BYU Athletics Blog | November 2012

Van Noy, Stephenson honored by CFPA

Nov 19, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 4:50 pm | Permalink

College Football Performance Awards honored two Cougars for their play against San Jose State. Junior linebacker Kyle Van Noy was named honorable mention for National Linebacker of the Week while senior punter Riley Stephenson earned honorable mention for National Punter of the Week.

Van Noy was stout on defense against the Spartans with three tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and seven total tackles. The Reno, Nev. native leads BYU in tackles for loss (15.5), sacks (8.5), quarterback hurries (8) and forced fumbles (5).

Stephenson, who is from St. George, Utah, punted five times for a 50-yard average against the Spartans. Sitting at No. 2 nationally in punting, Stephenson hit kicks of 50, 57 and 60 yards, while his shortest punt of the night (a 39-yarder) pinned the Spartans on their 11-yard line—one of two punts downed inside the SJSU 20. Stephenson is a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award recognizing the nation's top punter. Stephenson was also named the FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Spartans.

About College Football Performance Awards (CFPA):
The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. For more information visit collegefootballperformance.com

 

 

Game at Harvard

Nov 16, 2012 - Posted by Norma Collett at 11:01 pm | Permalink

Today was the final game the team played in the Boston area.  After a disappointing loss at Boston College yesterday, the team looked to bounce back against Harvard.

A nice crowd of BYU fans came to cheer on the Cougars as they battled Harvard in a closely fought battle.  Unfortunately, it didn’t go our way at the end. Kim Beeston, Lexi Eaton and Keilani Unga all recorded double digits in scoring in the game with Haley Steed leading the way in assists with a game-high eight.

The team returns home Saturday night for a short stay. They go back on the road again on Monday to play at Arizona on Tuesday, one of three Pac-12 schools the Cougar will play this season. They are at Washington State on Saturday. 

Cougars at the Barclays Center

Nov 16, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:07 pm | Permalink

Yesterday the Cougars practiced in the Barclays Center practice gym and today had a shoot around on the playing floor to get ready for tonight's game against Florida State at 7 p.m. EST. The Barclays opened this fall and is pretty incredible. One of the highlights so far was riding in a bus elevator down into the building and coming out 50 feet from where the games will be played.

BYU vs. Florida State preview

Nov 16, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 8:34 am | Permalink

BYU men’s basketball (2-0) will take on Florida State in the Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic tonight at 7 p.m. EST at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The game will be the second-ever between the two schools with the first meeting coming in 1972.

The Cougars are coming off an 80-62 victory over Georgia State to improve to 2-0 on the year. Brandon Davies led all players with 28 points on 10 of 14 shooting. Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino were the other BYU players in double digits with 22 and 11 points, respectively. The Cougars finished with 21 assists, six blocks and 12 steals.

Florida State is 1-1 on the year with a loss to South Alabama and a win over Buffalo. Against Buffalo, 2012 ACC Tournament MVP Michael Snaer led all players with 19 points while teammates Okaro White and Aaron Thomas also contributed double digits with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Florida State’s 2011-12 campaign ended with a 62-56 loss to Cincinnati in the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles captured their first ACC championship as they swept through the ACC Tournament with wins over Miami in the quarterfinals, No. 2 seeded and No. 6 ranked Duke in the semifinals and No. 1 seeded and No. 4 ranked North Carolina in the Championship game. Snaer is the only returning starter from last season’s 25-10 team.

Boston College – Game Day

Nov 15, 2012 - Posted by Norma Collett at 10:34 pm | Permalink

After breakfast in the hotel, the women’s team gathered to watch film on tonight’s opponent Boston College, and then it was off to shoot around at the Conte Forum, on the BC campus. On the way to our practice, we took a short detour so we could see the Boston Temple. We stopped for just a few minutes to take a couple of pictures. At the game we had a small, but loud cheering section. Unfortunately, we came up short at the end, losing to Boston College 62-56.

Hope Lodge tour in New York

Nov 15, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:42 pm | Permalink

Before practice today, BYU basketball toured the Hope Lodge in Manhattan. Hope Lodges are run by the American Cancer Society and offer cancer patients and their caregivers a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. There are 31 Hope Lodges in the United States.

See the video below for more information about the mission of a Hope Lodge and the facility that is planned to be built in Salt Lake City. BYU coach Dave Rose's wife Cheryl Rose is featured in the video discussing her sister Janet DeMarco, who lost her battle with breast cancer last year. Visit hopelodgeutah.org to find out how you can support the efforts of the American Cancer Society and bring a Hope Lodge to Salt Lake City.

Dave Rose was interviewed by truTV following the tour. See that interview and a feature on Rose during truTV's coveraage of the Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Cougars face Florida State on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.

