9:00 PM ET, February 1, 2006
The Pit, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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.
|FG Made-Attempted||28-57 (.491)||26-49 (.531)|
|3P Made-Attempted||10-22 (.455)||7-16 (.438)|
|FT Made-Attempted||11-12 (.917)||12-21 (.571)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|