BYU Report: BYU vs. New Mexico -- BYU WAC CHAMPS!

BYU Report: BYU vs. New Mexico -- BYU WAC CHAMPS!

Post by John Sn » Mon, 08 Mar 1993 16:19:59


BYU Report: BYU vs. New Mexico  March 6, 1993

FINAL SCORE: New Mexico 79, BYU 76

BYU wanted a win at New Mexico Saturday night to clinch at least a tie
for WAC championship and put the pressure on the Utes who played later
that night, but New Mexico's 3-pointer shooters were just good enough
to outscore BYU's big guys.

This game was close all the way. BYU took the early lead at 11-6, but
the Lobo's first five baskets were all 3-pointers and they pulled out
a two-point lead at 15-13. The Cougars came right back and managed a
6-point lead at 23-17 on a 3-point shot by Sanderson.

At the mid-point of the first half, BYU's offense was on a roll and
the Lobos just couldn't stop the taller Cougars inside. BYU was up by
7 at 29-22 when the Lobos called time out. After the time out, the
Lobos really picked up their defense and managed to score 9 straight
points to take the 31-29 lead. The teams went to the locker rooms
tied at 35.

BYU shot 58% in the first half to the Lobo's 44%, but the Lobos were 7
of 15 on 3-pointers to hang even with the Cougars.

In the second half, it seemed the Lobos just couldn't miss on their
3-point shots. At one point, they hit 5 in a row to pull out to a
61-54 lead over the Cougars. With 3 minutes left, and New Mexico
leading 69-62, the Lobos finally missed two 3-pointers in a row.
Thanks to Gary Trost's free throw shooting, BYU closed to 69-65. A
couple of Jared Miller free throws pulled BYU within 3 at 73-70 with
about 60 seconds left. The Lobos hit enough free throws in the last
minute to maintain that 3-point lead to the end of the game although
the the Cougars hung a tantalizing 3-points behind most of that last
minute. If the Cougars could have held the Lobos scoreless on one
possession and then hit a three, ... well, it was not to be. Final
score 79-76.

I have to write this report Saturday night so I don't have complete
stats on the game, but here's what I have.

Field goal percentage: BYU 49%, New Mexico 50%.

3-point shooting: BYU 2/10, New Mexico 14/27.

Rebounds: BYU 32, New Mexico 31

Turnovers: BYU 6, New Mexico 8.

Gary Trost lead the way for the Cougars with 26 points.

THE REST OF THE WAC

With the loss to New Mexico, BYU could only watch and hope for Utah to
lose to UTEP in the late night game. The turning point in the
Utah-UTEP game came in the final moments of the first half. Utah had
cut a UTEP 10-point lead down to a single point. UTEP was fouled and
Rick Majerus was called for a technical. This put UTEP at the line for
4 free throws which they made. After the free throws, UTEP had
possession, thanks to the T, and scored 3 more points on the
possession.  UTEP took a 10-point lead at halftime and Utah could
never catch up, although they did pull to within 2 in the final
minute.  Final score UTEP 79, Utah 70.

UTES & COUGARS SHARE WAC CHAMPIONSHIP!

The loss by Utah makes Utah and BYU co-champions of the WAC. There is
no tie breaker in the regular season championship, so they share the
championship. Utah will take the top seed into the WAC tournament next
week.

Other WAC scores:

Wyoming 64, Air Force 48
Fresno St. 83, Colorado St. 78
Hawaii 72, San Diego St. 58

FINAL WAC STANDINGS

BYU             15-3    23-7
Utah            15-3    22-5
New Mexico      13-5    21-6
UTEP            10-8    18-11
Colorado St.    9-9     17-11
Fresno St.      8-10    13-14
Hawaii          7-11    11-15
Wyoming         7-11    13-14
Air Force       3-15    9-18
San Diego St.   3-15    7-20

The WAC tournament begins Wednesday in the Delta Center in Salt Lake
City. If BYU and Utah meet in the tournament, it will be in the
championship game, Saturday night on ESPN. New Mexico could certainly
knock BYU out of a bid for the title, but the Lobos don't play as good
when they aren't in the Pit. Look for a BYU-Utah rematch in the
championship game.

