Danny Granger Leads Lobos Past BYU, 65-63
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/26/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan 26, 2004

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Danny Granger's layup off a halfcourt pass from Troy DeVries with 1.9 seconds left gave New Mexico a 65-63 win over Brigham Young Monday night.

Granger, who scored 27 points, bailed out DeVries, who had a chance to break a 63-all tie but missed two free throws with 3.8 seconds remaining.

New Mexico is now 11-6 overall and 2-2 in the Mountain West. BYU is 12-6 and 2-3.

DeVries went to the line after BYU's Mark Bigelow was given a technical for running onto the court after teammate Kevin Woodberry's tip-in tied the game with 4 seconds left.

Bigelow had fouled out with 1:26 left in the game.

DeVries missed the two free throws, but the Lobos retained possession. With Granger near the baseline under the New Mexico basket, DeVries threw the ball to him and Granger beat BYU center Rafael Araujo to the basket, his layup just managing to roll in.

Danny Granger drives to the basket during the first half.

Araujo, the Cougars' 6-foot-11, 285-pound senior, and guard Mike Hall each scored 21 points. Araujo, the Cougars' 6-foot-11, 285-pound senior, posted a double-double by getting 11 rebounds.

But Granger, the Lobos' smooth 6-8 forward, was the difference in a game that saw 14 ties and 16 lead changes. He also had 8 rebounds, six blocks and three assists.

Granger didn't get his first field goal until the 11:32 mark of the first half, but finished with 15 points in the first half. He went 7-for-7 at the free throw line in the opening half as the Cougars had trouble matching Granger's inside quickness and ended up fouling him.

Araujo, the Cougars' 6-11, 280-pound center, got off to a tough start. He airballed his first show, missed a layup and had his third shot of the game blocked by New Mexico's Alfred Neale.