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BYU leads Pepperdine 33-30 at the half

Jan 09, 2014 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 8:01 pm | Permalink

BYU started fast and held on to lead 33-30 over Pepperdine at the break.

The Cougars were led by Tyler Haws 13 points while Kyle Collinsworth and Skyler Halford added seven points each. Collinsworth also brought down five rebounds and dished out three assists.

BYU started off hot going on a 12-0 run led by seven points from Haws and an NBA range 3-pointer from Halford. The Waves used an 8-2 run to close within six as the Cougars struggled on the offensive end. After trading baskets, Pepperdine went on a 7-0 run to pull within one at 18-17 with 9:40 left in the half.

The Cougars responded with a 6-0 run to push the lead back to seven at 24-17 behind four points from Collinsworth. The Waves responded again going on a 6-0 run of their own to cut the lead back to one with just over six minutes until the break.

Pepperdine would tie the game twice at 28 and 30, but the Cougars would score the final three points of the half to take the lead into the locker room. 

Quotes from Jan. 8 after practice

Jan 09, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 9:43 am | Updated: January 9, 2014 5:01 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose

On Eric Mika:

"He's getting better every day. He did a little bit today in practice and we'll just see how he feels tomorrow. Hopefully, somehow he gets to where it feels comfortable enough to see if we can get a few minutes out of him."

On facing Pepperdine again:

"This team is a very good defensive team. They were a really good defensive team last year. Offensively, they've got a lot more firepower. Somewhere close to 60 percent of the points being scored are from guys that weren't on the team last year. When you see a team that was pretty competitive last year and all the guys that were starters are now all their reserves you know the team is actually really improved."

"What they have that is really impressive is two really skilled post guys who can spread the floor really well, can pass and shoot and then four guards that are good shooters. Schemes that you use with them you have to get in and out of them because when they get comfortable they're really good at passing out of them, dribbling through them and scoring in the low post."

On Skyler Halford coming off a big game:

"What we really need to focus on with Skyler is his defensive assignment. The real challenge for us tomorrow will be to handle these post guys and still be able to handle the perimeter. Hopefully, he'll focus in on that defensive assignment, bring a lot of energy to that side of the floor and then offensively see what comes to him."

Emphasis on defense

"I think it’s a real emphasis with our whole group. We had a tough time out on the road, when you look at the final scores we played well offensively in those games. To move forward, we felt like we need to make a real conscious effort defensively to not only understand the scouting report but to have an urgent attitude toward executing it and to hold them accountable in the film room."

Perimeter defense against Pepperdine

"There are things we need to do differently. This league is really good at shooting the 3-point shot. The challenge with Pepperdine is the fact that their post guys, if you let them go 1-on-1, when you bring the second defender those guards space the floor so well there's so much area you have to cover we have to be really attentive to how we move and rotate out of those things."

Kyle Collinsworth

On facing Pepperdine again:

"Of course whenever you lose a game to a team, you want to beat when they come in your building. We've got to guard the 3-point line a little better. They made a lot of 3s on us, so that'll be a big focus for us."

"We lost the game, but we played a good last 15 minutes. If we can play like the last 15 minutes for the whole game we'll feel really confident."

Tyler Haws

Facing Pepperdine again:

"I feel like we know their sets and personnel. We've played them once before so we know the challenge ahead of us we just have to go out and make it happen."

"Every game you play in conference is a big one. You need to get your home wins. I don’t know if revenge is the right word, but every game is important in league and we're definitely ready for the challenge."

The San Diego win:

"I think we found our rhythm in lots of areas. We were mentally into it for 40 minutes, the coaches put together a great game plan and the players did our best to execute it."

On Skyler Halford's game against San Diego:

"He came in and knocked down shots and followed Johnny Dee around the whole night. He was a big spark for us the whole night on both ends of the floor. I know Sky will be looking forward to the next challenge too."

On the challenge of coming off a big game for Skyler:

"(The challenge is) to stay aggressive. You can't play on your heels or try and change your game or what you do. Stay aggressive and when you have an open shot step up and knock it down."

Cougars in the Pros: Fredette scores season high

Jan 06, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 2:32 pm | Permalink

Jimmer Fredette scored a season-high 15 points to go along with four rebounds and a block in 17 minutes of play. Fredette and the Sacramento Kings fell 113-104 to Brandon Davies and the Sixers. 

Fredette also added 10 points in a 110-106 win against the Houston Rockets last Tuesday. 

