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Late surge from Cougars falls short in second half versus Pepperdine

Jan 08, 2015 - Posted by Jason Kitchen at 11:14 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – The second half between BYU and Pepperdine was a back and forth affair until late in the half. What started as a 10-point Pepperdine lead never was more than 12 or less than seven until six minutes left to play.

With Pepperdine holding to a 54-45 lead, Tyler Haws hit a free-throw line jumper to cut the lead to seven and start a Cougar run. On the next defensive trip down the floor, Kyle Collinsworth forced a jump ball that led to an Anson Winder layup. Haws quickly grabbed a steal that led to his own layup bringing the Waves’ lead to three.

BYU cut the lead to one after two free throws from Collinsworth but Pepperdine hit two free throws of their own with 40 seconds to play to push the lead back to three. The Cougars were unable to convert the next couple times down the court and the Waves added some free throws to cap off a 67-61 win in the Marriott Center.

Free throws played a major role in the final minutes as BYU shot 6 of 6 and Pepperdine shot 7 of 8 with five huge free throws in the last 40 seconds to put the game out of reach. Pepperdine was paced again in the second half by Stacy Davis who had 11 points and five rebounds in the half for a totals of 23 and eight, respectively.

The Cougars were led by Haws who tallied 12 points in the half for a game total of 26 to go along with a team-high six rebounds. Winder chipped in another eight points for 16 on the game. Winder also led BYU with five assists. 

Haws moves into third on BYU's all-time scoring list

Jan 08, 2015 - Posted by Jason Kitchen at 10:18 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah - Tyler Haws scored 14 points in the first half versus Pepperdine to pass Michael Smith for third place on the BYU all-time scoring list. The Cougars were also led by Anson Winder who scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds but trailed at the half 39-29.

The Waves got off to a hot start shooting, making eight of their first 11 shots and opening up a quick 15-5 lead on BYU. Pepperdine used good outside shooting to extend the lead making six of their first eight 3-pointers as well. The Waves finished the half shooting 47 percent from the floor, 46 percent from three and were led by 12 points and three rebounds from Stacy Davis.

The Cougars got off to a slow start making only three of their first nine shots. After falling behind 34-20, a 3-pointer from Chase Fischer and two jumpers from Tyler Haws fueled a 7-0 run by BYU. After  Pepperdine responded with five quick points, an Isaac Neilson putback dunk cut brought the score to 39-29. The Cougars shot 36 percent from the floor and 35 percent from three against a Pepperdine team ranked second in the nation in 3-point percentage defense. 

BYU attempted no free throws in the half compared to Pepperdine who went 5 of 7 from the line. 

This Week in the WCC: Jan. 8-10, 2015

Jan 06, 2015 - Posted by knielsen at 2:08 pm | Updated: January 6, 2015 2:49 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – It's separation week in the West Coast Conference, as Saint Mary's, Gonzaga and BYU have a chance to build a cushion over the other seven teams in the conference. Third place BYU plays fourth place Pepperdine and Gonzaga plays fifth place Santa Clara with plenty of time still left in the conference season. 

Schedule

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Morgan State at Saint Mary's, 7 p.m. PT, TheW.tv

Thursday, Jan. 8

San Francisco at Gonzaga, 6 p.m. PT, ROOT, CSN Bay Area, TheW.tv

Santa Clara at Portland, 7 p.m. PT, TheW.tv

LMU at San Diego, 8 p.m. PT, TWC SportsNet, CSN Bay Area, ROOT, TheW.tv

Pepperdine at BYU, 9 p.m. MT, ESPNU

Saturday, Jan. 10

San Francisco at Portland, 1 p.m. PT, TWC SportsNet, CSN Bay Area, ROOT, TheW.tv

Pepperdine at San Diego, 3 p.m. PT, TWC SportsNet, CSN Bay Area, ROOT, TheW.tv

Santa Clara at Gonzaga, 5 p.m. PT, TWC SportsNet, CSN Bay Area, ROOT, TheW.tv

LMU at BYU, 7 p.m. MT, BYUtv

Saint Mary's at Pacific, 8 p.m. PT, CSN Bay Area, TWC SportsNet, TheW.tv

Standings

Standings WCC Overall
Saint Mary's 4-0 11-3
Gonzaga 3-0 14-1
BYU 3-1 13-4
Pepperdine 2-1 9-5
Santa Clara 2-2 7-8
Portland 1-2 10-5
Pacific 1-3 9-7
San Diego 1-3 8-8
San Francisco 1-3 7-9
LMU 0-3 4-11

