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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. 

Cougars on their way to 100 after first half of exhibition contest

Nov 09, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 8:07 pm | Updated: November 9, 2016 8:12 pm | Permalink

BYU found the basket quite a bit in the first half of the Cougars’ exhibition matchup against its island counterpart BYU-Hawaii on Wednesday.

The Cougars scored the first six points of the contest with baskets from senior Kyle Davis and sophomore Eric Mika, and were able to maintain a lead the entire half.

The Seasiders kept the contest close, not letting the Cougars lengthen the lead past nine, but BYU started to pull ahead at the 8:30 mark when freshman Yoeli Childs began to put on a show for fans with back-to-back one-handed dunks. The first came from a behind-the-back pass fed by freshman TJ Haws and the other a put-back slam that got the crowd on its feet. Childs' two baskets lengthened the Cougar lead to 10, 33-23.

BYU extended their lead to 18 by the end of the half with a score of 53-35.

Sophomore Nick Emery and Mika led all BYU scorers with 11 points each. Senior Kyle Davis also scored in double-digits and recorded 10 points. Haws finished the half with seven points and logged three rebounds. Childs' final halftime tally was six points, two rebounds and an assist.

Senior captain LJ Rose and freshman Elijah Bryan both saw their first minutes as BYU Cougars. Rose finished the half with four points, six rebounds and six assists. Bryant contributed two points and an assist. 

BYU defeats Creighton 88-82 in NIT quarterfinals

Mar 22, 2016 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 9:12 pm | Permalink

BYU opened the second half with three layups in two minutes, giving them a 44-39 lead.

After two lead changes within a minute, the Cougars extended their lead to five on two layups by Kyle Davis, giving them a 52-47 advantage with 14 minutes to play. Nick Emery extended their lead to eight on a three-point play, 54-47.

Creighton responded with four straight points, but a three-point play from Chase Fischer and a 3-pointer from Zac Seljaas gave the Cougars their first double-digit lead of the night, 61-51, with 11:20 to play in the game.

Seljaas’s fifth 3-pointer of the night extended BYU’s lead to twelve and a trey from Emery pushed the score of the game to 67-52 with 10 minutes on the clock.

BYU shot 4-of-4 from the floor during the span of 1:20, including a jumper from Fischer to give BYU a 69-54 advantage. After a three-minute scoring drought, Emery drove through the middle of the Blue Jays’ defense to make it 71-57 with five minutes to play in the game.

Creighton brought the game within seven with two minutes to play, but strong free-throw shooting led the Cougars to an 88-82 victory and a trip to the NIT semifinals.

Five Cougars ended the game in double-digits. Seljaas led all BYU players with 19 points and also contributed seven rebounds. Davis had 18 points and three rebounds and Fischer added 13 points and five rebounds in the win. Emery added 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Kyle Collinsworth had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists. Kaufusi had seven points and four rebounds.

BYU leads Creighton 38-37 at halftime of NIT quarterfinals

Mar 22, 2016 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 7:57 pm | Updated: March 22, 2016 7:59 pm | Permalink

BYU or Creighton didn't put up a basket until the 17:53 mark, when Creighton hit two 3-pointers to go up 6-0. Corbin Kaufusi scored the first five points of the game for the Cougars, but a layup from the Blue Jays gave them an early 8-5 advantage with 15 minutes to play.

Two Creighton 3-pointers and a Nick Emery 3-pointer took the score to 15-9 with 13 minutes to play.

Kyle Collinsworth entered the game after the first five minutes of the half. His first basket came on a layup underneath, followed by a Kaufusi layup, narrowing the Cougars' deficit to five.

An 8-0 run over 1:30 increased Creighton's lead, putting them up 27-15 with eight minutes to play. Zac Seljaas's 3-pointer from the left corner ended the run and took the lead down to single digits for the Blue Jays.

Kyle Davis's five points in the span of a minute made it 29-23 for the Blue Jays with 6:30 to play in the first half. Kyrie Thomas hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arch to end Creighton's three-minute scoring drought, putting the Blue Jays up 34-28.

Seljaas hit two 3-pointers to bring the Cougars within three with two minutes to play. A three-point play from Kyle Davis made it 36-34 for Creighton and two free-throws tied the game at 36 with a minute to play. BYU took its first lead of the game with 25 seconds to play on a dunk from Davis.

Seljaas led BYU at the half with 11 points and two rebounds. Davis had 10 points and Collinsworth finished the half with four points, two rebounds and three assists. Kaufusi added seven points and two rebounds.

Fischer leads BYU to 80-77 win over Virginia Tech

Mar 18, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:47 pm | Permalink

The Cougars didn’t score a field goal until the 18:32 mark  in the second half when Chase Fischer got things rolling for the team, scoring a layup to push the lead to 42-38. After gaining early momentum, BYU was scoreless for two and a half minutes and did not score a field goal for five minutes. Finally ending the streak, a 3-pointer from Zac Seljaas put the Cougars up 50-47 with 12:33 on the clock.

For three minutes, the only points BYU scored outside of the charity stripe was a fast break layup from Kyle Collinsworth set up by Jordan Chatman, which made Virginia Tech’s lead just one at 57-56 with 9:34 left to play.

After trading the lead multiple times, Fischer scored nine points in a row for the Cougars, six of which came from beyond the arc. His steal for the easy layup put BYU up 77-73 with 3:02 remaining.

