10:00 PM ET, January 24, 2005
Marriott Center, Provo, Utah
PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Mike Rose came off the bench to score 21 points and lead Brigham Young to a 68-53 win over New Mexico Monday night -- the Lobos' 25th straight conference loss on the road.The Cougars (7-13, 1-4 Mountain West) registered their first conference win of the season and snapped a three-game conference losing streak. The Lobos (14-5, 1-3) have now lost three straight after starting the season 14-2.New Mexico's last MWC road win was in January of 2002 at Colorado State.New Mexico again played without senior Danny Granger, the Lobos' leading scorer and rebounder. Granger, who was averaging more than 19 points and 9.4 rebounds, is recovering from knee surgery on his left knee.The Lobos also lost starting center David Chiotti in the first half Monday with a hip injury and did not play in the second half. New Mexico coach Ritchie McKay also said after the game that point guard Chris Collins had separated his shoulder during the game.New Mexico trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half, before cutting the deficit to 42-38 with more than 12 minutes left in the game.BYU broke open a four-point game with a 10-2 run midway through the second half to take a 52-40 lead. Cougar swing man Mike Hall scored four of his 16 during the run. The Lobos never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.Rose hit five 3-pointers, four in the second half.Keena Young and 6-11 Derek Dawes each added 14 points for the Cougars. Dawes dominated inside once Chiotti went out and had five blocks."It killed us," McKay said of the Lobos' inability to match up against Dawes. "Obviously, when you're playing without your two best interior defenders and scorers, it hurts you."Alfred Neale led the Lobos with 12 points.BYU took a 33-25 lead at the half following a 9-3 run, and the Cougars scored nine of the first 10 points in the second half.Dawes had a game high 10 rebounds to help the Cougars to a 40-34 rebounding advantage.New Mexico set season lows for points and shooting at 32.7 percent.The Lobos, who played a soft pre-conference schedule, at one point this season were leading the country in field goal shooting and were averaging more than 81 points a game. But they hit just 37.3 percent of their shots in a 69-58 loss to Utah on Saturday and Monday hit a season-low 32.7 percent. The 53 points also were a season low."We're trying too hard because we're not concentrating," McKay said. "The shots are not coming in the offense."
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||18-55 (.327)||26-58 (.448)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-15 (.333)||6-23 (.261)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-18 (.667)||10-14 (.714)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||15 (0/0)||16 (0/0)|