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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.

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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." 

Cougars in the Pros: Lee Cummard combines for 33 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists in two games

Dec 09, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 2:51 pm | Updated: December 9, 2013 2:59 pm | Permalink

Lee Cummard went for 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists in a 71-78 loss to Grissin Bon RE last Tuesday and finished with a double-double, 17 points and 10 rebounds, and two assists in a 62-68 loss to Liege last Friday. 

Charles Abouo finished with eight points in a 72-69 victory over in 11 minutes of play, while Trent Plaisted added 11 points and eight rebounds in a 92-84 victory over Vechta last Saturday. Plaisted also had five points, nine rebounds and three assists in a 56-48 win over Paris-Levallois last Tuesday. 

Rafael Araujo contributed six points and four rebounds in a two-point loss to Liga Sorocaba. Brandon Davies finished with a total of five points, five rebounds, two steals and a block in a total of three games last week, while averaging 12 minutes per game.  

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 4.0 1.7 1.7
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.2 2.0 0.8
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Mogi das Cruzes Paulista Stage Two Brazil 5.0 4.2 0.8
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 10.2 5.8 1.8
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 7.6 5.1 1.0
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.6 3.1 0.1
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 8.9 5.6 1.0

BYU vs. North Texas Infographic

Dec 04, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:34 pm | Updated: December 5, 2013 4:12 pm | Permalink

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Tyler Haws led five in double figures as BYU beats North Texas 97-67

Dec 03, 2013 - Posted by Jared Houghton at 9:10 pm | Updated: December 4, 2013 9:05 am | Permalink

Tyler Haws scored a game-high 23 points to lead five Cougars in double figures in  a 97-67 win over North Texas.

Eric Mika and Matt Carlino both recorded their first double-doubles of the season. Mika had 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds and Carlino had 11 assists and a career-high 10 rebounds. Carlino was five points away from a triple-double. Kyle Collinsworth had a career-high 17 points and Skyler Halford had a career-high 16 points off the bench.

Nate Austin opened the scoring in the second half with five points to help spark a 7-0 run for BYU to extend the lead to 47-35. A deflection by Austin led to another Mika dunk from Collinsworth to cap the run with 18:57 remaining. Carlino’s ninth assist led to a big two-hand dunk down the lane by Collinsworth to keep BYU up 53-38.

Halford’s floater started a 6-0 BYU run that included a block by Austin to lead a Bartley dunk in transition and a Haws layup to extend the lead 67-51 at the 11:50 mark. With the layup, Haws passed his father, Marty Haws, to place 20th on BYU’s all-time scoring list.

With just over 14 minutes left in the game, North Texas brought the score within eight points at 56-48 but the Cougars went on a 41-19 run to end the game. Twelve players saw the court tonight. BYU outscored North Texas in the paint 58-30 and held a 26-2 lead in fast break points.

Eric Mika and Tyler Haws lead BYU to a 42-35 lead over North Texas at halftime

Dec 03, 2013 - Posted by Jared Houghton at 7:56 pm | Updated: December 3, 2013 8:01 pm | Permalink

Tyler Haws scored a game-high 15 points and Eric Mika added 11 points and five rebounds to lead BYU to a 42-35 lead over North Texas at halftime.

North Texas opened the game hitting the first two baskets to take an early 5-0 lead. Mika responded by scoring the next two baskets and Kyle Collinsworth threw it down on a fast break to give BYU its first lead of the game at 6-5. The teams traded baskets with neither team pulling ahead by more than three until North Texas took its biggest lead of the half at 14-11 with 16:44 left.

The Cougars pushed back and took a 19-16 lead on another fast-break dunk by Collinsworth. Four ties later the game was knotted up at 25-25 with just under nine minutes left in the first half. BYU went on a 15-6 run over the next six and a half minutes to take a 40-31 lead.  Again the Cougars pushed their lead to nine with a 42-33 lead with just over a minute left and a basket by North Texas put the score at 42-35 going into the locker room. 

