunate at New Mexico, failing to comeback and losing 81-62, the team’s worst loss this season.

Record Watch

Jonathan Tavernari hit three three-pointers against New Mexico to bring his career total to 162. He is third in BYU history and is now two threes from passing Mike Rose (163) for second. He has 45 threes this season.

— With seven points against New Mexico on Saturday, Lee Cummard now has 297 points this season and 1,310 career points. He is 17th all-time in school history and eight points from passing Joe Nelson (1,317) for 16th.

Jonathan Tavernari scored 13 points at New Mexico to bring his career total to 933. He needs 67 points to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career.

Lee Cummard had two steals at New Mexico to give him 115 for his career and place him one steal behind Mark Bigelow who is eighth all-time in school history. Jonathan Tavernari had one steal to give him 95 career takeaways. He is 14th all-time in BYU history.

Game Trends

— Coming into The Pit BYU had trailed by double figures just once this season when the Cougars fell behind 11-0 against Western Oregon at home. It was the team’s first double-digit loss this season (81-62).

— BYU trailed 41-34 at the half but went on a 10-3 run to tie the score at 44-all. Jimmer Fredette had a traditional three-point play and a three while Chris Miles had two buckets inside during the run. After the Cougars tied the score New Mexico scored the next five points and led the rest of the way.

— BYU’s six-game winning streak against New Mexico and three-game winning streak in The Pit ended with an 81-62 loss to the Lobos on Saturday.

Postgame Quotes

BYU vs. New Mexico

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

“I think with seven or eight minutes left in the second half they kept scoring and we couldn’t answer with anything—that broke our back. They had really good balance offensively that made it difficult to defend.”

“You’ve got to give a lot of credit to New Mexico. They played a really good game.”

“I think New Mexico played as consistent a 40 minutes as I have ever seen them on film. They have such good consistent play from their three seniors and Martinez carried them right through.”

“They were extremely dialed in and focused and they were very difficult to guard. Our game plan was good, but we didn’t execute as well as we could have.”

“We can learn an awful lot from this game and now we just need to get better as a result of this game. This hasn’t happened to us yet, so we will see how we respond.”

“Conference play is so terrific—that is why college basketball is so competitive. I think tonight was a situation where we were fighting to hang on—not playing as well as we are capable. Tonight we were in a situation where we didn’t execute down the stretch like we should have.”

“Gavin has been playing better than I’ve ever seen him in practice.”

“Lee is going to get himself in a dog fight in every game—they will try to make him do things that he doesn’t like to do, but he’s good all-around so they won’t be able to shut him down completely."

“Late in this game when they put us away was a new experience for us. We’ll see how we respond to that. We have back-to-back conference home games this next week and we need to get ready for two strong teams in the Marriott Center.”

BYU Center Gavin MacGregor

“They came ready to play and we didn’t execute very well. The bottomline is that they played better than we did and came ready to win today. They played harder than we did. They are a good team and they deserved this win.”

“I’ve been trying to put a lot of work into my game, getting pointers from a lot of people. Changing and adapting helps me gain confidence and I continue to progress in practice and in games. I am trying to get as good as I can to contribute to my team the best I can. I try to do everything in my power to be a team player.”

“I always think about what I can do to contribute, and I always think about offensive rebounds, and I’m glad that I had a few of those today.”