Jan. 26, 2008
PROVO, Utah (AP) - Lee Cummard scored 20 points and Jonathan Tavernari added 19 to lead Brigham Young past New Mexico 83-66 Saturday.
BYU (15-5, 4-1 Mountain West) wasted no time securing its 42nd consecutive home win in front of a season high 19,932 fans.
The Cougars trailed New Mexico (16-5, 3-3) at 2-0, but after Sam Burgess connected on a 3-pointer to give BYU a 5-2 lead they never trailed again.
Burgess gave BYU a hot start by scoring all nine of his first half points in the first five minutes of the game. Then it was Tavernari's turn. He followed with 16 first-half points as the Cougars took a commanding 44-24 lead at the break.
BYU shot 51 percent overall for the game and was 13-of-16 from behind the 3-point line, including 5-of-6 from long range by Tavernari and 3-of-3 from Burgess. New Mexico shot 27 percent in the first half including 1-of-5 from beyond the 3-point line and 34 percent for the game.
Chad Toppert hit a 3-pointer for the Lobos to begin the second half, but it was all BYU after that. Cummard's 3-pointer with 16:00 remaining gave the Cougars a 57-32 lead.
Burgess finished with 15 points for the Cougars while Trent Plaisted added 13 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.