BYU Athletics Blog | March 2013

BYU vs. Washington media attention

Mar 20, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:04 pm | Updated: March 20, 2013 3:25 pm | Permalink

The BYU basketball team defeated Washington 90-79 in the first round of the 2013 National Invitational Tournament. Tyler Haws led all players with 37 points, his third game this season with 30-plus points, and added 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Brandon Davies and Matt Carlino also contributed double-figure points with 22 and 20, respectively. The Cougars downed the Huskies, in part, thanks to 57 points in the second half – tied for the most points BYU has scored in a half this season – and 58 percent shooting from the field. BYU advances to host a second round game in the Marriott Center against the winner of No. 2 seed Tennessee and No. 7 seed Mercer. The date, time and broadcast information will be announced in the coming days.

After the win, the team earned some well-deserved media attention. Below is a list of local and national media outlets that highlighted the Cougars.

KSL.com: BYU handles Huskies, live to play another day

ESPN video: Scott Suggs rejected by Brandon Davies
ESPN.com: BYU 90, Washington 79

Deseret News: Cougars advance in NIT with 90-79 win over Washington
Deseret News: BYU wins, Twitter reacts

Salt Lake Tribune: Cougars run past Washington in NIT opener

The Washington Daily: BYU outguns UW in NIT first round

Daily Herald: Haws put on shooting clinic in NIT victory
D
aily Herald: BYU's "Big Three" gets rolling as Cougars start NIT with romp
Daily Herald video: New energy gives BYU boost over Washington 

The Seattle Times: BYU ends Huskies' season 
The Seattle Times blog: Washington falls to BYU

Former Cougar Gary Hill passed away on March 9, 2013

Mar 13, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:45 pm | Updated: March 13, 2013 5:12 pm | Permalink

Former BYU basketball player Gary Hill passed away on March 9, 2013. Hill played for the Cougars from 1964 to 1967 and was a member of the 1965-66 NIT Championship team. For his career, Hill averaged 8.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 64 career games. During BYU's run to the 1966 NIT title, Hill contributed 7.7 points and 5.0 boards. As a senior in 1966-67 he increased his scoring average to 10.1 points per game.

For more on Hill, visit his obituary on Legacy.com.

UP CLOSE with Allyson Anderson Wardell

Mar 12, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 2:24 pm | Updated: March 14, 2013 2:38 pm | Permalink

Allyson Anderson Wardell, the All-American javelin thrower from Billings, Mont., came to BYU three years ago due to the outstanding environment at BYU and her close family ties. Her tentative life plan consists of finishing school, becoming a surgical assistant, starting a family and coaching.

When she isn't on the field throwing, Allyson uses her hands for more delicate activities like sewing or crocheting. 

Height- 5-6

Major- Exercise Science

Hometown- Billings, Mont.

Track and field events- Javelin

Reason for attending BYU...

"I came to BYU because I have family here. I love the environment on campus, in my classes and in my apartments."

Best part of being on the BYU track and field team...

"The fantastic friends I have made. Not only are my fellow teammates great athletes but they are amazing friends who stick with me through thick and thin."

Favorite movie...

"It would have to be Mega Mind or the Avengers."

If you could be doing anything in 10 years it would be...

"Hopefully, I will have had a job as an surgical assistant. After working for a while, I want to start a family and be a stay at home mom. Maybe I will coach on the side."

Favorite BYU sport other than track and field...

"Women’s gymnastics. Those girls are so incredible at what they do. I like my feet to be planted firmly on the ground, not tumbling through the air."

Funniest member of the BYU track team and why...

"Brittany Critchfield. There is never a dull moment without laughter when I am around her. A play on words surrounds every comeback I try."

Best catchphrase or line from a book, movie or TV show...

“Minion, I’m sorry. You were right, I was… less right.” -Mega Mind

Hidden Talent-

"I actually love sewing and crocheting."

Best sport youplay/played other than track and field...

Volleyball

Best athlete in any sport at BYU...

"Alexa Gray on the women's volleyball team."

Favorite musical artist/band...

Owl City

Most embarrassing moment...

"My sophomore year we were practicing inside throwing at the large blue wall in the annex. When I was starting my crossovers, my spikes caught on my other shoe and I belly flopped on the track. I’m pretty sure every track athlete there saw what happened."

Favorite inspirational quote...

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” -Arnold Palmer

BYUtv interview with Ben Patch

Mar 12, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 12:31 pm | Permalink

Freshman outside hitter Ben Patch earned back-to-back AVCA National Player of the Week accolades Feb. 26 and March 5, becoming the first-ever player to receive the award in consecutive weeks.

