Feb. 10, 2007
PROVO, Utah - Dionne Marsh scored 27 points, as the New Mexico Lobos overcame a nine point second half deficit to defeat BYU 80-75 in overtime. The win gives the Lobos their first sweep ever in the state of Utah as they defeated both Utah and BYU on the road. UNM with the victory has now won five consecutive games and moves to 17-7 on the year and 7-4 in the MWC, while the Cougars fall to 17-6 overall and 8-2 in the conference.
The overtime period was a tough battle as the two teams exchanged leads early on in the period. The Lobos though took the lead for good with 1:02 remaining as Katie Montgomery drove the lane and kicked the ball out to a wide open Amy Beggin who hit the 3-point shot for a 74-72 edge. UNM would extend the margin to five with two free throws from Marsh and one from Beggin. From there the Cougars wouldn't get any closer than three and the Lobos hit just enough free throws to seal the victory.
The second half started out as the Mallary Gillespie show as she scored 11 of BYU's first 15 points to give them their largest lead of 49-40 with 12:23 left. UNM mounted its charge back from there, as they would cut the lead to two at 55-53 on a wide open 3-point shot from Brandi Kimble in the left corner. The Lobos though would never get a lead in the second half, but two Montgomery free throws with 27.7 seconds left tied the game at 66. BYU would have one last chance to win as Shawnee Slade took a jumper from the left elbow as time expired, that rolled around and out.
BYU opened the game with an early 8-3 lead as Lauren Riley scored six quick points. New Mexico climbed back in the game as Kimble hit a jumper on the baseline to give them its first lead at 20-19 with 8:09 remaining. The first half from there was back and forth as it saw eight lead changes and two ties, but BYU scored the final six points of the first half for a 34-29 halftime lead.
Marsh added 17 rebounds to go along with her 27 for her third double-double of the season and ninth of her career. She was joined in double figures by Montgomery with 22, Kimble with 11 and Beggin with 10. This is the first time that UNM has had four players score in double figures since the UCLA game.
BYU had three players in double figures with Gillespie with 24, Dani Wright had 20 and Riley had a double-double with 18 point and 11 rebounds.
BYU dominated the points in the paint outscoring UNM 30-10 but the Lobos won the battle on the boards 34-31 and were an impressive 32-40 from the foul line for 80 percent.
The Lobos return home on Wednesday night to play Colorado State. Tip-off from The Pit is scheduled for 7:00 PM.