Cougars Win Big Against CSU, 82-53
PROVO, Utah, (Jan. 17, 2004) -- Rafael Araujo scored 16 points and grabbed nine boards to lead BYU past Colorado State 82-53 Saturday evening at the Marriott Center.
BYU used an 18-1 run to build a 19-point lead midway through the first half, and the Cougars didn't look back, extending their lead to 26 points at halftime, BYU's largest lead at the break this season.
Coach Steve Cleveland said he was pleased his team came out and played well after the way they played in the last two games.
"I didn't care if this was home or away. I wanted to play well," Cleveland said. "I thought we did that. We attacked defensively and got good shots. We played 30 minutes of good basketball, but it got sloppy in the end."
The Cougars' run started when freshman Mike Rose was inserted into the game and subsequently hit a three-pointer. Rose would hit two more threes during the stretch, and Mike Hall would add another.
"Mike Rose came in and hit some huge shots," Cleveland said. "That's how I plan to play him the rest of the year. He's played well in practice and earned the minutes."
Those three-pointers opened up the middle for Araujo, allowing him to get the ball deep in the post and score easily over the Ram defenders.
The Cougars didn't let up after halftime, outscoring CSU 18-6 while extending its lead to 31 three different times during the second half.
After two poor shooting nights against North Carolina State and San Diego State where the Cougars hit only 40.4 percent of their shots, BYU hit 49.1 percent of its shots against the Rams, including 38.9 percent from three-point range.
Besides Araujo, the Cougars had three other players hit double figures, including Luiz Lemes (12), Mark Bigelow (11) and Rose (10).
With the victory, BYU improves its record to 11-4 and 1-1 in the Mountain West Conference. The Cougars take the floor next against Wyoming on Monday evening at 8:30 p.m. in the Marriott Center.
Official Basketball Box Score -- GAME TOTALS -- FINAL STATISTICS
Colorado State vs Brigham Young University
01/17/03 7:07 pm at Brigham Young University
VISITORS: Colorado State 8-7, 0-2
TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS
## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
13 ROBINSON, Freddy.... f 7-13 1-3 1-1 0 5 5 2 16 0 0 0 1 26
42 WILLIAMS, Matt...... f 4-10 0-0 4-8 0 7 7 3 12 2 4 2 2 29
01 STEVENS, Derrick.... g 2-7 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 2 5 1 2 0 1 33
10 RAKIECKI, Jon....... g 0-10 0-10 2-2 2 2 4 3 2 1 2 0 1 27
20 CLARK, Ronnie....... g 1-4 0-0 1-4 2 2 4 4 3 1 3 0 1 14
02 LOHREY, Brian....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
04 BALL, Nick.......... 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 10
11 THOMASSON, Phillip.. 3-5 0-1 2-3 0 1 1 1 8 1 2 0 1 16
22 JOHNSON, Shelton.... 1-5 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 24
34 VERWERS, Stephen.... 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 5 4 0 0 0 0 15
54 NELSON, Matt........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
TEAM................ 2 2 4
Totals.............. 20-59 3-22 10-18 7 25 32 24 53 7 14 2 7 200
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 9-29 31.0% 2nd Half: 11-30 36.7% Game: 33.9% DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-11 9.1% 2nd Half: 2-11 18.2% Game: 13.6% REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 4-8 50.0% 2nd Half: 6-10 60.0% Game: 55.6% 5
HOME TEAM: Brigham Young University 11-4, 1-1
TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS
## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
03 BIGELOW, Mark....... f 2-6 0-3 7-10 2 2 4 1 11 6 0 1 1 29
41 MEADS, Garner....... f 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 5 4 0 0 0 0 11
55 ARAUJO, Rafael...... c 6-9 0-1 4-5 2 7 9 2 16 2 2 1 2 26
01 HALL, Mike.......... g 3-9 1-3 2-4 2 2 4 3 9 0 1 0 3 26
04 LEMES, Luiz......... g 4-7 2-3 2-2 0 4 4 0 12 2 5 0 2 22
00 WOODBERRY, Kevin.... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 18
02 ROSE, Mike.......... 3-9 3-6 1-2 0 1 1 2 10 2 0 0 0 23
10 NASHIF, Terry....... 1-1 0-0 2-2 0 6 6 1 4 3 0 0 1 8
13 AINGE, Austin....... 2-3 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 2 6 2 1 0 0 10
15 DRESSER, Mike....... 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 5
52 JENSEN, Jared....... 2-4 0-0 4-5 2 8 10 4 8 0 4 0 1 22
TEAM................ 2 2
Totals.............. 26-54 7-18 23-32 9 35 44 20 82 19 14 3 10 200
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-27 55.6% 2nd Half: 11-27 40.7% Game: 48.1% DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 6-10 60.0% 2nd Half: 1-8 12.5% Game: 38.9% REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 13-18 72.2% 2nd Half: 10-14 71.4% Game: 71.9% 3
Officials: Scott Thornley, Duane Allen, Milt Stowe
Technical fouls: Colorado State-CLARK, Ronnie. Brigham Young
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Colorado State................ 23 30 - 53
Brigham Young University...... 49 33 - 82
Points in the paint-CS 16,BY 28. Points off turnovers-CS 12,BY 14.
