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BYU coasts by Portland 89-72

Feb 22, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 9:06 pm | Permalink

BYU came out on fire in the second half as they put away Portland behind a career night by Matt Carlino. He continued his hot shooting, tying his career-high in points with 30, on a career-high eight made 3-pointers. The eight threes are most in a game since 2009 when Jimmer Fredette hit nine.

BYU extended its lead to a game-high 25 as the Cougars held a double-digit lead for the rest of the game, winning 89-72.

Anson Winder had 19 points on 7 of 8 shooting while Tyler Haws chipped in 15 points. Kyle Collinsworth had a team-high 11 rebounds and seven assists.

BYU leads Portland 46-33 at half

Feb 22, 2014 - Posted by McKay Perry at 7:58 pm | Permalink
The story of the first half has been about stringing runs together. A Luke Worthington and-1 play capped an 8-0 run as BYU took a 10-5 lead. The Cougars put together another run to extend the lead to 11 with the help of an Eric Mika dunk and six points by Tyler Haws.
 
At the 8:27 mark Matt Carlino sparked a 9-0 run by himself, knocking down back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers.
 
Despite only shooting 38.7 percent for the half, Portland crept back in the game on 4 of 9 shooting from three to cut the deficit to 10.
 
On the last BYU possession of the half, Carlino hit another three to push the lead to 46-33 in favor of the Cougars at halftime. In the first half, three players in double figures led BYU. Haws had 13 points while Anson Winder and Carlino had 10 and 12 points, respectively.

BYU defeats No. 25 Gonzaga 73-65

Feb 20, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 11:13 pm | Permalink

A 6-0 BYU run kicked off the second half, leaving Gonzaga scrambling to get back on top. The Cougars held onto the lead, staying at least one possession ahead through the end of the game. Matt Carlino pushed the lead to eight, 68-60, on a layup with two minutes to play for BYU’s largest lead of the half. BYU wrapped up the game 73-65.

Anson Winder led the charge in the second half with 12 points, finishing with 17 total and going 10 for 10 from the free-throw line. Three other Cougars finished with double-figure points—Eric Mika with 13, Tyler Haws with 12 and Carlino with 15.

BYU tied with Gonzaga 39-39 at halftime

Feb 20, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 10:00 pm | Permalink

BYU led with a 9-3 run to start the game, but Gonzaga stole the lead on a 6-0 run to go up 13-11. Tied at 15, two jumpers by Skyler Halford and another by Tyler Haws put the Cougars back on top 21-15 with 11:15 until halftime. BYU increased that lead to 28-18 on a contested Eric Mika jumper.

Gonzaga cut down the lead in the last three minutes, tying the score at 36 and going ahead on a free throw in the final minute. Haws tied the score at 39 on a last-second jumper to end the half.

Mika led with 11 points and five rebounds. BYU shot 51.7 percent, while the Bulldogs shot 48.1 percent.

Quotes from Wednesday's post-practice interviews

Feb 19, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 8:14 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose

Defending Gonzaga:

It's one of the most difficult challenges because of how good they are inside. That's a real interesting challenge with that front line. That's probably the biggest difference in the challenge is that their personnel is really skilled and pretty deep."

"I think the guys are upbeat which is good and they have a positive mindset. One of the real challenges of a five to six month season is to try to get through everything and stay as even keeled as possible because there's always another game coming. That challenge requires your full attention, your focus, your dedication. Hopefully our guys are learning that's part of the process and to respect the process you can't get too down and you can't get too up."

"I think our guys, mentally and emotionally, really want the win. We'll have to see how they respond physically, sometimes the guys are too high emotionally and have a hard time settling into the game. I like the resiliency of our team and the resolve of our group. There are times when I'd like us to execute a whole lot better. Hopefully, what we get tomorrow is a team that has real urgency and real energy and real execution."

 

Tyler Haws

Pangos:

"He's a big piece to their team and their program. He's got a lot of experience...He's been around a lot of really good basketball. He's had our number for a few years, so we've got to lock in and know where he's at all the time."

To get a win on Thursday:

"We have to consistently score for 40 minutes. We've got to lock in and guard the 3-point line a lot better than we did at their place. I think that kind of got away from us."

Second half at Saint Mary's:

"It's definitely something to build on. Everyone was locked in to making a defensive play instead of not being so focused on 'Am I in the right spot? Am I in the right position?' Everyone was trying to get a hand on a ball, jump on a loose ball or get a steal."

 

Kyle Collinsworth

"When we don't let teams shoot threes we win. That's huge for us and Gonzaga has a lot of good shooters and we have to limit their attempts because when they get open shots they make them."

Defense winning the Saint Mary's game:

"We needed a game like that -- a close game where we had to dig down and get some stops."

