Marcus Walker splits Brigham Young defenders Archie Rose (5) and Jonathan Tavernari (45). (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Mark Johnston)
Jan. 12, 2008
PROVO, Utah (AP) - PROVO, Utah - Colorado State kept things close in the first half but were unable to stop the BYU Cougars from tying the nation's longest home win streak at 40 games, falling 92-73 before 13,135 fans at the Marriott Center on Saturday afternoon. Marcus Walker had his second-straight game with more than 20 points, scoring a team-high 24."Early in the game there is a feeling out process and we missed some inside shots," said Head CoachTim Miles. "It didn't really get any better with the exception of Marcus Walker going on a one man surge there. When you claw and fight to get within four then they go on a 10-0 run we just couldn't recover.
"This was a great atmosphere. It is a key experience for our young guys, the student support is unbelieveable and BYU has great fans. We have to come into this kind of environment and do well if we want to win in the Mountain West. There are moments where our guys are experiencing a crisis of confidence, which comes from being a young team. The only way to solve that problem is be successful and continue to have teachable moments."
Leading 38-27 at the break, BYU (12-4, 1-0 Mountain West) scored the first 12 points of the second half during a 17-3 run that stretched the lead to 55-30 with 15:50 remaining. The Rams never seriously threatened after that.
In the first half, Trent Plaisted scored 8 points during a 12-2 BYU run that propelled the Cougars to a 25-10 lead with 8:10 remaining.
Colorado State (6-10, 0-2) answered with a 15-4 run of its own that included six points off the bench from Ronnie Aguilar that pulled the Rams to within four at 29-25. That was as close as the Rams would get the rest of the evening.
The Cougars won despite shooting only 52 percent from the free throw line, which was only slightly better than their 49 percent from the floor.
BYU outscored the smaller Rams 39-10 in the paint.Willis Gardner added 14.
Lee Cummard chipped in 10 points for the Cougars and pulled down 9 rebounds.
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