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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

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)