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Tyler Haws led five in double figures as BYU beats North Texas 97-67

Dec 03, 2013 - Posted by Jared Houghton at 9:10 pm | Updated: December 4, 2013 9:05 am | Permalink

Tyler Haws scored a game-high 23 points to lead five Cougars in double figures in  a 97-67 win over North Texas.

Eric Mika and Matt Carlino both recorded their first double-doubles of the season. Mika had 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds and Carlino had 11 assists and a career-high 10 rebounds. Carlino was five points away from a triple-double. Kyle Collinsworth had a career-high 17 points and Skyler Halford had a career-high 16 points off the bench.

Nate Austin opened the scoring in the second half with five points to help spark a 7-0 run for BYU to extend the lead to 47-35. A deflection by Austin led to another Mika dunk from Collinsworth to cap the run with 18:57 remaining. Carlino’s ninth assist led to a big two-hand dunk down the lane by Collinsworth to keep BYU up 53-38.

Halford’s floater started a 6-0 BYU run that included a block by Austin to lead a Bartley dunk in transition and a Haws layup to extend the lead 67-51 at the 11:50 mark. With the layup, Haws passed his father, Marty Haws, to place 20th on BYU’s all-time scoring list.

With just over 14 minutes left in the game, North Texas brought the score within eight points at 56-48 but the Cougars went on a 41-19 run to end the game. Twelve players saw the court tonight. BYU outscored North Texas in the paint 58-30 and held a 26-2 lead in fast break points.

Eric Mika and Tyler Haws lead BYU to a 42-35 lead over North Texas at halftime

Dec 03, 2013 - Posted by Jared Houghton at 7:56 pm | Updated: December 3, 2013 8:01 pm | Permalink

Tyler Haws scored a game-high 15 points and Eric Mika added 11 points and five rebounds to lead BYU to a 42-35 lead over North Texas at halftime.

North Texas opened the game hitting the first two baskets to take an early 5-0 lead. Mika responded by scoring the next two baskets and Kyle Collinsworth threw it down on a fast break to give BYU its first lead of the game at 6-5. The teams traded baskets with neither team pulling ahead by more than three until North Texas took its biggest lead of the half at 14-11 with 16:44 left.

The Cougars pushed back and took a 19-16 lead on another fast-break dunk by Collinsworth. Four ties later the game was knotted up at 25-25 with just under nine minutes left in the first half. BYU went on a 15-6 run over the next six and a half minutes to take a 40-31 lead.  Again the Cougars pushed their lead to nine with a 42-33 lead with just over a minute left and a basket by North Texas put the score at 42-35 going into the locker room. 

In the first half, there were six ties and nine lead changes with the largest lead of nine done twice by BYU. North Texas shot 40 percent from the field and 25 percent from beyond the arc while BYU shot 49 percent from the field and 33 from the three-point line. 

BYU Hoops Mailbag Week Four

Dec 03, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 1:11 pm | Updated: December 4, 2013 11:26 am | Permalink

As we return from an eventful Thanksgiving week, we'll take a look at two questions. One from a mother wondering what it takes to play Division I basketball and another about something that hasn't happened since anyone on the team was born.

Karla from Phoenix asks:

This is very obviously a mother's question. I have a pre-teen son who wants to play at the collegiate level. I know it takes a lot of work and I want him to go into it with his eyes open. Did all of BYU's players pretty much play basketball year-round before college? What other sports did they play in addition to basketball? What other interests did they have to give up in order to get to the level of play that they are at?

Every scholarship player for the Cougars played mostly year-round between high school basketball and club or AAU teams. There was a split between playing other sports and focusing solely on basketball. Freshmen Frank Bartley IV and Luke Worthington played football through high school, but both said they decided to pursue basketball after high school instead of football. Skyler Halford said he played baseball, football and a little soccer when he was younger, but once 9th grade rolled around he focused on basketball. Halford also said he didn't feel like he missed out not playing sports or filling his time with other hobbies and activities. He had learned how to play the piano when he was younger, but put that off until he served his mission and now he keeps up with it a little better.

So to summarize, dedicating every waking moment to basketball isn't necessary, but prioritizing basketball over other interests probably is on some level.

Lloyd from Aspen asks:

When was the last time a Cougar recorded a triple-double?

