Feb. 21, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Mandi Moore scored three points in the final minute, including a free throw with 19.6 seconds left in the game, to help New Mexico secure a 60-59 win over BYU on Saturday night at The Pit. BYU (14-11, 4-7 MWC) had a chance to steal the victory with six seconds remaining, but could not get off a shot as the time ran out. New Mexico (16-7, 8-2 MWC) won its fourth consecutive game and improved to a perfect 5-0 at home in league play.
The two teams traded blows throughout an entertaining second half, which featured eight lead changes and seven ties. After UNM had taken a 57-55 lead, the Cougars hit back-to-back buckets, including a Kristen Kozlowski put-back that gave BYU a 59-57 advantage with under 1:30 remaining.
Moore got free for a lay-up to knot the score at 59 on the Lobos' next possession, then, following a defensive stand, was bowled over by Kozlowski while trying to set a pick. Moore knocked down the first free throw to improve New Mexico's record to 12-0 this season when scoring 60 points or more.
The Lobos got off to a strong start, staking a 25-14 lead on BYU at the 8:20 mark of the first half. The Cougars, however, rallied back as New Mexico went over four minutes without scoring. Following a jumper by Jana Francis, UNM didn't hit a field goal over the final 8 minutes of the first half and was outscored 20-4 by BYU. The Cougars went into the lockerroom with a 34-31 lead at the break
Lindsey Arndt led New Mexico with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Moore added 11 points. Silver City, N.M. native Julie Sullivan scored 15 points, including 13 in the second half, to pace the Cougars. Kozlowski and Ashleigh Chamberlain added 13 and 10, respectively, for BYU.
BYU dominated the points in the paint, 32-16, but its aggressive play also sent the Lobos to the free throw line much of the night. New Mexico hit 18-22 from the charity stripe, while the Cougars were just 9-13.