Men's Basketball Blog

Big second-half gives BYU 90-76 win over EKU

Nov 29, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 9:35 pm | Permalink

Kyle Collinsworth scored the first BYU points in the second half with a putback layup and followed it up with a steal and an assist to Chase Fischer in transition to hold a 36-33 lead at the 18:00 mark. The Cougars went on a 15-3 run to extend their lead to 49-36 with 14:35 left in the game. The run included three shots from deep and a two-hand dunk by Tyler Haws on the break ignited by Anson Winder’s steal.

Skyler Halford added three more 3-pointers with Collinsworth and Haws adding one each to increase BYU’s lead to 64-41 with 11:15 remaining. Fischer’s layup at the 10:45 mark gave the Cougars their largest lead of the game at 25 points up 66-41. With 5:20 on the clock, Frank Bartley IV assisted Collinsworth on the dunk to maintain a 77-59 lead.

BYU took the game 90-76 with Haws leading all scorers with 26 points to go along with four points and four rebounds. Fischer added 20 points, three rebounds and two assists, while Winder contributed 19 points and five rebounds. Collinsworth finished nine points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals. 

Cougars lead Eastern Kentucky 32-30 at halftime

Nov 29, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 8:23 pm | Permalink

Chase Fischer opened the game with a 3-pointer but the Colonels took a 10-7 lead less than five minutes into the game. Tyler Haws made a shot from beyond the arc to tie it at 10 apiece at the 15:16 mark, and tied it again at 12-12 with Skyler Halford’s assist to Haws running the baseline for the layup.

Fischer scored the next eight BYU points to keep a three-point lead with Anson Winder’s drive down the lane putting the Cougars up 23-17 with 7:57 left in the half. The Colonels went on a 6-0 run to tie it back at 23, but was answered by Anson Winder’s 3-pointer to give BYU a 26-23 lead with 4:08 remaining.

The Cougars erased a quick two-point deficit with a Haws putback layup and Frank Bartley IV’s putback off of his own free-throw miss with 38 seconds left to give BYU a 32-30 lead at the half.

Fischer and Haws led the game with 11 points a piece with Winder adding five points and three rebounds. 

BYU downs SVU, 101-48

Nov 19, 2014 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 9:08 pm | Updated: November 19, 2014 9:10 pm | Permalink
Anson Winder, Luke Worthington and Chase Fischer paced BYU early in the second half, combining for 14 points as the Cougars stretched their lead to 74-28 seven minutes into the half. Worthington's efficiency continued, as he buried a left-handed hook from the middle of the lane to improve to 6 of 7 from the field.

With his field goal with 6:30 on the clock, senior forward Josh Sharp became the 10th player to score for BYU, as BYU led 81-34. A minute and a half later, Sharp electrified the crowd, throwing down an alley-oop from teammate Jake Toolson.

The Cougars broke the 90-point barrier when Toolson knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner—his fourth three of the game. In the final minutes of the game, Jordan Ellis and Ryan Andrus scored for BYU, giving 12 Cougars points in the game. Toolson hit his fifth three with one second left in the contest, becoming the leading scorer for BYU and giving the Cougars a 101-48 win.

Seven BYU players—Toolson, Tyler Haws, Isaac Neilson, Worthington, Fischer, Frank Bartley IV and Dalton Nixon—scored in double digits. Bartley led the team with seven assists. Neilson and Toolson led with seven rebounds each.

BYU leads SVU 49-22 at the half

Nov 19, 2014 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 7:59 pm | Permalink

BYU won the tip and capitalized on its first possession, with senior guard Tyler Haws knocking down a jumper. Haws and sophomore guard Luke Worthington accounted for all of BYU's first 13 points, as the Cougars jumped out to a 13-4 lead five minutes into the game.

Over the next six minutes, Southern Virginia cut in to the Cougars' lead, as the game stood at 21-17 with nine minutes left in the half. Two free throws from Haws broke up the Knight's 7-0 run and sparked a 16-0 run for BYU. BYU led 37-17 with just over three minutes left in the half.

The Cougars coasted to a 49-22 halftime lead with senior guard Anson Winder and freshman forward Dalton Nixon combining for eight points in the final minutes.

Freshman guard Jake Toolson scored nine points in the first half on three 3-pointers. Haws also scored nine points, and Worthington scored eight.

Cougars win first game of EA SPORTS Maui Invitational against Trojans

Nov 18, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 9:29 pm | Permalink

The Cougars opened the second half with a 14-5 start that included Chase Fischer and Tyler Haws’ shots from beyond the arc and a Haws steal and dunk on the break to extend their lead 51-33. The Trojans responded with an 8-0 run of their own but ended on Anson Winder’s 3-pointer at the 13:27 mark to keep BYU’s lead 56-44.

With under 10 minutes left in the game, Winder stripped the ball to lead to an open 3-pointer by Fischer and followed it up with another steal to assist Fischer on the break a minute later to maintain BYU’s 66-51 lead. During BYU’s 14-0 run, Haws got his second dunk of the game in the open lane at the 6:42 mark to extend its lead 70-51.

Freshman Dalton Nixon’s dunk with 27 seconds remaining gave the Cougars their largest lead of the game at 91-60 and took the game 91-62.  