WCC Conference Leaders through games of Jan. 3

Scoring Team Points per game
1. Evan Payne LMU 22.0
2. Alec Wintering POR 20.0
3. Tyler Haws BYU 19.3
6. Anson Winder BYU 16.0
T-9. Chase Fischer BYU 14.5
12. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 13.5
Rebounding Team Rebounds per game
1. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 11.3
2. Brad Waldow SMC 9.5
3. Volodymyr Gerun POR 7.7
T-16. Corbin Kaufusi BYU 4.8
T-16. Tyler Haws BYU 4.8
Assists Team Assists per game
1. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 7.5
2. Kevin Pangos GON 5.3
3. Aaron Bright SMC 4.3
Steals Team Steals per game
1. Chris Anderson USD 3.3
2. Jeremy Major PEP 2.0
T-3. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 1.8
T-9. Anson Winder BYU 1.0
T-9. Tyler Haws BYU 1.0
3-pointers Made Team 3-pointers
1. Kevin Pangos GON 3.0
2. Chase Fischer BYU 2.8
3. Bobby Sharp POR 2.3
T-7. Skyler Halford BYU 1.8
T-7. Anson Winder BYU 1.8
T-13. Jake Toolson BYU 1.5

From Downtown:

The WCC remains atop the nation in 3-point shooting, while Pepperdine is second in 3-point percentage defense. The Waves have held Cal State Northridge and LMU without a 3-pointer, while only Saint Mary's has made more than six 3-pointers in a game. The Waves shoot 36.2 percent from beyond the arc, while opponents shoot 23.6. The Cougars shoot 39.1 percent from 3-point range.

In the Record Books:

San Diego's Johnny Dee set the career scoring mark of the Toreros on Saturday. Dee currently has 1,808 points and passed Brandon Johnson ('05-'10) to take over the career scoring title at San Diego.

The Pursuit:

This week, Tyler Haws can pass Michael Smith for No. 3 on the career scoring list. He also has a shot at tying Jimmer Fredette for second place in career double figure scoring games and can pass Jimmer in free throws made for the BYU career record and for second in free throw attempts. 

Kyle Collinsworth also has a chance at tying the NCAA season record for triple-doubles. Four players including Brian Shaw and Jason Kidd are tied with four in a season, while Collinsworth already has three this year. 

Haws currently sits at 2,311 career points and 829 career WCC points.

Player Record Points --
Michael Smith BYU No. 3 Career Scorer 2,319 8
Bob Florence WCC Only No. 20 Scorer 894 65
Kevin Foster WCC Overall No. 2 Scorer 2,423 112
Danny Ainge BYU No. 2 Career Scorer 2,467 156
Forrest McKenzie WCC Only No. 10 Scorer 986 157
Hank Gathers WCC Overall Scoring Record 2,490 179
Jim McPhee WCC Only No. 5 Scorer 1,031 202
Bill Cartwright WCC Only No. 3 Scorer 1,065 236
Anthony Ireland WCC Only No. 2 Scorer 1,080 251
Jimmer Fredette BYU Career Scoring Record 2,599 288
Hank Gathers WCC Only Scoring Record 1,190 361

This Week in the WCC

Dec 30, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 1:51 pm | Updated: December 30, 2014 1:59 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – After the opening weekend of conference play, the Cougars (11-4, 1-1) leave the state of Utah for the first time since returning from the Maui Invitational as they'll take on Santa Clara and San Francisco. Tyler Haws has a shot at passing some more names on career scoring lists, while the entire conference has a hot hand from the outside.

Schedule

Thursday, January 1

BYU at Santa Clara, 3 p.m. MT, BYUtv

Pacific at LMU, 1 p.m. PT, TheW.tv

Saint Mary's at Pepperdine, 7 p.m. PT, TheW.tv

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

Saturday, January 3

Saint Mary's at LMU, 1 p.m. PT, TWC SportsNet, ROOT, CSN, TheW.tv

Pacific at Pepperdine, 5 p.m. PT, TheW.tv

Gonzaga at Portland, 6:30 p.m. PT, ESPN2

San Diego at Santa Clara, 7 p.m. PT, TheW.tv

BYU at San Francisco, 9 p.m. MT, CSN Bay Area, ROOT Rocky Mountain and Northwest, TheW.tv

Standings

Standings Conference Overall
1. Gonzaga 2-0 13-1
2. Saint Mary's 2-0 9-3
3. Pepperdine 1-0 8-4
4. BYU 1-1 11-4
5. Portland 1-1 10-4
6. San Francisco 1-1 7-7
7. Santa Clara 1-1 6-7
8. LMU 0-1 4-9
9. Pacific 0-2 8-6
10. San Diego 0-2 7-7

From Downtown:

The West Coast Conference has been a prolific 3-point shooting conference so far this season and currently leads the nation in 3-point shooting percentage. The WCC has three teams in the top 50 in the nation, six in the top 100 and nine of the 10 teams in the top 125 in 3-point shooting percentage. Five teams are in the top 50 in 3-pointers made.

