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Anonymous | Posted: 20 Dec 2003 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

BYU Downs Big Sky Champion Weber State


PROVO -- Behind another dominating performance from senior center Rafael Araujo and his game-high 23 points, BYU defeated the Weber State Wildcats 86-65 Saturday night in the Mariott Center. The Cougars improve to 7-1, while the Wildcats drop to 5-4.

Araujo also pulled down a game-high seven rebounds and has now led the Cougars in points and rebounds in six consecutive games. He also shot 11-for-14 from the floor.

The Cougars shot a season-high tying 58.2 percent of their shots, in avenging a loss to the Wildcats last season.

"I thought that when the game was on the line defensively, our defense was as good as it's been," said BYU coach Steve Cleveland. "I thought we took them out of what they wanted to do, but obviously it was a big loss not having Ocokoljic. We knew that, but you still have to play the game. We felt like we needed to stay with our game plan, but it did get sloppy at the end."

The Wildcats struck first in the game with a quick field goal to take a 2-0 lead, but it would prove to be WSU's only lead of the contest as BYU answered with an 11-0 run to take a commanding 11-2 lead. Hall spurred the run with a three-point play and a 3-pointer, enroute to a career-high 22 points.

WSU came out a tentative team in the first half, as BYU continued to widen its lead. Junior guard Kevin Woodberry continued the Cougars' surge with a trey at the 13:18 mark to put BYU up 17-5.

"Defensively, the first 10 or 12 minutes was as good a defensive effort as we've had all season," Cleveland said.

A lay-up by Woodberry, followed by a Hall dunk gave the Cougars a 29-10 lead and forced a Wildcats timeout at the 5:56 mark. After an Anthony Jackson made free throw, Araujo slammed a field goal home to give the Cougars' a 20-point lead, their largest of the half, 31-11. From there WSU outscored BYU 14-9 to narrow the half time deficit to 14 points, at 38-24, BYU. Araujo and Hall led the Cougars with 12 points a piece in the half.

The second half was in marked contrast to the first, as the Wildcats came out of the chute, a hot shooting team. BYU, though, countered with even hotter shooting to stem the WSU tide. The Cougars started the half 8-for-8 on field goals. With 10:56 to play in the half, BYU was shooting 92.9% (13-14) and WSU was knocking shots down at an 83.3% (10-12) clip.

Araujo helped to set the tone at the start of the half with three quick buckets, but it was Hall who brought the crowd to its feet, as he slashed to the basket down the left baseline and tomahawk jammed the ball over a Wildcats player at the 17:42 mark. Senior forward Jake Shoff fouled out scoreless for the game, but he single-handedly kept the momentum with BYU as he stole the ball from WSU's Lance Allred on three consecutive possessions early in the half.

"Jake Shoff did a good job," Cleveland said. "He gave us energy when we started to slow down."

The Cougars continued fend off the Wildcats and slowly built on their lead. Senior guard Mark Bigelow hit a trey at the 13:59 mark to give BYU a 22-point cushion at 61-39. Araujo then put down a breakaway dunk at the 12:09 mark to give the Cougars a 24-point edge at 67-43. Woodberry then hit another shot from downtown at the 9:20 mark to give BYU their largest lead of the game at 75-50, but that would be the Cougars' final field goal until a Garner Meads dunk with 33 seconds to go.

With a bulk of its reserves finishing the game, BYU struggled offensively, as WSU finished the game on a 15-8 run.

"They were tougher and better than us," Weber State coach Joe Cravens said. "They kind of, I guess, out-competed us and out-toughed us."

Bigelow tied a career-high with six assists on the night to go with nine points. Senior guard Luiz Lemes continues to excel in leading the team as he dished out a game-high nine assists.

BYU will have a couple of days off before another important instate match-up. The Cougars will travel to Logan, Utah, for a game against the Utah State Aggies Tuesday at 8 p.m., in a contest that will be televised live by KJZZ-TV.

"As for the progress of the team, there are still a number of things we need to get better at," Cleveland said. "We'll get tested seriously Tuesday night up at Logan."

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

Weber State University vs Brigham Young University

12/20/03 7:07 at Brigham Young University


VISITORS: Weber State University 5-4



02 SPARROW, Nic........ f 4-6 0-2 1-1 3 0 3 4 9 1 3 0 1 18

50 DANLEY, Patrick..... f 1-7 0-0 5-6 2 3 5 3 7 1 1 0 0 29

41 ALLRED, Lance....... c 6-12 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 3 15 0 3 0 0 25

22 HAMILTON, John...... g 6-9 3-6 3-3 0 3 3 1 18 6 1 0 0 29

55 DAVIS, Ryan......... g 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 19

00 JACKSON, Anthony.... 2-3 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 2 5 0 0 0 0 10

03 EMADI, Matt......... 0-1 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 6

04 JENKINS, Jamaal..... 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 3 1 0 0 23

10 COX, Brett.......... 1-3 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 7

11 GOODELL, Troy....... 1-4 0-2 0-0 2 5 7 0 2 2 1 0 0 23

12 NIPARAVICIUS, Matas. 0-1 0-1 0-2 0 2 2 3 0 0 4 0 0 11

TEAM................ 1 1

Totals.............. 23-50 5-16 14-18 7 18 25 21 65 14 15 0 3 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 8-25 32.0% 2nd Half: 15-25 60.0% Game: 46.0% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 2-10 20.0% 2nd Half: 3-6 50.0% Game: 31.3% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 6-9 66.7% 2nd Half: 8-9 88.9% Game: 77.8% 2