 

Nate Austin

On Gonzaga:

"The last two years they've lost one league game so far. They're coming in with a lot of confidence because they're a team that expects to win. They go to the tournament every year and win a lot of games every year and they dominate this conference."

Coach Rose and players talk about road trip after practice

Feb 11, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 6:10 pm | Updated: February 11, 2014 7:52 pm | Permalink

Coach Dave Rose

On challenges against Pacific:

“[Pacific] is a really good team. I think the matchup for us is really difficult because of their ability to drive the ball and they drive it right at us. We told our guys today that we were the benefit of a superb offensive game by Tyler. We had that offensive cushion for most of the game, but it really felt like we were on our heels a lot in that second half. As a coaching staff, we really feel like we have our hands full and our guys are going to have to be good. We’re going to have to play a really good game to get going and win. We have to play a full game.”

On improvements:

“I believe our team has improved in a lot of different ways. Coming home, we had some really big offensive nights from Tyler and hopefully we don’t depend on them. We need to be prepared and have some good balance in our offensive game. I think defensively we’ve improved in our concentration as far as our execution is concerned, but the key to this road trip is to stay out of foul trouble and defend the 3-point line.”

“It’s so important during this time of year to be physical and to compete in a real physical nature, but we need to find a way to be more physical and foul less, if that’s possible, because we need to keep our big guys out of foul trouble.”

“We pay a lot more attention to detail on our defensive game plan. I think our rebounding statistics have been really good at home and hopefully we can transfer those things on the road. I believe our guys have really improved consistently throughout the game in that area.”

On home stretch:

“I think you can feel it from the guys. They realize that they’re in a position where the games are really important and they really mean a lot. I think our sport is unique to the fact that there’s always another chance with the tournament, but I really do believe our guys know the standings and know the weight of every game now. The best part is, when you do win, it makes the next game even more important and that’s a great way to get through February and March.”

On bracketology and rankings:

“I think what guys understand is that that’s so temporary. There’s so much to do. From my point of view, it’s so temporary and things can change so quick no matter what side of the coin you’re on. Hopefully we’ve instilled a few things in our guys and that the only thing that’s important is the next game we play.”

Tyler Haws

On road swing:

“I think our intensity on defense, I feel like we’ve made strides there in our games at home, so we have to find a way to bring that intensity on the road. We just need to play loose and play like we can at home.”

On grinding out games:

“We have to take that mentality on the road. It feels like on the road every game is a grind-it-out game, so it feels good to be in one of those games and come out on top. We have that experience under our belt and we’re going to have to be ready to play these next two games.”

On winning games during final stretch:

“I think just continuing to get better every day in practice and taking care of your body. We just want to win games and we can’t worry too much about [rankings] right now. We just have to focus on our next game.”

Eric Mika

On getting back on the road and physicality:

“I’m excited. We haven’t been out for a while and I think we’ve improved a lot. We got our feet under us again and I think we’re going to do well.”

“I think physically, we’re a lot better and we’re a lot healthier than we have been starting these road trips.”

“I think every game we play in this conference is going to be physical. The calls might be a little different, but no matter what, you’re going to get hit, so we can pretty much expect that.”

On last game against Pacific:

“They attempt the most 3-pointers out of any team in our conference and our conference is a 3-point shooting conference. Being on their home floor, they’re going to play well. We’re expecting a good game.”

This Week in the WCC

Feb 10, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 2:11 pm | Updated: February 10, 2014 2:44 pm | Permalink

BYU men's basketball will take its final two-game road trip this week when it faces Pacific and Saint Mary's. The Cougars are on a four-game win streak and after taking over sole possession of second place will play the third game in three weeks with the No. 2 spot on the line Saturday against Saint Mary's.

The Gaels beat LMU and Pepperdine last week after losing at BYU on Feb. 1. Pacific is coming off a split of their four-game road swing where they lost to BYU and Pepperdine, but defeated San Diego and LMU.

Fun Facts

Matt Carlino leads the West Coast Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.0, which is 1.4 more than second place's Alec Wintering or Portland.

Stephen Holt, WCC Player of the Week, played all 45 minutes in Saint Mary's overtime win against Pepperdine on Saturday. Holt leads the conference in minutes played with 38.5 per game, nearly three minutes more than any other player.

A win over Pacific guarantees the Cougars a trip to the quarterfinals and saves BYU the possibility of playing in Thursday's opening round games in the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas on March 6. 

Speaking of the tournament, with a win against Pacific and Saint Mary's this week, BYU would put itself in prime position for the No. 2 seed in the WCC tournament. With a win over the Gaels, the Cougars would own the head-to-head tiebreaker over both Saint Mary's and San Francisco, the two teams right behind BYU in the standings. Most importantly it would put BYU on the opposite side of the bracket from Gonzaga.

