Feb. 2, 2006
PROVO, Utah (AP) - Jennie Keele scored five of her 12 points in the final 1:18 and No. 19 Brigham Young won its 10th game in a row, beating No. 16 New Mexico 60-55 Wednesday night.
The Cougars (18-1, 8-0) pulled ahead of the Lobos (16-5, 6-2) in the Mountain West Conference standings as the only team without a loss in the league.
BYU won despite an off night by leading scorer Ambrosia Anderson, who had just seven points - 12 below her average - before fouling out. Mallary Gillespie scored 14 and Melinda Johnson 10, and both pulled down eight rebounds for BYU.
Dionne Marsh led New Mexico with 25 points and 10 rebounds. She gave the Lobos their only lead of the game, 52-50, by scoring five straight points late in the second half.
The Lobos, who had won four in a row, outrebounded BYU 41-31, but couldn't overcome two crucial turnovers in the final minutes. Abbie Letz was called for stepping out of bounds with 2:16 left and Jana Francis fouled out when the Lobos had the ball with 1:33 left and were down only 54-52.
Keele made a layup with 1:16 remaining and had a chance at a three-point play, but missed the free throw. BYU still led 56-52 when Keele hit a runner in the lane with about 32 seconds left and the shot clock about to expire. Then she drew a foul with 24.6 seconds to go. Keele made the first free throw and missed the second, but Gillespie got the rebound and was quickly fouled. She made one of her free throws to seal it.
BYU led for nearly the entire game and didn't allow the Lobos to score until Katie Montgomery's 3-pointer with 13:35 left in the first half. The Cougars scored eight points during the 6:25 span and added a 12-3 run later in the half to pull ahead 29-19. But the Lobos slowly came back and got within two before Anderson closed the half with back-to-back 3-pointers to put BYU ahead 35-29 at halftime.