HOME TEAM: Brigham Young University 7-1



03 BIGELOW, Mark....... f 3-10 1-5 2-2 0 1 1 1 9 6 1 0 1 23

52 JENSEN, Jared....... f 1-3 0-0 1-2 1 3 4 4 3 0 1 0 0 23

55 ARAUJO, Rafael...... c 11-14 0-1 1-2 3 4 7 3 23 0 1 1 2 24

01 HALL, Mike.......... g 8-12 1-3 5-5 3 2 5 1 22 4 1 1 2 29

04 LEMES, Luiz......... g 3-4 1-1 0-0 0 4 4 1 7 9 0 1 2 25

00 WOODBERRY, Kevin.... 5-6 3-4 0-0 0 2 2 2 13 3 2 0 0 21

02 ROSE, Mike.......... 0-2 0-2 1-3 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 8

05 SHOFF, Jake......... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 4 13

10 NASHIF, Terry....... 0-2 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 13

15 DRESSER, Mike....... 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2

41 MEADS, Garner....... 1-2 0-0 5-6 1 3 4 3 7 0 1 0 0 19

TEAM................ 1 1

Totals.............. 32-55 6-17 16-22 9 22 31 22 86 26 11 3 12 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 17-29 58.6% 2nd Half: 15-26 57.7% Game: 58.2% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 2-7 28.6% 2nd Half: 4-10 40.0% Game: 35.3% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 2-3 66.7% 2nd Half: 14-19 73.7% Game: 72.7% 2


Officials: Bob Staffen, Bobby McRoy, Roosevelt Brown

Technical fouls: Weber State University-None. Brigham Young University-None.

Attendance: 12778

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

Weber State University........ 24 41 - 65

Brigham Young University...... 38 48 - 86

Points in the paint-WEBER 22,BY 44. Points off turnovers-WEBER 6,BY 22.

2nd chance points-WEBER 8,BY 3. Fast break points-WEBER 0,BY 12.

Bench points-WEBER 14,BY 22. Score tied-1 time. Lead changes-1 time.


Brett Pyne | Posted: 17 Dec 2003 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Brett Pyne

Game 8 - BYU Hosts Weber State Saturday


PROVO, UTAH -- After improving to 6-1 with its win over USC, BYU hosts instate foe Weber State (5-3) Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Marriott Center. The game is being televised by SportsWest Productions on KSL-TV, channel 5, in Salt Lake City. The radio broadcast can be heard on KSL Newsradio 1160 and the Cougar Sports Network, beginning with a one-hour pregame show. KSL's Greg Wrubell will call the play-by-play action with Mark Durrant providing analysis. Live audio and stats links are available on the basketball schedule page of the official BYU athletics website, Live audio is also available on BYU Radio on the Dish Network and at


BYU travels to Logan to play instate foe Utah State Tuesday at 8 p.m. (KJZZ-TV)


The Cougars have won five straight, including a win over No. 25 Oklahoma State and the Pac-10's USC, on their way to a 6-1 start. They are the preseason favorite to win the Mountain West Conference this year, returning four starters from last year's 23-9 co-championship team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Four-year starter Mark Bigelow and fellow senior Rafael Araujo were both named to the Preseason All-MWC Team and are MWC Player of the Year candidates. Bigelow is the team's top returning scorer at 13.9 ppg while Araujo pulled down a team-best 8.9 rebounds last year. Senior guard Kevin Woodberry and junior forward Jared Jensen also return as starters for BYU coach Steve Cleveland. Key newcomers include junior transfer Mike Hall and freshmen Mike Rose and Garner Meads. Araujo is scoring 21.6 points and 11.4 rebounds to lead BYU after seven games. Hall adds 13.0 points and 4.3 rebounds while Bigelow is scoring 12.4 points and 4.0 rebounds. Luiz Lemes leads the team in assists (5.1). As a team, the Cougars shoot .493 from the floor, including .391 on threes, and .725 from the line while scoring 78.0 points per game. BYU allows 60.4 points while the opposition has shot .429 from the field and .297 from behind the arc. BYU has a 9.3 rebound advantage.


BYU COUGARS (6-1, 0-0 MWC) vs. WEBER STATE (5-3, 0-0 BIG SKY)

SATURDAY, DEC. 20, 2003



7:07 p.m. MST


BYU, Steve Cleveland (114-79 in seventh year; same overall)

WSU, Joe Cravens (82-44 in fifth year; 137-96 in ninth year overall)


BYU leads, 18-10. Last: Weber State won 75-69 on Jan. 8, 2003 in Ogden, Utah.