On Tuesday night, Matt Carlino got close to a triple double with 10 rebounds, 11 assists, but only five points. No Cougar has accomplished the feat since 1988, before anyone on this BYU team was born. There have been four Cougars who reached double digits in three different categories in a single game and each one did it once in their career. Kresimir Cosic was the first to accomplish it with 15 points, 19 rebounds and 12 assists in a 93-83 win over Niagara on Jan. 17, 1973. Danny Ainge did it in a 100-91 win over Long Beach State on Nov. 28, 1977. He scored 27 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 13 assists. Four years later on March, 7, 1981, Fred Roberts became the second Cougar to do it with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 95-76 win over Utah. The last triple-double came on Feb. 13, 1988, as Michael Smith helped beat Colorado State 86-80 with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

Those four players are second, third, sixth and 14th in career scoring at BYU. Smith is the career leader in rebounds for BYU, with Cosic second and Roberts sixth. Ainge is second in career assists and Roberts is 10th. Cosic is the career leader in double-doubles at BYU. Smith averaged 7.5 rebounds per game in 1987-88 and averaged 2.5 assists per game over his career. Roberts averaged 8 rebounds per game in 1980-81 and averaged 2.9 assists for his career. Ainge averaged 5.8 rebounds per game his freshman year of 1977-78 and averaged more than five assists per game that season as well.

Carlino got close on Tuesday night and he had approached it against Mount St. Mary's earlier this season and against Washington in the NIT last year. Carlino averages almost five assists per game which is the most in BYU history, so he does have a pretty good baseline for getting to double figures there and a good rebounding game with an average scoring night would also get him close in any given game.

Collinsworth profiles a lot like Roberts. Roberts averaged three assists and seven rebounds a game in his career, this season Collinsworth averages nine rebounds and five assists. A good game distributing the ball puts Collinsworth well within striking distance of a triple-double. He was four assists away in the season opener against Weber State, three rebounds and one assist shy of a triple-double against Stanford and on Saturday against Utah State he was two assists and three points short. Collinsworth has topped double digits in rebounds three times this year and six times in his career. He has never broken double digits in assists.

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BYU vs. Utah State infographic

Dec 02, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:26 pm | Updated: December 2, 2013 10:35 pm | Permalink

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Pregame Report vs. North Texas: Coach Rose, Haws and Bartley

Dec 02, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 5:52 pm | Updated: December 2, 2013 7:24 pm | Permalink

BYU basketball coach Dave Rose, Tyler Haws and Frank Bartley IV talked about their matchup against North Texas Tuesday night. The Cougars will play North Texas at the Marriott Center at 7 p.m. MST. They game will be televised live on BYUtv and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM. 

Coach Rose

On what he liked when playing Utah State:
“We felt really good about the win and how we played. As we went and watched the film, we had certain parts of that game where we competed really well as a group. We didn’t do everything right, but our effort was so good that it made it really tough on them. That’s when you have guys helping each other and trusting each other. The best thing about that game is that we really grew as a group and our ability to trust each other.”

Most challenging aspects on North Texas:
“These guys are really quick. They play fast and their guards are really good dribble penetrators. They get the ball to the rim. Their big guy might be the best running big guy that we face. He can really get out and run to the rim. It’ll be a real fast-paced game. We’ll have a lot of the same issues that we had with Texas. They’re really good in transition.”

On tough schedule:
“We knew the teams would be good. When you play ranked teams, you’re really impressed and they’re really good. But sometimes those unranked teams are a little better and a little tougher but just may have not gotten the publicity yet. The one thing I do believe is every game is a real challenge for our guys and that will help us as we move along. You have to get ready and come every night to play.”

Tyler Haws

On North Texas:
“They’re a bunch of athletes. I think they’re a lot like Texas, really up tempo and their guards want to push it and try and finish in transition. Our defensive transition has got to be pretty good for us to win.”

On the new guys:
“They’re awesome. I feel like each game they get a little more comfortable and confident. They’re not afraid of anyone and they’re not going to back down.”

Frank Bartley IV

On North Texas:
“They’re a good team. They’re very physical and they like to get up and down the court. They’re going to come at us.”

On meeting his expectations and high points:
“I still have my ways to go. I’m still a freshman and I’m still getting better everyday. I’m not surprised about my success, but I feel like I can do a lot more. It’s just the beginning.”

