BYU Report: BYU vs. Air Force

BYU Report: BYU vs. Air Force

Post by John Sn » Tue, 23 Feb 1993 02:23:41

BYU Report: BYU vs. Air Force   Saturday, February 20, 1993

FINAL SCORE: BYU 98, Air Force 80

Utah is the focus of the basketball world this weekend with the NBA
all stars in town and BYU and Utah provided side shows for those of us
not willing to pay the high ticket prices at the Delta Center.

BYU defeated Air Force one month ago by 35 points and they were
expecting another easy game. From the final score you are probably
thinking that it was an easy one, but the first half was anything but
a cake walk for the Cougars.

The Air Force came out shooting and they were connecting at an
astonishing rate -- 12 out of their first 13 shots found the mark and
helped to propel the Cadets out to a 12-point lead halfway through the
first half with a score of 30-18. It wasn't that the Cougars were
playing badly, it was that Air Force couldn't miss.

With Kevin Nixon at the free throw line, BYU started a 15-3 run. Nixon
hit one free throw then missed one. Gary Trost rebounded the miss and
flipped the ball back to Nixon at the 3-point line. Nixon pumped in
the 3 and the run was one. Nixon later capped the run with another 3
which gave BYU a two point lead at 39-37. The Cougars went on to take
a 5-point lead into the locker room at the half (50-45).

Air Force shot 62% in the first half compared to BYU's 57%. BYU pulled
their way back into the game with free throws and by out rebounding
the smaller Cadets 21-6 in the first half.

The second half was all BYU as they outscored the Cadets 14-4 in the
first seven minutes of the half and never looked back. Russell Larson,
obviously aware that the NBA slam dunk competition was going on at the
same time 45 miles to the north, put on his own dunking demonstration
in the second half to keep the fans interested. The only remaining
e***ment in the game was whether the Cougars would get 100 points
- they were thwarted in this effort when the Cadets ran out the last
45 seconds of the game and hit a shot at the buzzer to make the final
score 98-80.

Kevin Nixon seems to be regaining his shot as he contributed 15 points
and played a lot of minutes in this game. Nick Sanderson shot his way
out of his scoring slump and ended up with 17 points. This is great
news for the Cougars who will need the scoring punch that these two
players can deliver as the season reaches its critical point next
week.

Gary Trost has had an outstanding three weeks. He has been BYU's
player of the week three weeks in a row and again led the Cougars with
23 points and 12 rebounds.

The Air Force became only the second team all year to shoot over 50%
against the Cougars. The only other team to do so was Duke.

GAME SUMMARY

Air Force       FG      FT      R       A       PF      TP
Sanders         5-6     0-2     2       2       3       10
Haase           2-6     0-0     0       2       0       5
Boyer           4-5     2-2     2       1       5       10
Jones           5-10    6-7     2       0       0       18
Irvin           11-15   0-0     1       3       2       27
Hall            0-1     0-0     1       0       1       0
Minton          1-1     0-0     0       0       0       2
Cozad           1-2     1-2     1       0       1       4
Loll            0-4     1-2     4       4       2       1
Morgan          1-1     1-2     2       0       1       3
Dunham          0-2     0-0     0       0       4       0
TOTALS          30-53   11-17   16      12      19      80

BYU             FG      FT      R       A       PF      TP
Larson          5-6     6-9     8       3       1       16
Durrant         2-3     0-0     2       2       2       4
Trost           6-11    11-12   12      3       0       23
Sanderson       7-12    0-0     2       2       1       17
Reid            0-2     1-2     1       9       0       1
Christensen     0-1     0-0     2       0       4       0
Lindquist       0-0     0-0     0       0       1       0
Cuff            2-2     0-0     1       3       2       4
Nixon           5-9     1-3     2       2       1       15
Astle           0-1     0-0     0       0       0       0
Knight          2-3     0-0     0       0       1       4
Fish            1-1     0-0     1       1       1       2
Miller          5-9     2-2     5       3       3       12
TOTALS          35-60   21-28   39      28      17      98

Halftime score - BYU 50, Air Force 45.

Shooting percentages - Field Goals: Air Force 56.6, BYU 58.3.
                       Free Throws: Air Force 64.7, BYU 75.0.

3-point shooting - Air Force 9-19 (Irvin 5-7, Jones 2-4, Cozad 1-2,
Haase 1-4, Loll 0-2), BYU 7-13 (Nixon 4-6, Sanderson 3-6, Reid 0-1).

Steals - Air Force 7 (Haase 3), BYU 6 (Cuff 2).

Turnovers - Air Force 10 (Jones 3), BYU 9 (Cuff 4).

Blocked shots - Air Force 1 (Sanders), BYU 2 (Sanderson, Nixon).

Attendance - 20,821.

THE REST OF THE WAC

Utah 75, Fresno St. 65
Wyoming 77, Colorado St. 66
UTEP 68, Hawaii 67 (OT)
New Mexico 71, San Diego St. 55

WAC Standings
Utah            14-1    21-3
BYU             14-1    21-5
New Mexico      10-4    18-5
UTEP            8-6     16-7
Colorado St.    7-7     15-9
Wyoming         5-9     11-12
Fresno St.      5-9     10-13
Hawaii          4-11    8-15
Air Force       3-11    9-14
San Diego St.   2-13    6-18

NEXT WEEK

BYU steps out of the conference race for one game against Sacramento
St. on Thursday (no TV, no satellite). This game is just a distraction
along the way to the BIG game on Saturday night in Salt Lake against
the Utes. BYU will try to get revenge for the one-point loss the Utes
handed them in Provo in early January. The BYU-Utah game will be seen
on ESPN - game time is 10:00pm MST (midnight EST).

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
Feb. 27         Utah                            Salt Lake City
Mar. 4          UTEP                            El Paso
Mar. 6          New Mexico                      Albuquerque
Mar. 10-13      WAC Tournament                  Salt Lake City

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