KSL-TV, channel 5, in Salt Lake City (SportsWest Productions)

Air Time: 7 p.m. MST

Play-by-Play: Tom Kirkland

Game Analyst: Craig Hislop


KSL Newsradio 1160 AM (Cougar Sports Network)

Pregame Air Time: 6 p.m. MST

Play-by-Play: Greg Wrubell

Game Analyst: Mark Durrant


Live stats and live audio links available at (select 2003-04 schedule) and audio available via BYU Radio on Dish Network and


Weber State returns five players and three starters from last year's 26-6 NCAA team that won the Big Sky Conference with a perfect 14-0 record. The Wildcats are off to a 5-3 start this year after defeating Portland (45-42) in Ogden Tuesday. In addition to its win over Portland, Weber State has home victories over Albertson College (79-49) and Warner Pacific (79-63). The Wildcats have won twice away from Ogden, earning victories at Southern Utah (82-68) and on a neutral floor against Texas State (74-63). Weber's three losses were to Utah State (66-60) in Ogden and road defeats at Southwest Missouri State (79-74) and at Nevada (74-62). All of the Wildcat losses were close games. In its last defeat at Nevada, Weber State had a 55-54 lead before Nevada went on an 11-0 run to take the momentum to a 12-point victory. Four Weber State players are scoring in double figures, led by Slobodan Ocokoljic at 17.1 ppg. Nic Sparrow adds 12.9 while Lance Allred and John Hamilton each contribute 10.8 ppg. Ocokoljic pulls down a team-best 7.6 rebounds per game. Allred started five games at center before missing two games due to illness. He returned, coming off the bench, in Tuesday's win over Portland. The Wildcats shoot .460 from the floor, including .338 on threes, and .678 from the line. They score 71.0 points while allowing 64.1 and have a 2.9 advantage on the boards. They allow opponents to shoot .449 from the floor and .328 on threes. Weber State head coach Joe Cravens is in his 5th season guiding the Wildcats. Cravens is 82-44 at Weber State, and 41-20 in Big Sky Conference games. In eight years as a head coach, Cravens has a 137-96 record.


Weber State forward Nic Sparrow (6-4, 210 Sr. / North Ogden, Utah) was named the Big Sky Men's Basketball Player of the Week for games played Dec. 2-6. Sparrow averaged 17.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in leading the Wildcats to two wins last week. Sparrow had a season-high 22 points in Weber State's 82-68 win at Southern Utah. In the game Sparrow hit 5-of-5 three-point attempts and went 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Sparrow had 13 points in WSU's 73-64 win over Texas State and added 18 points and seven rebounds in a 79-74 loss to Southwest MissouriState. In the three games Sparrow was 16-of-25 from the field including 10-of-15 from the three-point line. For the season Sparrow is 6th in the Big Sky averaging 14.2 points agame to go along with 4.5 rebounds per contest.



F 2 Nic Sparrow 6-4 210 Sr. North Ogden,Utah 12.9 3.9

F 5 Slobodan Ocokoljic 6-8 235 Sr. Kraljevo, Serbia 17.1 7.6

C 50 Pat Danley 6-8 255 Sr. Gary, Indiana 7.4 4.4

G 55 Ryan Davis 6-1 185 Jr. Berkeley, California 4.4 1.4

G 22 John Hamilton 6-3 190 Sr. Greenfield, Indiana 10.8 3.6

Key Reserves

G 4 Jamaal Jenkins 6-3 190 So. Arlington, Texas 3.5 1.2

C 41 Lance Allred 6-10 240 Jr. Salt Lake City, Utah 10.8 5.0

F 11 Troy Goodell 6-6 210 Jr. Layton, Utah 2.6 3.0


The Wildcats won last year's meeting between the two instate schools to end a three-game BYU winning streak in the series. BYU has won six of the last 10 outings and leads overall, 18-10. The Cougars are 14-0 in the Marriott Center against the Wildcats. Steve Cleveland's Cougars are 4-2 against Weber State. Weber State has a 1-3 record against BYU under Joe Cravens. BYU won the last contest in Provo on Dec. 5, 2001 by a final score of 65-47.


OGDEN -- Dropping back-to-back games for the first time this season, the BYU men's basketball team lost its fourth road game of the year to Weber State, 75-69, Wednesday in Ogden, Utah. Down by as many as 19 points, BYU fought to come within five, but foul trouble and a slow start kept the Cougars from overtaking Weber State. BYU dropped to 10-4 on the season while Weber State improved to 10-5. Typical of their previous road losses, the Cougars struggled in the first half, scoring a season low of 20 points, but picked up the pace in the second half, outscoring Weber State 49-40. Weber State snapped BYU's three-game winning streak in the series between the two schools and improved to 10-4 against BYU in Ogden. The Cougars lead the the overall series 18-10. Showing consistent improvement over the season, junior center Rafael Araujo led BYU with 19 points and nine rebounds. Araujo has led BYU in scoring four of the last five games. Senior guard Travis Hansen added 12 points, but fouled out for the fourth time this season with 10:28 left in the game . Hansen has fouled out in each of BYU's losses. Sophomore guard Marc Roberts, who sat out the first 13 games with a knee injury and planned redshirt season, made his first appearance of the year, scoring six points before fouling out. Weber State senior guard Jermaine Boyette led all scores with 37 points, shooting 11-of-16 from the field and 15-of-17 on free throws. Speaking about Boyette, BYU head coach Steve Cleveland said, "We did a good job defensively on everybody except Jermaine. He did what he had to do, and he had a big night. If he didn't have a big night we would have won." In the second half, BYU went on a 20-8 scoring run, but Weber State managed to fend off the Cougars. Ricky Bower sparked two comebacks by hitting a pair of three pointers, one with 3:23 to go in the game that brought the score to 66-61. "In the second half we were down by 19, but we got more energy and became a better basketball team," Cleveland said. "If this basketball team will play 40 minutes that would make me really happy."


