BYU Report: BYU vs. New Mexico - WAC semis

BYU Report: BYU vs. New Mexico - WAC semis

Post by John Sn » Wed, 17 Mar 1993 01:26:15

BYU Report: BYU vs. New Mexico - WAC semi-finals

BYU met New Mexico in the semi-finals of the WAC tournament on Friday.
Prior to the game, BYU had won 7 straight WAC tournament games. They
had also lost 3 straight WAC tournament games against the Lobos. One
of those streaks would be broken.

A week before, the Lobos had killed BYU with their sharp shooting from
3-point land. They started that game 5/5 from the field - all of the
3-pointers. In this game, the Lobos were not as hot in the first half
as they started out 0 for 3 from the field and 0 for 2 from the free
throw line. The Lobos missed their first 6 3-pointers. It took them
4:10 to score their first points of the game and BYU surged out to a
9-2 lead and took a 18-7 lead halfway through the half.

BYU was having their way in the first half. They played a 3 guard
lineup for much of the half to defend the 3-point shot. BYU's big guys
inside were totally dominating the boards and scoring easy baskets.
BYU cruised to a 33-19 halftime lead. The Lobos scored just 5 baskets
in the first half. Ike Williams was 4/4 from the field while the rest
of the Lobos were 1/19 from the field.

After that first half, it certainly looked like the Cougars were in
for an easy game. But the teams seemed to flip-flop roles at halftime.
The Cougars later said that they were too comfortable with the lead
and just got out of their game plan in the second half. The Lobos were
much more accurate with their shooting in the second half and the
Cougars starting shooting the outside shots instead of going inside
where they had so much success in the first half. The Lobos went on a
20 to 6 run to take a 3-point lead at 50-47. The Cougars tied the game
at 50-50 and again at 52-52, but they would never regain the lead.
With 3 minutes left, the Cougars started shooting the quick 3-pointers
to try and catch the Lobos but it was to no avail and the Cougars fell
once again to the Lobos by a final score of 68-59.

BYU's defense held all-WAC forward Khari Jaxon to just a single point,
but let the little point guard Ike Williams rip them for 28 points.
The other Lobo guard, Logan, scored 22 points.  This certainly shows
the weakness in BYU's defense to be at the guard line.

GAME STATS

New Mexico      FG      FT      R       A       PF      TP
Williams        12-14   1-2     5       2       3       28
LaMar           0-1     0-2     0       0       2       0
Jaxon           0-8     1-3     4       4       3       1
Logan           5-13    12-13   9       2       0       22
Brown           1-7     2-2     4       3       2       4
Jenkins         1-2     0-0     1       1       0       2
Heffner         0-1     0-0     3       1       0       0
Neves           3-9     2-3     1       0       2       10
Griego          0-0     1-2     0       0       0       1
TOTALS          22-55   19-27   33      13      12      68

BYU             FG      FT      R       A       PF      TP
Larson          2-3     1-2     4       0       3       5
Durrant         0-1     0-0     1       3       1       0
Trost           5-8     3-4     9       2       2       13
Sanderson       6-17    1-1     4       0       3       14
Reid            0-2     2-2     2       2       4       2
Knight          0-1     0-0     3       0       0       0
Christensen     0-2     1-2     0       0       3       1
Miller          7-13    1-2     13      2       3       15
Nixon           3-12    0-0     2       1       1       7
Cuff            1-4     0-0     2       4       1       2
TOTALS          24-63   9-13    44      14      21      59

Halftime score - BYU 33, New Mexico 19.

Shooting percentages - Field goals: New Mexico 40.0, BYU 38.1
                       Free throws: New Mexico 70.4, BYU 69.2

3-point shooting - New Mexico 5-14 (Williams 3-3, Neves 2-5, Brown
0-3, Logan 0-2, Jaxon 0-1), BYU 2-18 (Sanderson 1-7, Nixon 1-6,
Christensen 0-2, Reid 0-1, Knight 0-1, Cuff 0-1).

Steals - New Mexico 6 (Brown 2, Heffner 2, Logan, Neves), BYU 2
(Christensen, Nixon).

Turnovers - New Mexico 9 (Williams 5, Jaxon, Logan, Brown), BYU 15
(Cuff 4, Christensen 3, Reid 3, Miller 2, Durrant, Trost).

WAC TOURNAMENT

The Ute fans were cheering when New Mexico knocked off BYU in the
first game of the semi-finals, but they weren't laughing later that
night as UTEP did the same thing to Utah. In last week's Utah-UTEP
game, Rick Majerus got a technical foul that resulted in 7 straight
points for the Miners at a point when Utah had the momentum. The Utes
never recovered. In this game, Majerus did the same thing. The Utes
were seemingly in control with a 65-57 lead with 4:36 to play when
Majerus slammed the scoring table to protest a foul on Larry Cain. The
outburst resulted in a T and 5 straight points for the Miners.
Regulation ended tied at 73 and the Utes fell by a score of 90-85 in
overtime.

New Mexico defeated UTEP in the WAC finals on Saturday. Sorry, but I
don't have the score handy.

NCAA TOURNAMENT

BYU, Utah, and New Mexico all got bids to the NCAA tournament. New
Mexico got the highest seed, a fifth seed in the West. BYU got a
seventh seed in the mid-West and will play SMU in the first round on
Thursday in Chicago. Utah got an eighth seed and will play Friday in
Knoxville.

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