So, maybe BYU will miss Brandon Davies as much as people are saying. I personally somewhat dismiss this game as it does not fully represent what BYU will be to end the season, but I could be wrong. The reason to be skeptical is because BYU is coming of their biggest win of the season by beating San Diego State over the weekend, then include the Brandon Davies suspension and BYU is not as focused as they should be.
Having said that, the Cougars were going up against a New Mexico team that had beaten BYU earlier in the season, so the Cougars should have been motivated.
Jimmer Fredette had another good game as he scored 33 -- while making only one-of-nine three-point shots-- but it was not enough to overcome the big first half that the Lobos had. Four New Mexico players scored in double figures and were lead by guard Phillip McDonald who had 26 points by going five-of-eight from beyond the arc. The New Mexico defense was stout tonight and took away the three-point shot from BYU as they limited the Cougars to only five three-pointers in 26 attempts.
This win for New Mexico will bring them back to the table to be considered for an at-large tournament berth. They now have swept BYU, but they also have loses against Utah (twice) and Wyoming and will end up with a .500 Mountain West record if they beat Air Force on Saturday.