Overall Series Record: BYU leads 18-10

BYU Record in Provo: 14-0

BYU Record in Ogden: 4-10

BYU Record at Neutral Sites: 0-0

BYU Record under Steve Cleveland: 4-2

BYU Record in Overtime Games: 2-2* (0-2 Rd, 2-0 Hm)

*BYU is 0-1 in 2OT games, lost in Ogden in 1983

Last Overtime Game: 1992, lost at Weber St, 77-83

Longest BYU Win Streak: 3, four times (1978-81, 85-

87, 89-91, 99-present)

Longest Weber State Win Streak: 1 (9 times)

Largest BYU Margin of Victory: 33, 104-71 in 1987

Largest Weber St. Margin of Victory: 21, 96-75 in 1976

Most Points Scored by BYU: 104 in 1987

Most Points Scored by Weber State: 97 in 1996

Date Opponent Score W/L

11-30-73 Weber State 77-76 W

12-6-74 at Weber State 63-76 L

12-20-75 Weber State 89-80 W

11-27-76 at Weber State 75-96 L

1-3-78 Weber State 81-76 W

12-23-80 at Weber State 85-78 W

12-81 Weber State 63-55 W

1-6-83 at Weber State (2OT) 81-84 L

1-7-84 Weber State (OT) 86-81 W

12-8-84 at Weber State 79-87 L

12-28-85 Weber State (OT) 88-86 W

12-18-86 at Weber State 84-69 W

12-11-87 Weber State* 104-71 W

12-1-88 at Weber State 78-80 L

11-28-89 Weber State 81-65 W

11-29-90 at Weber State 69-57 W

12-21-91 Weber State 81-68 W

12-8-92 at Weber St. (OT) 77-83 L

12-21-93 Weber State 92-79 W

12-21-94 at Weber State 74-86 L

12-12-95 Weber State 91-86 W

12-4-96 at Weber State 80-97 L

12-12-97 Weber State* 83-70 W

11-19-98 at Weber State 80-83 L

12-11-99 Weber State* 66-53 W

12-28-00 at Weber State 84-75 W

12-5-01 Weber State 65-47 W

01-08-03 at Weber State 69-75 L


The Old Oquirrh Bucket (named after the Oquirrh Mountains to the west of Salt Lake City) is the symbol of instate basketball supremacy in Utah. Each year the trophy is awarded to the instate college team (Utah, BYU, Southern Utah, Utah State and Weber State) which has the best won-loss record against in-state competition. In 2001, BYU posted a 4-1 record against instate schools and brought home the bucket for the first time since 1994. BYU went 3-2 in 2002 as Utah State took the Bucket, thanks to its OT win over BYU. It was USU's first Bucket since 1985. Utah won the Bucket in 2003. Following are the winners since the trophy was born in the 1974-75 season:

1974-75 Utah State

1975-76 Utah State

1976-77 Weber State

1977-78 Utah

1978-79 BYU

1979-80 BYU

1980-81 Utah

1981-82 BYU

1982-83 Utah State

1983-84 Utah State

1984-85 Utah State

1985-86 Weber State

1986-87 BYU

1987-88 Utah

1988-89 Utah

1989-90 Utah

1991-92 BYU

1992-93 Weber State

1993-94 BYU

1994-95 Utah

1995-96 Utah

1996-97 Utah

1997-98 Utah

1998-99 Utah

1999-00 Weber State

2000-01 BYU

2001-02 Utah State

2002-03 Utah


BYU has won five straight games to equal the longest victory streak it achieved last season. The Cougars had two five-game streaks last year and have had nine five-game streaks under Steve Cleveland. Only twice have the Cougars achieved their sixth straight win under Cleveland. The first coming in 2000-2001. BYU will go for its sixth straight win Saturday when it hosts instate foe Weber State. The Cougars last won six straight games during the 2001-02 season when they recorded a season-best eight-game victory streak, which included a win over No. 13 Stanford. This year BYU's current streak includes wins over No. 25 Oklahoma State and USC of the Pac-10 Conference.


BYU won both games last week by more than 20 points. The last time BYU achieved back-to-back victories of more than 20 points was in 2001-02 when the Cougars defeated Fort Lewis by 48 points (101-53) followed by Idaho by 22 points (70-48). If the Cougars are able to achieve a third straight win of more than 20 points when it faces Weber State Saturday it would be the first such happening since the 1987-88 Cougars blew out Central Connecticut by 33 (109-76), defeated Hawaii by 31 (97-66) and downed San Diego State by 27 (92-65) during that team's school-record 17-game winning streak and assent to No. 2 in the national polls. Last week BYU shot well, making .536 from the field, including .500 (24-48) on threes. The Cougars held their opponents to .417 field goal and .286 (12-42) three-point shooting. BYU had a victory margin of 30 points in the two wins (88.5-58.5) over Western Oregon and USC. The 36-point win over Western Oregon was BYU's largest margin of victory since its 39-point win over Rice (95-56) on Nov. 30, 2002.