Trent Plaisted went for 12 points, nine rebounds and two assists in a 105-90 win last Saturday, while Jonathan Tavernari contributed 11 rebounds and four assists in a 95-65 win. Lee Cummard added 11 points, six rebounds and two assists in Sunday's win against Antwerp. 

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 5.1 1.6 1.2
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.1 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 5.9 2.1
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 7.1 5.3 1.1
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.3 3.4 0.2
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.5 6.3 1.3

BYU Basketball beats San Diego

Jan 04, 2014 - Posted by Justin Green at 9:11 pm | Permalink

Skyler Halford scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Cougars to an 87-53 victory over San Diego. Halford shot 11 of 16 on the night and connected on four 3-pointers. Tyler Haws scored 17 points and Erik Mika scored 13 before leaving the game early in the second half due to injury.  Kyle Collinsworth contributed 12 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

Holding an 18-point halftime advantage, the Cougars quickly extended their lead to 26 on two buckets from Halford and a dunk from Mika. Mika was fouled on the play and made the free throw to complete the 3-point play.

Another 3-pointer from Halford and 3-point play by Haws extended the lead to 61-30 with just over 13 minutes remaining.

The Cougars lead hovered above 30 for the remainder of the game, highlighted by a Nate Austin dunk, a Collinsworth 3 and back-to-back 3s by Anson Winder.

BYU shot 53 percent to San Diego’s 34 and outrebounded the Toreros 45-27. 

BYU Basketball leads 41-23 at half

Jan 04, 2014 - Posted by Justin Green at 8:04 pm | Permalink

Led by Skyler Halford’s 15 points, BYU leads San Diego by 18 at the half. Halford hit three 3-pointers and was 6 of 8 from the field. Tyler Haws and Erik Mika each chipped in 10 points, and Kyle Collinsworth had four points, five rebounds and five assists.

The Cougars started out hot, hitting seven of their first eight shots to jump out to a 15-8 lead four minutes in. Mika and Haws scored six and five points, respectively, to pace the Cougars.

San Diego tied the game at 15 with 12 minutes left in the half. A long jumper from Haws stopped the run and gave the Cougars a 17-15 lead.

BYU extended its lead to 25-19 when Halford hit his second 3-pointer of the half. Back-to-back jumpers from Collinsworth and Matt Carlino capped a 10-2 run, giving the Cougars a ten-point lead at 29-19.

Two free throws by Mika upped the lead to 12 at 33-21 with just under four minutes left in the half. Five straight points from Halford extended the lead to 38-21 at the two-minute mark. 

Digital Review: October, November and December

Dec 30, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 1:20 pm | Updated: January 2, 2014 2:26 pm | Permalink

Below you'll find all the video goodness of the men's basketball from the first three months of the season. The clips are split into sections which include Highlights, ESPN, BYUtv, Music and Entertainment (get your lip sync vids here) and Preseason Videos. Each section is structured in reverse chronological order so the most recent stuff is at the top. Enjoy.


Highlights

 

Oregon Highlights

Utah Highlights

Prairie View A&M Highlights

BYUtv Prairie View A&M Highlights

Collinsworth Epic Dunk in Slow Motion vs. PVAMU

North Texas Highlights

BYUtv North Texas Highlights

Utah State Highlights

BYUtv Utah State Highlights

Iowa State Highlights

BYUtv Iowa State Highlights

Carlino to Mika Alley-oop vs. Iowa State

Colorado Mesa Highlights

BYUtv Colorado Mesa Highlights

BYUtv Mount St. Mary's Highlights

Weber State Highlights

BYUtv Weber State Highlights

Alaska Anchorage Highlights

Mika dunks against Alaska Anchorage

Colorado College Highlights

 

Coaches Show

 

Dec. 16

Dec. 11

Dec. 3

 

ESPN

 

Early Trouble for Power Programs

Andy Katz 3-Point Shot: BYU's Key Loss

Andy Katz 3-Point Shot: BYU's Resume

 

BYUtv

 

Mark Pope True Blue Interview on WCC play

True Blue segment on Christmas for kids with cancer

Josh Sharp Practice Interview Dec. 19

Collinsworth Practice Interview Dec. 19

Carlino Practice Interview Dec. 19

Haws Interview Dec. 13

Carlino/Collinsworth Interview Dec. 13

Mika Practice Interview Dec. 13

Rose Practice Interview Dec. 13

Carlino Practice Interview Dec. 10

Haws Practice Interview Dec. 10

Rose Practice Interview Dec. 10

Mika True Blue Interview

North Texas Postgame Recap

Rose Practice Interview Dec. 2

Haws Practice Interview Dec. 2

Bartley IV Practice Interview Dec. 2

Mika Practice Interview Nov. 19

Haws Practice Interiew Nov. 19

Rose Practice Interview Nov. 19

Collinsworth Practice Interview Nov. 19

Carlino Practice Interview Nov. 19

Coach Rose True Blue Signees Interview

Colorado Mesa Postgame Recap

Mount St. Mary's Postgame Recap

Weber State Postgame Recap

Tyler Haws True Blue Interview


Music and Entertainment

 

