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Cougars lead CSU Bakersfield, 47-27, at halftime

Dec 22, 2016 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 7:59 pm | Updated: December 22, 2016 8:02 pm | Permalink

The Cougars opened the game on a 14-2 run, beginning with six straight points from sophomore Eric Mika. Freshman TJ Haws and senior L.J. Rose hit back-to-back 3-pointers before freshman Yoeli Childs threw down a dunk with 15:39 on the clock

BYU maintained a double-digit lead for three quarters of the half. In a three-minute span, freshman Steven Beo added six points off the bench, putting the Cougars up 41-21 with 2:25 left in the half. Efficient free-throw shooting from Childs and Haws as well as a Haws jumper gave BYU a comfortable 47-27 lead at halftime.

Emery led all scorers with 14 points, followed by Mika’s eight. The Cougars shot 58.6 percent from the field and outrebounded the Roadrunners 27-17.

Cougars down Bengals 84-58

Dec 20, 2016 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 8:45 pm | Updated: December 20, 2016 8:54 pm | Permalink

Four minutes into the second half, BYU extended it's lead over Idaho State to 12, 49-37, on a Braiden Shaw wrap-around layup. Eric Mika sank two free throws to give him 17 points with 13:53 to go. Mika finished the game with a game-high 19 points, going 8 of 13 from the field.

The Bengals cut into the Cougars' 16-point lead hitting two back-to-back treys to make the score 57-47. At the 9:24 mark, TJ Haws helped BYU increase its lead to 17, 66-49, as he made a pair of free throws. Haws tallied 17 points for the game on 5 of 9 shooting.

On a fast break pass from Haws with 4:34 to go, Yoeli Childs hammered down his third-straight dunk to give him 11 points for the game. Childs ended the contest with 13 points and added 14 rebounds to finish the game with a double-double.

A Colby Leifson 3-pointer extended the Cougar lead to 26, 82-56, before BYU eventually won 84-58.

Cougars take 39-31 lead over Idaho State into halftime

Dec 20, 2016 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 7:48 pm | Updated: December 20, 2016 7:53 pm | Permalink

Fueled by eight quick points by Eric Mika, the Cougars started out the game on a 10-3 run. At the 11:08 mark, Steven Beo completed the 3-point play to put BYU up 17-8 after a three-minute scoring drought.

With 4:08 to go in the first half of play, L.J. Rose extended the Cougar lead to 16, 35-19, after converting three-straight 3-point field goals.

Mika led all scorers going into the break with 10 points, while Rose added nine. Yoeli Childs pulled down a game-high eight rebounds and also had a team-high three assists at the break.

BYU shot 41 percent from the field to Idaho State's 36 percent. The Cougars outrebounded the Bengals 22 to 16 in the first 20 minutes of play.

BYU comes away with victory over Colorado, 79-71

Dec 10, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 10:18 pm | Permalink

Eric Mika and TJ Haws combined for five points in the first minute of the second half, and Haws found the basket for another 3-pointer to put the Cougars up 48-42.  A steal from Nick Emery and a layup from Yoeli Childs extended the edge to ten for the Cougars by the 15-minute mark and forced Colorado into the first timeout of the half. Colorado quickly got back into it, going on a 10-1 run, and forcing BYU to call a timeout at 11:43, only up one, 53-52.

The Buffaloes continued their run, scoring two free throws out of the break to take the lead for the first time since the opening minute of the contest. Haws fed a cutting Emery a pass into the lane for a layup, giving edge back to BYU, 55-54. The two teams then began to trade leads, as well as back-to-back 3-pointers. Steven Beo came up with a steal before BYU turned it over on their end as well, but Mika came up with a huge block back on defense with got the crowd roaring and forced the Buffaloes to call a timeout. 

Following a small run, the Cougars found themselves up by seven with five minutes remaining and legthened it to nine with just under four to go. Again, Colorago threatened the lead, but BYU was able to keep them away long enough and get stops on defense to come away with the victory over the Buffaloes, 79-71.

Four Cougars finished in double figures in points. Emery totaled the game-high 22 points, with Childs recording a double-double, 11 points and 12 rebounds. Mika finished with 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists, and Haws ended with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. 

Cougars carry slim advantage over Colorado into halftime

Dec 10, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 9:06 pm | Updated: December 10, 2016 9:08 pm | Permalink

Freshman Yoeli Childs logged the first points of the game a quick 15 seconds after the opening tipoff. Childs also found himself wide open for a dunk before sophomore Nick Emery hit a trey and a layup to give BYU a 9-3 lead in the opening minutes. With 12 minutes remaining they extended their lead to eight, 21-13, but Colorado got back in the contest with a 3-pointer.

An and-one basket from sophomore Eric Mika with 9:23 remaining got the crowd to its feet, but the Buffaloes continued to pressure the Cougars. They cut the BYU lead to only four when Emery answered with two 3-pointers. The Buffaloes continued to chip away at the Cougar advantage until BYU only led by one with one minute remaining.

An L.J. Rose jumper extended the lead to three, but Colorado tied it up with 40 seconds left. Mika found the basket for a jumper to give the Cougars a 40-38 advantage heading into the locker room.

Emery led all BYU scorers with 13 points, the only Cougar to reach double figure before halftime. Childs tallied eight points and seven rebounds, just ahead of Mika, who had seven points and three rebounds. Rose ended with five points, ahead of Davis and TJ Haws with four and three, respectively. 