Four players from four different teams (Jared Brownridge, Santa Clara; Kerry Carter, Saint Mary's; Johnny Dee, USD; Chase Fischer, BYU) are ranked in the top 100 in 3-point percentage, while those same four are in the top 100 in attempts and three of the four are in the top 15 in 3-pointers made. 

With all the outside shooting, Pepperdine still leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage defense allowing only 20.7 percent of opponents' 3s to go in, so the Pepperdine game coming up on Jan. 8 for BYU should be interesting.

In the Record Books:

This week, Tyler Haws has a reasonable chance to pass Devin Durrant and Michael Smith on BYU's career scoring list. It would put him third overall behind only Danny Ainge and Jimmer Fredette. He would also be only the fourth Cougar to break the 2,300-point mark. 

Ordering the Pursuit:

With the start of WCC play this past weekend, Haws continues his search for some career scoring records during conference as well. Here are the point milestones he'll be looking to pass from the closest to longest away. Haws currently sits on 2,275 career points and 793 career WCC points.

Player Record Points --
Devin Durrant BYU No. 4 Career Scorer 2,285 10
Michael Smith BYU No. 3 Career Scorer 2,319 44
Bob Florence WCC Only No. 20 Scorer 894 101
Kevin Foster WCC Overall No. 2 Scorer 2,423 148
Danny Ainge BYU No. 2 Career Scorer 2,467 192
Forrest McKenzie WCC Only No. 10 Scorer 986 193
Hank Gathers WCC Overall Scoring Record 2,490 215
Jim McPhee WCC Only No. 5 Scorer 1,031 241
Bill Cartwright WCC Only No. 3 Scorer 1,065 275
Anthony Ireland WCC Only No. 2 Scorer 1,080 290
Jimmer Fredette BYU Career Scoring Record 2,599 324
Hank Gathers WCC Only Scoring Record 1,190 397

WCC Overall Leaders through games of Dec. 29

Scoring Team Points
1. Tyler Haws BYU 22.1
2. Brad Waldow Saint Mary's 21.5
3. Evan Payne LMU 19.7
10. Anson Winder BYU 14.9
13. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 13.6
14. Chase Fischer BYU 13.4
Rebounding School Rebounds
1. Brad Waldow Saint Mary's 10.5
2. Stacy Davis Pepperdine 8.4
3. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 7.8
Assists per game School Assists
1. Chris Anderson San Diego 7.0
2. Emmett Naar Saint Mary's 5.7
3. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 5.6
14. Tyler Haws BYU 2.6
Steals per game School Steals
1. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 2.2
2. Kerry Carter Saint Mary's 1.8
3. Chris Anderson San Diego 1.7
8. Anson Winder BYU 1.3
15. Chase Fischer BYU 1.0
3-pointers Made School 3-pointers
1. Johnny Dee San Diego 3.4
2. Jared Brownridge Santa Clara 3.2
3. Chase Fischer BYU 2.9
10. Tyler Haws BYU 1.8
11. Anson Winder BYU 1.7

Cougars beat Pilots 97-88

Dec 29, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:14 pm | Permalink

The Cougars began the second half strong. Two steals in a row from Kyle Collinsworth and Chase Fischer led to two transition buckets by Tyler Haws and Fischer to give BYU the 50-39 lead with 18:30 left.

The Pilots cut the lead to four, but the Cougars answered with a 16-2 run to push the lead up to 70-52 with 12:14 remaining. The run was capped off by two 3-pointers in a row from Skyler Halford.

Seven points in a row from Anson Winder, including a trey, made the score 85-70 with 4:48 left in the game. Portland answered back with a 10-2 run to cut BYU’s lead to 89-82 with less than two minutes left despite two of its players fouling out of the game. BYU closed out the game by making its free throws down the stretch, defeating Portland 97-88.

Haws led BYU with 24 points, six assists and five rebounds. Collinsworth grabbed eight rebounds to go with his 21 points. Winder added 22 points and Halford had 12 points and six assists.

