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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.

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.