All I Want For Christmas ft. Haws, Halford and women's basketball's Xojian Harry

Half Court Shot Contest Winner vs. Utah State

It's All Because of You ft. Haws, Halford, Mika and Worthington

Lost Without U ft. Chase Fischer

Cry Me a River ft. Sharp, Collinsworth

Mo Money Mo Problems ft. Mika, Sharp

Don't Leave Me ft. Bartley IV, Mika, Sharp, Worthington

I Wish ft. Carlino

Ready for More Promo

You're The Inspiration ft. Haws, Halford, Worthington

Media Day Mic Check


Freshman Connection: Cooking with Eric, Frank and Luke

 

Preseason Videos

 

Boom shakalaka Dunk Contest

Boom shakalaka Review

Coach Rose at Media Day

Look Back at Josh Sharp

Look Back at Anson Winder

Look Back at Nate Austin

Look Back at Kyle Collinsworth

Look Back at Matt Carlino

Look Back at Tyler Haws

Cougars in the Pros: Brandon Davies scores career-high

Dec 23, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 12:30 pm | Permalink

Sixers Brandon Davies scored a career-high nine points to go along with six rebounds and three steals in 16 minutes of play in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets. 

Lee Cummard combined for a total of 32 points in two games against Verviers-Pepinster and KTP, while Trent Plaisted finished with a double-double, 16 points and 11 rebounds, in a 75-86 loss to Cimberio VA. 

Jimmer Fredette went for nine points, two rebounds and an assist in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks last Wednesday while averaging 7.8 minutes per game last week. 

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 4.4 1.4 1.0
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.4 2.0 0.7
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 5.9 2.2
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 7.5 4.7 0.8
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.0 3.3 0.1
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.4 5.9 1.2

Cougars face another tough challenge on the road vs. No. 13/11 Oregon

Dec 19, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 5:24 pm | Updated: December 21, 2013 12:29 am | Permalink

BYU basketball coach Dave Rose and players spoke to the media after Thursday's practice. The Cougars face No. 13/11 Oregon on the road on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. PST. 

Coach Rose

On focus this week:
“I think there are some things we’ve taken from the last couple games that are really important for us to get better at. I think our guys have been really good and they’ve responded really well in a tough week. Their schedules are messed up staying up late studying and taking two finals every day this week. We understand that we’ve got to make better decisions on the offensive end of the floor, defensively we have to be way more consistent in our effort and execution.”

On tough non-conference schedule:
“There are no regrets. We’ve had so many opportunities to play good teams and we’re getting a lot of these teams back at our place. We’ve learned a lot from the games. I would like to put a schedule like this together every year, but maybe not so one-sided.”

“We’ve had opportunities out there and we haven’t capitalized on all of them, but we have another one on Saturday, so we’ll look forward to it.”

On team’s confidence:
“They’re down after this rivalry loss, obviously, but I think they understand we need to improve and get better. Right now, they’re all 100 percent committed to doing that.”

Matt Carlino

On practice this week:
“We’ve been conditioning a lot. Obviously not wanting to repeat what we did then, but moving on and getting ready for Oregon.”

On what to expect on Saturday:
“We expect to play a good team. They’re one of the top teams in the country and Coach was telling us today how much talent they have and we’re expecting to play a good team.”

On confidence level:
“I feel like we’re coming together as a team. I feel like we want to come out and play well in this Oregon game. It’s tough when you have a lot of space in between our games and with finals. We just want to come out and play well in this Oregon game to build our confidence going into league play.”

Kyle Collinsworth

On what practice has been like since Utah game:
“They’ve been pretty intense. They’re about coming together as a team and figuring out how we can get better each day and how to prepare for our game on Saturday against Oregon.”

On confidence level and tough schedule:
“We’re still confident. There were a lot of games we could’ve won that we didn’t. We’re always going to be confident. We just need to make us better to get us ready for Saturday and for conference play.”

“I’d rather play ranked teams because it’s going to help us come March and April. Those are teams you’re going to play. Those ranked teams are going to be where we want to be, so it’s good for us. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

On Oregon’s high-scoring offense and BYU’s defense:
“We’re going to have to play defense to win that game, that’s for sure. If we don’t play defense, we don’t win that game. It was this week’s emphasis as well as free-throw shooting.”

