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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.

BYU leads 45-34 against Pacific

Jan 30, 2014 - Posted by Lorie Garnett at 8:03 pm | Permalink

Haws was the leading scorer at the end of the first half with 24 points on the board.  The score at halftime was 45-34.

Pacific put the first points up on the board with BYU right behind. The Cougars got out to an early 6-2 lead.

It was a fast-paced and physical first half, with both squad’s bigs constantly fighting for the rebound.

By 11:10, the score was 22-12, with Tyler Haws scoring 18 points.

Pacific caught up quickly to bring the score to 29-26, the closest since the start of the half.  BYU didn’t let it last long bringing the score to 40-31.

Both teams were very physical and aggressive in the remaining five minutes of the first half, with the fouls to show for it including a technical foul for Kyle Collinsworth and Pacific’s Trevin Harris.

Haws led BYU with 24 points, the most he’s scored in a first half this season.

Quotes from Coach Rose and players before Pacific game

Jan 29, 2014 - Posted by Lorie Garnett at 6:31 pm | Updated: January 29, 2014 10:54 pm | Permalink

Nate Austin

On Pacific:

"I think we are still pretty confident. I think our team is still hungry, and we are eager to get back on the floor and play again.

"I think we are eager to get back on the court, I think we have had a couple good days of practice. This is a really good Pacific team coming in, with really good experience. They are a great team with a lot of older guys and a lot of great leadership on the team."

Matt Carlino

"I think we are happy to be back and we have a good mindset right now. Defensively, I think we can be more consistent." 

On coming off the bench:

"I feel like I get to see the game develop when I am on the bench, and it’s nice when we really attack guys early. It’s an advantage coming off the bench in some regard."

On Pacific:

"They are solid. They are a good team, they have shooters, and they look real physical on film. I think they are going to fit in well in the league and they are a good team. So we need to be ready for them."

Eric Mika

On defense:

"We play a lot of solid teams that run their stuff well and it's hard to stay focused the entire time, and then they might hit a couple shots, and it gets you out of your groove on defense. So we just need to improve on staying focused even if they are scoring."

"More communication has been a big point of emphasis, and that starts with us big guys, Nate and I. We have to be louder in telling the guards that they have help. If we talk more then they will have more confidence on the perimeter."

On competing at home:

"I think it helps a lot to play at home, and we have played well here. So it will be good to come back and regroup and then when we go on our next trip we will have more confidence behind us."

On Pacific:

"They are a well-balanced team, and they are really physical. Coaches were talking about how Pacific went into Utah State this year and beat them, and its hard to get wins up there. We know they are a talented team so we really need to focus."

Tyler Haws

On conference play:

"We have played against the best teams in the country and we have played against lots of great competition in our conference, so we know we can play with anyone. I think we are trying to reach our full potential and finish this second half of conference the right way and then make a run in our conference tournament."

On playing on the road:

"It’s definitely been a challenge. You always like playing on your home floor, but I think it’s definitely made our team stronger and I don’t think our team has fallen apart or gone sideways. Guys still believe and we are still fighting."

Coach Dave Rose

On Pacific:

"I think our guys hopefully understand that this team is put together really well. It's an experienced team and they play a lot of seniors. That win in Logan was really impressive early in the year and I think they have had some tough games in our league and I’m sure they are trying to adjust to the style of play in this league, but on film they look really impressive. They run their offense really well."

"Their guys play hard, they play well. Turnovers might be an issue for them at times. One thing about league play that can really get you is your confidence level. They are coming in here after a big win, after a few losses, and hopefully we can play well enough and not let them get started in our building because I think they are really capable. If you go into Logan and win, I think you can go anywhere and win."

"They have got really good balance, balance in their scoring. They kind of play in spurts, they get you down, then they get on a roll. They have the ability to be pretty explosive as well. They are a very tough defensive team, they guard you hard. They’re physical, and hopefully our guys are ready for it."

On defense:

"The challenge that we face tomorrow is similar to the challenge that we faced a couple weeks ago when we came back from LMU and Pepperdine and they both hit quite a few threes on us, and we just got back from a road trip where both teams were really good from the 3-point line. We responded well last time, so hopefully we can respond well this time. I think that seems to be the pattern. We are overhelping in the post and guys are getting loose on us on the perimeter."

