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Cougars down Blazers 97-79 in opening game of the NIT

Mar 16, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:49 pm | Updated: March 16, 2016 10:05 pm | Permalink

Out of the break, BYU struggled to get something going. UAB went on a 9-1 run to close in on the 58-47 lead. After making five 3-pointers in the first half, the Blazers made were 5 of 7 from beyond the arc in just the first eight minutes of the second half.

Zac Seljaas sparked some life into the Cougars’ offense with a three at the 15:02 mark to push the lead back to double-digits, 61-50. However, sharp shooting from UAB brought the lead back to single digits, getting the lead down to 65-61 with under 12 minutes to play.

With 10:21 left to play, Nick Emery stole the ball to get the layup, sparking the crowd. After Seljaas drilled another 3-pointer, Kyle Collinsworth got another bucket to cap off a 6-0 BYU run, pushing the lead back to double digits, 77-66, with 9:12 on the clock.

Chase Fischer propelled the team, scoring five of six buckets, including four 3-pointers, to blow the lead back open for the Cougars, extending it to 94-72 with four minutes to play and forcing a timeout for the Blazers.

BYU would hold on to the lead, taking the 97-79 win. Fischer led BYU in scoring with 27 points, including seven 3-pointers. Collinsworth recorded his 12th triple double with 19 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Nick Emery had 22 points and five assists in the win.

BYU leads UAB in first half of NIT first round

Mar 16, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:46 pm | Updated: March 16, 2016 8:50 pm | Permalink

The Cougars got to work fast in the first half with Kyle Davis scoring five quick points, including a 3-pointer at the 19:16 mark. Back-to-back threes from Chase Fischer pushed BYU on a 9-0 run, making it 11-2 with 17:03 left in the half.

With under 14 minutes to play, Kyle Collinsworth stole the ball and found Nick Emery on the breakaway. Collinsworth got down the court in time for Emery to set him up with an alley oop, allowing Collinsworth to throw it down. At the 11:49 mark, he dunked again, putting the Cougars up 25-12.

For five minutes, BYU and UAB traded buckets, neither team able to go on a run. Four consecutive baskets from the Cougars were split between Emery and Fischer, leading the way for the team. Capped off by two-straight from Corbin Kaufusi, BYU went on a 6-0 run to extend its lead to 41-26 with 2:54 left in the half.

BYU ended the half on a 10-2 run, including a 3-pointer with four seconds left in the half to go into the locker room with a  51-30 lead over UAB.

Emery led all scorers in the first half with 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting, including three treys. Fischer added 11 points with three 3-pointers of his own. Collinsworth had six points, six rebounds and nine assists in the half.

BYU falls 71-68 to Gonzaga

Feb 27, 2016 - Posted by McKay Perry at 8:23 pm | Updated: February 28, 2016 6:45 pm | Permalink

A Gonzaga offensive foul gave BYU another chance with 3.5 seconds left, facing a two-point deficit. The Cougars couldn’t capitalize in the eventual 71-68 loss.

A Fischer 3-pointer from the top of the key brought the Cougars within two, 70-68, with 1:05 on the clock.

Both teams experienced scoring droughts in the early part of the half as the Zags extended their lead to 10. The Cougars cut the difference to five, 50-45, with free throws by Collinsworth and Seljaas and a Fischer jumper at the 11:58 mark.

Gonzaga stretched it to a 12-point lead with 9:57 left. Two buckets by Fischer cut the score to 60-52, forcing a timeout by the Zags with 7:42 to play.

BYU closed the deficit to within three with pairs of free throws by Corbin Kaufusi and Collinsworth before Emery hit a 3-pointer with 5:55 on the clock.

Three Gonzaga baskets made it a 66-59 game, but Seljaas hit a corner three to bring BYU before Corbin Kaufusi’s free throw brought the game within three just after the 2:34 media timeout.

Fischer led BYU with 18 points while Collinsworth had 15 to go along with 15 rebounds and eight assists.