Virginia Tech scored again, making it 77-75. Turnovers and missed shots in the last few minutes of the contest built up the intensity and kept BYU up front. Fischer hit free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Fischer led all scorers with 24 points, including four 3-pointers, and six rebounds. Collinsworth had 18 points and 10 assists for another double-double. Nick Emery and Seljaas also scored in double figures with 10 and 11 points, respectively.

BYU leads Virginia Tech 38-34 at the half

Mar 18, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:20 pm | Permalink

Both teams got off to a slow start with the first point being scored at the charity stripe by Kyle Davis with 18:17 on the clock. Back-to-back threes from Chase Fischer and Nick Emery sparked the offense, getting them up from 7-0 with 17:20 to play in the half.

The Cougars went on an 8-2 run to push the lead to 20-11 with 11:29 until the break. The run included another 3-pointer from Emery after Fischer hustled to keep the ball away from defenders and dished it to Emery.

BYU got a little sloppy, turning the ball over four times, which allowed Virginia Tech to go on a 7-0 run to tie the game for the first time at 24-24. A hook shot from Davis ended the run, giving the Cougars back the lead at the 6:24 mark.

The Hokies kept fighting, however, taking their first lead with under four to play. The two teams traded the lead twice before threes from Fischer and Zac Seljaas gave the Cougars a 38-34 lead heading into the break

Collinsworth led the team with 10 points, seven assists and three rebounds. Fischer and Emery both added six points in a balanced scoring effort against Virginia Tech.

Cougars down Blazers 97-79 in opening game of the NIT

Mar 16, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:49 pm | Updated: March 16, 2016 10:05 pm | Permalink

Out of the break, BYU struggled to get something going. UAB went on a 9-1 run to close in on the 58-47 lead. After making five 3-pointers in the first half, the Blazers made were 5 of 7 from beyond the arc in just the first eight minutes of the second half.

Zac Seljaas sparked some life into the Cougars’ offense with a three at the 15:02 mark to push the lead back to double-digits, 61-50. However, sharp shooting from UAB brought the lead back to single digits, getting the lead down to 65-61 with under 12 minutes to play.

With 10:21 left to play, Nick Emery stole the ball to get the layup, sparking the crowd. After Seljaas drilled another 3-pointer, Kyle Collinsworth got another bucket to cap off a 6-0 BYU run, pushing the lead back to double digits, 77-66, with 9:12 on the clock.

Chase Fischer propelled the team, scoring five of six buckets, including four 3-pointers, to blow the lead back open for the Cougars, extending it to 94-72 with four minutes to play and forcing a timeout for the Blazers.

BYU would hold on to the lead, taking the 97-79 win. Fischer led BYU in scoring with 27 points, including seven 3-pointers. Collinsworth recorded his 12th triple double with 19 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Nick Emery had 22 points and five assists in the win.

BYU leads UAB in first half of NIT first round

Mar 16, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:46 pm | Updated: March 16, 2016 8:50 pm | Permalink

The Cougars got to work fast in the first half with Kyle Davis scoring five quick points, including a 3-pointer at the 19:16 mark. Back-to-back threes from Chase Fischer pushed BYU on a 9-0 run, making it 11-2 with 17:03 left in the half.

With under 14 minutes to play, Kyle Collinsworth stole the ball and found Nick Emery on the breakaway. Collinsworth got down the court in time for Emery to set him up with an alley oop, allowing Collinsworth to throw it down. At the 11:49 mark, he dunked again, putting the Cougars up 25-12.

For five minutes, BYU and UAB traded buckets, neither team able to go on a run. Four consecutive baskets from the Cougars were split between Emery and Fischer, leading the way for the team. Capped off by two-straight from Corbin Kaufusi, BYU went on a 6-0 run to extend its lead to 41-26 with 2:54 left in the half.

BYU ended the half on a 10-2 run, including a 3-pointer with four seconds left in the half to go into the locker room with a  51-30 lead over UAB.

Emery led all scorers in the first half with 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting, including three treys. Fischer added 11 points with three 3-pointers of his own. Collinsworth had six points, six rebounds and nine assists in the half.

BYU falls 71-68 to Gonzaga

Feb 27, 2016 - Posted by McKay Perry at 8:23 pm | Updated: February 28, 2016 6:45 pm | Permalink

A Gonzaga offensive foul gave BYU another chance with 3.5 seconds left, facing a two-point deficit. The Cougars couldn’t capitalize in the eventual 71-68 loss.

A Fischer 3-pointer from the top of the key brought the Cougars within two, 70-68, with 1:05 on the clock.

Both teams experienced scoring droughts in the early part of the half as the Zags extended their lead to 10. The Cougars cut the difference to five, 50-45, with free throws by Collinsworth and Seljaas and a Fischer jumper at the 11:58 mark.

Gonzaga stretched it to a 12-point lead with 9:57 left. Two buckets by Fischer cut the score to 60-52, forcing a timeout by the Zags with 7:42 to play.

BYU closed the deficit to within three with pairs of free throws by Corbin Kaufusi and Collinsworth before Emery hit a 3-pointer with 5:55 on the clock.

Three Gonzaga baskets made it a 66-59 game, but Seljaas hit a corner three to bring BYU before Corbin Kaufusi’s free throw brought the game within three just after the 2:34 media timeout.

Fischer led BYU with 18 points while Collinsworth had 15 to go along with 15 rebounds and eight assists.