PROVO, Utah -- Senior Rafael Araujo led BYU to an 85-61 win over the University of Southern California of the Pac-10 Conference Saturday night at the Marriott Center. "It's tough to play here. We played against a tournament team tonight," USC head coach Henry Bibby said. "We haven't seen a player like Araujo. He draws so much attention and scores in so many ways. He can shoot the three, post up and is a good passer. There is no answer for him. He's an unbelievable player. You can't stop him one-on-one. He's too big, too smart and will take BYU a long way with Bigelow and other good players." Araujo, coming off Sporting News National Player of the Week honors, posted his fifth straight double-double of the season. The big man dominated the game and led BYU with 28 points (10-for-15) and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes of play. The NBA prospect showed his inside-outside abilities by shooting 2-for-5 from the 3-point line. "It was a solid effort and a good win," BYU head coach Steve Cleveland said. "I was pleased with our effort and energy. We really defended them well and had very few breakdowns." After suffering from a shooting slump to begin the season, senior Mark Bigelow has broken out in the last two games. He recorded a season-high 17 points against USC on 6-for-10 shooting from the floor, including 3-for-4 from behind the 3-point arc. In the last two games, Bigelow has combined to shoot 57.8 percent from the field and 55.5 percent from behind the arc. Bigelow's season-high points moves him to No. 11 on BYU's career scoring list (1,399) to surpass current assistant coach Andy Toolson's 1,388 points (from 1985, 88-90). Fellow teammates Kevin Woodberry and Mike Rose added intensity and each contributed 11 points. Woodberry dished out four assists, went 2-of-2 from the free throw line and 3-of-4 from the floor, all from behind the 3-point arc. In nine minutes of play, Rose was a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor, including 3-for-3 from 3-point land. Senior point guard Luiz Lemes had another strong outing. Called the team's unsung leader by his coach, Lemes grabbed a career-best eight rebounds and continued to find ways to get the ball inside to Araujo, dishing out eight assists on the night. BYU finished with 21 assists against the Trojans. Lemes is averaging just over five assists per game to lead the team. The Cougar defense held the Trojans to 25 percent shooting from the 3-point line and forced 19 turnovers. The BYU defense also held USC's leading scorer Desmon Farmer, who came in averaging 17.4 points per game, to only eight points. Thanks in part to some missed USC free throws, BYU broke the game open with a 19-1 run in the first half, including a 12-0 run that lifted the Cougars from a tie score to a 34-22 advantage with 4:54 to go in the half. Woodberry's third 3-pointer in the final minute before the half brought the 15,688 Cougar fans to their feet, helping BYU maintain a 14-point lead at the break. The Cougars carried on their intensity throughout the second half to get the win over the back-to-back PAC-10 Tournament finalists. BYU's win improves the team to 6-1 on the season and 3-0 at home, while USC drops to 3-3. BYU improves its series record against USC to 3-4.


The men's and women's basketball teams brought a little Christmas cheer this year to 82 families who have children with cancer. The basketball teams worked with the Children with Cancer Christmas Foundation, a charitable organization, to host its annual Christmas Party for local families who have children with cancer. At the party, the children with cancer and their siblings were able to play games, have posters autographed by the men's and women's players, enjoy good food, and visit with Cosmo -- BYU's mascot -- and, of course, with Santa Claus. The children all received several gifts and the Pizza Factory provided food for all in attendance. Including volunteers and organizers, more than 500 people participated in this year's party. "This has been a very rewarding experience for me and for the young men on the team," said coach Steve Cleveland, who has been, involved along with the basketball team, the past six years. "This helps give our players some perspective, to see that there is much more than basketball. It is a good opportunity to serve others. The Foundation is working hard to help all the families they can. Seeing these kids smile and enjoy themselves at the party is a nice feeling for everyone involved, especially considering all these families go through on a daily basis."


BYU is listed 33rd in this week's Associated Press Poll, with 15 points among other receiving votes. BYU is listed tied for 35th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll with five points. BYU opponents receiving votes include Oklahoma State (30th coaches, T43 AP), North Carolina State (T35 with BYU in coaches, T36 AP), Boise State (T45 coaches, T47 AP) and Utah (T38 AP) .


BYU center Rafael Araujo is ranked fourth in the nation in rebounds per game at 11.4 (former Dixie teammate of Kevin Woodberry, Jaime Lloreda of LSU, leads the nation at 12.7). Araujo is 18th nationally in scoring at 21.6 ppg. Freshman Mike Rose rates No. 3 in three-point field goal percentage having made 62.5 percent of his long-range attempts (Ben Reed of Western Michigan leads at 64 percent). Mark Bigelow is 38th in free throw percentage (.889). As a team, BYU is 17th in rebound margin (9.3), 21st in field goal percentage (.493) and 23rd in scoring margin (17.6).


Araujo has recorded five consecutive double-doubles, tying the Mountain West record held by former Wyoming Cowboy Uche Nsonwu-Amadi. Nsonwu-Amadi recorded five in a row from the last game of the 2001-02 season through his first four appearances in 2002-03. Araujo is the first MWC player to record five consecutive double-doubles in the same season. During his current five-game double-double streak, Araujo is averaging 26 points and 13.6 rebounds.


BYU senior center Rafael Araujo captured Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week after leading the Cougars to victories over Western Oregon (92-56) and Southern California (85-61). Araujo is the first player since the inception of the MWC in 1999-2000 to earn the award on back-to-back weeks. This is Araujo's third career player of the week honor. In two games last week, Araujo, a Sao Paulo, Brazil (Arizona Western) native, averaged 21.5 points and 12.5 rebounds, while shooting 64 percent from the floor. He scored 15 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked two shots in just 25 minutes of action against Western Oregon. In the 14-point victory over USC, Araujo netted 28 points, 11 boards and two steals. He hit 10-of-15 field goals, including a career-best two three pointers.


