The Cougars have won seven straight games thanks in part to play off the bench. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
The following are postgame notes and quotes following BYU's 96-83 win over New Mexico Wednesday night in the Marriott Center.
BYU vs. New Mexico
Feb. 14, 2007
- For the 14th time this season and the 11th straight game, Austin Ainge, Jimmy Balderson, Lee Cummard, Keena Young and Trent Plaisted received the starting nod from BYU head coach Dave Rose. Cummard and Young have started in all 26 games this season while Plaisted has started 25, Balderson 23 and Ainge 18.
- Individual Career Highs: Austin Ainge -- 1 block (tied); Keena Young -- 11 field goals made (tied).
- Individual Season Highs: Mike Rose -- 3 assists (tied).
- Team Season Highs/Lows: Most points vs. Division I opponent - 96; Most first-half points -- 51 (tied -- also vs. Western Oregon); Most points in the paint -- 58; Fewest turnovers -- 7 (tied).
- The 23 combined three-pointers made (9 by BYU, 14 by New Mexico) are second most in Marriott Center history.
- BYU's win over New Mexico extended its home winning streak to 29 games, which is currently tied for the longest active home victory streak in the nation. The Cougars are 15-0 at home this season and 401-116 (.776) all-time in the Marriott Center.
- With the win, BYU improved to 20-6 overall, the 30th 20-win season in program history. BYU head coach Dave Rose became the fourth Cougar head coach to win 20 games in each of his first two years (BYU finished 20-9 last season in Rose's first season at the helm, also recording the 20th win at home against New Mexico). However, Rose is the first Cougar head coach to win 20 games in each of his first two years after taking over a program with less than 13 wins the prior year. BYU was 9-21 in 2004-05 before Rose turned the program into the second-most improved team in the nation last year.
- BYU has now won its last seven straight games, tying its longest winning streak of the season.
- The Cougars have shot above 50 percent in seven of their last eight games overall, including a .559 (38-for-68) mark against the Lobos.
- BYU is now 19-3 when scoring at least 70 points and 5-6 when allowing opponents to reach the 70-point threshold. The Cougars have scored at least 80 points 10 times this season, going 10-0 in those games.
- With a 41-27 rebounding advantage against the Lobos, the Cougars are now 19-0 when winning the battle of the boards, including a double-digit advantage eight times.
- Three-pointers have been key to the Cougars' success off the bench as Mike Rose has hit at least three from long range in five games this season including four against the Lobos. Austin Ainge has come off the bench and drained three shots from downtown twice, Jonathan Tavernari has done it three times and Sam Burgess has done it twice.
- With a 51-41 advantage at the break, the Cougars enjoyed their 20th halftime lead of the season and their 10th in double figures. BYU's 51-point first half tied its highest first-half scoring output of the year (also vs. Western Oregon). Overall, the Cougars are 18-2 when leading at the break, 2-3 when trailing and 0-1 when tied this season.
- Five Cougars scored in double figures against New Mexico, led by Keena Young's 23 points. BYU is 9-2 when led by Young and 3-0 when five players score in double figures. The Cougars are also 17-5 when Young scores in double figures, 7-1 when Austin Ainge scores in double digits (15 points), 8-3 when Jimmy Balderson reaches double digits (13 points), 13-3 when Trent Plaisted scores in double figures (14 points) and 4-2 when Mike Rose reaches double digits (12 points).
- With 23 points against New Mexico, Young has now scored in double figures in 22 of 26 games this season including eight outings -- and four of the last five -- with at least 20 points. BYU is 17-5 when he scores in double figures. His 12 points before halftime marked the sixth time this year he has reached double digits before the break, including the last three straight games.
- New Mexico's J.R. Giddens, who played 13 minutes against BYU in the first outing between the two teams and was scoreless from the field (0-for-5), scored 19 points for the Lobos, going 8-for-13 from the field. Giddens entered the game averaging 15.9 ppg.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose:
"I thought we got good balance tonight, especially scoring with five guys in double figures."
"We did a good job attacking the ball, adjusting to the defenses they threw at us and sharing the ball. That was the key to the win tonight."
"It's a good team win against a tough team. They all seem like big accomplishments to us."
"We're trying a few different things. We're just trying to get better in February. I think that's what every team is trying to do at this point in the season, no matter where they are."
"Transition defense was causing a lot of confusion because you have to match up with the closest man, and they are all good shooters."
"When you get consistent low post play and then surround them with good outside shooters the post guys can kick it out so it just gets contagious."
New Mexico Head Coach Ritchie McKay:
"I wasn't pleased with the way we defended. I wanted to see if we could wear them out and destroy their rhythm. It didn't work."
"You will be hard pressed to find another team like this. That team doesn't have many weaknesses if any. I have a lot of respect for their program. I like their chances (at the MWC Tournament)."
"I have a lot of respect for Keena (Young). He is a good player."
"I thought our effort was good. I liked what I saw tonight. We'll work on it more."