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BYU overwhelms Santa Clara 97-61

Jan 07, 2016 - Posted by Blake Dorton at 11:04 pm | Updated: January 8, 2016 12:11 am | Permalink

BYU started off the half hot with six straight points in the paint and an Emery 3-pointer to take its biggest lead of the game to that point, 57-38. Out of the first media timeout, the Cougars went on a quick 6-1 run thanks to a Collinsworth bucket and free throw and an Emery 3-pointer to go up 67-43 with 14:29 to play.

The Cougars would add to the lead little by little over the next few minutes despite neither team shooting the ball particularly well. At the media timeout with 7:29 left, BYU found itself up big, 77-49. At that point, much of the focus among fans at the Marriott Center shifted to Collinsworth's pursuit to extend his NCAA record for career triple-doubles to nine. He had 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to that point.

The moment came at the 3:37 mark as Collinsworth fed freshman Braiden Shaw in the paint who finished the play to give Collinsworth his tenth assist on the game. BYU would win the game with by a score of 97-61.

Five Cougars finished the game scoring in double figures. Collinsworth notched his ninth career triple-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to extend his NCAA career record. Emery led the Cougars in scoring with 23 points while Fischer added 13 points of his own. Seljaas also had 14 points and seven rebounds. Davis had 10 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists. BYU outshot Santa Clara from the field 47% to just 34%. The Cougars dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Broncos 52-33. BYU also won the assists battle 19-10. The Cougars had seven steals while the Broncos had none.

Cougars lead Broncos 48-34 at the half

Jan 07, 2016 - Posted by Blake Dorton at 10:10 pm | Updated: January 8, 2016 12:14 am | Permalink

BYU opened up the game with a 7-2 lead over Santa Clara behind a Chase Fischer 3-pointer from the corner and buckets by Kyle Davis and Kyle Collinsworth. Both teams traded missed jumpers until Collinsworth extended the Cougars' lead to 12-5 with a basket off glass after he secured two consecutive offensive rebounds off his own misses.

Collinsworth replicated the offensive rebound feat at the 14:23 mark to give BYU a 14-6 advantage. The Cougars went on a 7-0 run capped by a triple from freshman 3-point sensation Zac Seljaas to go up 21-9 with 12:14 to play in the half.

Both teams went through another dry spell from the floor over the next four minutes. BYU scored just two points prior to the next media timeout at 7:34 as Santa Clara cut the deficit to eight points, 23-15. Two quick triples from Fischer and Nick Emery, along with a free throw from Davis within the first minute after the timeout quickly gave BYU a more comfortable lead at 30-18. 

BYU maintained the lead the rest of the first period and it ended on an Emery layup at the buzzer to take a 48-34 lead into the break.

After 20 minutes of play, the Cougars were shooting 42 percent from the field, while the Broncos shot 36 percent. Collinsworth and Brownridge were tied for the game-high lead in points with 14 apiece, while Collinsworth added eight rebounds and four assists. Emery added 12 points and Fischer tallied 11 points. Matt Hubbard and Nate Kratch were the next highest scorers for Santa Clara with six points each. 

Cougars top Chippewas 98-85

Dec 18, 2015 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 8:52 pm | Updated: December 18, 2015 8:55 pm | Permalink

Teams traded baskets through the first part of the second half making the score 54-54 at the 14:21 mark. BYU then pulled ahead 65-57 behind three 3-pointers and a layup by Zac Seljaas.

With 10 minutes to go in the second half, Central Michigan's Josh Kozinski hit his sixth 3-point field goal of the game to bring the Chippewas within five, 65-60. Seljaas responded with his sixth 3-pointer on the night to go up 70-60, giving Seljaas a career-high 20 points for the game.

The Chippewas cut the Cougar lead to five, 77-72, with six minutes to go. BYU extended its lead to nine, 81-72 behind a pair of free throws by Chase Fischer.

The Cougars went up by 11 on a made free throw by Collinsworth at the 2:40 mark. BYU then extended its lead to 13 on a layup by Seljaas with under two minutes to go.

