March 11, 2004
BYU and Wyoming have been in the same conference for 20 years and yet this is just the second-ever postseason meeting. Both meetings have come in the MWC Tournament, with the Cougars capturing the semifinal contest in 2001 (77-66) and today's quarterfinal (75-69).
BYU extended its win streak to nine games, the longest of the Steve Cleveland era.
After winning their first three MWC Quarterfinal games from 2000-02, the Cowboys have lost their two straight. Wyoming fell to Colorado State last year (71-74) and BYU today.
BYU improved to 4-1 in MWC Quarterfinal games. Its only loss was to SDSU in 2002 (62-51). The five-point win over Wyoming was the first time the Cougars hadn't won their MWC quarterfinal game by double-figures.
BYU center Rafael Araujo recorded his 15th double-double of the year with 17 points and 14 rebounds. He has posted a double-double in each of the three MWC Tournament games he has played in and is averaging 16.7 points and 12.3 rebounds in those three contests.
Araujo's 14 rebounds today vs. Wyoming is the most by a senior in a MWC Tournament game, surpassing SDSU's Randy Holcomb's 12 vs. UNLV in 2002. It is also tied for the second-highest single game mark in MWC Tournament history (with Wyoming's Josh Davis vs. SDSU in 2001).
BYU improved to 4-1 in the MWC Tournament when leading at the half, while Wyoming dropped to 1-4 when trailing at the break.
Wyoming freshman guard Mikel Watson scored a career-high 21 points on 5-of-11 field goals and 9-of-10 free throws. His previous high was 15 points against Utah on Feb 16.
Wyoming is now 0-5 in MWC Tournament games when allowing an opponent to score 70 points or more.
#2 BYU will play #3 Utah in the first semifinal game Friday night at 7 p.m.