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Cougars build strong first-half lead against Coppin State

Nov 17, 2016 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 7:58 pm | Updated: November 17, 2016 8:11 pm | Permalink

Sophomore Eric Mika started the night strong, scoring the first two baskets of the game to help BYU to an early 4-0 lead. T.J. Haws scored the next eight points from the field and BYU held a 14-2 lead at the 15:50 mark.

The Eagles knocked down a few shots in an attempt to rally, but the Cougar offense held pace and took a 20-9 lead with 13:41 after a pair of free throws by senior L.J. Rose.

Junior Jamal Aytes knocked down a turnaround jumper for his first basket of the night followed by a high-stepping layup from sophomore Elijah Bryant and a dunk from Yoeli Childs, allowing BYU to hold the double-digit lead with a 26-14 advantage with 9:29 remaining in the half.

Coppin State put together an 8-4 run and trailed 30-22 at the seven minute mark, before sophomore Nick Emery converted an old-fashioned 3-point play and dropped a trey to extend the BYU lead back to 12.

A 3-point basket from Rose extended the lead to 16, and the Cougars finished the half with a commanding 48-32 lead.

Emery led BYU in scoring with 10 points, while Mika finished the half with nine points and five rebounds. Childs pulled down nine boards and Haws had eight points with two 3-pointers.  

BYU victorious in season-opener against Princeton

Nov 14, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 10:11 pm | Permalink

The Tigers came out strong in the second period and went on a 10-3 run to cut the Cougar advantage to only three, 48-45, just five minutes into the half. Haws answered the Princeton run with a 3-pointer, and Childs followed it up shortly with a layup.

Haws sunk another trey with 13:30 remaining, and an impressive steal by him on the defensive end gave the ball back to BYU. An LJ Rose shot was rebounded by Mika for the put-back and the Cougars led the Tigers 58-48.

The contest remained within single digits for much of the second half. The Tigers got within one, 63-62, with 7:35 left in the half. A three-point play from Mika and free throws from Rose and Haws gave the Cougars an eight-point edge with 5:00 to go, 72-64.

BYU used points from six different Cougars to secure their lead over the Tigers as the final minutes wound down, and they claimed the 81-73 victory.

Mika ended the night with a game-high 26 points and 18 rebounds. Nine of his rebounds were offensive, tied for the BYU all-time high. Haws finished with 20 points, and Emery logged 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists. 

Cougars claim lead over Princeton at the half

Nov 14, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 9:12 pm | Permalink

Sophomore Nick Emery sunk a 3-pointer just 30 seconds into the game to open up the scoring, but Princeton went on a quick run and led the Cougars by a score of 10-5 by the 17:23 mark. A 6-0 spurt from BYU which them an 11-10 edge was followed by a 3-pointer from Princeton to give the lead back to the Tigers.

Free throws from sophomore Eric Mika, freshman Elijah Bryant and freshman TJ Haws, plus some missed shots from Princeton, kept the contest close. The Cougars jumped out to a 24-20 lead with 8:50 remaining from a 3-pointer by TJ Haws, and a missed trey from Princeton was followed by a free throw from senior Kyle Davis. Davis missed the second of two shots, but the rebound was gathered by Haws who founded the bucket for two more points, lengthening the lead to seven.

With just under four minutes remaining, the Cougars reached the large lead of the game at 39-28. Despite a few baskets from the Tigers, BYU took a 9-point lead into the locker room, 44-35.

Mika led all scorers with 14 points and seven rebounds. His Lone Peak High School compadres, Emery and Haws, each contributed 11 points, and freshman Yoeli Childs, Davis and Bryant combined for the remaining eight points of the Cougars’ 44-point tally. Senior LJ Rose also logged three points and two assists. 

BYU Dress and Grooming Standards: Beard Exception

Nov 10, 2016 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 1:48 pm | Permalink

Due to questions related to the beard worn by Cougar basketball player L.J. Rose, BYU athletics has released the following statement:

The BYU Dress and Grooming Standards have a Beard Exception for students with a medical need. Like other BYU students with beards, Rose has met with a physician and has been approved by the Honor Code Office to wear a beard.

