On the day that the college basketball world learned BYU forward Brandon Davies would miss the rest of the season for violating the schools honor code, BYU was upset on their home court for the first time all season.
Not playing with their usual swagger, BYU looked to not be into the game from the get go. The New Mexico Lobos jumped out to a 10-2 lead and never looked back.
Though Jimmer Fredette shot 1-9 from three, he still went off for 33 points, his 17th career 30 point game(tied the BYU record), the rest of the Cougars struggled mightily. As a team they shot a dismal 34 percent from the field and went 5-26 from three for a 19 percent total from beyond the arc.
The most notable area of concern for BYU directly related to loss of Davies was the rebound discrepancy. The Cougars were out rebounded 42-26. Davies wouldn't account for all of the rebound difference, but having him down low clogs the lane up and creates opportunities for other Cougars to grab a few more rebounds.
The Cougars have a week to sort out their problems before the Mountain West Tournament begins in Las Vegas. BYU should still have the number one seed seeing that their final regular season game is against Wyoming, the second worst team in the conference. They own a tie-breaker with San Diego State after sweeping the regular season series between the two.
The Lobos have now swept BYU in Mountain West play, and are poised to meet up the Cougars again in the second round of the MWC tourney if they can get by Colorado State, their likely opponent in the 4-5 game in the opening round.
Meeting New Mexico for a third time could pose yet another road block on BYU's road to the final four. BYU faithful better pray that Jimmer can take them on a detour and lead them in the right direction.
Note: The 18 point blowout was BYU's first double digit loss at home since losing to Loyola Marymount by 12 back in 2005.
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