Men's Basketball Blog | December 2012

Saturday wrap up

Dec 29, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:57 pm | Updated: December 30, 2012 8:20 am | Permalink

BYU (10-4) defeated Virginia Tech 97-71 at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday and enjoyed some nice publicity afterward. Tyler Haws scored a career-best 42 points against the Hokies — tied for eighth most in BYU history and two more that his dad's career high (Marty Haws scored 40 against Siena in 1989). He was included in Jason King's Saturday Observations on ESPN.com. King called Haws's scoring spree the performance of the day. See below for Haws's line in the official scorebook.

Josh Sharp had the play of the night, a tomahawk dunk over a Virginia Tech player that earned the No. 3 spot on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10. Check out the dunk on the BYUtv Sports YouTube channel and the BYU Cougars YouTube channel.

Check out the highlights from the game below. BYU is now 10-4 and opens West Coast Conference play on Thursday against Loyola Marymount at home at 7 p.m. MST. Catch the game on BYUtv and KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

BYU vs. Virginia Tech preview

Dec 28, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:42 am | Updated: December 28, 2012 10:54 am | Permalink

The BYU men’s basketball team (9-4) will play its second game of the season at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City this Saturday at noon MST against ACC foe Virginia Tech (9-3). The game is just the third all-time meeting between the teams and will be the 15th all-time game for BYU at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Cougars are coming off an 84-54 victory at home over Northern Arizona and have now won 10-straight games at the Marriott Center, dating back to Feb. 2 of last season.

Against the Lumberjacks, Brandon Davies led all players with his second-straight double double on 27 points and 10 rebounds. Tyler Haws and Raul Delgado also finished in double digits with 15 and 11 points, respectively. BYU recorded a season-high 15 team steals in the victory. 

Virginia Tech has lost three of its last five game and holds a 9-3 record for the year. Most recently, the Hokies fell 88-52 to Colorado State. Senior Erick Green led Virginia Tech, and all players, with 26 points on 10 of 21 shooting from the field and 2 of 7 shooting from the 3-point line. Green is the team's top returning starter from the 2011-12 season and currently leads the nation in scoring. 

The Hokies return three starters to a team that finished last season with a 16-17 overall record and a ninth place finish in the ACC. 

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 12/23

Dec 24, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 11:17 pm | Updated: December 28, 2012 9:57 am | Permalink

BYU assistant coach Mark Pope, filling in for head coach Dave Rose, started the Coach's Show with a look at last week's games for BYU against Eastern New Mexico at home and Baylor on the road. The Cougars defeated the Greyhounds 95-62 and fell to the Bears 79-64. 

Pope broke down the Eastern New Mexico victory, highlighting Tyler Haws' performance and other players off the bench who were able to contribute quality minutes. Haws finished the game with 19 points to lead all players.

"When we're attacking, we're really good. When we're rushing the ball and scoring at a consistent pace, we're unbeatable and that's really when we're at our best."

BYU's second game of the week, on the road against Baylor, was also broken down with Pope highlighting the Cougars' play in the first half and acknowledging improvements the team will look to make throughout the rest of the season. 

Coach Pope finished the show by previewing BYU's upcoming opponents, talking about BYU's rebounding game and exploring how the rest of the West Coast Conference teams are shaping up through the regular season.

Watch the full show on KSL.com and don't miss head coach Dave Rose on KSL 5 TV at 11 p.m. MST on Sunday nights.

 

BYU vs. Baylor preview

Dec 20, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:28 pm | Updated: December 20, 2012 10:30 pm | Permalink

The BYU men’s basketball team (8-3) will travel to Texas to play the Baylor Bears on Friday night at 8 p.m. CST on ESPN2. Also listen live on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

The Cougars have won three-straight games, most recently a 95-62 victory over Eastern New Mexico. Tyler Haws led BYU with 19 points against the Greyhounds while teammates Brandon Davies, Agustin Ambrosino and Cory Calvert also contributed double-digit points with 17, 14 and 10, respectively.  

Haws has been the team's leading scorer in five games this season and Davies has now scored in double figures in 18-straight games, dating back to last year.

Baylor is 7-3 on the season with one of its program's biggest wins coming a couple weeks ago over No. 8 Kentucky in a 64-55 final. It was Baylor's first-ever non-conference road win against an AP Top 25 team and snapped Kentucky's nation-leading 55-game home winning streak. The victory also provided some payback after the Wildcats ended Baylor's 2011-12 season in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight on an 82-70 score. 

Most recently, the Bears defeated USC Upstate 73-57 behind 17 points from redshirt junior Cory Jefferson.

Baylor finished the 2011-12 season with a 30-8 record and a run to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.