BYU Beard Exception

Cougars defeat BYU-Hawaii in dominant fashion, 110-63

Nov 09, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 9:06 pm | Updated: November 9, 2016 9:09 pm | Permalink

BYU reached 100 points with three minutes remaining in the second half and beat BYU-Hawaii by a score of 110-63.

The Cougars held the Seasiders to only 28 points in the half.

BYU went on a 22-0 run over the Seasiders that spanned nearly eight minutes beginning at the 16:36 mark. The run extended the Cougar lead to 40, making it 84-44. BYU scored 17 more points in the final five minutes before claiming the final victory.

Freshman Colby Leifson got on the board with two three-pointers within one minute just following the 10-minute mark. He sank two more treys in the half and finished with 12 points. Sophomore Braiden Shaw also found the basket four times in the final five minutes and totaled 11 points for the Cougars.

Kyle Davis led all scorers with 16 points, and Emery finished with 14. Mika added four points to his first half score and finished with 15 points in 14 total minutes played. Haws also finished with 15 points and five assists. Rose totaled only four points but contributed a whopping eight rebounds and 10 assists. Childs finished with 10 points and 10 assists for BYU. 

Cougars on their way to 100 after first half of exhibition contest

Nov 09, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 8:07 pm | Updated: November 9, 2016 8:12 pm | Permalink

BYU found the basket quite a bit in the first half of the Cougars’ exhibition matchup against its island counterpart BYU-Hawaii on Wednesday.

The Cougars scored the first six points of the contest with baskets from senior Kyle Davis and sophomore Eric Mika, and were able to maintain a lead the entire half.

The Seasiders kept the contest close, not letting the Cougars lengthen the lead past nine, but BYU started to pull ahead at the 8:30 mark when freshman Yoeli Childs began to put on a show for fans with back-to-back one-handed dunks. The first came from a behind-the-back pass fed by freshman TJ Haws and the other a put-back slam that got the crowd on its feet. Childs' two baskets lengthened the Cougar lead to 10, 33-23.

BYU extended their lead to 18 by the end of the half with a score of 53-35.

Sophomore Nick Emery and Mika led all BYU scorers with 11 points each. Senior Kyle Davis also scored in double-digits and recorded 10 points. Haws finished the half with seven points and logged three rebounds. Childs' final halftime tally was six points, two rebounds and an assist.

Senior captain LJ Rose and freshman Elijah Bryan both saw their first minutes as BYU Cougars. Rose finished the half with four points, six rebounds and six assists. Bryant contributed two points and an assist. 

BYU defeats Creighton 88-82 in NIT quarterfinals

Mar 22, 2016 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 9:12 pm | Permalink

BYU opened the second half with three layups in two minutes, giving them a 44-39 lead.

After two lead changes within a minute, the Cougars extended their lead to five on two layups by Kyle Davis, giving them a 52-47 advantage with 14 minutes to play. Nick Emery extended their lead to eight on a three-point play, 54-47.

Creighton responded with four straight points, but a three-point play from Chase Fischer and a 3-pointer from Zac Seljaas gave the Cougars their first double-digit lead of the night, 61-51, with 11:20 to play in the game.

Seljaas’s fifth 3-pointer of the night extended BYU’s lead to twelve and a trey from Emery pushed the score of the game to 67-52 with 10 minutes on the clock.

BYU shot 4-of-4 from the floor during the span of 1:20, including a jumper from Fischer to give BYU a 69-54 advantage. After a three-minute scoring drought, Emery drove through the middle of the Blue Jays’ defense to make it 71-57 with five minutes to play in the game.

Creighton brought the game within seven with two minutes to play, but strong free-throw shooting led the Cougars to an 88-82 victory and a trip to the NIT semifinals.

Five Cougars ended the game in double-digits. Seljaas led all BYU players with 19 points and also contributed seven rebounds. Davis had 18 points and three rebounds and Fischer added 13 points and five rebounds in the win. Emery added 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Kyle Collinsworth had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists. Kaufusi had seven points and four rebounds.