Leaders

Standings Conference Overall
1. Gonzaga 11-1 21-4
2. BYU 9-4 17-9
3. Saint Mary's 8-4 18-7
4. San Francisco 8-5 15-10
5. Pepperdine 7-6 14-11
6. Portland 5-7 13-11
7. Pacific 4-8 13-10
8. San Diego 4-9 13-13
9. Santa Clara 4-9 11-15
10. Loyola Marymount 3-10 11-14
Scoring Team PPG
1. Tyler Haws BYU 26.1
2. Jared Brownridge Santa Clara 20.9
3. Brandon Clark Santa Clara 18.4
8. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 15.8
22. Eric Mika BYU 11.8
29. Matt Carlino BYU 10.5
Rebounding Team RPG
1. Ryan Nicholas Portland 8.8
2. Stacy Davis Pepperdine 8.3
3. Brad Waldow Saint Mary's 8.3
4. Nate Austin BYU 8.2
5. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 7.9
7. Eric Mika BYU 7.1
Assists Team APG
1. Anthony Ireland LMU 5.9
2. Christopher Anderson San Diego 5.1
3. Alec Wintering Portland 5.0
4. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 4.5
5. Matt Carlino BYU 4.3
Steals Team SPG
1. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 2.2
2. Anthony Ireland LMU 1.8
3. Brandon Clark Santa Clara 1.7
4. Matt Carlino BYU 1.6
National Scoring Team PPG
1. Antoine Mason Niagara 26.3
2. Doug McDermott Creighton 25.3
3. Tyler Haws BYU 24.5

Coming Up

Thursday, Feb. 13

Pepperdine at Gonzaga, 7 p.m. MST, ROOT Sports 

Loyola Marymount at Portland, 8 p.m., TheW.tv

BYU at Pacific, 9 p.m., ROOT Sports

San Diego at Saint Mary's, 9 p.m. MST, ESPNU

Saturday, Feb. 15

Pepperdine at Portland, 2 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

BYU at Saint Mary's, 6 p.m. MST ESPN2

Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga, 6 p.m. MST, ROOT Sports

San Diego at Pacific, 8 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

San Francisco at Santa Clara, 9 p.m. MST, ESPNU

BYU tops San Francisco 68-63

Feb 08, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 9:07 pm | Updated: February 8, 2014 9:10 pm | Permalink

BYU let San Francisco jump ahead early in the second half. The Dons took a 37-34 lead on a pair of jumpers with 17:14 on the clock. A steal under the Dons’ basket with just under eight minutes to play led to a Carlino fastbreak attempt. Fouled on his way up, Carlino went to the line and made one of his free throws to tie the score 54-54.

Tyler Haws retook the lead for BYU on two free throws, and Nate Austin followed with a dunk to bring the lead to 59-55 with five minutes to go, part of a 7-0 run. The Cougars held on to end the game with a 68-63 victory.

BYU finished the game leading in rebounds 47-29 and had 20 points scored off rebounds. Haws scored 12 in the half to total 19, and Carlino scored all 11 of his points in the second half. 

BYU beats Santa Clara 89-76

Feb 06, 2014 - Posted by Justin Green at 11:18 pm | Updated: February 7, 2014 12:12 am | Permalink

Tyler Haws had 27 points and five rebounds to lead BYU to an 89-76 victory over Santa Clara. Eric Mika recorded 15 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the year. Kyle Collinsworth had 18 points and Skyler Halford pitched in 12.

The Cougars started the half on a 12-3 run to push the lead to 20, highlighted by 3-pointers from Halford and Matt Carlino. Haws had four points in the run. The lead hovered around 20 until a dunk by Collinsworth and three points from Mika extended the BYU advantage to 25 at 83-58.

The Broncos finished the game on an 18-4 run in garbage time for the final margin. 

BYU leads 53-40 at half

Feb 06, 2014 - Posted by Justin Green at 10:08 pm | Updated: February 6, 2014 10:22 pm | Permalink

Behind 17 points from Tyler Haws and 11 each from Kyle Collinsworth and Eric Mika, the Cougars took a 13-point advantage into the half over the Broncos.  Mika also contributed six rebounds.

Both teams started cold from the floor and the Cougars battled to an 11-10 lead with 15 minutes left in the half. Back-to-back buckets from Haws pushed the lead to 18-12. Luke Worthington contributed four points in the early going. Skyler Halford’s 3-pointer extended the lead to 11 at 25-14. Mika spun baseline for a reverse dunk with just under 10 minutes to maintain a 10-point lead.

After BYU took a 13-point lead on Frank Bartley’s layup, Santa Clara went on a quick 6-0 run to cut the deficit to seven with five minutes to play in the half. Mika scored seven of the next 12 BYU points to fuel a 13-2 run to give the Cougars a 51-33 lead, their largest of the half. The Broncos finished the half on a 7-2 run for the halftime score, 53-40.