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BYU Athletics Blog | December 2013

Van Noy receives more All-America recognition

Dec 17, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 1:44 pm | Updated: December 17, 2013 1:47 pm | Permalink

Linebacker Kyle Van Noy was given two more All-America honors this week. The senior was named Third Team and an honorable mention by Uani 'Unga, another senior linebacker, also received honorable mention honors by

Earlier this week, Van Noy was named the Independent Defensive Player of the Year by SB Nation.

To date, Van Noy has been named to three All-America teams (Walter Camp, Athlon Sports and and received one honorable mention.

Hill and Van Noy lead College Sports Madness All-Independent Teams

Dec 16, 2013 - Posted by Aaron Sorenson at 4:36 pm | Updated: December 16, 2013 5:01 pm | Permalink

Taysom Hill was named Independent Offensive Player of the Year and Kyle Van Noy was named Independent Defensive Player of the Year by College Sports Madness. The two were among eight Cougars named to the All-Independent First Team.

The other six named to the first team include running back Jamaal Williams, wide receiver Cody Hoffman, kicker Justin Sorensen, kick returner Adam Hine, defensive back Daniel Sorensen and punt returner JD Falslev. Offensive lineman Solomone Kafu, defensive linemen Bronson Kaufusi and Remington Peck, linebacker Uani 'Unga and defensive back Craig Bills earned second team honors.

Tight end Kaneakua Friel, offensive linemen Kyle Johnson and Michael Yeck, defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna, linebacker Alani Fua and defensive back Robertson Daniel were named to the third team.

BYU had seven players honored this year that were also on the 2012 list (Williams, Hoffman, Van Noy, D. Sorensen, Falslev, Friel and Kaufusi).

Cougars in the Pros: Lee Cummard scores 23 points

Dec 16, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 1:31 pm | Updated: December 16, 2013 1:44 pm | Permalink

Lee Cummard finished with 23 points, three rebounds and five assists in a 70-63 win against Groningen last Tuesday. 

Cummard also added 13 points and seven rebounds in a 80-57 victory over Leuven on Saturday. Trent Plaisted contributed 15 points and seven rebounds in a 72-59 win against Brose Baskets, while Jonathan Tavernari finished with 10 points and three rebounds on Saturday.

Jimmer Fredette scored a season-high 13 points to go along with two rebounds and one assist against the Utah Jazz while averaging 8.25 minutes per game last week. Brandon Davies averaged 14 minutes per game last week and added four points, two rebounds and two assists against the Portland Trailblazers on Saturday. 

For weekly updates, visit Cougars in the Pros, here

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 4.3 1.6 1.1
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.1 2.0 0.7
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Mogi das Cruzes Paulista Stage Two Brazil 5.7 4.0 0.9
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 10.4 6.2 1.9
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 7.4 4.7 0.8
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.2 3.0 0.1
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.4 5.8 1.0

Cougars ready to play Utes

Dec 13, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 5:58 pm | Updated: December 13, 2013 6:30 pm | Permalink

BYU basketball coach Dave Rose and players talked about their Saturday matchup against in-state rival Utah. The Cougars will travel to the Huntsman Center to play Utah on Saturday at 8 p.m. MST. The game will be televised live on Pac-12 Network and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM. 

Dave Rose

On improved Utah team:
"This team is really good. You look at their offensive numbers and they're really impressive. They're outscoring their opponents by 25 points a game, shooting 55 percent from the field and 64 percent from two. Their defensive numbers have always been good and now I think they've got an offense that matches it."

“The fact that they’ve won 10 games in a row (at home) is tough enough. We’ve got to go in there and play well to try and break their confidence right now.”

On the rivalry:
“I think the rivalry is pretty much like it’s been since I’ve been the coach here. I’ve been here for 17 years and it’s kind of gone back and forth and I think every game is a memorable game.”

On last year's game vs. Utah:
“I remember that we were behind most of the time. They came in and took control of the game and we were trying to play from behind. The last few minutes of the game, we had some guys make some big plays and those were game changers.”