Post practice interviews on Dec. 17

Dec 18, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 2:32 pm | Permalink

See what Brandon Davies, Nate Austin and Dave Rose had to say after practice on Monday, Dec. 17. BYU plays Eastern New Mexico today at 7 p.m. MST on BYUtv and KSL Newsradio. Video courtesy BYUtv Sports. 

Coach's Show: Sunday 12/16

Dec 17, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:12 pm | Updated: December 17, 2012 3:15 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose, live on KSL 5 TV, began his Coach's Show with a recap of last week which included finals for the players and a game at Weber State on Saturday night.

"I was really pleased with how we started that game at Weber State. The key for us was to get the ball insdie - and Brandon (Davies) played at a great pace for us. He really delivered."

The Cougars won 78-68 over the Wildcats behind a career-high 33 points from Davies. The win was the first true road win for BYU in the 2012-13 season. 

Coach Rose gave a full recap of the game, highlighting the performances of Davies, Tyler Haws, Cory Calvert and Raul Delgado

Cheryl Rose, Coach Rose's wife, joined the show briefly to talk about the Children with Cancer Foundation and the recent Christmas event the team hosted. 

"This is truly a night where the guys can get outside themselves and help others."

The show concluded with Coach Rose breaking down the team's zone defense against Weber State, catching up with what happened last week around the West Coast Conference and talking about what's coming up for the Cougars. 

Watch the full show on KSL.com and don't miss Dave Rose on KSl 5 TV every Sunday night at 11 p.m. MST. 

 

BYU vs. Eastern New Mexico preview

Dec 17, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 12:31 pm | Permalink

The BYU men’s basketball team (7-3) returns to the Marriott Center on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. MST when they host NCAA Division II opponent Eastern New Mexico. The game will be broadcast live on BYUtv and KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

The Cougars are coming off their first true road win, a 78-68 final over Weber State, behind a career-high 33 points from Brandon Davies. Davies scored 18 points in the first half on his way to a career night. 

Tyler Haws also scored in double digits for BYU, finishing with 23 points. Haws and Davies combined for 30 of BYU's 36 points in the first half.

Eastern New Mexico comes to Provo with a 5-5 record for just the second time in the series. The Greyhounds have lost their last two-straight games to Cameron University and, most recently, Cal Poly. Against the Mustangs junior Rodney Blackman led all scorers with 22 points, going 3 for 7 from the 3-point line. Blackman is a transfer this season from West Los Angeles College.

The Greyhounds finished the 2011-12 season with a 14-14 record, falling in the first round of the Lone Star Conference tournament to West Texas A&M.

BYU vs. Weber State preview

Dec 15, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:23 pm | Permalink

The BYU men’s basketball team (6-3) is looking for its first true road win tonight when they play at Weber State at 7 p.m. MST live on BYUtv.

The Cougars are coming off a thrilling 61-58 win over rival Utah in the Deseret First Duel. 

Against the Utes, Matt Carlino led all players with a season-high 19 points while going 5 for 10 from behind the arc. Tyler Haws and Brandon Davies also sccored in double digits on 14 and 11 points, respectively. 

Weber State is currently on a three-game winning streak and looking to defend its 20-game home winning streak, the fourth longest streak in the country. 

Three players scored in double figures for the Wildcats as they beat UC Irvine 65-51 in their last outing for a 4-2 record on the year. 

The Wildcats went 25-7 last season, finishing the year in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament with a loss to Loyola Marymount. 

Media coverage prior to BYU at Weber State

Dec 14, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 3:00 pm | Permalink

Check out some of the media coverage leading up to BYU basketball's game at Weber State tomorrow at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be televised live on BYUtv and be broadcast live on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

Frontcourt depth sees improvement, Deseret News

BYU Coach's Show: Tuesday 12/11

Dec 12, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:55 pm | Permalink

BYU basketball assistant coach Terry Nashif was on the Tuesday night Coach's Show for head coach Dave Rose this week. Nashif started the radio show talking about BYU postponing its game with Utah State and then spent the majority of the show recaping the Cougars's game with Utah last Saturday.

The Cougars beat Utah 61-58. Matt Carlino led the team with a season-high 19 points. Coach Nashif congratulated the team on their win and talked about Carlino's performance and how he's stepped up this season.

"We're so proud of our guys for overcoming difficult shooting and getting that win. They battled tough for that one."

BYU has now won 11 of the last 12 meetings with the Utes. 

When sophomore Anson Winder joined the show, he talked about coming back from injury at the very beginning of this season and how he hopes to make an impact on the year. Winder also recapped his performance against Utah when he finished with three points in eight minutes, and wrapped up his portion with a short Q&A. 

Coach Nashif finished up the show with his thoughts on how the age change for LDS missionaries might affect recruiting and by answer fan questions. 

Listen to the full show on KSL.com and don't miss BYU head coach Dave Rose live on Tuesday nights at Legends Grille on BYU campus.