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BYU Athletics Blog | November 2013

BYU leads Weber State 44-33 at the half

Nov 08, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 8:01 pm | Updated: November 8, 2013 8:03 pm | Permalink

Juniors Matt Carlino and Tyler Haws led BYU to a 44-33 halftime lead over in-state rival Weber State.

Haws scored 14 points with eight rebounds and Carlino had 11 points with four assists and two steals.

BYU jumped out to a quick start with Carlino scoring the first two points of the game on a jumper from the top of the key and then started a 15-1 run with his second basket of the game. On a Weber State fast break during the run, sophomore Kyle Collinsworth ran down the court to deny a layup. Haws had seven points during the run.

After the under eight minute media timeout, the Cougars went on a 9-0 run to go up 35-16. Haws hit the first three of the game for the Cougars to cap the run to go along with four points from Carlino.

BYU dominated the glass outrebounding Weber State 24-18 including six offensive rebounds. They shot 42.5 percent from the field and 60 percent from behind the arc.

Cougars looking forward to season opener at home

Nov 07, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 6:10 pm | Updated: November 7, 2013 9:46 pm | Permalink

After cruising through their two exhibition games, the Cougars will open their season at home against Weber State Friday night.

After Thursday's practice, Dave Rose expressed his excitement on starting the regular season against a challenging team.

"That's probably one of the things that's exciting as a coach," Rose said. "You get pretty anxious to see how they're going to perform. You're pretty sure of their skill level, you know what they're capable of doing and you've seen their work ethic. Now, you're going to see a whole new side of these guys and how they respond to tough situations."

With a young team, Rose liked how his players, especially Eric Mika and Luke Worthington, were getting up to speed and how they were making progress on defense. Junior Tyler Haws was also optimistic about his younger teammates and the energy and toughness they brought.

"They don't let things get to them and they're going to be the same every single day," Haws said. "That's one thing I've noticed about these young guys."

Consistency and toughness has been an emphasis in practice this week, and Haws is ready for the challenge and is looking forward to proving that on the court.

BYU is 19-0 against Weber State at the Marriott Center and hopes to add to its undefeated record at home.

"Any team that comes in here, we expect to get a win," Haws said. "I feel like we have great fans and a great atmosphere. We love homecourt advantage."

Keep track of your Cougars in the Pros

Nov 07, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 11:34 am | Updated: November 7, 2013 11:43 am | Permalink

Keep track of your Cougars in the pros from Jimmer Fredette and Brandon Davies to Lee Cummard and Jonathan Tavernari.

Stats of former Cougars will be updated weekly on the page with highlights of weekly performances. 

This week's highlight: On Monday, Nov. 4, rookie Brandon Davies finished with four points, two steals, one rebound and one assist (all career highs) in a loss to the Golden State Warriors. 

Below are links to players' profiles, stats and team websites:

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 2.0 1.0 1.0
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 3.0 0.5 0.5
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Mogi das Cruzes Paulista Stage Two Brazil 9.6 5.1 0.7
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 8.3 6.7 2.2
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 11.6 3.7 1.1
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 4.2 2.8 0.2
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.1 5.1 1.1

BYU will participate in Poinsettia Bowl in 2016 and 2018

Nov 06, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 12:00 pm | Permalink

Brigham Young University has accepted an invitation to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl following the 2016 and 2018 regular seasons.

The Cougars will play in San Diego if bowl eligible and not selected to participate in the College Football Playoff. BYU will face one of the top teams from the Mountain West both years.

Dates, kickoff times and broadcast plans will be announced at a later date.

Haws on True Blue, Nov. 4, 2013

Nov 06, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:10 am | Updated: November 6, 2013 10:25 am | Permalink

Junior guard and preseason All-American Tyler Haws was on BYUtv's True Blue on Monday to preview the upcoming season. See what he had to say below. BYU opens the 2013-14 season on Friday at home against Weber State at 7 p.m. MST. Watch the game on BYUtv and listen on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

BYUtv promo for the 2013-14 season

Nov 05, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 7:28 pm | Permalink

BYUtv released its first promo for the 2013-14 season today. Check it out below. They'll be releasing more as the season progresses and we'll make sure to post them here.

