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BYU leads Pepperdine 53-45 at the half

Jan 30, 2016 - Posted by Blake Dorton at 9:00 pm | Permalink

Pepperdine started off the game on a 6-0 run before Kyle Collinsworth got BYU on the board with a driving layup. Collinsworth accounted for each of the Cougars' first seven points on the night. Kyle Davis also chipped in a 3-pointer as the Waves had a 14-10 advantage at the first media timeout, 15:21.

Corbin Kaufusi threw down a nice dunk soon after the timeout, and he knocked down a pair of free throws to give BYU its first lead of the game, 19-17 with 13:16 to play in the first half. Collinsworth shook his man with a crossover down the lane for a score to put the Cougars up five, 25-20 with 11:12 left. BYU made nine straight shots, including all of its free throws, from the 19:26 mark until a Nick Emery missed 3-pointer at the 11:02 mark.

Noah Hartsock sunk threes on back-to-back offensive trips to extend the lead to eight, 31-23, at the 9:26 mark. He made his third in as many tries two possessions later. BYU held a 36-28 lead with 7:10 to play.

BYU went on another hot shooting streaking, making seven straight field goals over the next five minutes, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Chase Fischer and a layup from Jordan Chatman. The Cougars led 50-39 with 2:19 left. At the half, BYU led 53-45.

Collinsworth paced the Cougars on offense with 13 points along with eight assists and a rebound. Emery had 10 points, Hartsock had nine points and Davis had eight points and four rebounds. BYU shot 63 percent from the field in the half.

BYU beats LMU 87-62

Jan 28, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 10:58 pm | Updated: January 28, 2016 11:00 pm | Permalink

Chase Fischer opened up the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the lead to 44-24 after just one minute of play. BYU went on an 8-0 run over two minutes to make the lead 52-32 with 15:06 to play. Kyle Davis scored six of the eight points in that run.

Corbin Kaufusi scored three baskets in a row for the Cougars, including a breakaway dunk and a three-point play that made the lead 70-50 with 7:53 left in the game.

Kyle Collinsworth followed up his first half dunk with a breakaway slam at the 7:30 mark that aided in eight unanswered points for BYU, making it 75-50. After the Lions scored a basket, the Cougars answered with another 6-0 run to hold them at bay.

A layup with less than a minute to go from Davin Guinn sealed the 87-62 win.

Five BYU players scored in double figures in this win. Davis led the team with 19 points with Fischer right behind him with 17 points, four assists and a career-high six rebounds. Kaufusi added 12 points and two blocks coming off the bench, going a perfect 5 for 5 from the field. Collinsworth had 11 points, eight assists and five rebounds, while Nick Emery had 10 points and four assists.

Cougars lead LMU 38-24 at the half

Jan 28, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:50 pm | Updated: January 28, 2016 9:54 pm | Permalink

BYU got off to a slow start, allowing Loyola Marymount to score eight unanswered points, including two dunks. A tough layup made by Kyle Davis at the 17:24 mark ended the run. Chase Fischer drilled a three to close in on the lead, 8-5.

A three from Jakob Hartsock tied the game at 15-15. Another 3-pointer, this time from Nick Emery, gave BYU its first lead, 18-15, with 9:09 to go in the half.

The Cougars went on an 18-2 run to push their lead to 30-17. The run was highlighted by a huge dunk from Kyle Collinsworth that drew the foul for the three-point play.

BYU closed out the half on a 6-2 run that included two perfect trips to the charity stripe from Fischer and Collinsworth. The Cougars have a 38-24 lead going into the break.

Davis leads BYU in scoring with 10 points. Zac Seljaas and Nate Austin each have five rebounds to lead the Cougars. Collinsworth has nine points, three rebounds and four assists.

Cougars down Dons 102-92

Jan 09, 2016 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 9:02 pm | Updated: January 9, 2016 9:08 pm | Permalink

Three early fouls for the Dons gave the Cougars six quick points, putting them up 57-47 in the first minute of second half play.

Tim Derksen's 3-pointer brought the Dons within seven, but Nick Emery hit a 3 from the left corner and Chase Fischer added a breakaway layup to give the Cougars a 62-50 lead with 15:57 to play.

San Francisco's 3-point play brought them within nine, but Fischer's 3-pointer with 15 minutes to play gave them a 12-point advantage again. The two teams traded baskets for the next four minutes, until the Dons scored two straight layups to cut BYU's lead to nine with 11:21 to play. Derksen hit a 3-pointer from the right side to bring San Francisco within six, but Jordan Chatman's 3-pointer took the Cougars' lead to 75-66 with 9:30 to play. 

Zac Seljaas' 3-pointer put the Cougars up 78-68 with 8:30 to play in the game. San Francisco responded with two straight layups to bring the lead within six, but a Kyle Davis layup and a Fischer 3-pointer gave BYU an 83-74 advantage with 6:45 to play.