BYU leads Creighton 38-37 at halftime of NIT quarterfinals

Mar 22, 2016 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 7:57 pm | Updated: March 22, 2016 7:59 pm | Permalink

BYU or Creighton didn't put up a basket until the 17:53 mark, when Creighton hit two 3-pointers to go up 6-0. Corbin Kaufusi scored the first five points of the game for the Cougars, but a layup from the Blue Jays gave them an early 8-5 advantage with 15 minutes to play.

Two Creighton 3-pointers and a Nick Emery 3-pointer took the score to 15-9 with 13 minutes to play.

Kyle Collinsworth entered the game after the first five minutes of the half. His first basket came on a layup underneath, followed by a Kaufusi layup, narrowing the Cougars' deficit to five.

An 8-0 run over 1:30 increased Creighton's lead, putting them up 27-15 with eight minutes to play. Zac Seljaas's 3-pointer from the left corner ended the run and took the lead down to single digits for the Blue Jays.

Kyle Davis's five points in the span of a minute made it 29-23 for the Blue Jays with 6:30 to play in the first half. Kyrie Thomas hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arch to end Creighton's three-minute scoring drought, putting the Blue Jays up 34-28.

Seljaas hit two 3-pointers to bring the Cougars within three with two minutes to play. A three-point play from Kyle Davis made it 36-34 for Creighton and two free-throws tied the game at 36 with a minute to play. BYU took its first lead of the game with 25 seconds to play on a dunk from Davis.

Seljaas led BYU at the half with 11 points and two rebounds. Davis had 10 points and Collinsworth finished the half with four points, two rebounds and three assists. Kaufusi added seven points and two rebounds.

Fischer leads BYU to 80-77 win over Virginia Tech

Mar 18, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:47 pm | Permalink

The Cougars didn’t score a field goal until the 18:32 mark  in the second half when Chase Fischer got things rolling for the team, scoring a layup to push the lead to 42-38. After gaining early momentum, BYU was scoreless for two and a half minutes and did not score a field goal for five minutes. Finally ending the streak, a 3-pointer from Zac Seljaas put the Cougars up 50-47 with 12:33 on the clock.

For three minutes, the only points BYU scored outside of the charity stripe was a fast break layup from Kyle Collinsworth set up by Jordan Chatman, which made Virginia Tech’s lead just one at 57-56 with 9:34 left to play.

After trading the lead multiple times, Fischer scored nine points in a row for the Cougars, six of which came from beyond the arc. His steal for the easy layup put BYU up 77-73 with 3:02 remaining.

Virginia Tech scored again, making it 77-75. Turnovers and missed shots in the last few minutes of the contest built up the intensity and kept BYU up front. Fischer hit free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Fischer led all scorers with 24 points, including four 3-pointers, and six rebounds. Collinsworth had 18 points and 10 assists for another double-double. Nick Emery and Seljaas also scored in double figures with 10 and 11 points, respectively.

BYU leads Virginia Tech 38-34 at the half

Mar 18, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:20 pm | Permalink

Both teams got off to a slow start with the first point being scored at the charity stripe by Kyle Davis with 18:17 on the clock. Back-to-back threes from Chase Fischer and Nick Emery sparked the offense, getting them up from 7-0 with 17:20 to play in the half.

The Cougars went on an 8-2 run to push the lead to 20-11 with 11:29 until the break. The run included another 3-pointer from Emery after Fischer hustled to keep the ball away from defenders and dished it to Emery.

BYU got a little sloppy, turning the ball over four times, which allowed Virginia Tech to go on a 7-0 run to tie the game for the first time at 24-24. A hook shot from Davis ended the run, giving the Cougars back the lead at the 6:24 mark.

The Hokies kept fighting, however, taking their first lead with under four to play. The two teams traded the lead twice before threes from Fischer and Zac Seljaas gave the Cougars a 38-34 lead heading into the break

Collinsworth led the team with 10 points, seven assists and three rebounds. Fischer and Emery both added six points in a balanced scoring effort against Virginia Tech.