Men's Basketball Blog

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.

This Week in the WCC

Feb 04, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 3:20 pm | Updated: February 4, 2014 3:41 pm | Permalink

BYU continues its home stand with Santa Clara and San Francisco this week. The Cougars moved into a tie for second place with San Francisco thanks to victories over Pacific and Saint Mary's last week. They have a chance to create some separation for second place when they face San Francisco on Saturday. First, the Cougars host Santa Clara on Thursday.

Gonzaga remains atop the conference with a three-game cushion. The Bulldogs entered the AP Top 25 this week at No. 23, joining their No. 20 ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll. 

Fun Facts

Tyler Haws has scored more than 30 points in two straight games and in three of his last four. Over that four-game stretch, Haws has averaged 35.5 points and is now third in the nation in scoring at 24.6 points per game. In conference play, Haws averages 26.1 points per game.

If Haws keeps on this pace he would be the first WCC player to average more than 24 points per game since Adam Morrison averaged 29.4 in 2005-06 and only the second player since 1991-92. It currently would be the 12th best scoring mark in conference games in WCC history.

This would be the third straight season a BYU player has led the WCC in scoring. Haws accomplished the feat last year, while Brandon Davies and Noah Hartsock did it in 2011-2012. Hartsock led in overall games, while Davies led in conference games only. The last WCC school to have an individual lead the conference in scoring in three consecutive years was USF with Dior Lowhorn (2007-08 and 2008-09) and Antonio Kellogg (2006-07). If Haws were to finish in the WCC lead for scoring, he would be the eighth player to lead the league in consecutive years. The list includes:

Dior Lowhorn San Francisco 2007-08 and 2008-09

Jeff Brown, Gonzaga 1992-93 and 1993-94

Terrell Lowery Loyola Marymount 1990-91 and 1991-92

Quintin Dailey San Francisco 1980-81 and 1981-82

Frank Oleynick Seattle 1973-74 and 1974-75

William Averitt Pepperdine 1971-72 and 1972-73

Steve Gray Saint Mary's 1961-62 and 1962-63

Standings WCC Overall
1. Gonzaga 10-1 20-3
2. BYU 7-4 15-9
3. San Francisco 7-4 14-9
4. Saint Mary's 6-4 16-7
5. Pepperdine 6-5 13-10
6. Portland 5-6 13-10
7. San Diego 4-7 13-11
8. Pacific 3-7 12-9
9. Santa Clara 3-8 10-14
10. Loyola Marymount 3-8 11-12

 

Scoring School PPG
1. Tyler Haws BYU 26.1
2. Jared Brownridge Santa Clara 20.9
3. Anthony Ireland LMU 18.5
9. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 15.3
25. Eric Mika BYU 11.3
30. Matt Carlino BYU 10.9

 

Rebounding School RPG
1. Stacy Davis Pepperdine 8.8
2. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 8.6
3. Brad Waldow Saint Mary's 8.3
6. Nate Austin BYU 7.5

 

Assists School APG
1. Anthony Ireland Loyola Marymount 5.9
2. Christopher Anderson San Diego 5.1
3. Alec Wintering Portland 5.0
4. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 4.6
6. Matt Carlino BYU 4.1

 

Steals School SPG
1. Anthony Ireland LMU 2.0
2. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 1.9
3. James Walker III Saint Mary's 1.7

 

Coming Up

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Portland at Gonzaga, ROOT Sports, 9 p.m. MST

Thursday, Feb. 6

Pacific at Pepperdine, TheW.tv, 8 p.m. MST 

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

Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount, ROOT Sports, 9 p.m. MST

Santa Clara at BYU, ESPNU, 9 p.m. MST

Saturday, Feb. 8

Saint Mary's at Pepperdine, ROOT Sports, 2 p.m. MST

Pacific at Loyola Marymount, TheW.tv, 5 p.m. MST

Gonzaga at Memphis, ESPN, 7 p.m. MST

San Francisco at BYU, BYUtv, 8 p.m. MST

Santa Clara at San Diego, TheW.tv, 8 p.m.

Cougars in the Pros: Fredette goes perfect from the field

Feb 04, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 12:56 pm | Permalink

Jimmer Fredette scored 11 points to go along with four assists, two steals and a rebound in 11 minutes of play. He went 5 of 5 from the field, 1 of 1 from beyond the arc, in the win against the Chicago Bulls. 

Trent Plaisted went for a near double-double, 12 points and nine rebounds, in a 92-90 win last Sunday, while Lee Cummard finished with 11 points and four rebounds in a 19-point win over Kangoeroes last Friday. 

Rafael Araujo, who is now teammates with Jonathan Tavernari, added eight points, six rebounds and two assists in an 80-71 victory. 

For weekly updates, visit Cougars in the Pros under the info tab. 

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 5.9 1.3 1.6
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.5 2.0 0.6
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 4.3 4.3 0.7
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 11.9 6.1 2.1
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 7.5 4.6 0.9
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.1 3.1 0.2
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.3 6.4 1.2

BYU beats Saint Mary's 84-71

Feb 01, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 11:17 pm | Permalink

BYU beat Saint Mary’s 84-71 behind 33 points and seven rebounds from Tyler Haws. Kyle Collinsworth contributed 20 points to tie his career high to go along with nine boards and two assists.

 

BYU trailed 38-37 at the half. Following the break, both sides traded points consistently until five-straight points from Haws gave the Cougars a 48-44 advantage.

