Point guard Austin Ainge tied his career-high in assists with eight Monday night as the Cougars earned their first MWC victory. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
BYU vs. New Mexico
Jan. 24, 2005
- Tonight's line-up was the 15th different lineup in 20 games. The post combination of Derek Dawes and Keena Young was the sixth different 4-5 combination used this season.
- Four players scored every point for the Cougars until 3:20 left in the game when Terry Nashif made a free throw. The four players in double figures were Keena Young (14), Mike Rose (21), Mike Hall (16) and Derek Dawes (14).
- The win marked the first for the Cougars when they score less than 70 points for the game.
- BYU is 7-1 when out-shooting its opponent in field goal percentage.
- BYU has won five straight against the Lobos in the Marriott Center.
- The Cougars went on a 9-3 run to close out the first half to lead for the eighth time this season at the half. BYU is now 6-2 when leading at the half.
- The Cougars started out the 2nd half on a 9-1 run (18-4 run when combined with the end of the first half).
- New Mexico answered with a 12-0 run of its own to bring the score to 42-38.
- BYU then went on a 13-4 run, led by Mike Rose with 3 three-point baskets.
- Derek Dawes set career bests of 14 points, 6-of-7 (.857) shooting, and 4 blocks while tying career marks of 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. He made his steal after his only miss of the game to regain a Cougar possession.
- Derek Dawes had the first double-double of his career with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
- Austin Ainge tied a career-high with 8 assists.
- Keena Young tied a career-high with 14 points. He also scored 14 points against Chaminade, Weber State and Air Force.
- Keena Young made 6-of-8 shots from the floor. Over the last three games, he has not missed more than two shots in a game while making a combined 18-of-24 (.750) from the floor. He has reached double-digit scoring in each of the last three games, averaging 12.7 points and 7.7 rebounds over that span.
- BYU improves to 7-13 on the season and picks up its first conference win (1-4 MWC). Last year BYU started conference play 2-4 before winning its final eight league games to finish second in the conference standings.
- BYU now leads the series against New Mexico 67-48 overall, including a 39-15 record at home (22-12 in the Marriott Center).
- BYU is 11-7 against the Lobos under Steve Cleveland.
- BYU has won 10 of the last 12 games against the Lobos.
- BYU improves to 5-5 in the Marriott Center this season.
- The win was BYU's first on a Monday this year. BYU is no 1-2 playing on Monday this season. BYU's plays next Monday in the Marriott Center against MWC-leader Utah at 10 p.m. in a nationally televised contest on ESPN.
BYU Coach Steve Cleveland:
"We're preparing next year's team in this process."
"We've got some guys that haven't played a lot. Dawes is our future; he just needs playing time."
"Keena continually gets better. Rose and Nashif came off the bench and gave us a great spark."
"It may not manifest itself this year, but this group of guys is a special group of people. We've got some of the finest group of guys there are."
"This team found a way to win and they'll do it again."
"Effort has been good the last two games, but execution needs to be better."
New Mexico Coach Ritchie McKay:
"Rose was the difference tonight."
"We've got to make some plays."
"If you're going to play for us, you've got to play with a lot of energy and focus, or you're not playing."