On things to improve on the road:
“I think sometimes coaches and players feel like you need to put a perfect game together, but I just feel like our effort has to be perfect. They’re going to have a great game plan and they have really good players. There are going to be possessions when they’re better than we are and that can’t get you down and that can’t send you sideways as far as your effort is concerned. Your effort has to be really consistent throughout the whole game and hopefully our guys are ready for it.

Tyler Haws

On rivalry and environment:
“We’re trying to treat it like any other game, but we’re excited to go up to the Huntsman and play. I enjoy being a part of the rivalry and we’re looking forward to it. They’re doing a good job and they have a great team this year and so we’re going to have to be ready to play.”

“We love playing in hostile environments and I’m sure there will be a really good crowd there tomorrow. I think our team responds well to that stuff.

“They don’t go away no matter how many points you’re up, so we’re going to have to put 40 minutes together and play the right way to beat them.”

On playing well on the road:
“I think just do what we do in the Marriott Center. I think we need to push the ball and try and get out in transition and have a really good defensive effort so we can get long rebounds. My mental approach is the same to every game and I’m going to come ready to fight right from the start.” 

Kyle Collinsworth

On what the coaches emphasized for tomorrow night:
“Just stop penetration. They’re shooting 64 percent from two, so we have to keep guys in front of us and play our best.”

On atmosphere and rivalry:
“We’re expecting them to hate us and yell at us, but we’re used to that anywhere we go because they don’t like you and you’re the opponent. We’re not going to worry about that and play our game and do the things we do.”

“I think this game especially is special for the fans. We really want to win this one, of course for us and our team, but for the fans because it means a lot to them.”

On playing a road game:
“We’re trying to be a great team and to be a great team we have to win on the road and at home and that’s what we’re striving for. I’m glad it’s on the road because it’ll be a good test for us early in the season and prepare us for conference.” 

Cougars prepare for battle against No. 6 USC

Dec 12, 2013 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 7:02 pm | Updated: December 12, 2013 7:30 pm | Permalink

Following a day spent studying for finals and watching film on their opponent, BYU women's volleyball took to the Galen Center for a press conference and practice. At the press conference BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead, sophomore Alexa Gray and junior Tambre Haddock addressed the media. The Cougars then practiced for an hour and a half in the unfamiliar USC court. 

BYU wins film contest to determine nation's most loyal fans

Dec 12, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 6:43 pm | Updated: December 12, 2013 7:03 pm | Permalink

BYU won $10,000 for the Hyundai Lens of Loyalty film contest to determine the nation’s most loyal fans.

Hyundai first contacted 25 university film programs to submit a one-page treatment for a film that would offer a glimpse into the traditions and passion of their fan base. From those treatments seven schools were selected and awarded with $10,000 to create the film. BYU won the additional $10,000 over finalists Alabama, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Oregon and Pittsburgh.

The video was created by BYU students and director Jeff Sheets at BYU's Laycock Center for Creativity and Collaboration. It demonstrates BYU fans rising up worldwide in places like London, Saudia Arabia, Asia and Africa. With its prize money BYU flew some of the most loyal fans shown in the video out to Provo to watch a game. 


Four players score in double figures in BYU's 100-52 win over Prairie View A&M

Dec 11, 2013 - Posted by Jared Houghton at 9:00 pm | Permalink

Four players scored in double figures as BYU cruised to a 100-50 win over Prairie View A&M at the Marriott Center.

Tyler Haws and Kyle Collinsworth finished with a game-high 19 points with Eric Mika adding 15 and Anson Winder chipping in 11 for BYU.

The second half started with a slower pace than the first half as both teams were not making as many baskets. BYU scored seven points highlighted by a layup by Frank Bartley IV and a steal and a layup by Matt Carlino 10 seconds later.

Following a media timeout, both teams went two minutes without scoring before Prairie View hit a layup and Tyler Haws found Bartley on the wing for a 3-pointer. Carlino had his hand in the next eight points to give BYU some much-needed energy. He had a layup and on the next possession, stole a pass in the front court and scored in transition. Over the next two possessions, Carlino found Kyle Collinsworth for two layups including an acrobatic alley-oop where Carlino almost lost the ball before throwing it up and watching Collinsworth throw it down.