Seljaas hit another 3 to put BYU up by 10 with six minutes to play. The Dons hung with the Cougars for the next two minutes, but Emery's 3-pointer from the left corner put the Cougars up 93-80 with four minutes to play. A combination of strong defense and offense for the next four minutes allowed them to close the game out 102-92. 

Fischer led all scorers with 25 points and Seljaas ended the night with 20 points and five rebounds from the bench. Emery had 21 points and five rebounds and Kyle Collinsworth had 13 points, seven assists and four rebounds. Davis also added 14 points and nine rebounds to BYU's winning efforts. 

Cougars hold 51-45 lead over Dons at break

Jan 09, 2016 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 7:51 pm | Updated: January 9, 2016 7:54 pm | Permalink

Teams traded baskets to open up the first half of play with the Cougars tying the game at 5-all on a driving layup by Nick Emery. With 15 minutes to go in the half, Chase Fischer and Emery hit back-to-back 3-point field goals to give BYU the 16-13 advantage.

At the 9:07 mark, USF garnered its largest lead of the game so far, 28-23, off of a layup by Nate Renfro. The Cougars then went on an 8-3 run fueled by two Zac Seljaas 3-point baskets. With 4:13 to go in the half, BYU took the 40-37 lead forcing a San Francisco timeout after two consecutive fastbreak layups by Kyle Collinsworth.

With 2:14 to go, Collinsworth stole the ball in the USF backcourt for the dunk to give BYU the 47-44 lead. The Cougars took a six-point lead into the halftime break.

Seljaas led all scorers going into the break with 14 points, going 5 of 7 from the field. Nate Austin had a game-high five rebounds, and Fischer and Collinsworth both dished out three assists apiece.

BYU overwhelms Santa Clara 97-61

Jan 07, 2016 - Posted by Blake Dorton at 11:04 pm | Updated: January 8, 2016 12:11 am | Permalink

BYU started off the half hot with six straight points in the paint and an Emery 3-pointer to take its biggest lead of the game to that point, 57-38. Out of the first media timeout, the Cougars went on a quick 6-1 run thanks to a Collinsworth bucket and free throw and an Emery 3-pointer to go up 67-43 with 14:29 to play.

The Cougars would add to the lead little by little over the next few minutes despite neither team shooting the ball particularly well. At the media timeout with 7:29 left, BYU found itself up big, 77-49. At that point, much of the focus among fans at the Marriott Center shifted to Collinsworth's pursuit to extend his NCAA record for career triple-doubles to nine. He had 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to that point.

The moment came at the 3:37 mark as Collinsworth fed freshman Braiden Shaw in the paint who finished the play to give Collinsworth his tenth assist on the game. BYU would win the game with by a score of 97-61.

Five Cougars finished the game scoring in double figures. Collinsworth notched his ninth career triple-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to extend his NCAA career record. Emery led the Cougars in scoring with 23 points while Fischer added 13 points of his own. Seljaas also had 14 points and seven rebounds. Davis had 10 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists. BYU outshot Santa Clara from the field 47% to just 34%. The Cougars dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Broncos 52-33. BYU also won the assists battle 19-10. The Cougars had seven steals while the Broncos had none.

Cougars lead Broncos 48-34 at the half

Jan 07, 2016 - Posted by Blake Dorton at 10:10 pm | Updated: January 8, 2016 12:14 am | Permalink

BYU opened up the game with a 7-2 lead over Santa Clara behind a Chase Fischer 3-pointer from the corner and buckets by Kyle Davis and Kyle Collinsworth. Both teams traded missed jumpers until Collinsworth extended the Cougars' lead to 12-5 with a basket off glass after he secured two consecutive offensive rebounds off his own misses.

Collinsworth replicated the offensive rebound feat at the 14:23 mark to give BYU a 14-6 advantage. The Cougars went on a 7-0 run capped by a triple from freshman 3-point sensation Zac Seljaas to go up 21-9 with 12:14 to play in the half.

Both teams went through another dry spell from the floor over the next four minutes. BYU scored just two points prior to the next media timeout at 7:34 as Santa Clara cut the deficit to eight points, 23-15. Two quick triples from Fischer and Nick Emery, along with a free throw from Davis within the first minute after the timeout quickly gave BYU a more comfortable lead at 30-18. 

BYU maintained the lead the rest of the first period and it ended on an Emery layup at the buzzer to take a 48-34 lead into the break.

After 20 minutes of play, the Cougars were shooting 42 percent from the field, while the Broncos shot 36 percent. Collinsworth and Brownridge were tied for the game-high lead in points with 14 apiece, while Collinsworth added eight rebounds and four assists. Emery added 12 points and Fischer tallied 11 points. Matt Hubbard and Nate Kratch were the next highest scorers for Santa Clara with six points each. 

