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Pregame Report vs. North Texas: Coach Rose, Haws and Bartley

Dec 02, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 5:52 pm | Updated: December 2, 2013 7:24 pm | Permalink

BYU basketball coach Dave Rose, Tyler Haws and Frank Bartley IV talked about their matchup against North Texas Tuesday night. The Cougars will play North Texas at the Marriott Center at 7 p.m. MST. They game will be televised live on BYUtv and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM. 

Coach Rose

On what he liked when playing Utah State:
“We felt really good about the win and how we played. As we went and watched the film, we had certain parts of that game where we competed really well as a group. We didn’t do everything right, but our effort was so good that it made it really tough on them. That’s when you have guys helping each other and trusting each other. The best thing about that game is that we really grew as a group and our ability to trust each other.”

Most challenging aspects on North Texas:
“These guys are really quick. They play fast and their guards are really good dribble penetrators. They get the ball to the rim. Their big guy might be the best running big guy that we face. He can really get out and run to the rim. It’ll be a real fast-paced game. We’ll have a lot of the same issues that we had with Texas. They’re really good in transition.”

On tough schedule:
“We knew the teams would be good. When you play ranked teams, you’re really impressed and they’re really good. But sometimes those unranked teams are a little better and a little tougher but just may have not gotten the publicity yet. The one thing I do believe is every game is a real challenge for our guys and that will help us as we move along. You have to get ready and come every night to play.”

Tyler Haws

On North Texas:
“They’re a bunch of athletes. I think they’re a lot like Texas, really up tempo and their guards want to push it and try and finish in transition. Our defensive transition has got to be pretty good for us to win.”

On the new guys:
“They’re awesome. I feel like each game they get a little more comfortable and confident. They’re not afraid of anyone and they’re not going to back down.”

Frank Bartley IV

On North Texas:
“They’re a good team. They’re very physical and they like to get up and down the court. They’re going to come at us.”

On meeting his expectations and high points:
“I still have my ways to go. I’m still a freshman and I’m still getting better everyday. I’m not surprised about my success, but I feel like I can do a lot more. It’s just the beginning.”

“Just get on the court and play. The minutes I’m getting right now, I just have to keep building on that. There’s more to come. I think a lot of people are sleeping on me. I just want to keep making plays for my teammates, keep making the hustles plays, keep getting defensive stops and provide the spark when we need it.”

Cougars in the Pros: Cummard finishes with 15 points and seven rebounds in win

Dec 02, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 1:46 pm | Updated: December 2, 2013 2:01 pm | Permalink

Lee Cummard finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals in an 86-61 victory over Spirou last Friday in the Belgian professional league. 

Sixers Brandon Davies averaged 14 minutes per game last week and four points, one assist and one steal in a 110-115 loss to the Detroit Pistons. Jonathan Tavernari scored 10 points in both games last week, including 10 points in a win over fellow Cougar alum Rafael Araujo. Araujo contributed nine points and four rebounds in a 20-point win against Palmeiras later in the week. 

Trent Plaisted finished with eight points, five rebounds and two assists in a 92-84 Euro Cup win over Valencia. With three Euro Cup group games remaining, Plaisted's Ratiopharm team leads its group by a game. 

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 4.0 1.7 1.7
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.3 2.1 0.7
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Mogi das Cruzes Paulista Stage Two Brazil 6.3 3.3 1.0
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 10.7 4.7 0.7
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 9.8 6.6 1.0
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.4 3.3 0.1
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 8.7 5.4 1.0

BYU comes back to beat Utah State 85-74

Nov 30, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 9:06 pm | Permalink

Frank Bartley IV and Matt Carlino both had a big second half to lead BYU to the 85-74 victory over Utah State.

Bartley had 11 points and Carlino had 12 points for the Cougars. Kyle Collinsworth added eight rebounds and five assists. BYU shot 47.1 percent from the field in the half while limiting Utah State to 35.3 percent.

BYU started the second half on a 6-0 run to retake the lead at 45-44 assisted by an alley-oop dunk and a layup from Mika. Utah State answered with a 9-2 run to take the lead at 53-47. BYU answered with an 11-2 run of their own to take the lead at 58-55.

Led by six points and an assist from Frank Bartley IV, the Cougars went on a 13-4 run to extend their lead to 11 at 74-63 with 4:49 left in the game. BYU led with a game-high 12 points at 80-68 with 2:19 left. It would be all the room BYU would need to close the game out.

