Men's Basketball Blog

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."

Digital Review: Postseason

Mar 26, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 10:48 am | Updated: March 26, 2014 3:00 pm | Permalink

Relive the BYU men's basketball run to the WCC Championship game and the first round of the NCAA tournament against Oregon with the season's final collection of videos from around the web. If you're looking for something that happened during the regular season, check the other digital reviews throughout the year:



October, November and December


Cougars exit NCAA tournament with loss to Ducks

Cougars talk Oregon and tournament

Newcomers talk first NCAA tourney experience

Coach Rose talks tourney bid

Players react to NCAA bid

BYU vs. Gonzaga WCC Final Highlights

BYU vs. San Francisco WCC Semifinals Highlights

BYU vs. LMU Highlights WCC Quarterfinals Highlights

BYU vs. LMU BYUtv Highlights

Expect Amazing

WCC Player of the Year and WCC Honorees


Tyler Haws on Making the NCAA Tournament

Blaine Fowler on BYU's Tourney Bid

Dave Rose on BYU's Tourney Bid

Tournament Selection Reaction Dave Rose

Tournament Selection Reaction Anson Winder and Eric Mika

Tournament Selection Reaction Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino

Danny Ainge on BYU Basketball


Tourney Preview: BYU Cougars

3-point Shot


BYU couldn't overcome loss of Collinsworth

BYU falls to Oregon in NCAA tournament

BYU prepared for Oregon rematch

BYU's journey through the tourney without Kyle Collinsworth

BYU's Reaction to Selection Sunday

2014 WCC Tournament run

BYU vs. Oregon Preview

WCC Championship Press Conference

WCC This Week: Tyler Haws

BYU faces Oregon –- again

Mar 17, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 12:05 pm | Updated: March 17, 2014 4:34 pm | Permalink

In program history, BYU has faced a team in the postseason after playing them in the regular season seven times come Thursday. Six have been non-conference opponents, while Fresno State was the only conference opponent BYU has faced in either the NIT or NCAA tournament.

In only two of those rematches has there been a different outcome in the postseason. In 1993-94, 20 years ago this week, BYU defeated Arizona State 74-67 after having lost to the Sun Devils in the first game of the year 106-95. The game was played at the Marriott Center in the first round of the NIT and BYU had to go on the road for the second round. The Cougars advanced to play another rematch with conference foe Fresno State. BYU won two of the three earlier meetings against the Bulldogs, including a WAC tournament semifinal victory, but fell 68-66 after having a look at a jumper with 5.4 seconds left to tie the game.

Thursday's game against Oregon will be only the third rematch not played on one of the team's home court. BYU lost to Kentucky twice in 1983-84 in Lexington and then in Birmingham, Ala., in the NCAA tournament. The Cougars also lost last season to Baylor in New York in the NIT semifinals after falling in Waco, Texas, earlier that season.


Postseason Rematches

2013-14 at Oregon L 100-96; Oregon (NCAA) in Milwaukee Thursday at 1:15 p.m. MDT

Tyler Haws scored 32 points and four other Cougars scored in double figures. Matt Carlino recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but BYU lost in overtime after leading by seven points with 2:21 left in regulation. The Cougars only shot 61 percent from the free throw line.


2012-13 at Baylor L 79-64; Baylor (NIT) L 76-70 in New York

The Cougars lost to Baylor 79-64 in Waco, Texas, despite Brandon Davies' 26 points and 17 rebounds. BYU trailed by nine at the half, but shot only 35.5 percent from the field in the second half.

In the NIT Semifinals at Madison Square Garden, Tyler Haws scored 25 points, Matt Carlino added 19 and Brandon Davies scored 13 and grabbed 11 rebounds. BYU trailed by two at half but shot 38 percent from the field in the second half.


1993-94 at Arizona State L 106-95; Arizona State (NIT) W 74-67

In the first game of the season, the Cougars were outscored by 21 points in the first half and were only able to cut the lead in half in the second. Shane Knight led the Cougars with 19 points and six rebounds, while Russell Larson recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Sun Devils had two players score 20 points or more.

At the Marriott Center in the first round of the NIT, Larson scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Kenneth Roberts and Robbie Reid also scored in double digits. The Cougars shot 49 percent from the field, while Arizona State only shot 38 percent from the field.


1993-94 Fresno State W 73-65; at Fresno State L 73-68; Fresno State (WAC) W 87-72 in Salt Lake; at Fresno State (NIT) L 68-66

After alternating wins and losses through the conference season and tournament, BYU had a shot to tie with 5.4 seconds left but a baseline jumper went long.


1983-84 at Kentucky L 93-59; Kentucky (NCAA) L 93-68 in Birmingham, Ala.

Devin Durrant scored 33 points in the first meeting of the season in Lexington.

Durrant added 28 points in the NCAA rematch and the Cougars cut the margin to 25 from the original 34-point loss.