2nd chance points-CS 5,BY 10. Fast break points-CS 2,BY 11.
Bench points-CS 15,BY 39. Score tied-1 time. Lead changes-4 times.
PROVO, Utah -- BYU (10-4, 0-1) hosts Colorado State (8-6, 0-1) Saturday at 7 p.m. (MST) in the Marriott Center. The game is a SportsWest Productions telecast on KSL-TV, channel 5, in Salt Lake City. The radio broadcast can be heard on KSL Newsradio 1160, 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 are available by selecting the basketball schedule page of the official BYU athletics website, byucougars.com. Live audio is also available on KSL.com, via BYU Radio on the Dish Network and at byuradio.org.
BYU hosts Wyoming Monday at 8:30 p.m. (MST).
GAME #15 FAST FACTS
BYU COUGARS (10-4, 0-1 MWC) vs. COLORADO STATE RAMS (8-6, 0-1 MWC)
SATURDAY, JAN. 17, 2004
MARRIOTT CENTER (22,700)
7:07 p.m. (MST)
BYU, Steve Cleveland (118-82 in seventh year; same overall)
CSU, Dale Layer (54-51 in fourth year; 221-138 in 13th year overall)
BYU leads, 75-44 Last year: BYU swept the season series before CSU's OT win at MWC Tourney
SportsWest Productions (KSL-TV 5 in Salt Lake City; KTVD in Colorado; ESPN Full Court)
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 audio and stats links are available at byucougars.com/basketball_m/ (select 2003-04 schedule); live audio also available on KSL.com, via BYU Radio on Dish Network and at byuradio.org.
The Cougars (10-4) finished nonconference play with a 10-3 record including the Cable Car Classic title and wins over No. 25 Oklahoma State and the Pac-10's USC. The preseason favorite to win the Mountain West Conference, BYU is 0-1 in league play with its loss at SDSU Monday and has dropped two straight games for the first time this year. BYU returns 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. Senior guard Kevin Woodberry and junior forward Jared Jensen also were starters last season for BYU coach Steve Cleveland. Key newcomers include junior transfer Mike Hall and freshmen Mike Rose and Garner Meads. Araujo is averaging 20.2 points and 10.9 rebounds to lead BYU this year. Bigelow adds 13.0 points and 3.8 rebounds while Hall contributes 12.9 points and 3.9 rebounds. First-year starter Luiz Lemes leads the team in assists (5.1). As a team, the Cougars shoot .498 from the floor, including .373 on threes, and .726 from the line while scoring 75.5 points per game. BYU allows 64.6 points while the opposition has shot .444 from the field and .341 from behind the arc. BYU has an average rebounding advantage of 6.5.
