BYU Report: BYU vs. UTEP

BYU Report: BYU vs. UTEP

Post by John Sn » Sun, 07 Mar 1993 01:09:59

BYU Report: BYU vs. UTEP  March 4, 1993

FINAL SCORE: BYU 84, UTEP 63

BYU and Utah are on their toughest WAC road trip of the season this
week as they visit UTEP and New Mexico. This coming after Utah
completed a regular season sweep of the Cougars to take the lead in
the WAC race. In case you missed it, both Utah and BYU moved up two
places in the rankings after Utah beat BYU last week. Utah is ranked
#9, and BYU #21.

For the Cougars, this trip is a real test of what they are made of.
After the loss to Utah, they could have just blown off this road trip
because losing two games on the trip would still keep them in second
place. However, against UTEP, they were ready to play and were
constantly asking the scorer's bench for updates on the Utah-New
Mexico game.

UTEP started the game in a zone defense with the intent to deny BYU's
big guys the ball and challenge the perimeter people to shoot over the
zone. The way BYU's perimeter shooting has been lately, this looked to
be a good strategy. BYU quickly proved that they can hit the long
shots as Randy Reid connected for 3 on BYU's first attempt of the
game. Later in the half, BYU scored 3-points on four consecutive
possessions as Knight, Christensen, and Nixon all hit 3's and Trost
hit a 2 plus the bonus free throw.

UTEP stayed close to the Cougars throughout the first half by shooting
over 50% from the field. BYU managed to take an 8-point lead (42-34),
their largest of the half, into the locker room thanks to a shot clock
buzzer beater by Kevin Nixon.

In an unusual move, Coach Reid started Nixon and Miller in the second
half in place of Durrant and Larson. Larson saw limited playing time
in the second half while Nixon and Knight saw a lot more playing time
than they have been getting lately.

The Miners hung within 5 to 7 points of the Cougars until just past
the midway point of the second half when BYU stretched a 60-53 lead to
67-53 thanks to a great sequence where Knight stole the ball and
advanced it past midcourt where it was almost stolen back by the
Miners. A Cougar emerged with the ball and flipped it to Knight who
got the 2 plus a bonus free throw.

From that point on, the Miners never closed to less than 11 points.
The final five minutes of the half saw BYU playing keep-away and
shooting free throws while the Miners shot desperation 3's that mostly
missed. BYU's 85% free throw shooting was plenty good enough to insure
the victory, especially with UTEP only shooting 27% from the field in
the second half. BYU handed the Miners their largest home court loss
in fif*** years with a final score of 84-63.

GAME SUMMARY

BYU             FG      FT      R       A       PF      TP
Larson          1-2     0-0     1       0       1       2
Durrant         1-3     2-4     7       4       0       4
Trost           5-6     6-7     11      5       2       16
Sanderson       2-7     9-10    6       1       1       15
Reid            2-3     2-2     2       1       2       7
Christensen     2-3     2-2     0       2       0       7
Cuff            0-2     2-2     1       0       1       2
Nixon           4-10    0-0     3       0       2       9
Knight          4-6     2-3     1       0       2       11
Miller          4-8     3-3     8       2       3       11
TOTALS          25-50   28-33   42      13      14      84

UTEP            FG      FT      R       A       PF      TP
Davis           7-10    0-0     5       2       2       14
Melvin          4-8     2-4     3       2       3       11
Gonzalez        1-1     0-0     4       0       4       2
Rivera          1-9     3-6     0       3       2       5
Gillespie       4-18    4-6     2       2       4       13
Crockey         1-3     2-2     4       0       4       4
Bice            1-1     0-0     1       1       2       3
Christopher     2-6     0-0     0       0       1       6
Howard          2-3     1-2     4       0       3       5
TOTALS          23-59   12-19   23      10      25      63

Halftime score - BYU 42, UTEP 34.

Shooting percentages - Field goals: BYU 50.0, UTEP 39.0.
                       Free throws: BYU 84.8, UTEP 63.2.

Three-point shots - BYU 6-14 (Sanderson 2-6, Reid 1-1, Knight 1-1,
Christensen 1-2, Nixon 1-4), UTEP 5-20 (Christopher 2-5, Gillespie
1-8, Melvin 1-3, Bice 1-1, Davis 0-1, Rivera 0-1, Crocker 0-1).

Steals - BYU 1 (Knight), UTEP 8 (Rivera 3).

Blocked shots - BYU 1 (Trost), UTEP 3 (Melvin, Rivera, Howard).

Turnovers - BYU 17 (Trost 4), UTEP 11 (Melvin 4).

Attendance - 10,403.

THE REST OF THE WAC

New Mexico helped BYU by defeating the Utes in the Pit. Utah scored
just two points in the final 8 minutes of the game and, as a result,
they are now tied once again with the Cougars for first place in the
WAC. Should both BYU and Utah win Saturday (or if they both lose),
Utah will take top seed into the WAC tournament next week due to their
sweep of BYU.

New Mexico 69, Utah 59
Wyoming 77, Fresno St. 55
Colorado St. 72, Air Force 55

WAC STANDINGS

Utah            15-2    22-4
BYU             15-2    23-6
New Mexico      12-5    20-6
Colorado St.    9-8     17-10
UTEP            9-8     17-11
Fresno St.      7-10    12-14
Hawaii          6-11    10-15
Wyoming         6-11    12-14
Air Force       3-14    9-17
San Diego St.   3-14    7-19

SATURDAY'S GAMES

BYU now must face the fired up Lobos of New Mexico. Both teams coming
off of significant wins. I think it will be difficult for the Cougars
to win this game, but its not impossible. Game time is 7:30pm MST and
should be available on the Galaxy 6 satellite.

Utah plays UTEP on Saturday's late night ESPN game (10:00pm MST). I
think this will be a good game. UTEP certainly isn't as tough as New
Mexico, but they will be smarting after the big loss to BYU and will
be looking to rebound. The deciding factor could be whether BYU beats
New Mexico. Since the Utes will know the outcome of that game before
they take the court, they will know what they have to do. If BYU wins,
the Utes will know that they have to win to maintain pace with the
Cougars and this could put enough pressure on them to give UTEP a
chance. History also shows that the Utes don't play well in El Paso,
only winning 1 of their last 10 games there.

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
Mar. 10-13      WAC Tournament                  Salt Lake City

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