Five Cougars finished the game in double figures with Seljaas leading all scorers with a career- and game-high 25. Seljaas finished the game shooting 7 of 9 from the 3-point line. Collinsworth recorded his eighth career triple-double and his second of the season finishing the contest with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Chase Fischer added 23 points, while Nick Emery chipped in 12. Kyle Davis scored a BYU career- and season-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists.

The Cougars dished out 26 assists to the Chippewas 18, and BYU pulled down 37 rebounds, while Central Michigan recorded 34. BYU turned the ball over just six times, while Central Michigan gave the ball away 11 times.

Cougars and Chippewas tied 44-44 at break

Dec 18, 2015 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 7:50 pm | Updated: December 18, 2015 8:00 pm | Permalink

BYU opened up the game on a 4-0 run behind a 15-foot jumper by Kyle Collinsworth and two made free throws by sophomore center Corbin Kaufusi. After two Chippewa baskets, the Cougars extended their lead to eight, 13-5, on a 3-point field goal by Chase Fischer.

At the 10:44 mark, Central Michigan cut the lead to two, 18-16, on a made 3-point basket by John Simons. BYU then extended its lead back to five, 21-16, on a 3-point field goal of its own by Zac Seljaas.

Behind a Nick Emery layup and another Seljaas trey, the Cougars pulled ahead 26-18 with seven minutes to go in the half.  Central Michigan then went on a 9-3 run, making three 3-pointers on three straight possessions, to cut the deficit to two, with the score 29-27 in BYU's favor.

With three minutes to go in the half, the Chippewas tied the game at 35-all and then took their first lead of the contest, 38-36. Teams went into the break tied at 44-44.

After 20 minutes of play, 18 3-point field goals were made between both teams, with the Chippewas shooting 50 percent and the Cougars 44.4 from behind the arc. Emery led all BYU scorers with 12 points at the break, while Collinsworth finished the first half with five points, a game-high seven rebounds and a team-high five assists.

Cougars up on Aggies 39-24 at halftime

Dec 09, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 7:53 pm | Permalink

The Aggies opened up the game with back-to-back 3-pointers, and Kyle Davis responded with back-to-back layups to make it 6-4. A block from Corbin Kaufusi and a layup by Jake Toolson tied the game at 6-6 with 17 minutes to play.

The teams traded layups for the next two minutes, keeping things even throughout. Kaufusi's layup at 14:30 gave BYU its first lead of the night, 12-10. The Aggies quickly tied it back up with a layup of their own. 

Chase Fischer hit two 3-pointers to give the Cougars a 18-14 lead with 12 minutes to go. Nate Austin and Kyle Collinsworth both had blocks for BYU as defenses kept either team from scoring for three minutes. Nick Emery's 3-pointer ended the scoreless drought and put the Cougars up 21-16 with 9:30 to play in the first half. Davis added a layup to make the score 23-16 before an Aggie timeout.

Collinsworth hit a fade-away jumper to extend BYU's lead to nine. Jalen Moore ended the Aggie's four-minute scoring drought with a 3-pointer. Twenty seconds later, Emery hit a 3 from the left corner, making the score 28-19. Collinsworth blocked an attempted Aggie layup with seven minutes to play, keeping BYU's lead at nine points.

Fischer's 3 with 5:40 to go gave BYU its largest lead to that point, 31-20. Utah State hit a pair of free-throws and a layup to bring itself within seven with five minutes to go. 

Collinsworth hit a layup and added a free-throw to take the Cougars lead to 12, 36-24. 

The Aggies went 0 for 10 over the last two minutes, while the Cougars added three free-throws to go into halftime with a 39-24 lead.

Davis had 10 points and seven rebounds, leading all players in both categories. Fischer had nine points and Emery had six points. Collinsworth had eight points, six rebounds and three assists going into halftime. BYU shot 50 percent from beyond the arc and its defense had six blocks. Lew Evans led all Aggies in scoring with seven points.

Cougars beat Wildcats 73-68

Dec 05, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 2:51 pm | Permalink

BYU got off to a hot start in the second half, going on a 9-2 run to push its lead to 48-39 after a breakaway layup by Jake Toolson. Nate Austin drilled a jump shot with 14:48 on the clock to give the Cougars their first double-digit lead of the game, 53-42.

