BYU Athletics Blog | January 2014

BYU leads Pepperdine 33-30 at the half

Jan 09, 2014 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 8:01 pm | Permalink

BYU started fast and held on to lead 33-30 over Pepperdine at the break.

The Cougars were led by Tyler Haws 13 points while Kyle Collinsworth and Skyler Halford added seven points each. Collinsworth also brought down five rebounds and dished out three assists.

BYU started off hot going on a 12-0 run led by seven points from Haws and an NBA range 3-pointer from Halford. The Waves used an 8-2 run to close within six as the Cougars struggled on the offensive end. After trading baskets, Pepperdine went on a 7-0 run to pull within one at 18-17 with 9:40 left in the half.

The Cougars responded with a 6-0 run to push the lead back to seven at 24-17 behind four points from Collinsworth. The Waves responded again going on a 6-0 run of their own to cut the lead back to one with just over six minutes until the break.

Pepperdine would tie the game twice at 28 and 30, but the Cougars would score the final three points of the half to take the lead into the locker room. 

Quotes from Jan. 8 after practice

Jan 09, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 9:43 am | Updated: January 9, 2014 5:01 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose

On Eric Mika:

"He's getting better every day. He did a little bit today in practice and we'll just see how he feels tomorrow. Hopefully, somehow he gets to where it feels comfortable enough to see if we can get a few minutes out of him."

On facing Pepperdine again:

"This team is a very good defensive team. They were a really good defensive team last year. Offensively, they've got a lot more firepower. Somewhere close to 60 percent of the points being scored are from guys that weren't on the team last year. When you see a team that was pretty competitive last year and all the guys that were starters are now all their reserves you know the team is actually really improved."

"What they have that is really impressive is two really skilled post guys who can spread the floor really well, can pass and shoot and then four guards that are good shooters. Schemes that you use with them you have to get in and out of them because when they get comfortable they're really good at passing out of them, dribbling through them and scoring in the low post."

On Skyler Halford coming off a big game:

"What we really need to focus on with Skyler is his defensive assignment. The real challenge for us tomorrow will be to handle these post guys and still be able to handle the perimeter. Hopefully, he'll focus in on that defensive assignment, bring a lot of energy to that side of the floor and then offensively see what comes to him."

Emphasis on defense

"I think it’s a real emphasis with our whole group. We had a tough time out on the road, when you look at the final scores we played well offensively in those games. To move forward, we felt like we need to make a real conscious effort defensively to not only understand the scouting report but to have an urgent attitude toward executing it and to hold them accountable in the film room."

Perimeter defense against Pepperdine

"There are things we need to do differently. This league is really good at shooting the 3-point shot. The challenge with Pepperdine is the fact that their post guys, if you let them go 1-on-1, when you bring the second defender those guards space the floor so well there's so much area you have to cover we have to be really attentive to how we move and rotate out of those things."

Kyle Collinsworth

On facing Pepperdine again:

"Of course whenever you lose a game to a team, you want to beat when they come in your building. We've got to guard the 3-point line a little better. They made a lot of 3s on us, so that'll be a big focus for us."

"We lost the game, but we played a good last 15 minutes. If we can play like the last 15 minutes for the whole game we'll feel really confident."

Tyler Haws

Facing Pepperdine again:

"I feel like we know their sets and personnel. We've played them once before so we know the challenge ahead of us we just have to go out and make it happen."

"Every game you play in conference is a big one. You need to get your home wins. I don’t know if revenge is the right word, but every game is important in league and we're definitely ready for the challenge."

The San Diego win:

"I think we found our rhythm in lots of areas. We were mentally into it for 40 minutes, the coaches put together a great game plan and the players did our best to execute it."

On Skyler Halford's game against San Diego:

"He came in and knocked down shots and followed Johnny Dee around the whole night. He was a big spark for us the whole night on both ends of the floor. I know Sky will be looking forward to the next challenge too."

On the challenge of coming off a big game for Skyler:

"(The challenge is) to stay aggressive. You can't play on your heels or try and change your game or what you do. Stay aggressive and when you have an open shot step up and knock it down."

Cougars in the Pros: Fredette scores season high

Jan 06, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 2:32 pm | Permalink

Jimmer Fredette scored a season-high 15 points to go along with four rebounds and a block in 17 minutes of play. Fredette and the Sacramento Kings fell 113-104 to Brandon Davies and the Sixers. 

Fredette also added 10 points in a 110-106 win against the Houston Rockets last Tuesday. 

Trent Plaisted went for 12 points, nine rebounds and two assists in a 105-90 win last Saturday, while Jonathan Tavernari contributed 11 rebounds and four assists in a 95-65 win. Lee Cummard added 11 points, six rebounds and two assists in Sunday's win against Antwerp. 

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 5.1 1.6 1.2
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.1 1.9 0.6
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Mogi das Cruzes Paulista Stage Two Brazil 5.5 3.9 0.8
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 10.9 5.9 2.1
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 7.1 5.3 1.1
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.3 3.4 0.2
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.5 6.3 1.3

BYU Basketball beats San Diego

Jan 04, 2014 - Posted by Justin Green at 9:11 pm | Permalink

Skyler Halford scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Cougars to an 87-53 victory over San Diego. Halford shot 11 of 16 on the night and connected on four 3-pointers. Tyler Haws scored 17 points and Erik Mika scored 13 before leaving the game early in the second half due to injury.  Kyle Collinsworth contributed 12 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

Holding an 18-point halftime advantage, the Cougars quickly extended their lead to 26 on two buckets from Halford and a dunk from Mika. Mika was fouled on the play and made the free throw to complete the 3-point play.

Another 3-pointer from Halford and 3-point play by Haws extended the lead to 61-30 with just over 13 minutes remaining.

The Cougars lead hovered above 30 for the remainder of the game, highlighted by a Nate Austin dunk, a Collinsworth 3 and back-to-back 3s by Anson Winder.

BYU shot 53 percent to San Diego’s 34 and outrebounded the Toreros 45-27. 

BYU Basketball leads 41-23 at half

Jan 04, 2014 - Posted by Justin Green at 8:04 pm | Permalink

Led by Skyler Halford’s 15 points, BYU leads San Diego by 18 at the half. Halford hit three 3-pointers and was 6 of 8 from the field. Tyler Haws and Erik Mika each chipped in 10 points, and Kyle Collinsworth had four points, five rebounds and five assists.

The Cougars started out hot, hitting seven of their first eight shots to jump out to a 15-8 lead four minutes in. Mika and Haws scored six and five points, respectively, to pace the Cougars.

San Diego tied the game at 15 with 12 minutes left in the half. A long jumper from Haws stopped the run and gave the Cougars a 17-15 lead.

BYU extended its lead to 25-19 when Halford hit his second 3-pointer of the half. Back-to-back jumpers from Collinsworth and Matt Carlino capped a 10-2 run, giving the Cougars a ten-point lead at 29-19.

Two free throws by Mika upped the lead to 12 at 33-21 with just under four minutes left in the half. Five straight points from Halford extended the lead to 38-21 at the two-minute mark.