BYU trails Utah State 44-39 at the half

Nov 30, 2013 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 7:59 pm | Permalink

Tyler Haws led BYU with 11 points and two assists in the first half, but the Cougars trailed at halftime 44-39.

Eric Mika added nine points and five rebounds for BYU. The team shot 45.7 percent from the field, but was 1 of 7 from behind the arc. Utah State shot 59.5 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from distance.

The teams started the game trading baskets before BYU went on a 6-0 run to take a 10-4 lead. Utah State fought back to tie the game back at 14 with just over 14 minutes remaining. BYU went on another 10-3 run to take the 29-22 lead with 10 minutes remaining. However, Utah State answered quickly with an 8-2 run to cut the Cougars’ lead to one at 31-30.

The teams continued to trade baskets for the next several minutes keeping the game close until Utah State hit a 3-pointer to take their first lead since the opening minutes of the game at 40-37. They would extend the lead to five at 44-39 after the Cougars failed to score over the final 3:30 seconds of the half.

Coach Rose on tomorrow's matchup with Utah State

Nov 29, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 5:32 pm | Permalink

BYU coach Dave Rose met with the media after today's practice to discuss Saturday's game against Utah State. The Cougars and Aggies play at 7 p.m. MST at EnergySolutions Arena. They game will be televised live on BYUtv and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM. Visit the game day page on for more information.

“We had a great game up there a few years ago with Utah State at EnergySolutions Arena. With the experience of their team, starting four seniors, and the youth of our group and where we’ve been and the fact that we’re coming off a loss, it should be a really exciting game. We’re looking forward to it.”

On playing a familiar in-state opponent:
“Most of the players know each other and the staffs know each other. We’ve recruited some of their players and they’ve recruited some of our players and they end up where they end up. Then you get to play each other once a year.”

On the last decade of games between BYU and Utah State:
“They’ve been really competitive games. They usually go right down to the wire. Last year it was a last possession shot off a rebound that won the game for us. I know our guys are really looking forward to it and hopefully there’s a great crowd in there and there’s good energy.”

“When you look at the programs over the last eight to 10 years there have been good teams and good teams are hard to beat. Stew has one of his really special teams this year with with the combination of their experience and the depth at each position. I think it’s going to be a real battle.

“I believe Utah State is going to have a great season based on watching film and where they’ve been and what they’re doing. These guys really know how to close a game. When you play in a program and you understand the expectations and you have won for years and years, you figure out how to close games and that’s what this team does really well.”

“Our guys are excited. There hasn’t been a lot of emotion on our part that we’ve had to put into these guys. They know the importance of these games and they know how difficult it is to beat good teams. This will be a good game.”

BYU Hoops Mailbag Week Three: Thanksgiving Edition

Nov 26, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 3:54 pm | Updated: November 27, 2013 4:17 pm | Permalink

Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of the BYU Hoops Mailbag. A few things we're thankful for around these parts this week: Eric Mika's goggles, Tyler Haws' mastery of H-O-R-S-E, being an "older" team, an orange ball, a round hoop and of course family, friends and BYU fans. Now on to the questions.

Carly from Hooper asked:

The Cougars lost to Iowa State who are coached by former NBA player Fred Hoiberg, what's BYU's record in games against teams with former NBA players as head coaches?

BYU is 7-8 against current NCAA coaches who played in the NBA. There are currently 13 NCAA Division I coaches who have played in the NBA. The Cougars have only faced five of the 13 and have only faced former New Mexico head coach Steve Alford more than twice. Utah's Larry Krystowiak is the only other coach on the list BYU will face this season after beating Stanford's Johnny Dawkins two weeks ago and falling to Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg last week.

