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BYU 77, New Mexico 71

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The Pit streak killers did it again.

Brigham Young rode some torrid 3-point shooting in the second
half and the late clutch scoring by Brock Reichner and Rashaun
Broadus to a 77-71 win Wednesday night over New Mexico.

The BYU win snapped New Mexico's 21-game home winning streak --
fourth longest in the nation going into the game.

BYU (13-6, 5-3 Mountain West) has the distinction of ending New
Mexico's three longest winning streaks. The Cougars stopped New
Mexico's all-time winning streak of 41 games with an 83-62 win on
Nov. 26, 1998 and halted a 24-game win streak by the Lobos with a
96-78 victory on Jan. 25, 1975.

BYU trailed the Lobos (12-9, 3-5 MWC) by as many as 10 points in
the first half but rallied by hitting seven 3-pointers in the
second half.

"We had a lot of guys who made plays at the end of the game,"
said BYU first-year head coach Dave Rose. "We gutted it out."

None more so than Reichner and Broadus. Reichner scored eight
straight points to put BYU ahead for good at 68-67 with 3:06 left
and Broadus scored five points in the final 33 seconds to clinch
the win. The two combined for six of the Cougars' 10 3s.

New Mexico didn't have a single field goal in the final five
miniute. The Lobos' only points over that stretch were a pair of
free throws by Tony Danridge with a couple of seconds remaining.

A 3-pointer by Joel Box, his fourth of the game, gave New Mexico
a 67-63 lead with 5:03 left. Reichner, who scored 11 points, then
hit a 3-pointer and added a layup off a bounce pass from Broadus.
The Cougars then screened Reichner clear for a wide open 3 that he
hit from the top of the key for a 71-67 lead with 2:33 left.

"Keena Young made a huge screen, I popped out for the 3-point
shot and it went in," said Reichner.

New Mexico center David Chiotti had a chance to tie it when
BYU's Trent Plaisted picked up his fifth foul with 43.7 seconds
left. But Chiotti, who made just 5 of 12 free throws, missed the
front end of the 1-and-1 and Broadus raced downcourt and scored on
a reverse lay-up with 33 seconds remaining.

Broadus added two free throws with 21.8 seconds left after
another New Mexico miss.

Box, who has quit the team twice this season only to return, had
his best game of the year with a season-high 14 points and 5
rebounds while playing just 14 minutes. Danridge tied his career
high with 15 points.

"I felt like I played pretty well, but it doesn't matter, we
didn't get the win," Box said.

Mark Walters, the Lobos' leading scorer, fouled out with 5:17
remaining and finished with 8 points, ending his streak of 10
straight games in double figure scoring.

Without Walters, the go-to player all season, the Lobos' offense
failed down the stretch.

Chiotti said the Lobos' breakdowns on defense and failure to
build on a 26-16 first half lead contributed to the streak-ending
loss.

"We got up on them, we relaxed and we got lazy," he said. "We
didn't get back, we didn't find shooters. We kept letting them
drive into the paint and get open shots."

BYU led 62-59 with just over 10 minutes remaining on layup by
Jimmy Balderson. The Cougars went scoreless for nearly five minutes
but New Mexico could only manage a 64-62 lead. The Cougars' scoring
drought ended with a free throw by Plaisted with 5:17 remaining.

"We got stuck on 62 for a while, but we finished the game off
good," said Rose.