Introducing the BYU Hoops Mailbag

Nov 05, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 9:49 am | Updated: November 5, 2013 2:42 pm | Permalink

This season the BYU Athletic Communications staff will start a weekly mailbag where fans can get questions answered related to Cougar hoops. It can be a historical question, a burning question about this year's team, some statistical minutae, a detail you noticed on television, questions about how the West Coast Conference is performing or anything else – but not recruiting. Try to aim for something higher than is 'so-and-so single?' We'll put together a selection of questions and answers each Wednesday throughout the season.

Include your name and hometown with the question and send it to Some weeks we may go to Twitter looking for questions, but most questions are probably better asked in more than 140 characters.

We will try our hardest to put in the research, ask the appropriate player or go back and watch the tape to see just what happened and get an answer. The first mailbag will run Wednesday, Nov. 6 and questions should be in by Monday, Nov. 4. The mailbag will run weekly on the same Monday and Wednesday schedule.

Non-conference Check-in

Nov 04, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 11:57 am | Updated: November 4, 2013 3:05 pm | Permalink

For most of the NCAA's women's soccer teams, conference tournament time has begun. Here's how our non-conference opponents fared in their conference seasons and what they are looking at heading into the final week of the season.

Cal State Fullerton (8-6-5, 3-3-2) snuck into the Big West tournament even though they lost in their final game. The Titans enter as the fourth seed and take on No. 1 seed Cal Poly on Thursday in the semifinals at home.

No. 18 Nebraska (15-3-1, 10-1-0) won the Big Ten regular season championship, only losing to Michigan. The Huskers will face Minnesota in the Big Ten quarterfinals on Wednesday at the University of Illinois. Nebraska is projected to get a national seed barring something crazy happening.

LSU (9-8-2, 5-5-1) made it to the SEC tournament as a No. 7 seed and faces Auburn this afternoon at 3 p.m. MST.

Utah (9-4-6, 5-3-2) is currently fourth in the Pac-12 and plays Colorado this weekend to finish off their season. The Utes are a bubble team and a win or draw against Colorado would go a long way in securing them a spot in the NCAA tournament field.

Oregon (4-11-3, 1-7-0) sits at the bottom of the Pac-12 going into the final week of the season.

UC Irvine (11-6-0, 6-2-0) qualified as the No. 2 seed in the Big West and plays No. 3 UC Riverside on Thursday in the semifinals.

Oklahoma (4-13-1, 1-7-0) missed out on the Big 12 tournament.

Long Beach State (8-7-3, 2-3-3) missed out on the Big West tournament losing to UC Riverside on Saturday in what was essentially a play-in game.

No. 13 Denver (16-1-1, 7-0-0) swept through the Summit League, but still has to face Fort Wayne in the semifinals of the conference tournament on their home field. The Pioneers are projected to get a national seed if they can make it through the conference tournament undefeated.

NCAA All-Access with Cloee: After the Portland win

Nov 04, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 9:15 am | Permalink

Cloee Colohan returns with a peek into the team bus after BYU's 1-0 upset victory over then-No. 6 Portland. Check out the video here.

BYU takes the 99-68 victory against Alaska Anchorage

Nov 02, 2013 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 8:59 pm | Permalink

BYU hit a 21-point lead on a Kyle Collinsworth layup with 15:14 left to play. Up 56-35, Anson Winder’s trey and another Collinsworth jumper capped off a 13-0 Cougar run. Free throws by Skyler Halford took the BYU lead to 70-40.

Collinsworth scored 12 points before the midway point in the second half, adding to his 14-point game total.

Alaska Anchorage couldn’t shave the lead down to less than 25 points the remainder of the game. Josh Sharp pushed BYU to its largest lead of the game at 99-65 on a free throw with just over a minute to play. The Cougars ended with a 99-68 victory.

Four players reached double figures Saturday night. Matt Carlino and Eric Mika led with 17 points each, helped by Collinsworth’s 14 and 13 from Tyler Haws. Mika and Carlino both had double-doubles with 14 rebounds and 11 rebounds, respectively.