POSTGAME - BYU vs. New Mexico

Jonathan Tavernari led the Cougars with 22 points and seven rebounds against the Lobos. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

POSTGAME NOTES

BYU vs. New Mexico

Feb. 17 2009

Player Notes

Jackson Emery posted a career-high in first half scoring with 11 points, having the best shooting percentage than any Cougar in the first half, going 4-for-5 from the field, 1-for-1 treys and 2-for-2 free throws. Emery would finish off the night with a career-high 19 points, two steals, two assists and six rebounds. He made 3-for-3 from the three-point line, the tying the most threes he has ever made in a game and setting a career-best in three-point percentage. He ended up shooting 7-for-9 from the field and 2-for-2 from the stripe.

Jonathan Tavernari tallied his 10th game this season with more than 20 points, the 15th of his career. He chalked up 22 points on the night as well as seven rebounds.

Lee Cummard has now made 23-for-23 from the line dating back to the San Diego State game on Jan. 24. He went 4-for-4 from the stripe against New Mexico. Cummard ended up with 13 points, six rebounds and five assists on the night.

— With four players in double figures (Tavernari-22, Emery-19, Cummard-13 and Fredette-10), the Cougars defeated New Mexico 73-62 in Cougartown. BYU is 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the MWC when three players score in double figures.

Team Notes

— For the 22nd time in 24 games this season, BYU head coach Dave Rose started Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Chris Miles. The Cougars are 17-5 with that starting lineup. Lamont Morgan, Jr., started the first game of the season in place of Jimmer Fredette and Charles Abouo started the Wyoming game in Provo in place of Jackson Emery.

— With a 29-26 half-time lead against New Mexico, BYU has led at the half in 22 games this season. The Cougars are 18-4 when leading at the half.

Record Watch

— BYU head coach Dave Rose has now had at least 20 wins in each of his four seasons at BYU.

— With a three-pointer against New Mexico, Jonathan Tavernari has hit a three in the last 20 games and in 24-of-25 games this season. Tavernari is two games from passing Terrell Lyday (21) to take sole possession of the single-season record for consecutive games with a made three. Mark Bigelow holds the overall record with 22-consecutive games with a made three over two seasons.

— With 13 points against New Mexico on Tuesday, Lee Cummard now has 416 points this season and 1,439 career points. He needs 74 points to pass Kresimir Cosic (1,512) for 10th all-time.

Jonathan Tavernari scored 22 points against the Lobos to give him 1,068 points for his career. Tavernari passed Scott Runia (1,051) during the game for 36th all-time. He is now tied with Keena Young (1,068) for 35th all-time.

Jonathan Tavernari hit three three-pointers vs. New Mexico to bring his career total to 183. He is now 31 threes from passing Mark Bigelow (213) for first. He has 66 threes this season.

Game Trends

— BYU led 58-44 with five minutes remaining. The Cougars are 20-2 when leading with five minutes to go. The Cougars are 20-0 when holding the lead at the 1:00 mark.

— BYU’s first bucket came at the 17:00 mark by Chris Miles—the Cougars were scoreless until that point in the game.

— The Cougars posted a 9-0 run to give them their first lead of the game at the 9:01 mark. The run ended with a three-point play by Jackson Emery, putting the Cougars up 16-13.

— BYU posted its lowest shooting percentage of the season in the first half at 33.3 percent.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU vs. New Mexico

Feb. 17, 2009

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose:

“This was a great college basketball game. We were very fortunate tonight. We got some good separation in the second half and it was a good win for us.”

“They guard really well and are a physical team. You have a lot of opportunities in which you think you’ll score points, but we ended up being rushed. I thought we responded well in the second half and that carried through. As the game went along we got better.”

“I thought our players showed real composure in the second half. We were able to play well and execute with confidence.”

“The last two minutes we were really good at stepping up and that gave us the final lift.”

New Mexico Head Coach Steve Alford:

“I thought both teams played hard. I thought our guys gave a great effort, but BYU played smarter.”

“We got out of character. We should’ve gotten better looks. We did a lot of things that are uncharacteristic of our program—sometimes pressure makes you freeze.”

“Defensively, I don’t have a lot of complaints; we just couldn’t score.”

“We have to regroup and win five in a row, and that’s hard to do in this league.”

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