POSTGAME - BYU vs. New Mexico

Jonathan Tavernari helped BYU record the sixth-highest three-point percentage in school history against New Mexico with a 5-for-6 outing from long range. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

POSTGAME NOTES

BYU vs. New Mexico

Jan. 26, 2008

- Jonathan Tavernari made his 14th 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: Jimmer Fredette - 6 assists.

- Team Season Highs: 19,932 attendance; 13 three-pointers made (tied); .813 three-point percentage (sixth-highest in program history); 25 assists (tied); 8 three-pointers in a half (first half; tied); 1.000 three-point percentage in a half (5-for-5 in the second half).

- With the 83-66 win, BYU improved its Marriott Center win streak to 42 games, the second-longest active home court victory streak in the nation behind No. 1 Memphis at 43 wins.

- With the 83-66 win, BYU is now 13-1 when scoring at least 70 points in a game. The Cougars are also 8-0 when scoring at least 80 points.

- The Cougars tied their season high with 13 three-pointers against New Mexico, going 13-for-16 from long range to record the sixth-highest three-point percentage in program history at 81.3 percent. The Cougars posted single-half season highs of eight three-pointers made (tied) and 72.7 percent three-point shooting (8-for-11) in the first half against New Mexico. BYU made its first five three-point shots, with 15 of the Cougars' first 23 points coming from behind the arc, and eight of the first nine before finishing the first half 8-for-11 from behind the arc. BYU then made all five of its shots from long range in the second half.

- The Cougar defense also came up big against the Lobos. After coming into the game leading the league in points per game (75.3), field-goal percentage (47.1), three-point field-goal percentage (42.5) and assists (17.2), New Mexico posted 66 points on 34.4 percent shooting from the field and 33.3 percent shooting from three-point range with seven assists. The assist and field-goal percentage marks are both season lows.

- BYU's 20-9 lead with 12:46 left in the first half marked the first time the Cougars had led by double digits in a game since a 19-point final margin against Colorado State in BYU's league opener. With a game-high lead of 34 points, the Cougars have now held a double-digit lead in 15 of 20 games in the year and have led by at least 20 points in 11 games and 30 points in four contests.

- With a 44-24 advantage after the first 20 minutes of play, BYU recorded its 16th halftime lead of the season and 12th in double figures. The Cougars are now 14-2 when leading at the break.

- BYU's 44 first-half points are the most scored by the Cougars since the fourth game of the season (46 vs. Hartford on Nov. 20) and its 51.7 percent shooting in the first half is the highest first-half mark since the Cougars shot 54.5 percent against Southern Utah on Dec. 21. BYUs final 50.9 percent shooting mark was also its highest since the SUU game.

- Cummard's 20-point outing against New Mexico marked the fifth time this season and the seventh time in his career he has scored at least 20 points.

- With 13 points and 13 rebounds, Plaisted had his sixth double-double of the season and 15th of his career.

- With 15 points in the game, Burgess scored in double figures for the eighth time this season and the second time in three games (12 at Utah). Burgess reached double-digit scoring four times last year. Burgess came out firing against the Lobos, scoring nine of BYU's first 13 points on 3-for-3 shooting from the field, including two treys and a three-point play.

- Tavernari had the hot hand in the first half as he scored a first-half season-high 16 points in the first 20 minutes, marking the sixth time this season he has reached double-digits before halftime. Tavernari made his first five shots from the field, including three from long range.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU Coach Dave Rose:

"We did a good job of coming out and executing our defensive game plan early. Our concentration and execution was excellent."

"We did a really good job of taking good shots and sharing the ball. Our players hit their shots early, which was good."

"When our team is in a mindset where we are sharing the ball and hitting shots, it allows us to maybe be a little bit more aggressive and not on our heels as much and that makes us better defensively. The bottom line is you just have to figure out what the personality of the game is going to be and kind of react to it."

"We believe that Jonathan has it in him every game. I think he believes that and the other players have confidence in him."

New Mexico Coach Steve Alford:

"Dave [Rose] has done a good job and has a great program. They played at a higher level, and we had no answers for them. We're just not deep enough or big enough."

"They have big-time shooters. They haven't been shooting well recently, but today they shot well."

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