COLORADO STATE RAMS
Colorado State returns eight lettermen and three starters from last year's 19-14 team that finished sixth in the Mountain West Conference regular season before winning the MWC Tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Rams are 8-6 this year after dropping its MWC opener at home to Air Force, 65-57, on Monday. CSU has lost its last two games after winning four straight, including a 71-69 win over Purdue. Colorado State continues to be smitten with the injury bug. Rams' all-league center Matt Nelson suffered a minor right knee sprain during the team's game at Montana State on Jan. 5, and did not play against Air Force on Monday. He remains questionable for the game Saturday. Guard Micheal Morris missed the AFA game while nursing a hamstring that he strained at Montana State. Colorado State has used eight different starting lineups in 14 games. With its 3-3 road mark this year, Colorado State has already matched the team's road win total of a season ago when the Rams were 3-9 on the road. Colorado State's last winning record on the road came in 1997-98 when the Rams went 8-5 under Stew Morrill. Coach Dale Layer's team is led by Nelson's 14.9 scoring average, followed by junior forward Matt Williams at 10.9 ppg. Ronnie Clark adds 9.9 points, while starting in 10 of 14 games. Swingman sophomore Freddy Robinson contributes 9.0 points, also with 10 starts, while sophomore guard Michael Morris scores 7.0 points and has a team-leading 11 starts in his 12 appearances this year. Williams leads the team on the glass with 5.9 rebounds per outing, followed by Clark at 5.6 and Nelson at 5.2 rpg.
CSU's LAST OUTING -- Rams Fall to Falcons in Fort Collins
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Visiting Air Force used an 8-0 run late in the game to beat Colorado State University, 65-57 in Mountain West Conference men's basketball action Monday night. The loss drops Colorado State to 8-6 overall, 0-1 in the league while Air Force is 10-2, 1-0. The Rams cut a 12-point AFA lead to just four points with 7:07 to play on a pair of free throws each by Jon Rakiecki and Matt Williams. But AFA went on an 8-0 run including five points by forward Joel Gerlach to push the lead back to a dozen. Colorado State would come no closer than six the rest of the way. The teams exchanged three leads in the first six minutes of the game. Air Force guard Antoine Hood put the Falcons ahead for good with 14:17 left in the half on a 3-point goal. AFA took a 10-point, 30-20 lead at intermission. "We were too tentative in the first half," said Rams' coach Dale Layer. "When you get down by 10 points to Air Force in the first half, it's like getting down by 18 to anybody else." Williams led the Rams with 17 points, one of three Rams to score in double figures. Ronnie Clark added 12 points, and Derrick Stevens 10. Williams led all players with eight rebounds while Clark added seven.
COLORAOD STATE'S PROJECTED STARTERS
POS. # NAME HT. WT. YR. PPG RPG
F 20 Ronnie Clark 6-5 225 Sr. 9.9 5.6
F 42 Matt Williams 6-6 212 Jr. 10.9 5.9
G/F 22 Shelton Johnson 6-3 200 So. 6.5 3.2
G 10 Jon Rakiecki 6-3 200 Jr. 7.1 2.4
G 1 Derrick Stevens 5-10 180 Sr. 3.4 0.8
Saturday's game will be the 120th meeting between the two schools. BYU leads the series 75-44, including a 50-10 mark in Provo. Last year, BYU swept the regular-season series for the first time since 1994, beating the Rams in Fort Collins and again in Provo, before the Rams came back from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat BYU in the MWC Tournament (86-80 in OT). CSU went on to win the MWC title over host UNLV to earn the league's automatic NCAA Tournament bid. BYU's win in Fort Collins last year was its first win at Moby Arena since a 72-70 overtime win 1994, ending six straight defeats in Moby Arena. The Cougars have won four of the last six games overall. BYU has won four straight in Provo since CSU swept the series in 1998, winning in Provo, 55-44, on Jan. 22. The two teams did not meet in 1999. BYU coach Steve Cleveland is 5-6 against Colorado State, including a 4-1 record in Provo. The series dates back to 1938.