This Week in the WCC: Returning Home

Jan 28, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 2:30 pm | Updated: January 28, 2014 3:12 pm | Permalink

The Cougars return home from a four-game road trip to start four straight in the Marriott Center. BYU sits behind Saint Mary's and San Francisco and is now a full three games back of Gonzaga. The Gaels enter the week on a four-game win streak, but have to travel to San Diego before coming to Provo. Saint Mary's just finished a six-game home stand where the Gaels went 5-1. Pacific has beaten Pepperdine and Santa Clara in conference play, while losing to Saint Mary's twice. 

Fun Facts

Pacific head coach Ron Verlin is in his first year as head coach at Pacific. His twin brother, Don Verlin, is the head coach at the University of Idaho. Ron spent 19 years as an assistant coach under former Pacific head coach Bob Thomason, while Don spent 15 years as an assistant coach under Stew Morrill at Colorado State and Utah State before taking the head job at Idaho.

Pacific and Saint Mary's enter this week having only played three away games during conference play, while BYU has already played in twice that many.

On Saturday, Saint Mary's James Walker III will hopefully be on the floor at the same time as Frank Bartley IV.

Standings Conf. Overall
1. Gonzaga 8-1 18-3
2. Saint Mary's 6-2 16-5
3. San Francisco 6-3 5-4
4. BYU 5-4 13-9
5. Pepperdine 5-5 13-9
6. Portland 4-5 12-9
7. San Diego 3-6 12-10
8. Santa Clara 3-6 10-12
9. Loyola Marymount 3-7 11-11
10. Pacific 2-6 11-8


WCC Leaders (league games only)

Scoring School Points/Game
1. Tyler Haws BYU 24.0
2. Jared Brownridge Santa Clara 20.9
3. Brandon Clark Santa Clara 19.7
T-9. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 15.3
22. Matt Carlino BYU 11.9
30. Eric Mika BYU 11.0
Rebounding School Rebounds/Game
1. Stacy Davis Pepperdine 8.8
T-2. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 8.6
T-2. Ryan Nicholas Portland 8.6
6. Nate Austin BYU 7.7
Assists School Assists/Game
1. Anthony Ireland LMU 6.1
2. Christopher Anderson San Diego 5.0
T-3. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 4.9
T-3. Alec Wintering Portland 4.9
6. Matt Carlino BYU 4.1

 

Steals School Steals/Game
1. Anthony Ireland LMU 2.2
2. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 2.1
3. James Walker III Saint Mary's 1.9

 

Coming Up

Wednesday, Jan. 29

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

Gonzaga at Santa Clara, 8 p.m. MST, ROOT Sports

Thursday, Jan. 30

Pacific at BYU, 7 p.m. MST, BYUtv

Saint Mary's at San Diego, 8 p.m. MST, ESPNU

Saturday, Feb. 1

Pacific at San Diego, 2 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

LMU at Pepperdine, 4 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

Gonzaga at San Francisco, 8 p.m. MST, ROOT Sports

Portland at Santa Clara, 8 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

Saint Mary's at BYU, 9 p.m. MST, ESPN2

Cougars in the Pros: Plaisted goes for 23 points and 10 rebounds

Jan 27, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 2:48 pm | Permalink

Trent Plaisted finished with a double-double, 23 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with two steals in a 95-77 loss to Nanterre last Tuesday. 

Lee Cummard had a near double-double with 22 points and nine rebounds in a one-point loss to Oostende, while Jonathan Tavernari and Charles Abouo each scored 12 points in their wins last week. 

Jimmer Fredette scored 14 points, going 4 of 6 from beyond the arc, in a loss to the Houston Rockets. Rafael Araujo went for 10 points in a 94-76 win with Brandon Davies going for nine points and four rebounds in a loss to the Miami Heat last week.

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 5.3 1.3 1.4
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.5 2.0 0.6
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Mogi das Cruzes Paulista Stage Two Brazil 3.0 6.0 0.0
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 11.9 6.2 2.2
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 7.7 4.9 0.9
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.1 3.1 0.2
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.1 6.2 1.2