BYU leads Portland 43-37 at the half

Dec 29, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 7:57 pm | Permalink

BYU opened up the game with a steal by Anson Winder that led to a 3-pointer from Tyler Haws to take the early 3-0 lead. Winder nailed another three to go up 10-6 with 16:55 remaining in the first half.

Portland answered back with a  trey of its own from Alec Wintering to take the 11-10 lead. A shot from beyond the arc by Chase Fischer pushed BYU back up by one. Skyler Halford found Winder under the basket for a quick layup and the 18-15 lead with 11:46 left.

Haws scored six points in a row for the Cougars, putting them up 31-28 over the Pilots with less than five minutes left. With 2:45 left in the first half, Fischer nailed another three to give BYU the 41-32 lead, its largest lead of the night. Free throws from Fischer sealed the Cougars’ 43-37 lead over the Pilots going into halftime.

Haws leads BYU with 16 points and three assists. Fischer has 12 points and three rebounds.

Gonzaga wins 87-80

Dec 27, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 6:21 pm | Permalink

BYU took its first lead of the game on three free throws from Tyler Haws to start the second half. The teams exchanged buckets with BYU keeping the advantage until Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos scored off a turnover to tie the score at 49.

Moments later, Corbin Kaufusi dunked the ball to break the tie. Kyle Collinsworth laid the ball in over the top of Gonzaga’s Byron Wesley for the largest Cougar lead of the game at 55-49.

A pair of 3-pointers and a free throw cut down BYU’s lead to 57-56. Pangos tied the score at 57 on another free throw, but Chase Fischer recovered for BYU with his own made free throws. The lead changed hands four more times before Gonzaga pulled ahead 67-64. With just over six minutes to play, Gonzaga made back-to-back 3-pointers for a 75-67 Zags lead.

BYU cut the lead back to three, 80-77, on free throws, but turnovers proved costly as time wound down. Gonzaga held onto the lead, finishing the game 87-80.

Kyle Collinsworth finished the game with his second triple-double, scoring 13 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Haws and Anson Winder led the team with 17 points each.

BYU and Gonzaga tied at halftime

Dec 27, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 5:03 pm | Permalink

The Zags hit first with back-to-back baskets from Kyle Wiltjer. BYU tied the score at four on free throws by Worthington, but Gonzaga answered with a 12-0 run.

BYU wouldn’t score another field goal until the 12-minute mark. Tyler Haws threw down a field goal, which Skyler Halford followed with a 3-pointer.

Another run, this time 6-0, gave the Bulldogs a 31-15 lead, BYU's largest deficit of the season. Kyle Collinsworth’s layup with 8:48 until halftime launched a 9-0 run that got the Cougars back in the game.

Frank Bartley IV drained a 3-pointer with the clock at 5:25, and Anson Winder followed with a layup that brought the crowd to its feet and cut the gap to 35-31.

A Fischer trey and Collinsworth jumper pushed the score within one at 39-38. Collinsworth tied the score 43-43 going into halftime with a buzzer beater from beyond the arc.

Haws led the team with 10 points, while Collinsworth led in rebounding with five and assists with five. He also had nine points.

BYU defeats UMass in overtime, 77-71

Dec 23, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 2:25 pm | Permalink

UMass jumped out to a 67-63 lead at the 3:42 mark of overtime. A jumper by Kyle Collinsworth and two free throws by Anson Winder gave BYU its first lead of overtime, 69-68.

A dunk by Corbin Kaufusi assisted by Frank Bartley extended the Cougar lead to 71-68 with 56 seconds left. The BYU defense clamped down in the final minute and Skyler Halford converted on four straight free throws as the Cougars defeated the Minutemen, 77-71.

Winder scored a career-high 23 points on 7 of 13 shooting from the field. Kyle Collinsworth contributed 18 points and 15 rebounds. 

BYU and UMass head to overtime

Dec 23, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 2:06 pm | Permalink

The second half went much like the first half with BYU holding a small lead until a 9-0 run by UMass midway through the half put the Minutemen up by four points, 45-41.

A 3-pointer by Anson Winder gave the Cougars a two-point lead with 6:05 left in the second half but UMass responded on the next possession to tie it up, 55-55.

The last seven points of the second half for BYU were free throws. Leading 62-60 with under 30 seconds left, a Cougar foul with 2.4 seconds left sent UMass to the line for two free throws. Both free throws were made and the game was sent to overtime. 

Winder scored 20 points in regulation. Kyle Collinsworth recorded a double-double wih 16 points and 13 rebounds.