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Quotes from Coach Rose and players after Tuesday's practice

Jan 21, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 6:39 pm | Updated: January 21, 2014 8:51 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose

On Portland beating Gonzaga:

"I think our guys are in a pretty good mindset right now as far as their preparation, but I think that's part of the process is try to go through any team and who they've played, where they've played and the big games they won, because that can get the attention of your players."

"This Portland team is built to win and hopefully we can play well and be successful up there."

On Portland's bigs:

"This will be a similar challenge to Pepperdine the first time we played them. They're both really skilled, they can stretch you, but their guards are so much improved. I think the challenge will be trying to figure out a way to handle those post guys in the low post and the high post and still cover their guards."

On tough road games this week:

"We spend the majority of our time worrying about this Portland game, and the challenge at Gonzaga is not just for one or two teams. They've been pretty good at home since they built that arena, so we'll worry about that on Friday. We know this is an important time of the season."

"Hopefully we can play well and have good results, but it's a difficult road trip, there's no question about it."

"We say this all the time that this game we're playing, even though it's really important and we want to give it our best effort in preparation and in our effort as we play, it's not going to make or break our season, but we want to play like it does and deal with the results and move forward from there." 

On Gonzaga:

"They know the date we were playing Gonzaga when we got the schedule. The real challenge for us is to make sure that stays in the back of their minds, not in the front of their minds, because Portland will be all we can handle. Hopefully we can be at full force and that's kind of the issue right now. I want these guys to have the very best opportunity as possible." 

Tyler Haws

On being in foul trouble:

"I think it's just dumb plays on my part. I don't know if I've ever had two fouls called on me that quick before, but I do have to be smarter and I have to recognize the way the refs are calling the game. Each crew kind of refs the game differently, so I have to recognize those things."

On Portland and Gonzaga:

"[Gonzaga] is in the back of our minds, but you have to take each game one game at a time and you can't overlook anyone. I think we learned that lesson in our first two games in conference, so you have to take it one game at a time and try and execute the game plan that the coaches put in to the best of our abilities." 

"Each team has talented players, but we trust the coaches and we trust their game plan. If we play the right way, I feel like we can beat anyone." 

Matt Carlino

On Portland:

"Their bigs are really good. They're a solid team and they're good at home."

On coming off the bench:

"I'm not fighting anything, I'm just trying to play my best and get better everyday. I think it's all about improving and going out there and doing what I do. Whatever minutes I get, I'm good with it." 

This Week in the WCC: Facing Portland and Gonzaga

Jan 21, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 3:06 pm | Updated: January 22, 2014 2:08 pm | Permalink

The four-way logjam for second place in the West Coast Conference was halved last week as BYU defeated San Francisco and Pepperdine lost to Gonzaga. The result is Saint Mary's and BYU sitting one game behind the Bulldogs. BYU has its chance to pull even with Gonzaga in the loss column on Saturday night in Spokane, Wash. Fifth-place Pepperdine travels to third-place Saint Mary's on Thursday in another game that would have top of the standing implications.

BYU's full slate this week includes traveling to face Portland on ROOT Sports on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. MST and Gonzaga on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. MST on ESPN2.

Team Standings Conference Overall
1. Gonzaga 6-1 16-3
2. BYU 5-2 13-7
3. Saint Mary's 4-2 14-5
4. San Francisco 5-3 12-8
5. Pepperdine 5-3 12-8
6. Portland 3-4 11-8
7. Santa Clara 3-5 10-11
8. San Diego 2-5 11-9
9. Loyola Marymount 2-6 10-10
10. Pacific 1-5 10-7

Fun Facts

  • BYU owns the longest current winning streak in the conference with a victory in each of their past five games.
  • Matt Carlino's nine assists off the bench on Saturday night were the most by a player coming off the bench in the Dave Rose era.
  • Portland has used the same starting five in every game this year, while BYU has gone through four different starting lineups thanks to two-game injury stints from Tyler Haws and Eric Mika and by Skyler Halford working his way into the shooting guard spot. BYU has started eight different players
  • Gonzaga's Sam Dower Jr., who was named WCC Player of the Week, just surpassed the career 1,000 point mark over the weekend, as did BYU's Matt Carlino.