BYU vs. CSU SERIES BREAKDOWN
Overall Series Record: BYU leads 75-44
BYU Record in Provo: 50-10
BYU Record in Fort Collins: 24-31
BYU Record at Neutral Sites: 1-3
BYU Record under Steve Cleveland: 5-6
BYU Record in OT Games: 4-3* (1-1 R, 3-1 H, 0-1 N)
*1-0 in 2OT (1971, won 98-92 in Ft. Collins)
Last Overtime Game: 2003, lost 80-86 in Las Vegas
Longest BYU Win Streak: 9 (two times 1985-89, 1991-94)
Longest CSU Win Streak: 7 (1960-70)
Largest BYU Margin of Victory: 39, 91-52 in 1939
Largest CSU Margin of Victory: 25, 74-49 in 1958
Most Points Scored by BYU: 105 in 1972
Most Points Scored by CSU: 100 in 1996
BYU'S LAST OUTING WITH CSU --- SECOND-HALF SCORING DROUGHT DOOMS COUGARS
LAS -- In a game of contrasting halves, BYU had the game in hand after a strong first half, but went cold in the second half as it was upset 86-80 in overtime by Colorado State in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament. The loss to the Rams marks the first time this season the Cougars have lost when leading at the half. CSU jumped out the an early lead, but more importantly Rafael Araujo picked up two quick fouls and Jake Shoff left in the fourth minute of the game with a recurring back injury. With the two big men on the bench, Dan Howard entered the lineup, but BYU didn't miss a beat, as it proceeded to take the lead. Mark Bigelow hit a 3-pointer at the 14:12 mark to give BYU a 12-9 lead and the Cougars would lead throughout the rest of the half. BYU would stretch its lead in the frenetic final 10 minutes of the opening half and enjoyed its largest lead of 14 after a Bigelow lay-up. CSU would close the gap, but the Cougars headed into the break with a 39-29 lead. As the second half started, the Rams slowly chipped into the Cougar lead and parlayed their confident play into a 16-0 run to take a 45-39 lead, before Travis Hansen ended BYU's 0-for-13 drought with a field goal at the 11:10 mark. Although the Rams carried play for most of the second half, the Cougars staged a rally behind Bigelow as he had a basket and a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions, the latter coming with 6:11 to play and giving BYU a 55-53 lead. The two teams would stay close to the end of regulation in a foul-filled second half. With CSU up by a bucket, Bigelow made a slashing move to the basket to tie the game at 67-67, sending it to overtime. Play in overtime remained close, but Michael Morris made a deep 3-pointer as the shot clock was expiring to give the Rams a 76-73 lead, after which CSU held off BYU for the win. Matt Nelson took advantage of Shoff's absence to score a game-high 28 points. Araujo scored 14 points and had a game-high 10 rebounds.
LAST YEAR'S REGULAR SEASON RECAPS VS. CSU
AT CSU -- COUGARS SWEPT FRONT RANGE WITH WIN AT CSU
FT. COLLINS, Colo. (February 10. 2003) -- Travis Hansen scored a season-high 27 points to lead BYU to a 77-68 victory over CSU Monday. After winning at Wyoming Saturday, the victory gave the Cougars their first Front Range road sweep since 1992-93. The win is the first for the Cougars in Ft. Collins since the 1993-94 season. BYU improves to 17-5 on the season and atop the MWC standings with Utah at 6-1. CSU drops to 14-8 overall and 3-4 in the conference. Back in the starting lineup for the second consecutive game, guard Kevin Woodberry had his best performance of the season and a career-high 17 points, including three treys, five assists and five steals. "I just wanted to be solid on defense and be more aggressive on offense and that's what I did," Woodberry said. "I felt comfortable and they left me open and I knocked them down." Mark Bigelow added 21 points on 5-of-16 shooting. Bigelow was 9-for-9 from the line and moved into BYU's top 20 in scoring all-time with 1174 career points. BYU broke a 33-33 halftime tie with a 14-1 run to open the final half, jumping out to a 13-point lead at 47-34 with 15:25 left. Hansen took over in the second half and sparked the run. The senior scored nine points during the stretch. BYU led by 12 on a three-pointer by Bigelow with just over 10 minutes to play, but CSU dropped a five-point play on the Cougars with a trey and foul underneath, adding two free throws, to cut the lead to 57-50. BYU held on to a