In the first half, there were six ties and nine lead changes with the largest lead of nine done twice by BYU. North Texas shot 40 percent from the field and 25 percent from beyond the arc while BYU shot 49 percent from the field and 33 from the three-point line. 

BYU Hoops Mailbag Week Four

Dec 03, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 1:11 pm | Updated: December 4, 2013 11:26 am | Permalink

As we return from an eventful Thanksgiving week, we'll take a look at two questions. One from a mother wondering what it takes to play Division I basketball and another about something that hasn't happened since anyone on the team was born.

Karla from Phoenix asks:

This is very obviously a mother's question. I have a pre-teen son who wants to play at the collegiate level. I know it takes a lot of work and I want him to go into it with his eyes open. Did all of BYU's players pretty much play basketball year-round before college? What other sports did they play in addition to basketball? What other interests did they have to give up in order to get to the level of play that they are at?

Every scholarship player for the Cougars played mostly year-round between high school basketball and club or AAU teams. There was a split between playing other sports and focusing solely on basketball. Freshmen Frank Bartley IV and Luke Worthington played football through high school, but both said they decided to pursue basketball after high school instead of football. Skyler Halford said he played baseball, football and a little soccer when he was younger, but once 9th grade rolled around he focused on basketball. Halford also said he didn't feel like he missed out not playing sports or filling his time with other hobbies and activities. He had learned how to play the piano when he was younger, but put that off until he served his mission and now he keeps up with it a little better.

So to summarize, dedicating every waking moment to basketball isn't necessary, but prioritizing basketball over other interests probably is on some level.

Lloyd from Aspen asks:

When was the last time a Cougar recorded a triple-double?

On Tuesday night, Matt Carlino got close to a triple double with 10 rebounds, 11 assists, but only five points. No Cougar has accomplished the feat since 1988, before anyone on this BYU team was born. There have been four Cougars who reached double digits in three different categories in a single game and each one did it once in their career. Kresimir Cosic was the first to accomplish it with 15 points, 19 rebounds and 12 assists in a 93-83 win over Niagara on Jan. 17, 1973. Danny Ainge did it in a 100-91 win over Long Beach State on Nov. 28, 1977. He scored 27 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 13 assists. Four years later on March, 7, 1981, Fred Roberts became the second Cougar to do it with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 95-76 win over Utah. The last triple-double came on Feb. 13, 1988, as Michael Smith helped beat Colorado State 86-80 with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

Those four players are second, third, sixth and 14th in career scoring at BYU. Smith is the career leader in rebounds for BYU, with Cosic second and Roberts sixth. Ainge is second in career assists and Roberts is 10th. Cosic is the career leader in double-doubles at BYU. Smith averaged 7.5 rebounds per game in 1987-88 and averaged 2.5 assists per game over his career. Roberts averaged 8 rebounds per game in 1980-81 and averaged 2.9 assists for his career. Ainge averaged 5.8 rebounds per game his freshman year of 1977-78 and averaged more than five assists per game that season as well.

Carlino got close on Tuesday night and he had approached it against Mount St. Mary's earlier this season and against Washington in the NIT last year. Carlino averages almost five assists per game which is the most in BYU history, so he does have a pretty good baseline for getting to double figures there and a good rebounding game with an average scoring night would also get him close in any given game.

Collinsworth profiles a lot like Roberts. Roberts averaged three assists and seven rebounds a game in his career, this season Collinsworth averages nine rebounds and five assists. A good game distributing the ball puts Collinsworth well within striking distance of a triple-double. He was four assists away in the season opener against Weber State, three rebounds and one assist shy of a triple-double against Stanford and on Saturday against Utah State he was two assists and three points short. Collinsworth has topped double digits in rebounds three times this year and six times in his career. He has never broken double digits in assists.

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BYU vs. Utah State infographic

Dec 02, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:26 pm | Updated: December 2, 2013 10:35 pm | Permalink

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