Collinsworth and Fischer pace BYU in first half against Gonzaga

Feb 27, 2016 - Posted by McKay Perry at 7:04 pm | Updated: February 27, 2016 7:05 pm | Permalink

BYU headed into halftime down 38-34 to Gonzaga.

Chase Fischer and Kyle Collinsworth led the Cougars with nine points each while Nick Emery chipped in eight. BYU shot 30 percent, including 7 of 20 from three, while Gonzaga’s shot 58 percent from the field with 5 of 10 behind the arc.

Gonzaga led 9-6 at the 15:30 media timeout after making its four of its first six attempts from the floor. A three by Emery on BYU’s first possession along with a Collinsworth trey kept the score close for the Cougars.

BYU pulled ahead 14-12, using a flurry of turnovers by Gonzaga to get the edge. Zac Seljaas and Fischer each had threes before the Zags tied it just before a media timeout at 11:21.

Gonzaga used a Cougar scoring drought to take the lead, but BYU sparked a 10-3 run for a 24-18 advantage at the 7:46 mark. Emery and Collinsworth each had five points on the stretch.

The Zags pulled ahead with a 13-2 run from 8:43 to the 2:56 mark to lead 31-26 as BYU went 1 of 9 during that span.

With the tally 36-31 in favor of the Bulldogs, Fischer hit two free throws and converted a four-point play to cut the margin to 36-34 with 50 seconds left in the half.

Collinsworth's triple-double fuels Cougars' 99-81 victory over Portland

Feb 25, 2016 - Posted by Blake Dorton at 10:55 pm | Updated: February 25, 2016 10:57 pm | Permalink

BYU didn't make a field goal in the first two minutes of the half which allowed Portland to cut the lead to 55-40, forcing a Cougar timeout. Nick Emery put a stop to the slow start seconds after play resumed with a made jumper. Kyle Collinsworth assisted on a Jordan Chatman 3-pointer just over a minute later, and with the assist Collinsworth broke the BYU single-season record for assists.

Portland went off from 3-point land near the midway point of the half to cut the lead to 76-60. Two 3-pointers from Zac Seljaas pushed the BYU lead to 82-64 at the 7:56 timeout. 

Collinsworth collected his 11th career triple-double at the 5:39 mark when he grabbed his 10th rebound of the contest. He then sprinted down the floor and found a cutting Emery who dunked it home to force a Portland timeout with BYU leading 89-70 with 5:23 to play. The Pilots would never threaten again as BYU ran away 99-81.

Collinsworth led the way by extending his own NCAA record for career triple-doubles with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists. Collinsworth tied the BYU single-game record for assists. Chase Fischer led all scorers with 21 points to go along with four rebounds and a pair of assists. Emery totaled 18 points, four rebounds and four assists. Chatman had a career-high 13 points, Kyle Davis scored 11 points, and Seljaas had 10 points and five assists.

BYU leads Portland 53-32 at the break

Feb 25, 2016 - Posted by Blake Dorton at 9:55 pm | Permalink

Portland got off to a 5-0 lead to start the game before Kyle Collinsworth got BYU on the board with a layup while being fouled. The Cougars made four of its next five field goal attempts to tie the game at nine at the first media timeout. After trading baskets over the next two minutes, the Cougars grabbed a five-point lead, 18-13, thanks to a 3-pointer from Chase Fischer and a Nick Emery layup.

BYU went on a 7-0 run to take a 27-17 lead with 7:23 remaining in the half. After the media timeout, Jordan Chatman made 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to force a Portland timeout with BYU up 33-17. The Cougars extended the lead to 42-24 with just over three minutes to play thanks to some hot shooting and a Portland cold spell.

The Cougars ended the half leading 53-32 after shooting 53 percent from the field.

Emery leads all scorers at the break with 13 points while Fischer is right behind with 12 to go along with four rebounds. Collinsworth filled the stat line with 10 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Chatman also chipped in eight points.


Cougars finish Toreros 91-33

Feb 20, 2016 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 8:46 pm | Updated: February 20, 2016 8:53 pm | Permalink

At the 18:31 mark of the second half, Nick Emery hit his second 3-point field goal of the game to give the Cougars the 44-12 lead. BYU then extended its lead to 39, 53-14, on a bucket by Kyle Davis

With 9:51 to go, Nate Austin dished it off to Kyle Collinsworth on the baseline for a layup. Collinsworth had 12 points in the game.