WCC Leaders

Scoring School PPG
1. Tyler Haws BYU 20.7
2. Brandon Clark Santa Clara 20.6
3. Jared Brownridge Santa Clara 19.8
7. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 16.1
18. Skyler Halford BYU 13.1
24. Matt Carlino BYU 11.9

 

Rebounds School RPG
1. Stacy Davis Pepperdine 9.1
2. Ryan Nicholas Portland 8.4
3. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 8.3
10. Nate Austin BYU 7.1

 

Assists School APG
1. Anthony Ireland LMU 6.0
T-2. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 5.1
T-2. Alec Wintering Portland 5.1
9. Matt Carlino BYU 3.9

 

Steals School SPG
1. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 2.6
2. James Walker III Saint Mary's 2.0
3. Anthony Ireland LMU 1.9

 

Coming Up

Thursday, Jan. 23

BYU at Portland, 8 p.m. MST, ROOT Sports

LMU at Pacific, 8 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

Pepperdine at Saint Mary's, 8 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

San Diego at Gonzaga, 8 p.m., ESPNU

 

Saturday, Jan. 25

BYU at Gonzaga, 8 p.m. MST, ESPN2

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

LMU at Saint Mary's, 4 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

Santa Clara at San Francisco, 6 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

Pepperdine at Pacific, 8 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

Cougars in the Pros: Cummard scores 18 points against Brussels

Jan 21, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 12:28 pm | Updated: January 21, 2014 12:30 pm | Permalink

Lee Cummard went for 18 points, seven rebounds and two assists in an 85-75 victory over Brussels last Sunday. He was also 5 of 7 from the field and 2 of 2 from beyond the arc. 

Trent Plaisted added 14 points in a nine-point win against Cantu, while Jonathan Tavernari finished with 12 points and four rebounds in a 95-77 loss. 

Brandon Davies also contributed nine points and four rebounds in a loss to the Miami Heat in 16 minutes of play. 

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 5.3 1.4 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 5.5 3.9 0.8
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 11.3 6.1 2.3
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 7.7 4.9 0.9
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 5.7 3.3 0.2
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.3 6.3 1.3

Coach Rose and players talk after Tuesday's practice

Jan 14, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 6:33 pm | Updated: January 14, 2014 7:40 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose

On Eric Mika:

"Eric is feeling better. He practiced a little bit yesteday and today he was in practice full time, so unless he has a setback tonight, we anticipate a good practice tomorrow and that he'll play on Thursday. That's what we're hoping."

"I think Eric is a big part of our offensive and defensive game plan. I do think that having another body will be good. The combination of Josh and Nate was really good for us in playing those minutes with a couple wins. It should help the confidence of the team, but we need Eric. We need Eric to play well. Last couple of times on the road, he's been in foul trouble, so hopefully sitting and watching for a couple games might've helped him mentally. The most important thing is that he's healthy."

On confidence after wins:

"Hopefully this team understands the challenge of the weekend. These road games in league are really hard to win and we have to get a great effort from everyone. We can't just have a couple guys play well."

On Matt Carlino:

"I think he played pretty well. He had a great game on Saturday night and the minutes he gave on Thursday were solid. He came in and really helped our team get better. He gave us a good lift off the bench and that's a good sign. I'm happy for Matt that he's found a real comfortable spot." 

Skyler Halford

On starting:

"I was just glad we won the game. That was the ultimate thing for our team is to get that win and that's what we need the most."

On upcoming road trip:

"Hopefully we can bring the same intensity and energy we did at home and we can come together collectively as a group, especially on the defensive end. I think if we can do that, we'll have a good chance on the road."

On guard matchup:

"They're talented. They have great shooters all along the board and we're hoping to just keep them off that 3-point line and prevent them from driving and penetrating, because they just kick and knock down shots." 

On team's confidence:

"When you're winning, it definitely helps you feel better, but you can't feel too good about yourself. You always have to stay focused on every single game and you can't think too much in how many you've won. Sometimes you feel too good about yourself and you get lazy in some areas, so we're trying to stay on top of our game in all areas." 

Matt Carlino

On coming off the bench:

"I feel good. I feel good about everything. We've won the last three games so it's been good."

On team's confidence and road trip:

"It's high right now, but coach has been trying to keep us level headed going into all these road games." 

"I think we have to focus on stopping the other team and just doing what we do. We have to do what we do at home and bring it on the road. We just have to find that on the road and when we do, we'll keep doing it." 

Tyler Haws

On mentality going on the road:

"I think the guys are a lot more aware of the challenge that awaits us. There are no days off or no games off in league, so we're looking forward to the challenge."

"We definitely made strides on the offensive and defensive end, so we're just excited. I think we made some good changes and guys are feeling pretty good right now." 

On last year's loss against San Francisco:

"We let them come back and they're a team that doesn't stop fighting and continues to play hard for 40 minutes. We'll have to be ready to execute the game plan and not let up for 40 minutes." 

Haws named Lou Henson

Jan 14, 2014 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 1:30 pm | Permalink

BOSTON, Mass. – BYU junior guard Tyler Haws has been named the Lou Henson Award National Player of the Week.

The 6-foot-5 junior averaged 33.0 points in two wins last week. On Thursday, Jan. 9, Haws scored 35 points in a win over Pepperdine. Two days later the Utah native had 31 points, including 24 in the second half, in the Cougars' win over Loyola Marymount.

