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BYU pulls out ahead in 77-63 win over USU

Nov 30, 2016 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 9:22 pm | Updated: November 30, 2016 10:20 pm | Permalink

After Utah State cut BYU’s six-point halftime lead to four, 37-33, Eric Mika made 1-of-2 from the charity stripe to make it 38-33. A key block from Mika swung the momentum in BYU’s favor with 17:08 on the clock, setting up a 15-7 Cougar run.

As part of that run, Nick Emery sunk a 3-pointer four and a half minutes in after three-consecutive missed shots from beyond the arc to put the Cougars up 41-35. L.J. Rose knocked down a 3-pointer of his own and converted a jumper into a three-point play on a foul and a pair of Mika dunks fueled the offensive outburst.

The Aggies responded with a 7-1 run of their own to make it a five-point game with 8:59 left, 54-49, but BYU held on, eventually gaining a double-digit lead.

Effective free-throw shooting near the end solidified the BYU win as the Cougars extended their lead to as many as 14 points, ending the night on a 77-63 victory.

Four Cougars scored in double digits. Mika led all scorers with 20 points and seven rebounds while Rose added 18 points and nine boards. Emery and Braiden Shaw both contributed 10 points with six and five rebounds, respectively.

Cougars claim edge over Aggies at the half

Nov 30, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 7:58 pm | Updated: December 1, 2016 9:37 am | Permalink

Utah State claimed the first points of the matchup and led BYU until TJ Haws drove to the basket and found the first Cougar points, shortening the Aggies’ lead, 5-2. Senior LJ Rose contributed two free throws and shortly after fed Eric Mika with an over-the-shoulder pass which was converted into a dunk, giving the Cougars a 6-5 lead. The Cougars held onto the lead, with Yoeli Childs, Mika and Davin Guinn and Jamal Aytes all contributing points in the effort.

BYU jumped out to a 10-point lead when Nick Emery hit a 3-pointer in transition with 11:50 to go in the half. Following an 9-0 Utah State run with just under nine minutes left in the half, the Cougar advantage was cut to three, but Eric Mika answered with a pull-up jump shot to end the streak. Braiden Shaw came off the bench and contributed eight points in the final minutes, and BYU maintained the 37-31 edge over the Aggies into the locker room.

Mika and Shaw led all BYU scorers with eight points each, and Childs logged six points and six rebounds in the first half. Shaw went 4-of-4 from the field in a total of seven minutes. 

Dominant second-half performance from Mika gives Cougars 81-65 victory over Coastal Carolina

Nov 19, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 9:20 pm | Permalink

Eric Mika put up eight quick points to open up the second half of play, giving the Cougars a commanding 48-31 lead. TJ Haws followed quickly with a 3-pointer, and the lead was lengthened to 20. An alley-oop fed to Mika from L.J. Rose five minutes into the half got the crowd on its feet and gave even more momentum to BYU. Back-to-back field goals from Nick Emery added to the Cougars’ dominant performance.

The Chanticleers chipped the deficit to only 15 with ten minutes remaining, but the Cougars remained consistent, holding Coastal Carolina to just 34 percent shooting from the field. A 3-pointer from Elijah Bryant gave a 20-point advantage back to BYU, 73-53, with five minutes left in the contest. BYU later solidified the victory over the Chanticleers, 81-65.

Mika led all scorers with 19 points and also added 11 rebounds. Emery was close behind his teammate and totaled 14 points with three assists. Sophomore Elijah Bryant contributed nine points and five rebounds, and Haws finished with eight points and five assists. Senior L.J. Rose also added six rebounds and nine assists in the victory. BYU finished with seven total blocks.

Cougars leading Chanticleers 40-25 at halftime

Nov 19, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 8:23 pm | Permalink

Sophomore Nick Emery put the first points on the board with a 3-pointer just over a minute into the contest. Only two minutes later, he sank another three to give the Cougars 6-2 lead over the Chanticleers. BYU led Coastal Carolina 18-13 halfway through the first period, but L.J. Rose extended the edge to eight after hitting a 3-pointer with nine minutes remaining.

BYU lengthened the lead to double digits with five minutes remaining, 27-16. They continued to put points on the board until they had a 15-point advantage, 40-25, going into halftime.

Emery led all scorers with 10 points. Sophomore Eric Mika and senior Kyle Davis each contributed eight points. Mika logged eight rebounds and Davis recorded five rebounds. 

BYU overpowers Coppin State with 96-59 victory

Nov 17, 2016 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 9:01 pm | Updated: November 17, 2016 9:41 pm | Permalink

In the second half, the Cougars’ powerful post play and aggressive defense secured a 96-59 victory over Coppin State.

BYU opened the second half with a 13-2 run after back-to-back dunks from Eric Mika and Yoeli Childs and the Cougars led 61-34 at the 14:46 mark.

Following a timeout, Coppin State went on a 10-4 run, but BYU answered with a 3-pointer from Nick Emery and a steal from Elijah Bryant. At the 12 minute mark, BYU was in full command with a 68-44 advantage. 

The Cougar offense caught on fire and baskets from Bryant and TJ Haws powered BYU to a 12-3 run, extending the Cougars’ lead to 32. With 6:52 remaining in the game, Braiden Shaw collected a rebound and scored from the low block for his first score of the night, giving BYU an 84-49 lead. 

Mika finished with 18 points and 5 rebounds while Childs contributed 8 points and 15 rebounds, Nick Emery ended the evening with 13 points and 3 assists and both Haws and Bryant finished with 11 points apiece.  

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.