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BYU basketball: Cougars gain confidence in blowout victory
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Provo • Other than unveiling its new Hyper Elite uniforms — complete with the dimple pattern on the shorts — BYU's largest concern in playing Eastern New Mexico was itself.

The Cougars' workmanlike 95-62 victory Tuesday night in the Marriott Center was a continuation of coach Dave Rose's search for a consistent lineup and rotation.

Rose played the entire roster against the hard-working but overmatched Division II Greyhounds. As a result, there was a plethora of new career highs by a handful of Cougars who normally wouldn't receive as much court time.

"It was a good win for our team," Rose said. "Our guys consistently played well throughout the game. … I'm happy for some of our bench guys who got in and had big nights. It'll help their confidence and it'll help our team as well."

ENM (5-6) had to hope for a hot-shooting performance from the 3-point line, and early on stayed close, tying the game at 11-11.

The Greyhounds eventually cooled and BYU pulled steadily away.

Cory Calvert, fresh off a career-high at Weber State, bettered that performance with 10 points against Eastern. Raul Delgado pulled down a career-high six rebounds, while Agustin Ambrosino's 14 points was his most ever in blue.

"I'm really happy for Agui and Cory and for some of those guys who got a chance to get a feel here in the Marriott Center," Rose said.

Of course, the usual suspects had their normal good games as well. Brandon Davies and Tyler Haws combined for 36 points and 11 rebounds.

Now, BYU travels to Baylor on Friday.

"The chemistry of team is really good," Delgado said. "Everyone is sharing the ball and really excited for Friday."

With three games remaining before West Coast Conference play, Rose continues to seek a steady rotation of eight or nine players.

Part of Rose's plan Tuesday was to give his athletes another chance to distinguish themselves in a game situation. It's a fluid situation.

"Coach gave us some minutes and I think that helped us gain our confidence for other games," Ambrosino said.

Rose had no answers about the new uniforms.

"It's another set of home uniforms," he said, more concerned with the people wearing them.

"We're progressing pretty well," he said. "The key is to be consistent. You can see by watching our team that we have certain areas where we are really solid in and others we're trying to improve and get better.

"As our personnel gets more experience and play more together we'll continue to improve."

martyr@sltrib.com

Highlights

O BYU's entire roster sees action, and 11 players score.

• Eastern New Mexico finishes 8 of 27 from the 3-point line. —

BYU 95, E. New Mexico 62

E. NEW MEXICO (5-6) • Blackmon 5-12 2-2 14, Hardwell 3-8 2-2 9, McFarland 4-7 0-0 8, Love 1-6 0-0 3, Lantz 0-3 0-0 0, Romero 4-9 0-0 12, Domingo 4-8 2-5 10, Henry 3-5 0-1 6, Houlihan 0-2 0-0 0, De La Cerda 0-3 0-0 0, Awoye 0-3 0-0 0. Totals • 24-66 6-10 62.

BYU (8-3) • Haws 9-15 0-0 19, Davies 6-10 4-5 17, Cusick 3-5 0-0 8, Austin 2-4 0-0 5, Carlino 1-3 0-0 3, Ambrosino 6-13 1-2 14, Calvert 4-5 0-0 10, Sharp 2-3 2-2 6, Zylstra 2-3 1-2 6, Delgado 2-6 0-1 4, Winder 1-4 1-2 3, Harward 0-0 0-0 0. Totals • 38-71 9-14 95.

Halftime—BYU 44-29.

3-Point Goals—E. New Mexico 8-27 (Romero 4-9, Blackmon 2-3, Hardwell 1-2, Love 1-6, Lantz 0-1, De La Cerda 0-1, Awoye 0-1, Houlihan 0-2, McFarland 0-2), BYU 10-24 (Calvert 2-2, Cusick 2-4, Zylstra 1-1, Davies 1-1, Carlino 1-2, Austin 1-2, Haws 1-4, Ambrosino 1-5, Winder 0-1, Delgado 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—E. New Mexico 37 (Domingo, Romero 5), BYU 44 (Ambrosino 8). Assists—E. New Mexico 15 (Blackmon 6), BYU 27 (Cusick 6). Total Fouls—E. New Mexico 19, BYU 14. A—15,820.

College basketball • Reserves get a chance to show what they've got against E. New Mexico.
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