The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the top Mid-Major player in Division I college basketball.

The award is named in honor of Lou Henson who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years. When he left the game in 2005 he was sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779. He is the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. He is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four. 

WEEKLY HONORS

Week 10 (Jan. 13) Tyler Haws (BYU)
Week 9 (Jan. 6) Keifer Sykes (Green Bay)
Week 8 (Dec. 30) Javon McCrea (Buffalo)
Week 7 (Dec. 23) D.J. Irving (Boston University)
Week 6 (Dec. 16) Marshall Bjorklund (North Dakota State)
Week 5 (Dec. 9) Isiah Umipig (Seattle)
Week 4 (Dec. 2) Sidney Sanders Jr. (Fairleigh Dickinson)
Week 3 (Nov. 25) Jeremy Ingram (North Carolina Central)
Week 2 (Nov. 18) J.J. Mann (Belmont)
Week 1 (Nov. 11) Kendrick Perry (Youngstown State)

Cougars in the Pros: Fredette combines for 24 points in last two wins

Jan 13, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 2:47 pm | Updated: January 13, 2014 2:51 pm | Permalink

Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette went for 11 points and three assists in a 108-83 win against the Orlando Magic last Friday. He also added 13 points and three assists in a 124-80 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers last Sunday. 

Fredette is now shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc this season and averaged 14.3 minutes per game last week. 

Philadelphia 76ers Brandon Davies went for 11 points, four rebounds, one assist and two steals last Tuesday in a loss to the Cavaliers. Davies also averaged 15.5 minutes per game last week in four games. 

Lee Cummard finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks in a loss last Saturday. 

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 5.7 1.5 1.4
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.3 1.9 0.6
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Mogi das Cruzes Paulista Stage Two Brazil 5.5 3.9 0.8
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 10.9 6.0 2.3
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 7.1 5.1 1.0
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.1 3.5 0.2
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.3 8.3 1.9

This Week in the WCC

Jan 13, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 2:12 pm | Updated: January 13, 2014 4:12 pm | Permalink

The big news in conference play this week was Portland's 82-73 upset of Gonzaga. It was the Bulldogs' first loss in West Coast Conference play and helped tighten up the standings.

Gonzaga now leads four different teams by one game in the loss column. San Francisco, Saint Mary's, BYU and Pepperdine each have two losses in conference play. Of those teams, San Francisco and Saint Mary's have already lost to the Bulldogs once, while BYU doesn't play Gonzaga until next week and Pepperdine faces them Thursday. Santa Clara beat Saint Mary's on a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to give the Gaels their second WCC loss of the season. The Cougars were the only team to win both games last week as they beat Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount at home.

The Cougars travel to face San Francisco on ESPNU Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. MST and Santa Clara on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. MST on ROOT Sports.

 

Standings Conference Overall
Gonzaga 4-1 14-3
San Francisco 4-2 11-7
Pepperdine 4-2 11-7
Saint Mary's 3-2 13-5
BYU 3-2 11-7
Santa Clara 3-3 10-9
Portland 2-3 10-7
Loyola Marymount 2-4 10-8
Pacific 1-4 10-6
San Diego 1-4 10-8

 

Fun Facts

  • BYU has made more field goals in five WCC games than Santa Clara has in six.
  • BYU's Kyle Collinsworth is top 10 in the conference in scoring, field goal percentage, rebounding, assists, steals and blocked shots since the start of WCC play.
  • Haws' 35 points against Pepperdine is the most by any player in the conference this season.
  • Brandon Clark and Tyler Haws are the only two players who have scored 20 points or more at least 10 times this season. They face one another on Saturday when BYU travels to Santa Clara.

 

WCC Overall Leaders

Scoring

Player Team Points/Game
1. Tyler Haws BYU 23.1
2. Anthony Ireland LMU 18.9
3. Brandon Clark SCU 17.4
11. Matt Carlino BYU 14.4
13. Eric Mika BYU 13.9
14. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 13.5

 

Rebounding

Player Team Rebounds/Game
1. Ryan Nicholas Por 9.3
2. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 8.4
3. Brendan Lane Pep 8.2
4. Nate Austin BYU 8.2
13. Eric Mika BYU 6.4

 

Assists

Player Team Assists/Game
1. Christopher Anderson USD 6.1
2. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 5.6
3. Anthony Ireland LMU 5.4
5. Matt Carlino BYU 4.6

 

Steals

Player Team Steals/Game
1. Matt Carlino BYU 1.7
2. Anthony Ireland LMU 1.7
3. David Stockton Gon 1.6
5. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 1.6
14. Tyler Haws BYU 1.0

 

