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Wesley Leads BYU to Win over Arizona State

PROVO, Utah -- Mekeli Wesley matched his season high with 26 points while adding a season-best nine rebounds to lead BYU to a 78-67 win over Arizona State Tuesday in the Marriott Center.

The win, BYU's fourth on the year against only one loss, was the first win for third-year coach Steve Cleveland against a Pac-10 foe. The Cougars had played nine Pac-10 games since Cleveland took over a BYU program that was just 1-25 in 1996-97.

Joining Wesley in double figures for BYU were Terrell Lyday and Silester Rivers with 17 and 10 points, respectively. As a team, BYU shot 50 percent from the floor for the fourth time this year -- all Cougar wins. The Cougar also made half of their 12 three-point attempts, with Lyday making a game-high three treys while Michael Vranes added two. Vranes is shooting 60 percent from behind the arc this year.

Arizona State's top gun Eddie House was held without a single field goal for the first time in his stellar career. House took 16 shots without a make but did score five points from the free throw line.

"Terrell (Lyday) just did a great job contesting Eddie House's shots," BYU coach Steve Cleveland said. "Mike (Vranes) did a great job guarding him too."

BYU led at half, 33-31, in a closely contested first 20 minutes. The Cougars maintained a lead until ASU went on a run and took a five-point lead at 51-46 after a Justin Allen three-pointer. BYU tied the score at 56 on a Silester Rivers jumper at the 9:11 mark and never looked back, pushing the lead to 65-56 before letting the Sun Devils get their next basket.

Arizona State was led by Awvee Story (22 points) and Shawn Redhage (12 points). With the loss, the Sun Devils fall to 4-3 on the year. BYU's 4-1 start is its best in seven years. The Cougars will stay home to host Texas Southern and either Weber State or Western Oregon in the annual Cougar Classic.

Official Basketball Box Score -- GAME TOTALS -- FINAL STATISTICS

Arizona State vs Brigham Young

12/7/99 7:05 at Provo, Utah

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VISITORS: Arizona State 4-3

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

11 STOREY, Awvee....... f 9-13 0-1 4-6 5 2 7 5 22 2 1 0 0 34

42 REDHAGE, Shawn...... f 4-6 0-0 4-6 2 2 4 3 12 4 1 1 0 29

01 MASON, Alton........ g 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 3 2 0 0 18

05 HOUSE, Eddie........ g 0-16 0-4 5-6 1 4 5 1 5 3 1 0 2 36

52 PREWITT, Chad....... * 2-3 0-0 2-3 1 1 2 5 6 0 2 0 1 14

02 KNIGHT, Donnell..... 1-4 0-1 0-1 1 1 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 12

03 DODD, Kyle.......... 2-5 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 5 0 1 0 0 22

04 SMITH, Tommy........ 0-2 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 4 2 0 1 0 0 9

15 SHELL, Tanner....... 1-5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 1 1 0 0 11

24 ALLEN, Justin....... 3-6 2-5 1-2 2 3 5 2 9 0 1 0 1 15

TEAM................ 2 1 3

Totals.............. 23-62 3-16 18-26 14 17 31 30 67 14 11 1 4 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-31 .387 2nd Half: 11-31 .355 Game: .371 DEADBALL

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-6 .167 2nd Half: 2-10 .200 Game: .188 REBOUNDS

F Throw % 1st Half: 6-8 .750 2nd Half: 12-18 .667 Game: .692 3,1

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HOME TEAM: Brigham Young 4-1

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

15 WESLEY, Mekeli...... f 6-15 0-1 14-18 4 5 9 4 26 4 2 0 2 28

25 NIELSEN, Eric....... f 1-2 0-1 0-0 2 1 3 4 2 1 2 2 1 26

13 VRANES, Michael..... g 2-5 2-3 2-4 1 5 6 5 8 2 2 0 0 25

24 LYDAY, Terrell...... g 6-12 3-5 2-2 0 4 4 2 17 1 2 0 1 37

31 MONTAGUE, Matt...... g 1-1 0-0 3-4 0 4 4 1 5 2 4 0 1 29

02 RIVERS, Silester.... 4-5 0-0 2-4 1 2 3 3 10 0 1 0 0 25

04 CHRISTENSEN, Todd... 1-1 1-1 1-2 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 12

42 COOPER, Nathan...... 2-5 0-1 2-2 1 2 3 3 6 1 0 0 0 18

TEAM................ 6 6

Totals.............. 23-46 6-12 26-36 9 30 39 22 78 11 13 2 5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-23 .435 2nd Half: 13-23 .565 Game: .500 DEADBALL

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 2-7 .286 2nd Half: 4-5 .800 Game: .500 REBOUNDS

F Throw % 1st Half: 11-14 .786 2nd Half: 15-22 .682 Game: .722 6

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Officials: Stanley Reynolds, Lonnie Dixon, Bob Staffen

Technical fouls: Arizona State-None. Brigham Young-None.

Attendance: 5867

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

Arizona State................. 31 36 - 67

Brigham Young................. 33 45 - 78