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BYU tops LMU 85-77

Jan 28, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 9:23 pm | Updated: January 28, 2017 9:27 pm | Permalink

Freshman TJ Haws opened the second half scoring two 3-pointers within a minute of each other, putting the Cougars up 49-44 over LMU. Haws hit his third 3-pointer of the night and gave BYU an eight-point lead, 59-51, with 15:11 on the clock. Tonight was Haws’ 11th game with three-plus 3-pointers, the second most by a BYU freshman. 

The Cougars extended their lead to double digits on a 14-3 run, earning a 70-54 advantage over the Lions with 8:29 left in the game. LMU battled back within six points, 73-67, but BYU kept its cool and the lead for the remainder of the game. The Cougars pulled away, earning a 85-77 victory.

Eric Mika led all BYU scorers with 27 points, including 16 second-half points, in his 12th 20-point game of the season. He also tied his career-high four blocks and pulled down nine boards. Haws and Nick Emery added 19 and 11 points, respectively. Yoeli Childs scored 10 points in his seventh double-figure game of the season and Elijah Bryant recorded a career-high eight rebounds. The Cougars shot 53 percent on the night. 

Cougars by three over Lions at half, 43-40

Jan 28, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 8:05 pm | Updated: January 28, 2017 8:08 pm | Permalink

BYU took a 5-0 lead to start the game and made its first seven field goal attempts. The Cougars and Lions traded buckets en route to a 13-13 tie with 16:27 on the clock before BYU built a second five-point lead, 21-16, midway through the first half. 

A 3-pointer from Nick Emery followed by an Eric Mika dunk extended the Cougars’ lead to eight points, 26-18, with 10:25 left in the half. A pair of free throws from freshman Steven Beo made it a 10-point game, 30-20, but LMU fought back to close the gap. The Lions tied the game 34-34 with five minutes left in the half. 

Trips to the charity stripe from Mika and TJ Haws and Elijah Bryant’s jumper put BYU up, 39-34, with three and a half minutes on the clock. A layup from LMU with 50 seconds left gave the Lions a one-point advantage, 40-39, but the Cougars scored four unanswered points to lead 43-40 at halftime.

Mika led the Cougars with 11 points, followed by Emery’s 10 and Haws’ seven. BYU shot 52 percent from the field and out-rebounded LMU 18 to 16. 

Rose makes sandwiches for Coaches vs. Cancer

Jan 24, 2017 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 1:37 pm | Permalink

BYU basketball coach Dave Rose teamed up with UVU coach and former Cougar assistant Mark Pope to make sandwiches at Subway in Orem as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer fundraising campaign that began on Jan. 16 and will run through Feb. 11. Read more about the event at

See what Rose had to say about his own fight with cancer (from the Herald article):

“I feel a sense of great gratitude for the people who were ready for me when I was diagnosed with cancer and that gave me a fighting chance. Seven years later I’m still around. Hopefully, we can continue to make progress so that everyone who gets in a difficult situation will have a positive outcome. Hopefully, we can eradicate this disease from the planet but until then I want to give other people a fighting chance”

BYU locks in over San Francisco, 85-75

Jan 12, 2017 - Posted by Taylor Brown at 9:10 pm | Permalink

Eric Mika shot for nine points within the first four minutes of the second half, taking BYU to a 47-41 advantage over San Francisco. A steal from Yoeli Childs set TJ Haws up for a jumper five minutes into the half, helping the Cougar's 51-41 lead against the Dons.  

San Francisco began to put on the pressure with 11 minutes left in the game after five consecutive points. A huge dunk from Mika got the Cougars back in the game, taking an 11-point lead with 10:21 left on the clock, 61-50.

After a two-minute scoring drought, BYU put two more points on the board, continuing to push their lead, 63-54, with seven minutes left in the game.

With under five minutes remaining in the game, Nick Emery and Elijah Bryant made consecutive 3-pointers, taking BYU to a comfortable 12-point lead, 74-62. With 52 seconds remaining in the game, a dunk from Childs brought BYU to its highest lead of the game, 81-67. Mika wrapped up the game with a dunk in the last few seconds, securing a win over San Francisco, 85-75.

After more than doubling his points in the second half, Mika reached a career high of 31 points, finishing with 12 rebounds. 

Cougars up by six over Dons at half, 38-32

Jan 12, 2017 - Posted by Taylor Brown at 8:02 pm | Updated: January 12, 2017 8:05 pm | Permalink

Freshman Yoeli Childs started the matchup with two quick back-to-back layups a minute into the first period. With a 3-pointer from Nick Emery, the Cougars took a five-point lead over the San Francisco Dons, 7-2.

The Dons began to close the gap at the 4-minute mark, but a few baskets exchanged between Emery and Eric Mika brought BYU to a 16-7 lead over San Francisco. The Cougars kept the pressure over San Francisco, extending to a 12-point lead after a jumper from Emery with 10 minutes left in the first period.

The Dons began to find the basket again with a little less than three minutes remaining, tightening the score to 34-30. After rebounding his own shot, L.J. Rose found the basket for a 3-point field goal with 2:38 on the clock. The Cougars held a six-point lead over the Dons at halftime, 38-32.

Emery led the game with 18 total points, followed by 9 points from Mika. The Cougars shot 48 percent from the field to 41 percent from the Dons. Both teams ended the half with 19 rebounds. 