nine-point lead with 6:06 to play when Araujo picked up his fourth foul. CSU stayed close on back-to-back threes by Andy Birley, bringing the Rams to within six with just under six minutes left. Moments later CSU center Matt Nelson scored and was fouled by Araujo sending him to the bench. Nelson's play cut the lead to four with three-and-a-half minutes left. Down the stretch BYU got stops when they needed them and knocked down clutch free throws to seal the game. BYU was 19-of-21 from the stripe (91 percent). The Cougars played great defense on CSU forward Brian Greene. With Hansen assigned to guard him, the Rams second-leading scorer (13.4 ppg) was not a factor as he spent most of the first half on the bench with two fouls and no points. Greene did not score until the 2:05 mark in the second half and finished the game with two points. Andy Birley led the Rams with 18 points on six treys. Nelson added 16 and Ronnie Clark chipped in 13. The Cougars managed to enter the locker room at halftime tied at 33 despite great shooting by the Rams. At one point CSU made 11 straight field goal attempts. That streak came to an end with 52.9 seconds left before the break on a missed jam by Ronnie Clark, who paced the Rams with 11 first-half points. BYU was outshot 65 percent to 39 percent in the first half but capitalized on 11 Rams' turnovers to stay in the game. BYU big men Araujo and Jensen went just 1-for-4 from the floor in the opening half, scoring just two points between them on a layup by Jensen. The Rams shot 50 percent for the night, including 6-of-12 three-point shooting, while converting 66.7 percent from the line. The Rams had a 30-27 edge on the glass. BYU shot 46.3 percent from the floor, including 8-of-19 threes, along with a season-high 90.5 free throw shooting.
WHAT BYU COACH STEVE CLEVELAND HAD TO SAY AFTER THE FIRST MEETING LAST YEAR ...
"This was a very satisfying weekend for us and we will enjoy it, but we need to get back to work and try to play the best we can every game."
AT BYU - BIGELOW, JEPSEN HELPED COUGARS EDGE RAMS
PROVO -- The largest Marriott Center crowd in 11 years (22,702) honored BYU hall-of-famer Danny Ainge and saw the Cougars win a share of the Mountain West Conference Championship by beating Colorado State 67-55 Saturday night. Ainge's jersey, number 22, was retired and now hangs from the rafters in Provo. BYU also paid tribute to lone senior Travis Hansen in his last home game as a Cougar. Hansen was the first player to cut a loop from the net, which came down after the game in celebration of the school's 26th conference championship. No player in BYU history helped the Cougars to a better home record over a three-year period than Travis Hansen. In the last three seasons the Cougars have posted a 44-1 mark. The next best three-year home record was 39-2 during the final three seasons of Ainge's BYU career from 1979-81. In the first half, BYU used a 17-2 run during an eight-minute stretch to build the lead to 14 points at 26-12. The Rams held the lead momentarily at 10-9 thanks to a bucket by Ronnie Clark with just under 15 minutes to play in the first half before the Cougars' run. In the second half, BYU controlled the boards, pounded the ball inside, and held CSU to 34.6 percent shooting to pull ahead. It is the first time this year the Rams were held below 40 percent shooting. Brian Greene led the Rams with 18 points and eight rebounds while Matt Nelson added 17. Ram sharp-shooter Andy Birley, who connected on six three-pointers in Fort Collins, was held to just one trey and only three points. The Cougars spread the ball around effectively with four players scoring in double figures. Mark Bigelow led all scorers with 20 points followed by Hansen with 15. Rafael Araujo scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds.Kevin Woodberry chipped in 10.
WHAT BYU HEAD COACH STEVE CLEVELAND HAD TO SAY IN PROVO LAST YEAR ...
"I have a great appreciation for where we started, and tonight to see the arena full was a great thrill. To share this in front of an entire community was something very special for me." "
WHAT CSU HEAD COACH DALE LAYER HAD TO SAY IN PROVO LAST YEAR ...
"Right now BYU is playing better basketball than anyone in the league."
