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
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
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.
"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
New Mexico set season lows for points and shooting at 32.7
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
"We're trying too hard because we're not concentrating," McKay
said. "The shots are not coming in the offense."