Wednesday – a day in between games

Nov 14, 2012 - Posted by Norma Collett at 10:09 pm | Updated: November 14, 2012 10:24 pm | Permalink

We arrived in Newton, MA via bus late Tuesday night after leaving from Hanover, NH with the win over Dartmouth. Wednesday morning was spent practicing at Harvard. Once the girls showered we met with Dr. Roger Porter, who is on the faculty at Harvard and is a BYU alumni. He gave us a wonderful tour of the campus where we learned a lot about the school's history. He took us to Dunster House where he is the House Master. We enjoyed a delicious lunch there in the eating area that is reminiscent of the Dining Hall in the Harry Potter books and movies. In the evening we drove into Boston for dinner at a seafood restaurant. Afterwards, our bus driver John, pointed out a few famous landmarks including a night view of Fenway Park.

Breaking down BYU’s 31-2 lead against Georgia State

Nov 14, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:48 pm | Permalink

BYU opened last night’s game with an impressive display of offensive efficiency and defensive prowess as the Cougars sandwiched Georgia State’s first basket between runs of 15-0 and 16-0 to lead 31-2. Following is a rundown of every BYU possession during the first 9:29 of the game to show just how good the Cougars were during the run.

Possession Score
Haws three assisted by Carlino 3-0
Haws three assisted by Davies 6-0
Missed jumpers by Davies and Sharp 6-0
Davies jumper assisted by Haws 8-0
Davies layup assisted by Carlino 10-0
Davies jumper assisted by Carlino 12-0
Zylstra three assisted by Carlino 15-0
Missed jumper by Sharp 15-2
Davies jumper assisted by Zylstra 17-2
Sharp turnover 17-2
Zylstra three assisted by Haws 20-2
Haws three assisted by Davies 23-2
Carlino layup 25-2
Carlino turnover 25-2
Carlino layup 27-2
Carlino layup 29-2
Missed jumper by Cusick 29-2
Haws layup assisted by Austin 31-2

The Cougars scored on 13 of their first 18 possessions, shot 76.5 percent (13 of 17) from the field and 100.0 percent (5 of 5) from three. The team’s first nine buckets were assisted before Carlino scored three-straight layups off steals. Neither BYU nor Georgia State shot free throws during the run.

In the postgame media press conference, Tyler Haws and Brandon Davies were asked if they’d ever played in a game with a similar beginning. They answered no, but we both wrong. As freshmen along with Brock Zylstra, on BYU’s 30-win 2009-10 team, they played in a game with a slightly more prolific start.

On Dec. 19, 2009, BYU hosted Eastern Washington. On the game’s opening possession, Noah Hartsock was called for an offensive foul. After Eastern Washington’s Mark Dunn hit a jumper at the 19:14 mark, the Cougars went on a run for the ages, scoring 33-unanswered points before the Eagles hit two free throws at the 8:54 mark to cut BYU’s advantage to 29 at 33-4.

Similar to the Georgia State run, Haws got things started, scoring in the paint to tie things up. That shot was followed by Jimmer Fredette, Chris Miles and Jackson Emery combining to score the next eight points to make it 10-2. Haws had eight of the next 11 points on two threes and jumper and capped the run with another jump shot to give him 12 of BYU’s first 33 points.

During the run, the Cougars shot 73.7 percent (14 of 19) from the field and 60.0 percent from three (3 of 5). Six of the makes were assisted and four of the five misses were rebounded by BYU and converted into a made shot giving the Cougars eight second-chance points during the run. The most glaring issues during the run were five turnovers and 2 of 4 shooting from the free throw line. Unlike the Georgia State game, BYU’s opponent had a chance to score from the free throw line during the big run but failed to convert on either attempt.

Davies and Zylstra both played in the game but not during the 33-0 run. Davies finished the game with 12 points on 5 of 5 shooting while Zylstra added two points and four rebounds. BYU won by a final score of 91-34.

Win at Dartmouth

Nov 13, 2012 - Posted by Norma Collett at 10:10 pm | Permalink

In its first road game of the season, the BYU women’s basketball team sneaked out with a one-point, 58-57 win over Dartmouth. It was a rainy, cold day in Hanover as the team prepared for its first road test of the year. Game day started with breakfast, watching film on Dartmouth and a one-hour shoot around at Leede Arena. The pregame meal was at one of the team’s favorite places, Panera. BYU had a nice cheering section at the game, thanks in part, to the efforts of Jordan and Allie Judkins (coach Judkins’ son and daughter-in-law) who invited several members (around 50) from their Lebanon Ward. Cheers were also coming from many family members including Ashley’s mom and grandparents, Haley’s parents and Morgan’s mom, aunt and cousin. Husband’s Travis Seaborn and Spencer Beeston were also among those that made the long trip from Utah to support the women’s team. Everyone in attendance enjoyed a thrilling, down to the wire victory by the Cougars!!! Sophomore Morgan Bailey recorded her first double double of her career with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Media coverage leading up to BYU vs. Georgia State

Nov 13, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:04 pm | Permalink

Coach Dave Rose and several players addressed the media following practice on Monday. See what they had to say about tonight's game against Georgia State by visiting the links below.