The Provo-native repeated the honor after recording a 2013 MPSF-high and BYU rally-scoring record 35 kills in the Cougars’ 3-2 win over No. 1 UC Irvine on the road. After trailing 0-2, Patch helped rally the Cougars with a hand on the last six BYU points (five kills, one block) of the third set to fuel the comeback. He tacked on 13 digs, eight blocks and two aces for the week.

BYUtv caught up with the 6-foot-8 outside hitter. Check out the interviews below.

BYUtv Part 1

BYUtv Part 2

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 3/10

Mar 11, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 9:44 pm | Permalink

In the final KSL 5 TV coach's show, head coach Dave Rose gave a full recap of last week's West Coast Conference tournament loss to San Diego. 

"I felt bad for our guys - we had a great practice and I thought we were ready for the game. It's unfortunate because I know how much these guys put into it."

Against the Toreros, coach Rose highlighted Brandon Davies' performance. Davies finished with a near triple-double on 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

Later in the show, coach Rose broke down the Top 5 plays from this last season. 

The Cougars finished the season 21-11 for their eighth-straight 20-win season with all of those eight seasons coming under coach Rose. In talking about what's next for his team, Rose said they're looking forward to more basketball.

"We're hoping for an NIT bid - I haven't done a lot of research into it but I know that a lot of last year's teams have a similar situation to us this year.. We'll keep our guys sharp and hopefully get a bid to keep going."

To finish up the show, coach Rose talked about some highlights for next season including the return of Kyle Collinsworth and incoming players from state champion Lone Peak High School.

Watch the full show on KSL.com

 

 

BYU Coach's Show: Tuesday 3/5

Mar 06, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:06 pm | Permalink

In his KSL radio coach's show finale, head coach Dave Rose previewed the upcoming West Coast Conference tournament and how the team has gotten to where they are now.

"I think everyone knows that we need to go down to the WCC tournament and win this thing. I can feel the sense of urgency from the guys and I hope that drives us. These guys are determined to do the best they can and make the most of this season."

The WCC announced yesterday its All-Conference team with Brandon Davies and Tyler Haws named to the All-WCC team. 

"Individual awards in a team game are always difficult to talk about because, really, there's no way Brandon and Tyler could get that award without the team. But there are guys who have to step up and take charge, so I'm proud of them."

In the upcoming conference tournament, the Cougars are a No. 3 seed and will play Friday night against the winner of San Diego and Pepperdine. Coach Rose mentioned the difficulties his team has had with both squads this year and talked a little about the strengths of each. 

Later in the show, senior Craig Cusick joined to talk about how the team is feeling for the rest of the year and how he thinks this season has gone. 

Cusick and coach Rose talked a little strategy on how the team is going to go into the tournament strong and be prepared to get the wins they need. They also talked a little about Cusick's father who was recently diagnosed with cancer and how he's doing. 

To finish the show, coach Rose answered questions from fans.

Listen to the full show on KSL.com

Two sport star Bronson Kaufusi

Mar 06, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:18 pm | Permalink

Check out this feature by BYUtv's Kathy Aiken on Bronson Kaufusi, a freshman forward on the BYU basketball team. Kaufusi joined the squad at the end of December after totaling 23 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 pass breakup and 1 fumble recovery as a freshman defensive lineman on the football team.

Kaufusi and the Cougars head to Las Vegas this week for the WCC Championships. BYU will play the winner of San Diego and Pepperdine on Friday at 8:30 p.m. PST in the Orleans Arena. The game will be televised on ESPNU and broadcast on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM. 

March Baseball Blog

Mar 05, 2013 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 6:12 pm | Updated: March 7, 2013 8:57 am | Permalink

SAINTS: To start off the month of March, BYU opened its home season in St. George due to unplayable conditions at Larry H. Miller Field.  Following that St. George trip, BYU coach Mike Littlewood flew to St. Louis for a recruiting trip. And on that same weekend, second baseman Brennon Anderson opened his mission call for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Santiago, Chile.

UPSET AT LSU: When BYU upset No. 2 LSU (NCBWA, also No. 3 Collegiate Baseball & No. 10 Baseball America/USA Today) last month, 9-4, that news was “trending” for a while.  The tweet of the upset news was re-tweeted 40 times, second only to the 67 retweets earlier this year when Cougar gridders Cody Hoffman and Kyle Van Noy announced they were returning to BYU for senior seasons.

SAINTS IN LOUISIANA: Before upsetting LSU, BYU’s baseball team took time out to conduct a fireside where the speaker was BYU coach Mike Littlewood, followed by questions from youth at the fireside and answers.

While in Louisiana, BYU’s baseball team took a tour of the Marucci Bat Company where the CEO is Brett Stohlton (BYU MBA 2000) http://maruccisports.com/. The Cougars got to see how that company manufactures maple and aluminum bats.