BYU defeats Weber State 77-66

Dec 07, 2016 - Posted by Sydney Jorgensen at 9:05 pm | Permalink

BYU made the first two baskets of the second half before the Wildcats sparked a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to three. Yoeli Childs put the Cougars back in action with a jump shot as BYU led 43-38 with 15:57 to go. The Cougars went cold from the field as Weber State tied the game 47-47 on a 3-pointer with 12:28 left in the game. BYU answered with a 6-2 run to build momentum and retake a 53-49 lead. BYU led by as many as 13 before sealing the game 77-66.

BYU improved to 6-3 on the season as Eric Mika recorded a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds. TJ Haws scored 15 points while Kyle Davis finished with 13. BYU ended the game shooting 47 percent from the field while Weber State shot 43 percent. 

BYU leads Weber State 37-28 going into halftime

Dec 07, 2016 - Posted by Sydney Jorgensen at 7:55 pm | Permalink

BYU got off to a hot start with a 7-0 run before the Wildcats scored the next seven points. An Eric Mika jump shot gave the Cougars a 16-14 advantage with 13:13 on the clock. Kyle Davis made a layup and free-throw for a 27-22 lead. Yoeli Childs hit a jump shot as the Cougars led 31-24 with 6:10 left. BYU went on a 6-0 run and held Weber State to a four-minute scoring drought as a pair of TJ Haws free throws gave BYU its first double-digit lead of the game, 35-24, with 2:51 to go. The Cougars led 37-28 going into halftime.

Haws led BYU’s offense with 12 points while Davis contributed seven. Childs and Davin Guinn each tallied four rebounds while Mika and Haws logged three assists each. BYU shot 43 percent from 3-point range while holding the Wildcats to 15 percent. BYU held Weber State 18-12 with points in the paint. 

BYU pulls out ahead in 77-63 win over USU

Nov 30, 2016 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 9:22 pm | Updated: November 30, 2016 10:20 pm | Permalink

After Utah State cut BYU’s six-point halftime lead to four, 37-33, Eric Mika made 1-of-2 from the charity stripe to make it 38-33. A key block from Mika swung the momentum in BYU’s favor with 17:08 on the clock, setting up a 15-7 Cougar run.

As part of that run, Nick Emery sunk a 3-pointer four and a half minutes in after three-consecutive missed shots from beyond the arc to put the Cougars up 41-35. L.J. Rose knocked down a 3-pointer of his own and converted a jumper into a three-point play on a foul and a pair of Mika dunks fueled the offensive outburst.

The Aggies responded with a 7-1 run of their own to make it a five-point game with 8:59 left, 54-49, but BYU held on, eventually gaining a double-digit lead.

Effective free-throw shooting near the end solidified the BYU win as the Cougars extended their lead to as many as 14 points, ending the night on a 77-63 victory.

Four Cougars scored in double digits. Mika led all scorers with 20 points and seven rebounds while Rose added 18 points and nine boards. Emery and Braiden Shaw both contributed 10 points with six and five rebounds, respectively.

Cougars claim edge over Aggies at the half

Nov 30, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 7:58 pm | Updated: December 1, 2016 9:37 am | Permalink

Utah State claimed the first points of the matchup and led BYU until TJ Haws drove to the basket and found the first Cougar points, shortening the Aggies’ lead, 5-2. Senior LJ Rose contributed two free throws and shortly after fed Eric Mika with an over-the-shoulder pass which was converted into a dunk, giving the Cougars a 6-5 lead. The Cougars held onto the lead, with Yoeli Childs, Mika and Davin Guinn and Jamal Aytes all contributing points in the effort.

BYU jumped out to a 10-point lead when Nick Emery hit a 3-pointer in transition with 11:50 to go in the half. Following an 9-0 Utah State run with just under nine minutes left in the half, the Cougar advantage was cut to three, but Eric Mika answered with a pull-up jump shot to end the streak. Braiden Shaw came off the bench and contributed eight points in the final minutes, and BYU maintained the 37-31 edge over the Aggies into the locker room.

Mika and Shaw led all BYU scorers with eight points each, and Childs logged six points and six rebounds in the first half. Shaw went 4-of-4 from the field in a total of seven minutes. 

Dominant second-half performance from Mika gives Cougars 81-65 victory over Coastal Carolina

Nov 19, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 9:20 pm | Permalink

Eric Mika put up eight quick points to open up the second half of play, giving the Cougars a commanding 48-31 lead. TJ Haws followed quickly with a 3-pointer, and the lead was lengthened to 20. An alley-oop fed to Mika from L.J. Rose five minutes into the half got the crowd on its feet and gave even more momentum to BYU. Back-to-back field goals from Nick Emery added to the Cougars’ dominant performance.

The Chanticleers chipped the deficit to only 15 with ten minutes remaining, but the Cougars remained consistent, holding Coastal Carolina to just 34 percent shooting from the field. A 3-pointer from Elijah Bryant gave a 20-point advantage back to BYU, 73-53, with five minutes left in the contest. BYU later solidified the victory over the Chanticleers, 81-65.

Mika led all scorers with 19 points and also added 11 rebounds. Emery was close behind his teammate and totaled 14 points with three assists. Sophomore Elijah Bryant contributed nine points and five rebounds, and Haws finished with eight points and five assists. Senior L.J. Rose also added six rebounds and nine assists in the victory. BYU finished with seven total blocks.