Coach School Years BYU vs.
Steve Alford UCLA 2013-present 0-0
  New Mexico 2007-2013 3-5
  Iowa 1999-2007 0-0
  SW Missouri State 1995-1999 0-0
Larry Krystowiak Utah 2011-present 2-0
  Montana 2004-2006 0-0
Billy Donovan Florida 1996-present 1-1
Fred Hoiberg Iowa State 2010-present 0-2
Johnny Dawkins Stanford 2008-present 1-0
Andy Kennedy Ole Miss 2006-present 0-0
  Cincinnati 2005-2006 0-0
Reggie Theus Cal State Northridge 2013-present 0-0
  New Mexico State 2005-2007 0-0
Cuonzo Martin Tennessee 2011-present 0-0
  Missouri State 2008-2011 0-0
Bryce Drew Valparaiso 2011-present 0-0
Dan Majerle Grand Canyon 2013-present 0-0
Eddie Jordan Rutgers 2013-present 0-0
Kevin Ollie Connecticut 2013-present 0-0
Bobby Hurley Buffalo 2013-present 0-0

Spencer from South Jordan asked:

The Cougars lost to Wichita State last night. When was the last time BYU faced a Final Four participant from the previous year?

The last time the Cougars faced a team who made it to the Final Four the previous season was in 2006 against UCLA. BYU lost 82-69 in the game played in Los Angeles, Calif. The Bruins had lost in the title game a season earlier.

Since 1990, BYU has played seven games against the previous year's Final Four participants. BYU is 0-7 and has only played one of the seven teams in the Marriott Center, while four of the seven games have been on neutral courts and one was in the NCAA tournament. Duke, North Carolina and Syracuse were all defending champions, while the other three games were against teams that lost in the title game. Wichita State was the first Final Four team BYU has faced since 1990 that didn't make it to the title game.

Opponent W-L Score Location Date
Duke L 89-66 Maui Invitational, Maui, Hawaii Dec. 23, 1992
North Carolina L 97-65 Tournament of Champions, Charlotte, N.C. Dec. 4, 1993
Utah L 75-54 Salt Lake City, Utah Jan. 9, 1999
Utah L 71-46 Provo, Utah Feb. 6, 1999
Syracuse L 80-75 NCAA First Round, Denver, Colo. Mar. 18, 2004
UCLA L 82-69 Los Angeles, Calif. Nov. 15, 2006
Wichita State L 75-62 CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Kansas City, Mo. Nov. 26, 2013

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Cougars in the Pros: Tavernari totals 23 points and 10 rebounds in two games

Nov 25, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 1:32 pm | Updated: November 25, 2013 3:35 pm | Permalink

Jonathan Tavernari combined for a total of 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots in two games last week. He finished with 17 points, five rebounds and five blocked shots in an 82-78 win against Macae last Thursday. 

Charles Abouo contributed seven points and four rebounds in a 80-59 win against Ourense in 10 minutes of play, while Trent Plaisted also added seven points and four rebounds in a 75-62 win against the Artland Dragons last Saturday. 

Jimmer Fredette played in four games last week to combine for a total of 18 points, six rebounds and six assists, while averaging 12.5 minutes per game. In a 113-106 win against the Phoenix Suns, Fredette contributed eight points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Brandon Davies, who's been averaging 11 minutes per game this season, added two points, two rebounds and two steals in a loss to the Indiana Pacers last Saturday.

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 4.0 1.7 1.7
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.3 2.3 0.4
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Mogi das Cruzes Paulista Stage Two Brazil 3.0 4.0 0.0
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 8.9 5.6 1.8
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 9.7 7.7 1.3
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.5 3.4 0.1
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.2 5.1 1.1

No. 21 Iowa State wins a close one, 90-88

Nov 20, 2013 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:46 pm | Permalink
The second half began with both teams trading points back and forth. The score remained with the Cougars ahead 58-54 at the first timeout.
Iowa State tied the score for the first time in the second half from a free throw with 7:20 left in the game to make the score 73-73. The Cylcones took their first lead since the 10:37 mark in the first half at 78-77. 
Iowa State's DeAndre Kane got a flagarant two foul and was ejecgted with under four minutes to go after poking Eric Mika in the eyes. Mika left the game and would not return. A pair of Tyler Haws free throws put the Cougars behind 82-79. 
Haws drained a mid-range jump shot to put the score at 89-87 with the Cyclone advantage. With 30.0 seconds left in regulation, the ball was tipped on the Iowa State inbounds pass. Anson Winder recovered the ball and got fouled, hitting one of two free throws which left the score at 89-88, Cylcones.
Haws had a chance to take the lead but was blocked. After recovereing the ball, Daniel Edozie made one free throw. The ball was inbounded to Kyle Collinsworth who missed the last shot of regulation, giving Iowa State the 90-88 win. 
Four Cougars finished the game in double-figure points: Mika (17), Haws (20), Matt Carlino (19) and Collinsworth (11). 
Nate Austin grabbed 13 boards to have consecutive games with double-figure rebounds for the first time in his career. 