“Just get on the court and play. The minutes I’m getting right now, I just have to keep building on that. There’s more to come. I think a lot of people are sleeping on me. I just want to keep making plays for my teammates, keep making the hustles plays, keep getting defensive stops and provide the spark when we need it.”

Cougars in the Pros: Cummard finishes with 15 points and seven rebounds in win

Dec 02, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 1:46 pm | Updated: December 2, 2013 2:01 pm | Permalink

Lee Cummard finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals in an 86-61 victory over Spirou last Friday in the Belgian professional league. 

Sixers Brandon Davies averaged 14 minutes per game last week and four points, one assist and one steal in a 110-115 loss to the Detroit Pistons. Jonathan Tavernari scored 10 points in both games last week, including 10 points in a win over fellow Cougar alum Rafael Araujo. Araujo contributed nine points and four rebounds in a 20-point win against Palmeiras later in the week. 

Trent Plaisted finished with eight points, five rebounds and two assists in a 92-84 Euro Cup win over Valencia. With three Euro Cup group games remaining, Plaisted's Ratiopharm team leads its group by a game. 

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 4.0 1.7 1.7
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.3 2.1 0.7
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Mogi das Cruzes Paulista Stage Two Brazil 6.3 3.3 1.0
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 10.7 4.7 0.7
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 9.8 6.6 1.0
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.4 3.3 0.1
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 8.7 5.4 1.0

BYU comes back to beat Utah State 85-74

Nov 30, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 9:06 pm | Permalink

Frank Bartley IV and Matt Carlino both had a big second half to lead BYU to the 85-74 victory over Utah State.

Bartley had 11 points and Carlino had 12 points for the Cougars. Kyle Collinsworth added eight rebounds and five assists. BYU shot 47.1 percent from the field in the half while limiting Utah State to 35.3 percent.

BYU started the second half on a 6-0 run to retake the lead at 45-44 assisted by an alley-oop dunk and a layup from Mika. Utah State answered with a 9-2 run to take the lead at 53-47. BYU answered with an 11-2 run of their own to take the lead at 58-55.

Led by six points and an assist from Frank Bartley IV, the Cougars went on a 13-4 run to extend their lead to 11 at 74-63 with 4:49 left in the game. BYU led with a game-high 12 points at 80-68 with 2:19 left. It would be all the room BYU would need to close the game out.

BYU trails Utah State 44-39 at the half

Nov 30, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 7:59 pm | Permalink

Tyler Haws led BYU with 11 points and two assists in the first half, but the Cougars trailed at halftime 44-39.

Eric Mika added nine points and five rebounds for BYU. The team shot 45.7 percent from the field, but was 1 of 7 from behind the arc. Utah State shot 59.5 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from distance.

The teams started the game trading baskets before BYU went on a 6-0 run to take a 10-4 lead. Utah State fought back to tie the game back at 14 with just over 14 minutes remaining. BYU went on another 10-3 run to take the 29-22 lead with 10 minutes remaining. However, Utah State answered quickly with an 8-2 run to cut the Cougars’ lead to one at 31-30.

The teams continued to trade baskets for the next several minutes keeping the game close until Utah State hit a 3-pointer to take their first lead since the opening minutes of the game at 40-37. They would extend the lead to five at 44-39 after the Cougars failed to score over the final 3:30 seconds of the half.

Coach Rose on tomorrow's matchup with Utah State

Nov 29, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:32 pm | Permalink

BYU coach Dave Rose met with the media after today's practice to discuss Saturday's game against Utah State. The Cougars and Aggies play at 7 p.m. MST at EnergySolutions Arena. They game will be televised live on BYUtv and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM. Visit the game day page on BYUcougars.com for more information.

“We had a great game up there a few years ago with Utah State at EnergySolutions Arena. With the experience of their team, starting four seniors, and the youth of our group and where we’ve been and the fact that we’re coming off a loss, it should be a really exciting game. We’re looking forward to it.”

On playing a familiar in-state opponent:
“Most of the players know each other and the staffs know each other. We’ve recruited some of their players and they’ve recruited some of our players and they end up where they end up. Then you get to play each other once a year.”

On the last decade of games between BYU and Utah State:
“They’ve been really competitive games. They usually go right down to the wire. Last year it was a last possession shot off a rebound that won the game for us. I know our guys are really looking forward to it and hopefully there’s a great crowd in there and there’s good energy.”

