Postgame - BYU vs. San Diego State

A season-high 12,633 fans attended Saturday night's BYU men's basketball game against the San Diego State Aztecs. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

BYU vs. San Diego State

Jan. 8, 2005

POSTGAME NOTES

-- Jared Jensen's seven rebounds against San Diego State gives him back-to-back season-high rebounding performances. In the first 12 games of the season, Jensen averaged 3.2 rebounds but over the last three games he is averaging 6.3 rebounds per game.

-- Six BYU players had five or more rebounds, which contributed to BYU's season-high 47 rebounds.

-- The Cougars held SDSU to 19 points in the first half. It is the lowest total points the Cougars have allowed in the first half this season in the Marriott Center. BYU held Washington State to 18 first-half points at the Delta Center this season. The Cougars suffered close defeats in both outings.

-- Austin Ainge's four steals ties his season high.

-- The Cougars' free throw streak ended at 33 consecutive free throws made, which set a new BYU record.

-- Attendance of 12,633 is a season high.

-- Jared Jensen has made 19 straight free throws over the last six games. The BYU individual record for consecutive free throw made is 32 by Mike Smith in 1989.

-- BYU was 5-0 when leading at the five-minute mark this season before losing to the Aztecs. The Cougars took a 49-48 lead with 5:27 left in the game on Mike Hall's two free throws but ultimately were unable to hold on as the Aztecs scored the last four points in the final 27 seconds.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU Coach Steve Cleveland:

"What you'll remember from this game is the three mistakes in the last minute."

"It was certainly a struggle to score like we did in the second half. We did everything we needed to do but win the game."

"It hurts, it hurts the players and the coaches. We got the shots we needed but didn't knock them down."

"We didn't have real good offense tonight. It's unfortunate that we didn't score more."

"The players are hurting and if you've never played the game, you won't understand."

"We have got to get better. That's the only approach we can take."

San Diego State Coach Steve Fisher:

"We competed hard in the first half, but I didn't think we competed intelligently."

"In basketball, a 12-point lead does not mean anything. I knew if we stuck in there and fought hard, we would have a chance to win."

"We brought ourselves back and then started pressuring them to change the tempo of the game."

"The last shot looked like it was going out. I thought it was not going to go in, but tonight the winds blew our way."

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