BYU leads No. 21 Iowa State at halftime

Nov 20, 2013 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 8:23 pm | Updated: November 20, 2013 8:38 pm | Permalink

Eric Mika, Matt Carlino and Tyler Haws led the Cougars in the first half of the game. All three had 12 points at the end of the half. Mika had 10 points in the first eight minutes of regulation.

Iowa State opened up strong in the first half of the game, taking a quick 7-2 lead.

BYU took its first lead at 15-14 from a Kyle Collinsworth bucket. The Cougars later went on an 8-0 run, sparked by five-straight points from Carlino, to put BYU up 25-18. 

A Carlino steal and assist to Mika led to an alley-oop dunk that gave the Cougars their largest lead of the half with a 36-24 advantage.

A 10-0 run eclipsed by a pair of free throws brought Iowa State within a point of BYU at 43-42. Carlino took the last shot of the first half just before the buzzer, extending the lead to 47-42.

The Cyclones shot 46 percent compared to the Cougars' 47 percent. BYU outrebounded Iowa State 27-19. The Cougars held an 11-2 advantage with points from turnovers. 

BYU Hoops Mailbag Week Two

Nov 20, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 11:58 am | Updated: November 26, 2013 3:52 pm | Permalink

The mailbag returns for its second installment, this time with one question and a long answer.

Kevin from Tallahassee, Fla., asks:

Some media pointed out that Creighton’s Doug McDermott averaged more points than minutes for a little while early this season. Any Cougars accomplished this even on a game-by-game basis?

After going through this year’s four games and all of last season, 11 different times BYU players either scored more points than they played minutes or were within one point for every minute played.

So far this season, only Eric Mika against Mount St. Mary’s with 20 points in 21 minutes and Matt Carlino with 26 points in 22 minutes against Stanford have accomplished the feat or gotten close to it.

The leader last year was Tyler Haws with three games of more points than minutes. Brandon Davies had two, as did Bronson Kaufusi. Anson Winder and Cory Calvert each did it once.

You probably noticed these players don’t all have the same things in common. Davies and Haws started almost every game and averaged 29 and 34 minutes per game last year, while the others averaged less than eight minutes per game and came off the bench.

For the starters, it came down to outscoring their minutes played, so their good shooting nights gave them a chance. Davies shot 20 percent better from the field than his season average in his two games, while Haws shot between five and 15 percent better from the field in his three games.

This season, when Mika and Carlino accomplished the feat, their shooting was also up. Mika shot 90 percent from the field, while in his other three games he’s shot .526 from the field. Carlino was at 50 percent against Stanford, 15 points higher than his other games.

As for the players who accomplished the feat coming off the bench, it took a hot start and some other help. Winder scored four points in four minutes against Loyola Marymount. He recorded two steals to help get him two good looks. Against Weber State, Calvert was 3 of 4 from the field, but also hit a 3-pointer and made multiple free throws. Kaufusi accomplished both of his with a steal each time and being perfect from the field in his limited minutes.

So scoring more points than minutes played means what exactly? For a starter who plays a fair amount of minutes, it means they had an efficient scoring night. For a player coming off the bench, it means they were able to get high percentage shots quickly in a short amount of time. It probably isn’t a repeatable skill, McDermott is currently averaging 28 minutes and 25 points and no one came close to averaging something close last season, but it should make for an important contribution to the team. After all BYU is 9-1 in games when a player scores more than or almost as many points as minutes played. Check out the list below:



Mika vs. Mount St. Mary’s 21 minutes and 20 points

Carlino at Stanford 22 minutes and 26 points


Davies vs. Georgia State 29 minutes and 28 points

Davies vs. Northern Arizona 26 minutes and 27 points

Haws vs. Cal State Northridge 33 minutes and 32 points

Haws vs. Virginia Tech 35 minutes and 42 points

Haws vs. Washington 38 minutes and 37 points

Winder vs. Loyola Marymount 4 minutes and 4 points

Calvert at Weber State 10 minutes and 9 points

Kaufusi vs. Loyola Marymount 2 minutes and 2 points

Kaufusi vs. San Francisco 5 points and 5 minutes


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