“When you look at the programs over the last eight to 10 years there have been good teams and good teams are hard to beat. Stew has one of his really special teams this year with with the combination of their experience and the depth at each position. I think it’s going to be a real battle.

“I believe Utah State is going to have a great season based on watching film and where they’ve been and what they’re doing. These guys really know how to close a game. When you play in a program and you understand the expectations and you have won for years and years, you figure out how to close games and that’s what this team does really well.”

“Our guys are excited. There hasn’t been a lot of emotion on our part that we’ve had to put into these guys. They know the importance of these games and they know how difficult it is to beat good teams. This will be a good game.”

BYU Hoops Mailbag Week Three: Thanksgiving Edition

Nov 26, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 3:54 pm | Updated: November 27, 2013 4:17 pm | Permalink

Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of the BYU Hoops Mailbag. A few things we're thankful for around these parts this week: Eric Mika's goggles, Tyler Haws' mastery of H-O-R-S-E, being an "older" team, an orange ball, a round hoop and of course family, friends and BYU fans. Now on to the questions.

Carly from Hooper asked:

The Cougars lost to Iowa State who are coached by former NBA player Fred Hoiberg, what's BYU's record in games against teams with former NBA players as head coaches?

BYU is 7-8 against current NCAA coaches who played in the NBA. There are currently 13 NCAA Division I coaches who have played in the NBA. The Cougars have only faced five of the 13 and have only faced former New Mexico head coach Steve Alford more than twice. Utah's Larry Krystowiak is the only other coach on the list BYU will face this season after beating Stanford's Johnny Dawkins two weeks ago and falling to Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg last week.

Coach School Years BYU vs.
Steve Alford UCLA 2013-present 0-0
  New Mexico 2007-2013 3-5
  Iowa 1999-2007 0-0
  SW Missouri State 1995-1999 0-0
Larry Krystowiak Utah 2011-present 2-0
  Montana 2004-2006 0-0
Billy Donovan Florida 1996-present 1-1
Fred Hoiberg Iowa State 2010-present 0-2
Johnny Dawkins Stanford 2008-present 1-0
Andy Kennedy Ole Miss 2006-present 0-0
  Cincinnati 2005-2006 0-0
Reggie Theus Cal State Northridge 2013-present 0-0
  New Mexico State 2005-2007 0-0
Cuonzo Martin Tennessee 2011-present 0-0
  Missouri State 2008-2011 0-0
Bryce Drew Valparaiso 2011-present 0-0
Dan Majerle Grand Canyon 2013-present 0-0
Eddie Jordan Rutgers 2013-present 0-0
Kevin Ollie Connecticut 2013-present 0-0
Bobby Hurley Buffalo 2013-present 0-0

Spencer from South Jordan asked:

The Cougars lost to Wichita State last night. When was the last time BYU faced a Final Four participant from the previous year?

The last time the Cougars faced a team who made it to the Final Four the previous season was in 2006 against UCLA. BYU lost 82-69 in the game played in Los Angeles, Calif. The Bruins had lost in the title game a season earlier.

Since 1990, BYU has played seven games against the previous year's Final Four participants. BYU is 0-7 and has only played one of the seven teams in the Marriott Center, while four of the seven games have been on neutral courts and one was in the NCAA tournament. Duke, North Carolina and Syracuse were all defending champions, while the other three games were against teams that lost in the title game. Wichita State was the first Final Four team BYU has faced since 1990 that didn't make it to the title game.

Opponent W-L Score Location Date
Duke L 89-66 Maui Invitational, Maui, Hawaii Dec. 23, 1992
North Carolina L 97-65 Tournament of Champions, Charlotte, N.C. Dec. 4, 1993
Utah L 75-54 Salt Lake City, Utah Jan. 9, 1999
Utah L 71-46 Provo, Utah Feb. 6, 1999
Syracuse L 80-75 NCAA First Round, Denver, Colo. Mar. 18, 2004
UCLA L 82-69 Los Angeles, Calif. Nov. 15, 2006
Wichita State L 75-62 CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Kansas City, Mo. Nov. 26, 2013

Have questions you'd like to see answered? Include your name and hometown with a question and send it to basketballpr@byu.edu. The mailbag will run weekly with a Monday night deadline for questions and will be published on Wednesdays.