Cougars lead Trojans 37-28 at halftime

Nov 18, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 8:28 pm | Permalink

The Cougars and Trojans started with a back-and-forth battle with Tyler Haws scoring the first BYU points at the 18:52 mark to trail 3-2. Chase Fischer hit one from deep to tie it at 5 apiece with Luke Worthington’s dunk giving the Cougars a 13-11 lead five minutes into the half.

With under nine minutes remaining, the Trojans tied the game 21-21 but was answered by Fischer’s three-point play to put BYU back up 24-21. Worthington’s free throw was the final point in the Cougars’ 8-1 run that extended BYU’s lead 29-22 with 4:41 left in the half.

Another 6-0 run that included Halford’s shot off the glass, Worthington and Anson Winder’s layup gave BYU its first double-digit lead of the game at 35-24 with 2:19 remaining. The Cougars kept their 11-point lead to enter halftime up 37-28.

Haws and Fischer led all scorers with nine points with Worthington adding a career-high seven points of his own. Kyle Collinsworth contributed six assists and four rebounds with Nate Austin pulling down five rebounds. 

BYU beats Long Beach State in season opener, 95-90

Nov 14, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 7:18 pm | Permalink

BYU beat Long Beach State 95-90 at the Marriott Center on Friday in a game that had a total of 24 3-pointers made.

BYU started off the second half with a 7-0 run after Nate Austin nailed a three and Tyler Haws and Kyle Collinsworth both contributed points in the paint. The Cougars led 53-47 with 18:45 left, forcing the 49ers to call a timeout. A 3-pointer from Chase Fischer energized the team and the crowd. Fischer then got a steal and an assist off of a jump shot from Skyler Halford, which made the score 71-66 with 8:29 left.

Haws led the team in scoring with 21 points. Halford scored 18 points on 5 of 7 shooting (6 of 6 from the free-throw line) and also dished out seven assists. Austin led the rebounding effort for the Cougars with nine to go along with his six points. In his debut in a BYU uniform, Fischer scored 17 points, shooting 4 of 8 from beyond the arc.

BYU down 47-46 to Long Beach State at the half

Nov 14, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 6:06 pm | Permalink

BYU lead 9-5 at the first timeout with 15:40 left in the game. Tyler Haws started the game shooting 3 of 3 from the field, two of which were shots from beyond the arc. Anson Winder had a block to stop a breakaway LBS bucket. The 49ers went on a 7-2 run to put them within one of the Cougars, 20-19 with 12:10 left.

BYU fired back after the timeout. Chase Fischer nailed a 3-pointer and Winder earned three points after getting hit at the basket after making a layup and the free throw to put the Cougars up 28-24 with 10:13 left in the half.

After a three from McKay LaSalle and two made free throws by Temidayo Yussuf, the 49ers took the lead for the first time, 29-28 with 7:44 in the half. Frank Bartley IV’s jumper and Winder’s basket tied the game at 35 all with 5:35 left.

Skyler Halford and Isaac Neilson were both fouled with less than two minutes left in the game. They made their free throws to take the 46-44 lead with 1:04 left. LaSalle nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give LBS the 47-46 lead going into the half.

Fischer leads the Cougars in scoring with 9 points. LBS’s LaSalle leads all scorers with 12, shooting 4 of 7 from beyond the arc.

Boom Shakalaka Dunk Contest

Oct 15, 2014 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:52 am | Permalink

The two headliners for the dunk contest at Boom Shakalaka (Friday at 7 p.m. MT in the Smith Fieldhouse) are senior Josh Sharp and sophomore Frank Bartley IV. In last year's contest, Sharp caught a pass from his wife and jumped over her for a dunk before the two shared a kiss. Bartley jumped over 6-foot-10 freshman Eric Mika to advance to the final where he ultimately lost to Mika.

Here's a recap of the 2013 Boom Shakalaka Dunk Contest and some of Sharp and Bartley's best dunks.

See Bartley's dunk at the 3:05 mark:

See Bartley's dunk at the 3:08 mark:

Quotes from Coach Rose and players after the first practice

Oct 07, 2014 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 11:49 am | Permalink

Junior guard Chase Fischer

"It’s an honor (to be named a captain). We’ve got so many great guys. Kyle and Tyler are such good leaders. It’s good to be out there with them."

"I think I bring a really vocal aspect. I like to talk a lot. I’m very personable and I like to talk to all the guys. I feel honored to do that. I think that’s kind of my personality just being a leader. Hopefully I can do well for the guys this year."

Junior guard Kyle Collinsworth

"I’m trying to be more of a defensive captain this year. I’m trying to take that responsibility and just trying to step up because if we want to win games and conference championships we have to make sure (we’re playing defense)."

Coach Dave Rose

"I really like the experience of that group (the captains). I think that we could have a mix of leadership here that has been as good as ever with the five seniors."

"They really complement each other. Kyle is a real extroverted player. Ty is just an everyday guy. You know what you’re going to get from him. He just leads by example."

"Everybody has their own leadership style, but what I really like about Chase is that he fits in with everyone. He’s a guy that has a relationship with everyone on the team, no matter if he was a redshirt scout team guy last year or the captain of the team. That’s where Chase can really bring a lot of positive things to this team, from his ability to relate to each guy on this team."