Cougars top Chippewas 98-85

Dec 18, 2015 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 8:52 pm | Updated: December 18, 2015 8:55 pm | Permalink

Teams traded baskets through the first part of the second half making the score 54-54 at the 14:21 mark. BYU then pulled ahead 65-57 behind three 3-pointers and a layup by Zac Seljaas.

With 10 minutes to go in the second half, Central Michigan's Josh Kozinski hit his sixth 3-point field goal of the game to bring the Chippewas within five, 65-60. Seljaas responded with his sixth 3-pointer on the night to go up 70-60, giving Seljaas a career-high 20 points for the game.

The Chippewas cut the Cougar lead to five, 77-72, with six minutes to go. BYU extended its lead to nine, 81-72 behind a pair of free throws by Chase Fischer.

The Cougars went up by 11 on a made free throw by Collinsworth at the 2:40 mark. BYU then extended its lead to 13 on a layup by Seljaas with under two minutes to go.

Five Cougars finished the game in double figures with Seljaas leading all scorers with a career- and game-high 25. Seljaas finished the game shooting 7 of 9 from the 3-point line. Collinsworth recorded his eighth career triple-double and his second of the season finishing the contest with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Chase Fischer added 23 points, while Nick Emery chipped in 12. Kyle Davis scored a BYU career- and season-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists.

The Cougars dished out 26 assists to the Chippewas 18, and BYU pulled down 37 rebounds, while Central Michigan recorded 34. BYU turned the ball over just six times, while Central Michigan gave the ball away 11 times.

Cougars and Chippewas tied 44-44 at break

Dec 18, 2015 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 7:50 pm | Updated: December 18, 2015 8:00 pm | Permalink

BYU opened up the game on a 4-0 run behind a 15-foot jumper by Kyle Collinsworth and two made free throws by sophomore center Corbin Kaufusi. After two Chippewa baskets, the Cougars extended their lead to eight, 13-5, on a 3-point field goal by Chase Fischer.

At the 10:44 mark, Central Michigan cut the lead to two, 18-16, on a made 3-point basket by John Simons. BYU then extended its lead back to five, 21-16, on a 3-point field goal of its own by Zac Seljaas.

Behind a Nick Emery layup and another Seljaas trey, the Cougars pulled ahead 26-18 with seven minutes to go in the half.  Central Michigan then went on a 9-3 run, making three 3-pointers on three straight possessions, to cut the deficit to two, with the score 29-27 in BYU's favor.

With three minutes to go in the half, the Chippewas tied the game at 35-all and then took their first lead of the contest, 38-36. Teams went into the break tied at 44-44.

After 20 minutes of play, 18 3-point field goals were made between both teams, with the Chippewas shooting 50 percent and the Cougars 44.4 from behind the arc. Emery led all BYU scorers with 12 points at the break, while Collinsworth finished the first half with five points, a game-high seven rebounds and a team-high five assists.

Cougars up on Aggies 39-24 at halftime

Dec 09, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 7:53 pm | Permalink

The Aggies opened up the game with back-to-back 3-pointers, and Kyle Davis responded with back-to-back layups to make it 6-4. A block from Corbin Kaufusi and a layup by Jake Toolson tied the game at 6-6 with 17 minutes to play.

The teams traded layups for the next two minutes, keeping things even throughout. Kaufusi's layup at 14:30 gave BYU its first lead of the night, 12-10. The Aggies quickly tied it back up with a layup of their own. 

Chase Fischer hit two 3-pointers to give the Cougars a 18-14 lead with 12 minutes to go. Nate Austin and Kyle Collinsworth both had blocks for BYU as defenses kept either team from scoring for three minutes. Nick Emery's 3-pointer ended the scoreless drought and put the Cougars up 21-16 with 9:30 to play in the first half. Davis added a layup to make the score 23-16 before an Aggie timeout.

Collinsworth hit a fade-away jumper to extend BYU's lead to nine. Jalen Moore ended the Aggie's four-minute scoring drought with a 3-pointer. Twenty seconds later, Emery hit a 3 from the left corner, making the score 28-19. Collinsworth blocked an attempted Aggie layup with seven minutes to play, keeping BYU's lead at nine points.

Fischer's 3 with 5:40 to go gave BYU its largest lead to that point, 31-20. Utah State hit a pair of free-throws and a layup to bring itself within seven with five minutes to go. 

Collinsworth hit a layup and added a free-throw to take the Cougars lead to 12, 36-24. 

The Aggies went 0 for 10 over the last two minutes, while the Cougars added three free-throws to go into halftime with a 39-24 lead.

Davis had 10 points and seven rebounds, leading all players in both categories. Fischer had nine points and Emery had six points. Collinsworth had eight points, six rebounds and three assists going into halftime. BYU shot 50 percent from beyond the arc and its defense had six blocks. Lew Evans led all Aggies in scoring with seven points.