1970-71 Utah State W 111-83; Utah State (NCAA) W 91-82 in Logan

Steve Kelly and Kresimir Cosic recorded double-doubles and Bernie Fryer scored 27 to win a blowout at the Marriott Center in December.

In the NCAA First Round, Cosic scored 30 and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Fryer added 25 points. BYU led by five at the half and won by nine in Logan.


1968-69 at New Mexico State L 83-65; New Mexico State (NCAA) L 74-62

In the regular season meeting, the Aggies led by 17 at the half and didn't look back, winning by 18.

The Cougars returned to Las Cruces for a first round matchup in the NCAA tournament. BYU only trailed by four at the half, but didn't capitalize in the second to lose by 12.

Cougars set multiple conference tournament records

Mar 14, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 11:42 am | Updated: March 16, 2014 12:26 am | Permalink

In BYU's run to the West Coast Conference championship game, the Cougars set several conference records and several Cougars set BYU conference tournament records.

As a team, the Cougars set the WCC record for team rebounds in a single tournament with 129. BYU topped former record holder Loyola Marymount by one rebound. The Lions grabbed 128 boards in 1989.

Tyler Haws set the WCC record for individual free throws made with 29. Haws was 29 of 30 from the charity stripe over the three games. Through the semifinals, Gonzaga's Sam Dower Jr. set the record with 23 free throws. In the final, Dower went 0 of 3 and Haws was 11 of 11 to set a new record and stretch his personal streak to 26 straight free throws made.

Several BYU players set conference tournament individual game records. Kyle Collinsworth's 16 rebounds against LMU broke Rafael Araujo's previous record of 14 for most rebounds in a conference tournament game. Anson Winder set the BYU record for steals in a conference tournament game with six. The old record belonged to Jackson Emery who had five steals in 2011.

The Cougars rewrote a lot of the game free throw records. Winder hit 8 of 8 from the free throw line against LMU, which was tied for fourth most free throws made without a miss. Haws didn't wait to push Winder down to sixth by Tuesday night. Against San Francisco, Haws set the record for most free throws made without a miss in a game with 14. Against Gonzaga, Haws hit 11 of 11, which is now the third most in a conference tournament game.

Haws' 14 of 14 night at the free throw line against San Francisco is also the second most free throws made in a conference tournament game and is tied for the third most free throws attempted in a conference tournament game.

The Cougars haven't won a conference tournament since 2001 and BYU hadn't played three games in a tournament since 2011 when the Cougars beat TCU and New Mexico before losing to San Diego State. Collinsworth has played in six conference tournament games in his two seasons and now owns the career conference tournament record for rebounds with 58. He has three more than former record holder Lee Cummard and is second in rebounds per game with 9.7 rebounds per game behind Araujo's 11.3 rebounds per game. Collinsworth also moved into a tie for fourth in career steals with nine. He was passed by Winder, who is now third with 11 steals in conference tournament games.

Matt Carlino is now sixth in career conference tournament assists with 19 and is also second in turnovers.

Haws moved up on the scoring and free throw record lists in his conference tournament career. He is three points out of 10th in career scoring and is fourth in scoring average at 19.6 points per game.

Haws is now second in free throws made with 40 and is fifth in free throws attempted with 42. He is also first in free throw percentage at 95.2 percent.

Mika's record-setting freshman season

Freshman center Eric Mika has broken into the top 10 in 18 different freshman season records. He is already the most prolific freshman offensive rebounder in BYU history, but is also tied for the most offensive rebounds in a season at 91 with Rafael Araujo. He's top 10 in these freshman season categories:

Points 374 8th
Scoring Average 11.7 9th
Field Goals Made 137 6th
Field Goal Attempts 259 10th
Field Goal Percentage .529 7th
Free Throws Made 100 8th
Free Throw Attempts 164 5th
Rebounds 204 3rd
Rebounding Average 6.4 6th
Offensive Rebounds 91 1st
Blocks 24 6th
Blocks Average .75 7th
Personal Fouls 103 7th
Games Started 28 8th
Double Figure Scoring Games 23 4th
Double-Doubles 5 4th
20-Point Games 2 10th
10-Rebound Games 6 4th

Haws named to All-High Major First Team

Mar 14, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 11:21 am | Updated: March 28, 2014 6:06 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah - BYU's junior guard Tyler Haws was named to the All-High Major First Team.

Haws has also received West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors and was named to the USBWA All-District VIII team, WCC All-Tournament Team and the All-WCC Team. Haws averages 23.4 points per game along with 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Haws is currently sixth in the nation in scoring and led the WCC in scoring during the regular season.

Haws helped the Cougars to a 23-11 overall record and a 13-5 conference record. BYU finished second in the WCC in both the regular season and conference tournament. BYU will find out its NCAA tournament fate on Sunday at 4 p.m. MDT on CBS.

Santa Clara's Jared Brownridge was named All-High Major Freshman of the Year, while Saint Mary's Brad Waldow and Gonzaga's Sam Dower were both named to the All-High Major Fourth Team.