BYU senior center Rafael Araujo was regognized as one of the nation's top performers last week as supporting cast mention to ESPN's weekly national player honor. Araujo was one of seven players singled out by ESPN for outstanding play. ESPN also acknowledged it was the second consecutive week Araujo deserved the honor, stating, "OK, we admit we messed up by not including Araujo last week in the supporting cast." Araujo was named national player of the week that week by both the Sporting News and


BYU senior center Rafael Araujo was named the National Player of the Week by The Sporting News and by for the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 6 after recording two double-doubles in victories at Boise State (75-69) and against 25th-ranked Oklahoma State (76-71). He was also named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week. He averaged 31.5 points and 15.5 rebounds, while shooting 71.4 percent from the floor and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. In the win at Boise State, Araujo scored 31 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. He made 10-of-13 attempts from the field and earned 14 trips to the free throw line, knocking down 11. In the victory over Oklahoma State at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Araujo scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. He made 10-of-15 field goals and 12-of-16 free throws on the day and scored 26 of the Cougars' 40 second half points. His 17 rebounds, one shy of the entire OSU team, led the way for BYU as it dominated the boards against the Cowboys, 44-18.


Rafael Araujo scored back-to-back, 30 points games with his 31 points at Boise State and career-best 32 points against No. 25 Oklahoma State at the Delta Center. Araujo became the first Cougar to accomplish the feat since Terrell Lyday scored 35 points in a win at Utah State and followed that with a 30-point effort in a win at UNLV in January 2000.


Senior Mark Bigelow needs 10 points to pass Jay Cheesman (1,408 points from 1974-77) and move into the top 10 on BYU's all-time scoring list.He surpassed current BYU assistant coach Andy Toolson (1,388 points from 1985, 88-90) against USC after overtaking Roland Minson (1,375 from 1949-51) against Western Oregon. Bigelow has the chance to finish his career among the top four scorers in Cougar hoops history.


With BYU's six wins this season, Cougar head coach Steve Cleveland has moved into a tie with Ladell Andersen (114-71 record from 1983-89) on BYU's career coaching victories list. Cleveland has a 114-79 record in his seventh season and will move into fifth place by himself with BYU's next victory. Legendary Cougar coach Stan Watts has the most wins in school history with 372 triumphs from 1949-72. Ott Romney (1927-35) and Roger Reid (1989-96) both achieved 152 victories and Frank Arnold (1975-83) is fourth with 137 wins. Cleveland currently has the third-most wins in the Marriott Center with a 75-18 record in the Cougars' home arena. Reid has the most Marriott Center wins with 92, followed by Arnold with 81. Andersen is fourth with 71.


BYU coach Steve Cleveland was named MWC Coach of the Year in 2003. At 23-9 last year, BYU achieved its fourth straight postseason tournament invitation and third 20-win season in the last four years. Only eight BYU teams have ever achieved more victories in a season than last year's team. The BYU record for wins is 28 (9 losses) in 1951 when the Cougars won the national title as NIT champs. The 2002-03 season was Cleveland's third 20-win season in the last four years, including a 24-9 record in 2001. The only BYU coaches to have more 20-win seasons are Stan Watts (7) and Roger Reid (6). Cleveland joins Frank Arnold and Ladell Andersen with three 20-win seasons.


Junior Marc Roberts decided to discontinue playing basketball due to continued struggles with tendonitis in his knees. He made the decision prior to the USC game. The walk-on guard appeared in 37 games with one start over his two-plus years with BYU, averaging 1.5 points and 0.8 rebounds in 5.3 minutes per game. This year Roberts was averaging 1.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in 8.6 minutes while playing in five of six games. With Ricky Bower and Austin Ainge still unable to play due to injuries, the Cougars have added another walk-on player, Mike Dresser, to the roster. Dresser is a 6-5, 195-pound freshman guard/forward from Sacramento, Caliif., who has been practicing with the team. He will wear jersey No. 15.


Preseason All-MWC selection Mark Bigelow got off to an uncharacteristly poor shooting start in BYU's first five games. He came into the year with career shooting percentages of 43 percent from the floor and 41 percent on threes but entering last week he had not made 40 percent of his attempts from the floor in any of BYU's first five games, shooting only 32 percent from the floor and 17 percent from three-point range overall. He broke out of his slump in BYU's victories over Western Oregon and USC. The four-year starter shot a combined 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from the floor and 55.6 percent (5-of-9) on threes, topping 50 percent shooting in both games. He shared team-high scoring honors with Rafael Araujo with 15 points vs. WOU (5-of-9 shooting) and totaled a season-high 17 points (6-of-10 shooting) in the victory over USC. He upped his percentages on the year to .391 and .281, respectively. Showing his leadership and determination, the team captain found a way to make big plays and help BYU win even during his shooting woes. In BYU's win over No. 25 Oklahoma State, Bigelow was just 4-for-12 from the floor, including 0-for-5 on threes, but he scored a 16 points and hit several key shots for the Cougars. He was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line, including four successful shots in the final moments to secure the win. Although he shot only 4-for-11 at Boise State, he scored 10 of his 15 points in the final seven minutes to secure BYU's road victory. Bigelow is BYU's all-time three-point leader and the team's top returning scorer from a year ago (13.9) with a career scoring average over 14 points per game.