BYU'S LAST OUTING -- COUGARS FALL IN FINAL MOMENTS AT SDSU
SAN -- BYU dropped its conference opener for the first time in Mountain West Conference history Monday at San Diego State, falling 65-61 in a hard-fought contest with the Aztecs. In a game marking the beginning of what looks to be a formidable conference schedule, the Cougars fell short despite a strong effort from freshman Garner Meads and yet another double-double from senior Rafael Araujo. Four Cougars scored in double figures in the loss. Mike Hall, who had not scored in double figures the past two games, led the Cougars with 15 points, including two big three-pointers. Mark Bigelow added 14, Araujo contributed 12, and Meads scored a career-high 10 points. Unfortunately, the scoring output was not enough to top the Aztecs, who were led by lone senior Aerick Sanders with 18 points. The Cougars' big man and two-time MWC Player of the Week, Rafael Araujo, who came into the game averaging over 20 points per game, was shut down in the first half, going into the locker room with two fouls and not a single point. Araujo came out solid in the second half, scoring 12 points and pulling down 13 boards to record his 10th double-double of the season. Turnovers plagued the Cougars. The Aztecs scored 27 points off of BYU'S 17 turnovers while the Cougars were only able to manage eight points off of seven Aztec turnovers. The 17-7 turnover ratio is identical to the turnover ratio in last week's loss to NC State. With the game hanging in the balance in the last 90 seconds, BYU turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions. BYU coach Steve Cleveland lamented over his team's turnovers. "We did so many good things to get ourselves back in the game," Cleveland said, "but turnovers made the difference". As expected, the game was hard-fought and tight the entire 40 minutes, featuring nine lead changes and seven ties. Both teams showcased their ability to generate scoring runs with BYU producing a 10-0 run midway through the first half and a 13-3 run midway through the second half. However, the Aztecs stole the show, going on a 6-0 run to end the first half and cut the Cougars' eight-point lead to only two, 33-31; and then running off six unanswered points in the last 90 seconds of the game to put the Cougars away. Both head coaches celebrated milestones in Monday night's game. BYU Head Coach Steve Cleveland coached his 200th game as a Cougar and San Diego State Head Coach Steve Fisher notched his 250th career victory. The loss drops the Cougars to 10-4 on the season and 0-1 in MWC play, while the Aztecs improve to 10-6 and 1-0.
CLEVELAND HAS COACHED 200 GAMES AS COUGAR HEAD COACH
BYU Coach Steve Cleveland has coached 200 games at BYU. After taking over a 1-25 program, Cleveland's teams posted a 17-33 record over his first 50 games, then reversed those numbers to go 33-17 over the next 50 outings for a 50-50 (.500) record after 100 contests. Cleveland guided his teams to identical 34-16 records over the last two 50-games periods for a 68-32 (.680) mark in the past 100 games.
First 50 Games Highlights
Upset 15th ranked New Mexico, 83-62, at UNM Feb 26, 1998, snapping the Lobo home winning streak at 41 games ... Triple overtime win (76-75) at UTEP Feb. 28, 1998 to qualify for WAC Tournament.
Second 50 Games Highlights
Coach Cleveland's first winning season (22-11) in 1999-2000 -- marked the most wins by BYU since 1994-95 ... Advanced to the inaugural Mountain West Conference Championship game... NIT Quarterfinal game appearance ... first win against rival Utah 58-54 on March 10 in the semifinals of the MWC Tournament, snapping a 12-game BYU losing streak against the Utes ... new school record for team steals with 236.
Third 50 Games Highlights
First BYU Conference Tournament title since 1992 ... first BYU regular season championship (three-way tie) since 1993 ... first BYU NCAA bid since 1995 ... BYU led the nation in free throw shooting (.780) ... Mekeli Wesley named AP Honorable Mention All-American ... 81-76 win against No. 13 Stanford in Las Vegas Showdown Dec. 22, 2001 ... Second NIT berth in three season.
Last 50 Games Highlights
Extended nation's longest homecourt winning streak to 44 straight victories ... Coach Cleveland named 2003 MWC Coach of the Year ... MWC regular season co-champions with Utah ... second NCAA bid in three seasons ... won Paradise Jam title in St. Thomas , U.S. Virgin Islands ... 22,702 attendance March 8, 2003 vs. CSU was largest home crowd since 1992 and the 21st largest crowd in school history ... achieved the nation's No. 1 average increase in attendance to average 14,468 and rank 17th nationally for the year ... extended nonconference homecourt record to 40 games ... 76-71 win against No. 25 Oklahoma State on Dec. 6, 2003 at the Delta Center ... Cable Car Classic title.