The previous plays were part of a 20-0 run that BYU went on during the middle of the second half. Over that run, BYU built a 76-37 lead.

Josh Sharp came into the game late in the half and scored a quick four points to get in the scoring column. Skyler Halford beat his man and found Sharp open for an easy lay-in and Anson Winder drove to the middle and passed it to Sharp for a two-handed dunk on the baseline.

Eleven out of the 12 players who saw action tonight scored as BYU almost doubled up the visiting team 100-50.



Haws' hot shooting leads BYU to a 46-28 halftime lead

Dec 11, 2013 - Posted by Jared Houghton at 7:56 pm | Updated: December 11, 2013 8:05 pm | Permalink

Tyler Haws scored a season first-half high of 19 points to help BYU to a 46-28 lead over Prairie View A&M.

Haws opened the game going 5 for 5 from the floor, including 3 for 3 from the 3-point line to score 13 early points to help BYU open an early 15-6 lead. His three 3-pointers are a season-high and he passed Trent Plaisted for 19th place for career scoring at BYU.

The Cougars continued to push the ball and controlled the tempo and led 21-10 with just under 12 minutes left in the first half. Frank Bartley IV got the ball on the wing and found Nate Austin underneath the basket for an easy layup and two trips later, Eric Mika completed the traditional 3-point play to put BYU up 29-12 with 9:30 left in the opening half.

BYU started the game in man-to-man and played with a lot of passion and energy but also stayed under control. Mika committed the first Cougar foul 12 minutes into the game. As a defense, BYU forced nine turnovers and had five steals to control the tempo in the first half.

Kyle Collinsworth ended a two minute drought for the Cougars on a 3-point play and then Bartley had two assists on the next two possessions to give the offense its life back. On the first possession, Bartley drove to the hole and passed it to Collinsworth behind his back for an easy dunk. Following a defensive rebound, Bartley drove baseline and found Austin cutting down the lane for an easy layup.

Matt Carlino hit one of two free throws with six seconds left in the half for the final margin of the frame, 46-28.

BYU Hoops Mailbag Week Five

Dec 10, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 9:31 pm | Updated: December 11, 2013 10:01 am | Permalink

The mailbag returns at the more-or-less first third point of the season. There are still two weeks before the Cougars jump into West Coast Conference play and two Pac-12 opponents are left before that happens. On to the questions.

The Cougars are scoring a lot of points this season, even when they lose. Has that affected other things or are more points the only unique part of the season so far?

Through 10 games, the Cougars have put up 89.9 points per game, the highest in the Dave Rose era by almost seven points. Thanks to BYU playing fast and scoring points, there are two things that are happening that don't happen all that often.

The Cougars have two players averaging 5+ assists per game in Matt Carlino and Kyle Collinsworth. A player averaging five assists by himself has only happened six times by five different players in BYU history: Matt Montague did it twice, Nathan Call, Danny Ainge, Marty Haws and Randy Reid all accomplished the feat for one season. 

Heading into the Prairie View A&M game, Carlino and Collinsworth each average 5.4 assists per game.

That isn't just unique at BYU. Carlino and Collinsworth are the only teammates in the nation who average 5+ assists per game. They are both 25th in the nation in assists per game and BYU as a team is fourth in the country for total assists and 10th in assists per game. They average 17.8 per game or Carlino and Collinsworth plus seven more assists per game. The last time BYU averaged 17 assists per game was the first year after Jimmer, when Matt Carlino led the team and four players averaged two or more assists each game.

The other unique part about this season so far are the four players who are averaging double figures in scoring. Tyler Haws, Matt Carlino, Eric Mika and Kyle Collinsworth each put up more than 10 points a night. Having a team do that has happened three times during Dave Rose's tenure: in his first year 2005-06, in Jimmer's junior year (and Haws' freshman year) of 2009-10 and the year after Jimmer in 2011-12. 