1992-93 Schedule

Nov. 21         Slovenian National Team (exhib) Provo  (BYU 98-46)
Nov. 25         Athletes In Action      (exhib) Provo  (BYU 90-70)
Dec. 1          Arizona State                   Provo  (BYU 108-98)
Dec. 4          Utah State                      Logan  (BYU 93-83)
Dec. 8          Weber State                     Ogden  (Weber 83-77 OT)
Dec. 11         Cougar Classic                  Provo  
                  Southern Utah vs. BYU                (BYU 108-62)
Dec. 12           BYU vs. Georgia                      (BYU 74-64)
Dec. 18         Utah State                      Provo  (BYU 89-65)
Dec. 21         Maui Invitational               Lahaina, HI
                  BYU vs. Oklahoma                     (BYU 76-75)
Dec. 22           Memphis State                        (BYU 73-67 OT)
Dec. 23           Duke                                 (Duke 89-66)
Dec. 28         Far West Classic                Portland, OR
                  BYU vs. Oregon                       (Oregon 76-70)
Dec. 29           BYU vs. Oregon St.                   (OSU 93-79)
Jan. 2          UTEP                            Provo  (BYU 79-73)
Jan. 4          New Mexico                      Provo  (BYU 70-56)
Jan. 9          Utah                            Provo  (Utah 54-53)
Jan. 14         Fresno State                    Fresno (BYU 72-57)
Jan. 16         Air Force                       CoSprng(BYU 103-68)
Jan. 21         San Diego State                 Provo  (BYU 76-64)
Jan. 23         Hawaii                          Provo  (BYU 84-80 OT)
Jan. 28         Colorado State                  FtCollins(BYU 70-63)
Jan. 30         Wyoming                         Laramie(BYU 77-64)
Feb. 4          Colorado State                  Provo  (BYU 81-57)
Feb. 6          Wyoming                         Provo  (BYU 75-62)
Feb. 11         Hawaii                          Honolulu(BYU 62-56)
Feb. 13         San Diego State                 San Diego(BYU 80-73)
Feb. 18         Fresno State                    Provo  (BYU 90-74)
Feb. 20         Air Force                       Provo  (BYU 98-75)
Feb. 25         Sacramento State                Provo  (BYU 128-78)
Feb. 27         Utah                            SLC    (Utah 89-83)
Mar. 4          UTEP                            El Paso(BYU 84-63)
Mar. 6          New Mexico                      Albuquerque(UNM79-76)
Mar. 10-13      WAC Tournament                  Salt Lake City

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BYU Report: BYU vs. New Mexico -- BYU WAC CHAMPS!

Post by robert and stime » Wed, 10 Mar 1993 06:19:32

Quote:

>BYU Report: BYU vs. New Mexico  March 6, 1993

>FINAL SCORE: New Mexico 79, BYU 76

>THE REST OF THE WAC

>With the loss to New Mexico, BYU could only watch and hope for Utah to
>lose to UTEP in the late night game. The turning point in the
>Utah-UTEP game came in the final moments of the first half. Utah had
>cut a UTEP 10-point lead down to a single point. UTEP was fouled and
>Rick Majerus was called for a technical. This put UTEP at the line for
>4 free throws which they made. After the free throws, UTEP had
>possession, thanks to the T, and scored 3 more points on the
>possession.  UTEP took a 10-point lead at halftime and Utah could
>never catch up, although they did pull to within 2 in the final
>minute.  Final score UTEP 79, Utah 70.

>FINAL WAC STANDINGS

>BYU         15-3    23-7
>Utah                15-3    22-5
>New Mexico  13-5    21-6
>UTEP                10-8    18-11
>Colorado St.        9-9     17-11
>Fresno St.  8-10    13-14
>Hawaii              7-11    11-15
>Wyoming             7-11    13-14
>Air Force   3-15    9-18
>San Diego St.       3-15    7-20

>The WAC tournament begins Wednesday in the Delta Center in Salt Lake
>City. If BYU and Utah meet in the tournament, it will be in the
>championship game, Saturday night on ESPN. New Mexico could certainly
>knock BYU out of a bid for the title, but the Lobos don't play as good
>when they aren't in the Pit. Look for a BYU-Utah rematch in the
>championship game.

Just a minute, now.
Although UTEP has an extremely tough task ahead (they need to beat UTAH in the
semi-finals, assuming a win over CSU) a trip to the finals against BYU would
bode ill times for cougar fans.  Remember:
    BYU butchered UTEP just one week ago
    BYU snuck one out over UTEP at the beginning of the season
    BYU really snuck one out last year in the WAC tourney finals
    UTEP really dislikes BYU  (who doesn't?)

Since UTEP is NIT-bound unless they make an appearance (at least) in the finals,
they may be a dark-horse fave.

Here's crossing my fingers.

RStimets