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BYU to face old rival New Mexico in exhibition charity game at The Pit

Jeffrey D. Allred,

Coach Dave Rose talks with newshounds all through BYU basketball media day in Provo on Thursday, Oct. five, 2017.

PROVO — The BYU basketball staff is heading to Albuquerque this weekend to face an old rival — interested by a just right purpose.

The Cougars and New Mexico will meet Friday at Dreamstyle Arena, famously referred to as The Pit, at 7:30 p.m. for an exhibition game that can receive advantages the sufferers of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.

“This is a good game,” stated BYU trainer Dave Rose, who’s a local of Houston. “Our guys are excited.”

This would be the Cougars’ first look at The Pit since 2011, the yr sooner than they left the Mountain West Conference for the West Coast Conference.

Rose initiated this matchup with the Lobos.

“When New Mexico expressed real interest, I thought it was a perfect fit. I haven’t been there for seven years, but before that we were there every year,” Rose stated. “Lobo fans love to watch the Lobos play BYU. I played the national championship game with the University of Houston. Hopefully we can raise a lot of money.”

Cougar ahead Dalton Nixon, whose dad, Kevin, performed video games for BYU at New Mexico, is aware of lots concerning the custom of The Pit.

“I’ve heard stories from when my dad was playing about how hostile of an environment it is,” stated Nixon, who scored 19 issues for the White squad in the Cougar Tipoff Wednesday. “We’re really excited. Hopefully we can get a lot of people in The Pit, sell that thing out and send all the proceeds to the hurricane victims. We’re really excited. We’re just ready to play somebody else this weekend.”

Cougar guard TJ Haws is aware of about The Pit as smartly. His dad, Marty, and his older brother, Tyler, each performed video games there.

“It’s going to be fun,” Haws stated. “I remember my brother playing down in The Pit his freshman year. I’m excited to get down there and see what that’s all about.”

Forward Yoeli Childs may be having a look ahead to this game towards UNM.

“I’m so excited. I had a dream last night about playing in The Pit. Everybody on this team is so excited,” stated Childs, who scored a game-high 23 issues in the Cougar Tipoff. “It’s going to be fun to go play some new faces, guys that don’t know what we do, we don’t know what they do. It’s going to be so much fun. And it’s a great cause, too. It’s awesome that we can do something that’s going to donate a lot of money to the victims of these hurricanes. It’s a win-win from that aspect.”

Exhibitions are generally performed towards lower-division fighters, and BYU will host two of the ones in the approaching weeks.

This exhibition game has been licensed via the NCAA, permitting colleges to compete in an extra exhibition so long as the online proceeds are donated to a crisis reduction charity.

Exhibition charity video games are arising in every single place the rustic. The charity game remaining week between Kansas and Missouri in Kansas City raised nearly $2 million for Hurricane Harvey reduction.

“I think it’s sweet,” ahead Luke Worthington stated about enjoying New Mexico. “I’ve talked to guys who used to play New Mexico frequently and they say The Pit is real. I’m excited to go down there. They’ll have an excited crowd. It will be good to get in front of a team like that and an audience like that to get the juices flowing and to feel like you’re in season.”

All proceeds from Friday’s game will receive advantages the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, established via Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett to supply reduction for sufferers suffering from the hot floods. The fund is housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(three) public charity. Donations can also be made to the fund at ghcf.org.

Rose attended Northbrook High School in Houston and was once co-captain of the University of Houston basketball staff referred to as Phi Slama Jama that completed as nationwide runner-up in the 1983 NCAA Tournament. That yr, Houston misplaced to North Carolina State at The Pit.

BYU and New Mexico have been convention competitors from 1950 to 2011 and feature met 132 instances in the historical past of the sequence. The Cougars cling an all-time 77-55 report towards the Lobos. They remaining met at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu in 2015. BYU received, 96-66.

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