It didn't take long for freshman Mike Rose to put his name in the BYU record book. In his college debut, the true freshman guard out of Houston set a new BYU single-game record with eight 3-pointers while scoring a game-high 26 points to lead the Cougars to an 88-54 win over Southern Utah University. His 26 points is the most scored by a BYU freshman since Mark Bigelow totaled 33 points at Washington State in 1998. Rose's eight 3-pointers broke the BYU record of seven threes in a game, previously set by Nick Sanderson (1992) and Danny Bower (1998). Rose's performance behind the arc was just shy of tying the Marriott Center's record of nine 3-pointers in a game held by Utah State's Jay Goodman (1990). Rose also dished out six assists with only one turnover and added two rebounds and one steal in his 22 minutes off the bench. He made 61.5 percent of his 3-point attempts, going 8-of-13 from behind the arc, and finished 9-for-16 (.563) overall from the floor against Southern Utah's match-up zone. He scored 17 points in 11 first-half minutes on 6-of-8 shooting, including 5-of-7 on threes. He broke the school record with 7:01 left in the second half on a three taken several feet behind the arc. Rose played four minutes without taking a shot at Cal and went 1-for-2, missing his only three, in 13 minutes against UVSC. He was 0-for-4, taking two threes, at Boise State in 10 minutes. He did not play vs. Oklahoma State. He made 5-of-10 threes and scored 14 points in 18 minutes against Western Oregon and went 4-for-4, including 3-of-3 on threes, for 11 points in nine minutes vs. USC. Rose ranks third nationally in three-point field goal percentage (.625).


When Rafael Araujo and Jared Jensen make major contributions BYU usually achieves victory. BYU is 4-0, all last season, when Araujo and Jensen both contribute 10 or more points in a game. The Cougars are 11-3, 5-0 this year, when Araujo leads the team in scoring and 10-3, 5-0 this season, when Araujo posts a double-double. BYU was 10-1 last year, 0-0 this season, when Jared Jensen scores double-digit points from his forward slot.


Facing No. 25 Oklahoma State, BYU played its first top-25 ranked team this season. The victory was BYU's first over a top-25 team since an 81-76 victory over No. 13 Stanford on Dec. 22, 2001 at the Las Vegas Showdown.


BYU is 1-1 this year against teams that qualified for postseason last year with its five-point win over Oklahoma State on a neutral floor and its one-point loss at Cal. BYU finished last season with a 7-2 record against teams that were conference champions the prior season. BYU went 12-6 last year against teams that qualified for postseason play in 2002. BYU played 12 games last year against eight teams that earned an invitation to the 2003 NCAA Tournament. BYU had a 5-7 record in those games (UConn 0-1, Arizona State 1-0, San Diego 1-0, Utah State 1-0, Colorado State 2-1, Weber State 0-1, Creighton 0-1, Oklahoma State 0-1, Utah 0-2). Seven of BYU's nine losses in 2002-03 came against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament. UNLV and San Francisco were the two teams to beat BYU that didn't advance to the NCAA tournament.


BYU is 4-0 at home this year and has won nine straight overall in the Marriott Center. BYU has won 53 of its last 54 games at home and is 48-1 over in the past four seasons. BYU finished last season 13-1 at home in 2002-03. Lone senior Travis Hansen concluded his three seasons as a Cougar having lost only once at home. BYU earned a 44-1 record in Hansen's three years at BYU -- the best three-year home record in school history. The second-best home record over three years was a 39-2 mark from 1979-81 in Danny Ainge's final three seasons. The 44-1 record over the prior three seasons is the school's best-ever three-year home record. BYU won a school-record 44 straight home games in the Marriott Center before losing to Utah, 79-75, on Jan. 25. The streak was the longest active streak in the country over part of last season and this season. BYU continues its string of nonconference home wins.


The Cougars have defeated 38 straight non-conference opponents in the Marriott Center since starting the streak with a 61-59 win over Utah State on Jan. 2, 1999. The last non-league foe to win in Provo was the California Bears, who edged BYU 71-70 on Dec. 19, 1998.


With its all-time record of 1456-932 (.610), BYU is the ranked 40th all-time in winning percentage among all Division I basketball programs. In terms of total wins, BYU is in the top 25. The Cougars have had 81 winning seasons in their 101 years of basketball and have made 29 postseason appearances, including 20 NCAA bids, and won 26 conference championships.


At home 9-0

On the road 1-0

On a neutral floor 1-0

At home vs. Nonconference 38-0

At home vs. MWC 5-0

On the road vs. Nonconference 1-0

On the road vs. MWC 2-0

On a neutral floor vs. Nonconference 1-0

On a neutral floor vs. MWC 0-1


The "Voice of the Cougars" is KSL Newsradio 1160's Greg Wrubell. He is in his eighth season as the play-by-play voice of BYU basketball. Wrubell, also the voice of BYU football, is joined by color analyst Mark Durrant, a four-year BYU basketball letterman who graduated in 1995 as a three-time Academic All-WAC forward, or Brian Santiago, who was the WAC assist and three-point percentage leader at Fresno State. Durrant has been part of the KSL broadcast team for seven years while Santiago is in his third year providing analysis for select games. KSL Newsradio 1160 AM in Salt Lake City is the flagship of the Cougar Sports Network. Listen online to KSL at


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Lemes, Woodberry, Bigelow, Jensen, Araujo 1-1

