Sun Devil Rally Comes Up Short

Nov 24, 2001

PROVO, Utah (AP) - Mark Bigelow scored 31 points and Travis Hansen added 18points and a career-high 15 rebounds as BYU held off a late rally to beatArizona State 82-70 on Saturday.

BYU (2-0) survived a furious comeback by Arizona State (1-2), which ralliedfrom a 13-point deficit in the final six minutes. Tommy Smith had six points ina 12-2 run, pulling the Sun Devils to 73-70 with 1:53 to play.

But Arizona State went cold from the field, with two badly missed 3-pointersin the final minute, and BYU scored the final nine points, all from the foulline, to pull away.

Chad Prewitt led Arizona State with 20 points and Smith finished with 19points and nine rebounds despite playing only 27 minutes because of foultrouble. He picked up his fourth foul five minutes into the second half.

Bigelow scored 11 of BYU's first 13 points in the second half and ended uptwo points shy of his career-high of 33. Eric Nielsen, one of two seniors onthe BYU squad, added 19 points.

The Cougars hit 17-of-20 free throws in the second half and shot 81 percentfrom the line, the second straight game BYU has been higher than 77 percent.Last season, the Cougars led the nation in free-throw percentage at 78 percent.

BYU has won two of the last three meetings with Arizona State and improvedto 20-4 at home against the Sun Devils.

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