In Rose's first year, Trent Plaisted averaged 13 points a game, while three others averaged just above 10. The team made it into the NIT and averaged 76 points a game. In 2009-10, Jimmer averaged 22 a game, while Jackson Emery, Haws and Jonathan Tavernari averaged 12, 11 and 10, respectively. The team averaged 83 points per game and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament. In 2011-12, Noah Hartsock averaged 16, Brandon Davies 15, Carlino 12 and Charles Abouo 11. The team made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament while averaging 77 a game.

So far this year, Haws is averaging almost 24 a game, Carlino has averaged 18, Mika 14 and Collinsworth 12. 

The three previous teams to have four players average double digits were all a bit different in what they accomplished. The 2005-06 season was the first under coach Rose and his system and the Cougars flipped their record from 9-21 in 2004-05 to 20-9. In 2009-10, they were getting used to being Jimmer's team and improved by five wins from the previous year and won an NCAA tournament game for the first time since 1993. In 2011-12, they were replacing Jimmer and Jackson Emery and still won 26 games and made the NCAA tournament.

This year's team is unique in a couple ways. Haws is a prolific scorer and in his junior year a la Jimmer in 2009-10, but this team doesn't have any seniors and has freshmen who are contributing as well as some very experienced juniors. Most pundits have the Cougars in the tournament if it started today. Going with these numbers, they have a great shot at advancing in the tournament as they did in 2010 and 2012.

Have a question you'd liked to have answered?

Send it in with your name and hometown to The mailbag runs on Wednesday each week with a Monday night deadline for questions.

Coach Rose, Haws and Carlino talk about their matchup against Prairie View A&M

Dec 10, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 5:30 pm | Updated: December 10, 2013 7:14 pm | Permalink

BYU basketball coach Dave Rose, Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino talk about their Wednesday night matchup against Prairie View A&M after practice. The Cougars will take on Prairie View A&M at the Marriott Center on Wednesday at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be televised live on BYUtv and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM. 

Coach Rose

On Prairie View A&M:

"Three of their starters average double figures. They're a good scoring team. It's pretty similar to the last two games we played. They really like to push the ball in transition and we're going to have to do a good job with defensive transition. They really rely on dribble penetration and have a 5-11 guy who can drive the ball and get to the middle of the floor. We're going to have to do a much better job than we did on Saturday."

"We've got a lot of work to do. I think our team has proven that we've got good scorers, we can score inside, we can score outside, but defensively is a challenge."

On playing zone defense:
"We played a lot of zone in Kansas City and hopefully we can get back to man-to-man defense. This team has played a lot more man-to-man than zone this year. We can get way better and the last two practices, the guys have shown a lot of improvement and we'll see improvement tomorrow night."

Tyler Haws

On what they're working on for Prairie View A&M:
"We obviously have to get better defensively. There's been a huge emphasis on the defensive side of the floor. We can put the ball in the basket, but we have to focus on defending and keep the teams from scoring."

"They have some really good guards that like to penetrate and shoot a little bit. They've played some tough teams this year and played them pretty well, so we have to be ready for them." 

"We just have to take it one game at a time. You can't overlook anyone, so we're focused on tomorrow."

On defensive issues:
"We worked really hard in the summer on our defense. I think we just kind of get relaxed sometimes, because we have athletes and we have a lot of good defenders on the team. I think it's more of a mindset and we're trying to fix that."

On 7-3 record so far:
"We're a little disappointed just because we felt like in each of our losses we had chances to pull away and get those wins. Obviously they would've been big wins for us, but there's a little bit of disappointment but we're happy with where we're at. I think we've gotten better and learned a lot from our losses, so hopefully it helps us going forward and hopefully we continue to get better."

Matt Carlino

On coming off of UMass loss:
"We talked a lot about defense. We've given up so many points, especially on the road. We just have to get better. We score a lot of points, but if we're not going to defend, we're not going to win." 

On Prairie View A&M:
"That's what it comes down to, getting stops. We can score a lot of points and if anyone wants to run with us, we're going to score a lot even if they don't. We just have to get stops."