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BYU basketball: 3 Cougs to play last home game
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Saturday's showdown at the Marriott Center between No. 13 BYU and No. 10 New Mexico doesn't need anything extra to make it special, but for three Cougar seniors it will carry some added significance nonetheless.

It will be the final home game for center Chris Miles , forward Jonathan Tavernari and guard Lamont Morgan Jr.

The Cougars will honor them with a short ceremony before the game and then take on the Lobos at 2 p.m.

"Every senior day, or senior night, is kind of a sad occasion," coach Dave Rose said. "They realize that it is their last home game. But these guys have had great careers. And they have had a great experience here, and they have helped us win a lot of games and represented the university in the best manner possible. I am proud of their leadership, proud of their work ethic."

Tavernari leaves having played in the most winning games of any player in BYU history, and is also the school's career three-point leader. Miles has been a two-year starter and Morgan Jr. is a team captain and reliable backup to star Jimmer Fredette .

Morgan Jr. won't play Saturday because his knee was scoped two weeks ago, but said it will be an emotional experience anyway.

"It will be a special night. I am sure it won't hit me until a certain moment," he said. "I couldn't have had [time at BYU] in any better way. It has been a real good experience and I have enjoyed every day of it."


BYU's Tyler Haws will also be playing his final home game on Saturday -- for two years. The Cougar freshman recently received his LDS Church mission call to Quezon City, Philippines. Haws said he will enter the Missionary Training Center in Provo on June 2 and learn how to speak Tagalog.

Haws has made 23 straight free throws after going 8-for-8 on Wednesday against New Mexico. The school record is 39, set by Fredette earlier this season.


Thursday was Fredette's 21st birthday. His parents are in town from Glens Falls, N.Y., and planned on taking him to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory in Murray. Wednesday, Fredette was named a finalist with 29 others for the Naismith Award, given by the Atlanta Athletic Club to the country's top player.

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