Blocked Shots

Player Team Blocks/Game
1. Brendan Lane Pep 2.4
2. Brad Waldow SMC 1.8
3. Przemek Karnowski Gon 1.8
8. Nate Austin BYU 0.9
11. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 0.8
13. Eric Mika BYU 0.8

 

Offensive Rebounds

Player Team Off. Rebs/Game
1. Kruize Pinkins USF 3.3
2. Eric Mika BYU 3.1
3. Brad Waldow SMC 3.1
6. Nate Austin BYU 2.4
9. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 2.4

 

Defensive Rebounds

Player Team Def. Rebs/Game
1. Ryan Nicholas Por 6.8
2. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 6.0
3. Brendan Lane BYU 5.9
4. Nate Austin BYU 5.8

 

Coming Up

Thursday, Jan. 16

BYU at San Francisco, ESPNU 7 p.m. MST

Gonzaga at Pepperdine, 8 p.m. MST

Portland at Loyola Marymount, 8 p.m. MST

San Diego at Santa Clara, 8 p.m. MST

 

Saturday, Jan. 18

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

Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount, 2 p.m. MST

Pacific at Saint Mary's, 6 p.m. MST

Portland at Pepperdine, 6 p.m. MST

San Diego at San Francisco, 8 p.m. MST

BYU beats LMU 91-68

Jan 11, 2014 - Posted by Justin Green at 9:17 pm | Permalink

BYU beat LMU 91-68 behind 31 points by Tyler Haws, 24 coming in the second half, and Kyle Collinsworth’s 20 points and nine rebounds.

Collinsworth also had five assists, three blocks and two steals. Matt Carlino had 18 points and four assists and Josh Sharp contributed 10 points, his season high.

BYU trailed 38-37 at the half. After LMU scored the first four points of the second half, the Cougars went on a 10-0 run, highlighted by Carlino’s three, to give the Cougars their first lead since the 15:47 mark of the first half. Haws had four points during the run.

Haws scored the next five BYU points to help maintain the lead, including a 3-point play that gave the Cougars a 52-48 advantage.

LMU scored seven straight to retake the lead at 55-52, but BYU scored four straight on back-to-back layups by Anson Winder to regain a one-point advantage.

After battling to a tie at 58, the Cougars scored the next nine points on consecutive buckets by Haws and a three-point play by Sharp to take a 67-58 lead with 10 minutes left in the game.

The teams traded baskets and the BYU lead hovered around 10 until the six-minute mark, when the Cougars scored eight straight to extend the lead to 17 at 79-62. Haws had six during that run and Winder had a fast break layup. Carlino’s jumper pushed the lead to 22 at 87-65 with two minutes left.

Cougars trail Lions by one at half

Jan 11, 2014 - Posted by Justin Green at 7:58 pm | Permalink

BYU trails LMU 38-37 at the end of the first half. Matt Carlino is leading the Cougars with 12 points on 4 of 6 shooting. Kyle Collinsworth filled up the stat sheet with eight points, four rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and two steals. Tyler Haws also pitched in seven points.

Josh Sharp scored six of the Cougar’s first eight points and the game was tied at 10-10 with just over 15 minutes left.

Back-to-back jumpers by LMU’s Chase Flint and Anthony Ireland gave the Lions a 19-13 lead with 12 minutes left in the half.

Collinsworth’s block sparked a fast break that led to a Carlino three to cut the lead to two, but LMU’s hot shooting continued and the lead was stretched to 24-16.

Haws scored four straight points to cut the lead in half, but the Lions responded with consecutive buckets to regain their eight-point lead.

After the deficit reached 10, the Cougars went on 13-3 run tie the game at 33 with three minutes left in the half. Carlino’s eight points fueled the BYU run. 

BYU splits series with Pepperdine after 84-72 victory

Jan 09, 2014 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 9:20 pm | Permalink

BYU never trailed on their way to an 84-72 victory over Pepperdine.

BYU was led in scoring by Tyler Haws’ 35 points. Kyle Collinsworth continued his strong all-around play tallying 15 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and three steals. For the game, the Cougars shot 46.6 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from behind the arc. They held the Waves to 40.4 percent shooting and 30.4 percent from distance.

BYU started the half with five quick points from Skyler Halford to push the lead to eight, but Pepperdine kept it close going on a 6-0 run to pull back within two at 38-36. The Cougars then went on a 9-2 run to push the lead back up to nine at 51-42 with 12:04 left in the game.

The Cougars and Waves continued to battle back and forth with the lead varying between five and nine points over the next seven minutes. Pepperdine would cut the lead to two at 62-60 with 5:04 remaining. The Cougars responded quickly with a 13-2 run led by 11 points from Haws, including three 3-pointers, to take a 75-62 lead with 1:58 left in the game. BYU closed out the game from the line.