Additionally, while in Louisiana BYU’s team ate at Mike Anderson’s restaurants where they were taught how to eat crawfish as they enjoyed Cajun cuisine.

MORE FISH: The Cougars ate at Ivar’s on the waterfront in Seattle after the team took a tour of Safeco Field, the home of the Seattle Mariners.  At Safeco Field the Cougars walked through he dugouts and clubhouse and saw the sectional lights used to grow grass faster in its “indoor” environment.

ON RADIO FROM SEATTLE: BYU coach Mike Littlewood was interviewed live on Utah radio station 960 AM, just prior to the first of two games at Seattle.  In that interview Littlewood described BYU’s upset at LSU: “It was an incredible day for us because of how we came back. We could have put our tails between our legs. It was a hallmark win for us.”

Littlewood continued about BYU’s season: “It’s been a process, there’s been a total buy-in. We teach the team to play hard and pay attention to details. That win (vs. LSU) showed us our potential and that’s the attitude we’re trying to bring to the program.

“We inherited strength and tremendous leadership, it’s not the first ‘rodeo’ for many of our players. The West Coast Conference is an incredible baseball league. Our weakness is our depth. We had four season-ending injuries (Marc Oslund, Chris Howard, Christian Mua and Dillon Robinson) and one career-ending injury (Daniel Sechrest).

“We’re on the cusp of getting over the hump and getting better. A bright spot is that we are going to be better each week. To be in the top four of the league is a realistic goal so that we can go to the conference tournament. Three of our high school recruits decided to go on missions after we signed them, so we have got to fit the pieces of the puzzle together. I love walk-ons and looking to find diamonds in the rough.”

THUMBS DOWN: It’s been a tough season for junior Dillon Robinson who will now miss playing due to his second thumb injury.  Last October he fractured his thumb on his throwing hand while doing power cleans in the BYU weight room.  That injury delayed his progress switching from third base to catcher. Then last month he accidentally stepped in front of a pitching machine that always throws one pitch after being turned off and suffered a concussion when he was hit in the head by a baseball. On his first day back after being cleared from that injury he reinjured his thumb while trying to hit a curve ball in practice.

OVERLOOKED: Assists from the outfield is a category in which BYU has been among the nation’s leaders.  Lost in the shuffle of games not heard over the Internet was Jaycob Brugman’s first assist from the outfield this year, a 1-8-5 play in the first inning of the 5-4 victory over Northern Illinois when Brugman threw out a Husky trying to steal third. That assist was Brugman’s 20th assist from the outfield as a Cougar. Fellow outfielder Kelton Caldwell got his first assist in game two at Seattle on a 9-6 play where a Redhawk got hung up trying to advance to second after a fielder’s choice.

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS: Belated Happy Birthday to Cody Shepherd earlier this month and Happy Birthday to Desmond Poulson next week.

Coach's Show: Sunday 3/3

Mar 04, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:10 pm | Permalink

Live from the KSL 5 TV studios, BYU head coach Dave Rose recapped last week's games against Gonzaga and LMU. The Cougars fell to the Bulldogs 70-65 at home and defeated LMU 73-70 on the road. 

"it was a special night on Thursday in the Marriott Center - great crowd, huge crowd and we were playing a really great team. We had a lot of chances. We got in a spot where we just needed to make a few plays to stay in it but we didn't, and they did, so they got it. That road game against LMU was a dangerous one and we knew that going in - LMU is a team that really knows how to compete."

On senior night against Bulldogs, coach Rose highlighted the senior play of Brandon Davies, Brock Zylstra and Craig Cusick. Each senior finished in double figures.

Against the Lions, Rose said Tyler Haws's performance helped get the Cougars the win. Haws finished with 24 points.

Later in the show, coach Rose spent went more in-depth talking about BYU's three seniors and how each of their unique skills augment the team. 

To finish the show, coach Rose talked about the other teams in the West Coast Conference and how each team wrapped up the year. Coach also previewed the upcoming WCC Tournament this weekend in Las Vegas. 

"It'll be interesting all week to prep for two teams going into this tournament - we'll have to get ready for Pepperdine and San Diego."

 

 

Senior Night tribute

Mar 02, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 11:43 am | Permalink

In BYU's final regular season home game, five seniors were honored for their contributions to the basketball program.

See the video tribute below.

Brock Zylstra, Brandon Davies, Craig Cusick, Chris Collinsworth and Stephen Rogers were all honored before the home game against Gonzaga on Feb. 28. Collinsworth and Rogers haven't played this year due to injuries before the season that have kept them out.  

Zylstra, Davies and Cusick are all starters for this year's squad.