LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- Brigham Young finally has a conference road
win, thanks in large part to some poor shooting by Wyoming.
BYU, led by Mark Bigelow's 21 points, hit 51 percent of its
shots (24-of-47) Saturday in a 67-53 win over the Cowboys, who shot
just 37 percent (22-59) from the field.
Wyoming made only 2 of 21 3-pointers, or less than 10 percent,
and was just 7-for-16 from the free throw line (44 percent). The
Cougars were 7-for-15 from 3-point range (47 percent) and made 12
of 16 free throws.
"It doesn't matter whether you are at home or on the road, if
you shoot below 40 percent you're not going to win many games,"
Wyoming coach Steve McClain said.
For BYU (15-7 overall and 5-4 Mountain West Conference) the win
was its first conference road victory of the season. All the
Cougars' losses this year have been on the road. They travel to
Fort Collins, Colo., Monday night.
"We play Colorado State on Monday and hopefully this will give
us some momentum there," said Bigelow, who hit 7-of-12 shots from
the field, including 4-of-7 3-pointers.
Joe Ries paced Wyoming (9-13, 2-7) with 16 points and 11
rebounds. He was the only player to score in double figures for the
Cowboy guard Jay Straight, who entered the game averaging 16.5
points a game, finished with just 5 points on 2-of-9 shooting from
the field. The other starting guard, David Adams, was 3-of-7 and
ended up with 7 points.
"Guys just couldn't find the basket tonight," said Ries, who
was 7-of-11 from the floor in notching his third double-double of
The Cougars gained a 30-27 lead at the half thanks to 16 points
from Bigelow. At one point in the first half, BYU held a 10-point
advantage after a pair of 3-pointers by Bigelow, but the Cowboys
pulled themselves back into the game with a 10-0 run keyed by 5
points from Alex Dunn.
BYU went ahead 46-35 at the 12:12 mark of the second half after
a 6-0 run. Wyoming battled back to within 56-50 on a 3-pointer by
freshman Mikel Watson with 3:54 to go.
But the Cowboys would go nearly 3 minutes without a point as BYU
pulled away with 9 unanswered points to put the game away.
"We were focused and we made plays at the end that we needed to
make," Bigelow said.
"We needed to execute and finish this game off on the right
note," BYU coach Steve Cleveland said. "I told the kids that we
have to go out and play 40 minutes of hard basketball. We did and
we came away with a big win on the road."
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