Feb 22, 2004
PROVO, Utah (AP) - Rafael Araujo scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead BYU to an 88-71 victory over New Mexico Saturday - the Cougars' fifth win in a row.
BYU led 41-36 at the half, shooting 53.6 percent from the field while holding the Lobos to 40.7 percent shooting. But the Cougars (17-7, 7-4 Mountain West) stepped it up in the second half - rattling in 68.2 percent of their shots, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range - to tear away in the second half.
BYU finished with 32 points in the paint, compared with 17 for the Lobos (13-10, 4-6).
Mark Bigelow had 16 points, four assists and six rebounds for BYU, while Mike Hall chipped in 16 points and five boards.