CLEVELAND NOW FIFTH ON BYU VICTORY LIST; THIRD IN MARRIOTT CENTER WINS
With BYU's seventh win this season, Cougar head coach Steve Cleveland moved into fifth on BYU's career coaching victories list. He moved past Ladell Andersen (114-71 record from 1983-89). Cleveland now has a 118-82 record in his seventh season in Provo. 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 77-18 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.
CLEVELAND GETTING IT DONE (2003 MWC COACH OF THE YEAR)
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 wins 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.
ARAUJO RATES HIGH IN NATIONAL AND MWC STATISTICS
Senior center Rafael Araujo is sixth in the nation in rebounds (10.8), 16th in field goal percentage (.623) and 25th in scoring (20.4) in the latest release of NCAA statistics (Jan. 13). Among MWC players he is the top scorer and rebounder and leads in defensive rebounds. He is second in field goal percentage and offensive rebounds and rates eighth in blocked shots, 13th in free throw percentage and tied for 15th in steals.
BIGELOW APPROACHING COSIC AS THE NO. 9 ALL-TIME SCORER AT BYU
Senior Mark Bigelow needs 18 points to pass former Cougar great Kresimir Cosic into ninth place on BYU's all-time scoring list. Cosic scored 1,512 points in only three season from 1971-73. Bigelow moved out of a tie with Jay Cheesman (1,408 points from 1974-77) in 10th place against Utah State on Dec. 23. He surpassed current BYU assistant coach Andy Toolson (1,388 points from 1985, 88-90) against USC on Dec. 13 after overtaking Roland Minson (1,375 from 1949-51) against Western Oregon on Dec. 10.
In a road-heavy stretch of its schedule, BYU has plaed five of its last six games away from home. For the second straight season, the Cougars played more nonconference games away from Provo than they did in the friendly confines of the Marriott Center where BYU has won 55 of its last 56 games, including 40 straight over non-league teams. This year, BYU played six games at home and seven out-of-town contests while going 10-3 in nonconference. BYU went 6-0 at home and 4-3 away from Provo, with a 2-0 neutral court mark and a 2-3 record in an opponent's arena. Among those games included a neutral court win over then No. 25 Oklahoma State; a win at now 9-2 Boise State; and a victory over host Santa Clara to win the Cable Car Classic. Last season BYU played seven home games and eight away from the Marriott Center while earning an 11-4 record before starting Mountain West Conference play. BYU finished 4-4 away from home last year during nonconference play. The Cougars went 3-1 on a neutral floor, including a 3-0 mark to win the Paradise Jam, and were 1-3 in true away games, with a win over Arizona State.
IN THE MARRIOTT CENTER
BYU is 6-0 at home this year and has won 11 straight overall in the Marriott Center. BYU has won 55 of its last 56 games at home and is 50-1 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 parts the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons. BYU continues its string of nonconference home wins.
COUGAR FANS SHOWING SUPPORT
BYU is ahead of last year's attendance pace with an average crowd of 13,340 after six nonconference games. Last year BYU averaged the 17th largest crowd in the nation overall 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.
BYU STARTING LINEUPS RECORD
Lemes, Hall, Bigelow, Jensen, Araujo 4-2
Lemes, Woodberry, Hall, Bigelow, Araujo 3-0
Lemes, Hall, Bigelow, Meads, Araujo 2-1
Lemes, Woodberry, Bigelow, Jensen, Araujo 1-1
CURRENT BYU WIN/LOSS STREAKS ...
At home 11-0
On the road 0-2
On a neutral floor 2-0
At home vs. Nonconference 40-0
At home vs. MWC 5-0
On the road vs. Nonconference 0-1
On the road vs. MWC 0-1
On a neutral floor vs. Nonconference 2-0
On a neutral floor vs. MWC 0-1