Lemes, Woodberry, Hall, Bigelow, Araujo 2-0

Lemes, Hall, Bigelow, Meads, Araujo 2-0

Lemes, Hall, Bigelow, Jensen, Araujo 1-0


Bigelow, Araujo selected to preseason All-MWC team

The Mountain West Conference released its men's basketball preseason media poll and all-conference team at the league's media day being held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. The league media selected BYU to claim the Mountain West Conference men's basketball title with 144 total points and 13 of the possible 19 first-place votes. Utah was picked second with 138 points and was the only other team to garner first place votes with six. Defending MWC Tournament Champion Colorado State came in third with 107 points, followed by UNLV fourth with 97. Wyoming placed fifth with 73 points, followed by San Diego State (55), New Mexico (36), and Air Force (35). BYU has earned a share of the conference titles in 2001 and 2003, but this is the first time in more than 10 years the Cougars have been the preseason MWC favorites. The Cougars and Utes shared the conference's regular season crown last season with 11-3 records. BYU went 23-9 overall and fell to Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Utah finished the 2002-03 season 25-8, defeating Oregon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Kentucky in the second round. The Mountain West Conference has sent six of its eight teams to the postseason each of the past two seasons and is the only league in the country to have sent 75 percent of its members to the postseason two straight years. BYU seniors Mark Bigelow and Rafael Araujo were selected to the preseason first-team All-MWC team. Other athletes picked were Utahs Tim Frost and Nick Jacobson, Air Force's Tim Keller and the top MWC returnee Matt Nelson from CSU.


Getting an early jump on the upcoming season, BYU participated in a six-game tour of Australia against professional teams in Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns. "Four years ago when we went to Europe it helped us get a head start on the season," BYU Coach Steve Cleveland said. "This was a nice opportunity to implement our system and give the players some good experience. Everyone got a chance to play significant minutes." BYU earned the first of four consecutive postseason tournament berths under Cleveland in 2000 after its summer 1999 trip to England, Croatia and Italy. The NCAA allows a foreign tour once every four years. The team was also allowed 10 additional practice days to prepare for the trip. All of last year's returning players were allowed to make the trip, including redshirt freshmen Austin Ainge and Garner Meads. Newcomers Mike Hall and Michael Rose, along with returning missionary Derek Dawes, were not eligible for the trip. The Cougars played six games in seven nights, posting a 4-2 record. Senior Mark Bigelow led the team, scoring 21.6 points in 27 minutes per game. Senior center Rafael Araujo added 14.0 ppg and a team-high 7.7 rpg in 20 minutes of action. Redshirt freshman Garner Meads scored 9.3 ppg and pulled down 6.0 rpg. The tour also includes visits to the Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Manly Beach and the Great Barrier Reef.


Potential matchups with six nonconference opponents that made the 2003 NCAA Tournament, including teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big XII Conference and Pac-10 Conference, and 15 overall contests against teams that qualified for postseason play last year highlight the 2003-04 BYU men's basketball schedule. "We look forward to what should be a very challenging schedule with more than half our games being against teams that qualified for postseason last year," BYU coach Steve Cleveland said. "We face some very talented teams during nonconference and every game is a battle during the Mountain West season."


After four games this year, BYU is ahead of last year's attendance pace with an average crowd of 13,358 compared to last year's 12,981 average after four games. Last year BYU averaged the 17th largest crowd in the nation at 14,468. The NCAA announced that BYU achieved the nation's largest average increase over the prior season in 2001-2002 (during the middle of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City). BYU's 22,702 attendance vs. CSU in its last home game last year was the largest crowd since 1992 and the 21st largest crowd in school history.


Four highly regarded high school recruits signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball at BYU during the November signing period. Rated one of the top-20 recruiting classes nationally and the third-best class in the West, BYU received official commitments from top prospects David Burgess (Irvine, Calif.), Lee Cummard (Mesa, Ariz.), Chris Miles (Provo, Utah) and Trent Plaisted (San Antonio, Texas).


BYU's lone departing senior in 2003, guard Travis Hansen, was selected 37th overall in 2003 NBA Draft and has signed a two-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks. BYU rates second among Mountain West Conference teams with 42 NBA Draft selections after UNLV's 49.


BYU appeared in its 20th NCAA Tournament with its at-large invite in 2003. BYU coach Steve Cleveland has guided the Cougars to the NCAA Tournament twice (in the last three years) in his six years at the helm since taking over a program that was 1-25 the season before his arrival. He has led BYU to postseason play in each of the last four years.

2002-03 RECAP

In 2002-03, BYU earned its fourth straight postseason berth and second NCAA bid in the last three years while claiming a share of the Mountain West Conference regular season title for the second time in the last three years. Playing among the nation's toughest schedules, including 11 different conferences on its non-league slate, the Cougars finished the year with a 23-9 overall record, going 11-4 through the pre-conference schedule before earning a share of the MWC regular season title with Utah at 11-3. The Cougars went 1-1 at the MWC Tournament before losing to No. 5-seed Connecticut at the NCAA Tournament in Spokane, Wash. BYU went 13-1 at home and 10-8 away, including a 4-3 neutral record and 6-5 road mark. The Cougars had the MWC's top defense and also won the preseason Paradise Jam title in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. BYU was led by senior guard Travis Hansen, junior swingman Mark Bigelow and junior center Rafael Araujo. Hansen, one of two first-team All-MWC consensus players, led the team in scoring (16.8) and blocks (20) and was second in assists (2.4) and rebounds (4.8). Bigelow, a third-team All-MWC selection, was second in scoring (13.9), third in rebounding (3.7) and the team's top three-point shooter (63). Araujo, a third-team All-MWC pick, was the third-leading scorer (12.0) and top rebounder (8.9). Sophomore forward Jared Jensen, who received All-MWC honorable mention, added 7.5 points and 3.3 rebounds while JC transfer Kevin Woodberry averaged 6.3 points and 2.5 assists at the point.