“We have to trust that if I close out, somebody’s going to help. It’s just the little principles we have, and we have to do them. We’re getting better. We’re a young team and we’re figuring it out. I promise by the end of the year, we’re going to be a good defensive team.” 

Cougars in the Pros: Lee Cummard scores 23 points

Dec 16, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 1:31 pm | Updated: December 16, 2013 1:44 pm | Permalink

Lee Cummard finished with 23 points, three rebounds and five assists in a 70-63 win against Groningen last Tuesday. 

Cummard also added 13 points and seven rebounds in a 80-57 victory over Leuven on Saturday. Trent Plaisted contributed 15 points and seven rebounds in a 72-59 win against Brose Baskets, while Jonathan Tavernari finished with 10 points and three rebounds on Saturday.

Jimmer Fredette scored a season-high 13 points to go along with two rebounds and one assist against the Utah Jazz while averaging 8.25 minutes per game last week. Brandon Davies averaged 14 minutes per game last week and added four points, two rebounds and two assists against the Portland Trailblazers on Saturday. 

For weekly updates, visit Cougars in the Pros, here

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 4.3 1.6 1.1
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.1 2.0 0.7
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Mogi das Cruzes Paulista Stage Two Brazil 5.7 4.0 0.9
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 10.4 6.2 1.9
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 7.4 4.7 0.8
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.2 3.0 0.1
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.4 5.8 1.0

Cougars ready to play Utes

Dec 13, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 5:58 pm | Updated: December 13, 2013 6:30 pm | Permalink

BYU basketball coach Dave Rose and players talked about their Saturday matchup against in-state rival Utah. The Cougars will travel to the Huntsman Center to play Utah on Saturday at 8 p.m. MST. The game will be televised live on Pac-12 Network and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM. 

Dave Rose

On improved Utah team:
"This team is really good. You look at their offensive numbers and they're really impressive. They're outscoring their opponents by 25 points a game, shooting 55 percent from the field and 64 percent from two. Their defensive numbers have always been good and now I think they've got an offense that matches it."

“The fact that they’ve won 10 games in a row (at home) is tough enough. We’ve got to go in there and play well to try and break their confidence right now.”

On the rivalry:
“I think the rivalry is pretty much like it’s been since I’ve been the coach here. I’ve been here for 17 years and it’s kind of gone back and forth and I think every game is a memorable game.”

On last year's game vs. Utah:
“I remember that we were behind most of the time. They came in and took control of the game and we were trying to play from behind. The last few minutes of the game, we had some guys make some big plays and those were game changers.”

On things to improve on the road:
“I think sometimes coaches and players feel like you need to put a perfect game together, but I just feel like our effort has to be perfect. They’re going to have a great game plan and they have really good players. There are going to be possessions when they’re better than we are and that can’t get you down and that can’t send you sideways as far as your effort is concerned. Your effort has to be really consistent throughout the whole game and hopefully our guys are ready for it.

Tyler Haws

On rivalry and environment:
“We’re trying to treat it like any other game, but we’re excited to go up to the Huntsman and play. I enjoy being a part of the rivalry and we’re looking forward to it. They’re doing a good job and they have a great team this year and so we’re going to have to be ready to play.”

“We love playing in hostile environments and I’m sure there will be a really good crowd there tomorrow. I think our team responds well to that stuff.

“They don’t go away no matter how many points you’re up, so we’re going to have to put 40 minutes together and play the right way to beat them.”

On playing well on the road:
“I think just do what we do in the Marriott Center. I think we need to push the ball and try and get out in transition and have a really good defensive effort so we can get long rebounds. My mental approach is the same to every game and I’m going to come ready to fight right from the start.” 

Kyle Collinsworth

On what the coaches emphasized for tomorrow night:
“Just stop penetration. They’re shooting 64 percent from two, so we have to keep guys in front of us and play our best.”

On atmosphere and rivalry:
“We’re expecting them to hate us and yell at us, but we’re used to that anywhere we go because they don’t like you and you’re the opponent. We’re not going to worry about that and play our game and do the things we do.”

“I think this game especially is special for the fans. We really want to win this one, of course for us and our team, but for the fans because it means a lot to them.”

On playing a road game:
“We’re trying to be a great team and to be a great team we have to win on the road and at home and that’s what we’re striving for. I’m glad it’s on the road because it’ll be a good test for us early in the season and prepare us for conference.” 

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