 

Fueled by nine points from Haws on a 13-3 run, BYU took a nine-point lead at 56-47 heading into the under-12 minute timeout.

 

The Cougars maintained a double-digit advantage from the 10:26 mark to the end of the game.

 

A pair of Collinsworth free throws with 8:28 gave him 20 points to tie his career high in points and free throws made.

Cougars trail Saint Mary's 38-37 at halftime

Feb 01, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:57 pm | Updated: February 1, 2014 10:04 pm | Permalink

Kyle Collinsworth leads BYU with 14 points and six rebounds. Tyler Haws is the only other Cougar in double figures with 11 points and four boards.

 

The Cougars struggled with turnovers early in the half, giving up four within the first two minutes of play. During that stretch Saint Mary's jumped out to an early 8-2 lead.

 

The Gaels took a double-digit lead with at 19-8 with 12:07 remaining in the half from a pair of Brad Waldow free throws.

 

Frank Bartley IV cut Saint Mary's lead back to single digits at 28-19 from a fast break layup.

 

An Anson Winder 3-pointer sparked BYU's offense and helped the Cougars come back within two from a 9-2 run.

 

Haws then hit a 3-pointer of his own to tie the game at 35 with under two minutes remaining and a Collinsworth bucket gave BYU its first lead of the game at 37-35.

 

Digital Review: January

Jan 31, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 10:51 am | Updated: March 3, 2014 9:15 am | Permalink

The Cougars started January with a five-game win streak and now the month ends with a compilation of all the different video content that's been posted in January. The highlights stretch from the 87-53 win over San Diego to Thursday night's 88-78 victory over Pacific. After the highlights, videos and links are grouped by media outlet. Enjoy.

Highlights

Pacific Highlights

BYUtv Pacific Highlights

Fly Away

Tyler Haws Player of the Week Jan. 13

LMU Highlights

BYUtv LMU Highlights

Pepperdine Highlights

BYUtv Pepperdine Highlights

Sklyer Halford Player of the Week Jan. 6

Skyler Halford drops 28 points on San Diego

Eric Mika And-One Dunk in Slow Motion

Anson Winder 3-pointer in Slow Motion

San Diego Highlights

BYUtv San Diego Highlights

IMG
BYU Basketball with Dave Rose Jan. 28

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose Jan. 21

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose Jan. 14

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose Jan. 7

KSL

Dave Rose Show with Kyle Collinsworth Jan. 21
http://media.bonnint.net/slc/2513/251357/25135705.mp3

Dave Rose Show with Cody Fueger Jan. 14
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=28365202&nid=498

Dave Rose Show with Skyler Halford Jan. 7
http://media.bonnint.net/slc/2513/251323/25132359.mp3

Dave Rose Show with Tyler Haws Jan. 2
http://media.bonnint.net/slc/2513/251314/25131404.mp3

ESPN

Andy Katz 3-Point Shot Jan. 2

Balitang America (Filipino News Organization)

Tyler Haws Helps

BYUtv

Dave Rose Practice Interview Jan. 29

Tyler Haws Practice Interview Jan. 29

Nate Austin Practice Interview Jan. 29

Eric Mika Practice Interview Jan. 29

Matt Carlino Practice Interview Jan. 29

Ready for More - This is Our Team Promo

Noah Hartsock True Blue

Dave Rose Practice Interview Jan. 21

Eric Mika Practice Interview Jan. 21

Matt Carlino Practice Interview Jan. 21

Tyler Haws Practice Interview Jan. 21

Emergence of Skyler Halford

WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich

Dave Rose Practice Interview Jan. 14

Tyler Haws Practice Interview Jan. 14

Matt Carlino Practice Interview Jan. 14

Skyler Halford Practice Interview Jan. 14

Big Men on Campus: Eric Mika and Luke Worthington

Season Turnaround

Dave Rose Practice Interview Jan. 8

Tyler Haws Practice Interview Jan. 8

Kyle Collinsworth Practice Interview Jan. 8

Dave Rose Practice Interview Jan. 2

Kyle Collinsworth Practice Interview Jan. 2

Tyler Haws Practice Interview Jan. 2

Matt Carlino Practice Interview Jan. 2

TheW.tv

Greg Wrubell on Inside the WCC Jan. 30

Haws' 48 points makes WCC Top Plays

BYU Faux or Fo' Real?

Carlino no-look pass at No. 2 on WCC Top Plays

Mika's Dunk vs. San Diego No. 4 on WCC Top Plays

Gigg

Ms. Jackson w/ Worthington and Bartley

Waters Runs Dry w/ Mika, Sharp, Haws, Bartley

BYU wins over Pacific

Jan 30, 2014 - Posted by Lorie Garnett at 9:22 pm | Permalink

BYU beat Pacific 88-78, with Tyler Haws leading the Cougars with 38 points overall.

At the start of the half, Pacific jumped back into the game with a quick 9-0 run, closing the score to 49-45.

BYU quickly followed with a 12-0 run over 3:22 pushing the score to 63-47.

BYU didn’t let up, with 4:30 left in the second half the score was 83-60.

Pushing the lead to 23, the largest of the game.

Eric Mika had a great second half, tying his career high with 20 points overall, 16 of which were in the second half.

Pacific closed with an 9-0 run to bring the score to 88-78.