Cougars dominate Tigers 91-62

Jan 07, 2017 - Posted by Sydney Jorgensen at 9:04 pm | Permalink

Yoeli Childs dunked for the Cougars’ first points of the second half. An L.J. Rose 3-pointer extended BYU’s advantage 54-33 with 18:39 on the clock. Back-to-back dunks by Eric Mika then gave the Cougars a 25-point lead. The Tigers made their first 3-pointer of the night with 14 minutes to go to counter BYU’s 67-42 advantage.

Both teams went cold from the field for over three minutes before Nick Emery brought BYU back into action with a basket from 3-point range. Pacific answered with 3-pointer of its own, but it wasn’t enough the spark the Tiger offense. Freshman Colby Leifson checked into the game and hit a shot from the arc for an 83-52 lead with seven minutes to go. The Cougars led by a game-high 34 points as Leifson hit another 3-pointer with 2:54 left in the game. 

Elijah Bryant scored a total of 17 points while Erik Mika tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. The Cougars outshot the Tigers 42 percent to 19 percent from beyond the arc as BYU's bench contributed 30 points in the victory. 

Three Cougars with double-digit points give BYU 47-29 first half advantage over Pacific

Jan 07, 2017 - Posted by Sydney Jorgensen at 8:01 pm | Permalink

Freshman TJ Haws opened the West Coast Conference matchup with a basket from the top of the arc. After two and a half minutes of play, Nick Emery capped the Cougars’ 8-1 opening run with a 3-pointer.

A trip to the charity stripe by Elijah Bryant increased BYU’s lead 13-8 before the Tigers countered with a jump shot to bring the score within three. The Cougars continued to fuel their offense as another pair of Bryant free throws gave BYU its first double-digit advantage of the game, 25-14, with ten minutes to go.

The Cougars built a 15-point lead as BYU held Pacific to a two minute scoring drought. The Tigers struggled to get back into rhythm as Haws fired another 3-pointer to put BYU up 38-23 with 4:34 left on the clock. The Cougars led by 18 going into halftime on a Bryant shot from the arc.

Bryant led BYU with 13 points while Haws and Eric Mika added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Mika also tallied nine rebounds in the first half. The Cougars shot 43 percent from the field as they held the Tigers to 32 percent shooting and 0-8 from 3-point range.

BYU blows out Santa Clara, 89-59

Dec 29, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 9:28 pm | Permalink

Coming out of the break, Mika again came away with the first points of the half, and sophomore Nick Emery then found his first points of the game with a jumper to put the Cougars up 47-26. Leading by 23 at the 13:05 mark, Steven Beo found the basket again for his third 3-pointer of the contest and was quickly followed by Yoeli Childs and Eric Mika layups to push the BYU edge to 30 with just over 12 minutes remaining.

Junior Corbin Kaufusi suited up for the Cougars for the first time this season and checked in with just under nine minutes remaining in the contest. BYU then used points from nearly every athlete on the roster, including 3-pointers from Nick Emery, Payton Dastrup and Colby Leifson to finish the contest.  BYU reached the large lead of the game at 35 points with 3:28 remaining, 84-49, and the Cougars finished off the Broncos with a final score of 89-59.

Three Cougars tallied double-digit scoring. Mika finished with a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds, with Haws and Beo close behind with 17 and 12, respectively. Aytes logged eight points, and Emery and Childs finished with seven each. 

Cougars carry double-digit lead over Broncos at the break

Dec 29, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 7:59 pm | Permalink

Despite the Broncos winning the opening tipoff, Cougar senior Eric Mika came away with the first four points of the game. After two quick fouls on freshman Yoeli Childs, sophomore Braiden Shaw checked into the game. Senior L.J. Rose came away with a three-point play after a takeaway on the other end and the Cougars went up 7-3. BYU went up nine at the 11:54 mark after junior Jamal Aytes came up with a layup, then quickly extended it to 11 with an Eric Mika throw down, 20-9.

Mika reached double digits in points, 10, only nine minutes into the contest, and Aytes had an impressive showing in the first half, going 4-of-4 from the field and finishing with eight points. Freshman Steven Beo drained his second 3-pointer for the Cougars at the 6:20 mark to put them up 21, 35-14. BYU continued to hit from the field including points from freshman TJ Haws, Childs and Mika. The Cougars maintained a comfortable 18-point lead into the locker room, 44-26.

Mika led all scorers with 14 points and also contributed seven rebounds. Haws and Aytes were close behind, with eight points each. Beo finished the half with seven points. Rose had five points, four rebounds and three assists. Childs ended with two points and two rebounds. 

Cougars defeat Roadrunners, 81-71

Dec 22, 2016 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 9:05 pm | Updated: December 22, 2016 9:06 pm | Permalink

Freshman Yoeli Childs scored nine of the Cougars’ first 16 second half points to give BYU a 63-45 lead with 11:33 on the clock. The Roadrunners reduced the Cougars’ 22-point lead to 10 points with 8:08 left to play.

BYU responded with successful trips to the charity stripe throughout the half, shooting 63.6 percent, and extended its lead to 14 points, 77-63, with 2:16 left.

The Cougars finished the night on top, 81-71, as four players scored double digits. Nick Emery led the Cougars with 23 points and Childs had career highs of 19 points and four blocks. TJ Haws added 14 points and five assists while Eric Mika contributed 13 points. Childs and Mika also pulled down 12 and 10 rebounds, respectively.