BYU increased its lead to 46, 72-26, fueled by five straight points by Davin Guinn. With 4:58 to go, Jamal Aytes then hit a baseline jumper to extend the lead to 48, 76-28.

The Cougars finished the contest shooting 56.5 percent from the field, while the Toreros shot 25.9. BYU had 43 points from the bench to San Diego's 15. The Cougars outrebounded the Toreros 49 to 28 and finished the game with 25 assists, and San Diego had five. Emery led all scorers with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Cougars take the 39-11 lead into halftime

Feb 20, 2016 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 7:48 pm | Updated: February 20, 2016 7:57 pm | Permalink

The Cougars started the game on an 8-0 run, forcing a quick San Diego timeout. BYU then proceeded to score five more quick points before the Toreros scored their first points of the contest. At the 11-minute mark, the Cougars led the USD 18-2.  With 8:21 to go in the first half, Kyle Collinsworth extended the BYU lead to 21 as he finished a breakaway dunk.

Nick Emery scored his eighth and ninth point on a finger-roll layup in the lane at the 7:19 mark. Emery led all scorers with nine points at the break. He also had a game-high seven rebounds going into the half. The Cougars finished out the half outscoring the Toreros 11-5 to take the 39-11 lead into the break.

BYU shot 45.7 percent from the field in the 20 minutes of play to San Diego's 16.1. The Cougars dished out 12 first half assists, while the Toreros had two, and BYU had six points off of turnovers to San Diego's two.

BYU loses first game at home 77-72 to Pacific

Feb 06, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 4:11 pm | Permalink

BYU scored five unanswered points at the beginning of the second half. A three from Jakob Hartsock and a bucket from Nick Emery put the Cougars up 41-36 with 16:57 to play. After an inbound play that led to an easy layup for Kyle Davis, BYU went cold, going scoreless from the field for six minutes. Emery ended the drought with a layup at the 10:26 mark to put the Cougars back up 50-49.

The last 10 minutes of the game were physical on both sides with the lead changing between them. After Pacific took the lead with five minutes to go, Emery made three clutch free throws to tie it up 59-59 with 4:28 to play.

The Tigers scored five unanswered points to go up 64-60 with three minutes left. A basket from Davis got his team within two, 64-62, but free throws from Pacific kept BYU at bay. The Cougars missed six-straight free throws down the stretch, allowing the Tigers to widen the gap.

In the last minute, Chase Fischer was a perfect 14 of 14 from the free-throw line to keep BYU in the game. However, Pacific made its free throws to keep the game out of reach and hold on to the 77-72 upset.

Fischer tallied 23 points, 14 of which came from the charity stripe. Davis had 21 points to go with his five rebounds. Emery had 13 points and Kyle Collinsworth had nine points, 12 rebounds and four assists.

BYU up 34-32 over Pacific at the half

Feb 06, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 2:48 pm | Updated: February 6, 2016 2:50 pm | Permalink

After starting 1 of 4 from the field, BYU made five-straight field goals to go up 16-9 with 15:37 on the clock. A trey from Jakob Hartsock and a three-point play from Kyle Collinsworth aided the Cougars in that run.

The Tigers got hot, making 6 of 8 to take the 21-20 lead with 10:42 to play. A 3-pointer from Chase Fischer put BYU back up 23-21, but a couple of baskets from Pacific put BYU down 26-23 with 6:28 to go in the half.

Kyle Davis scored two buckets in a row to get the Cougars back ahead by one, but the Tigers kept fighting to take the lead. Fischer drilled a pair of threes to put BYU up 34-32 with 1:32 to go until the break. The half ended with a big block from Davis to keep Pacific from tying it back up.

Davis led BYU in the first half with 11 points and three rebounds. Fischer also had 11 points points, including three 3-pointers. Collinsworth filled out the stat sheet with five points, six rebounds and four assists.