A putback layup from Austin ended a scoring drought of over two minutes for BYU, making it 61-49 with 8:40 to play in the game. Fischer ended another drought of over two minutes with a 3-pointer, keeping Weber State at bay.

Kyle Collinsworth scored five points for the Cougars over the span of three minutes, but the Wildcats were able to claw their way back into the game. With 0:51 left, Zac Seljaas made one free throw to make it 70-63. 

Collinsworth sealed the win with two free throws with 10 seconds left, making the final score 73-68.

Fischer had a career-high four steals to go along with his team-high 21 points (3 treys). Collinsworth had his third double-double of the year with 13 points and 10 assists. He also grabbed four boards. Kyle Davis had 15 points and 7 rebounds in the contest.

BYU leads Weber State 39-37 at half

Dec 05, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 1:46 pm | Permalink

For the first four minutes of the game, the two teams traded points bucket for bucket, neither team able to go on a run. With 15:48 on the clock, a 3-pointer from Jake Toolson sparked the team to go on a 9-0 run. A baseline-layup from Chase Fischer capped off the run, extending BYU’s lead to 18-12.

Weber State got back in the game, going on a 7-0 run to take back the lead at 24-22. Kyle Davis muscled his way for a bucket in the paint to tie it back up at 24-24 with just under nine minutes to play.

Fischer drilled another trey to close in on the Wildcats’ lead, making it 35-31 with 4:23 on the clock. With 1:26 left in the half, the Cougars took back the lead after Fischer stole the ball and drove for a layup.

Both Fischer and Davis had 10 points in the game, leading all scorers. Kyle Collinsworth has six points and seven assists. Davis leads all rebounders with five.

BYU pulls out 95-81 win over Belmont

Nov 28, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 8:58 pm | Updated: November 28, 2015 9:04 pm | Permalink

Chase Fischer started the second half for the Cougars by taking the ball to the rim. He was fouled on the shot, and made one of two free-throws to put the Cougars down 42-41 with 19:40 to play. Corbin Kaufusi added a layup off a rebound to put the Cougars ahead 43-42 with 19 minutes to play. Belmont's Tyler Hadden converted both of his free-throws on the next possession to give the Bruins the lead again, 44-43.

Nick Emery found Kyle Collinsworth on an alley-oop with 18:35 to go to electrify the Cougars and give them a 45-44 lead. Kyle Davis added a layup to extend the Cougars lead to three before a Belmont timeout. Belmont added five points in a minute to go up 49-47, but back-to-back 3-pointers from Emery gave the Cougars a 53-51 lead with 16:15 remaining. 

The teams traded baskets for the next two minutes until the Cougars pulled away with a six-point lead off of a Fischer 3-pointer. The 59-53 lead for the Cougars was extended on a 3-point play from Collinsworth, giving BYU a 62-53 lead.

BYU was 9 of 9 from the floor for four minutes of this half, including three Fischer 3-pointers. Its streak would end when Collinsworth missed a layup. He got his own rebound and put away the second layup, giving the Cougars a 70-56 lead with 11:24 to play. 

A 3-pointer from Fischer with 9:47 to play gave the Cougars a 73-58 lead. Craig Bradshaw responded for the Bruins with a 3 of his own to make it 73-61 with 9:15 to play. Jamal Aytes responded with a layup to keep the their double-digit lead, 75-65.

Collinsworth hit a six free-throws in three minutes to take the Cougars' lead to 13 points. Emery's pair of free-throws gave them a 83-68 lead with 5:39 to play. A 3-pointer from Fischer extended their lead to 18 with five minutes to play.

Dylan Windler made a 3-pointer with 2:58 to play, narrowing the Cougars' lead to 15. Mercer would bring the score within 11 with a 3-pointer, but a pair of free-throws from Emery would keep their lead at 13. Emery took a pass from Collinsworth with a minute to play to put BYU up 93-78. They would hit a pair of free-throws to end the game 95-81.

The game saw 10 lead changes between the two teams, and four Cougars hit double digits in scoring. Collinsworth had a double-double with 26 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists, and also was 8 for 10 in the free-throw category. Davis had his third double-double on the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Emery had 27 points and Fischer added 19 points, all of them coming from 3-pointers or free-throws. Belmont's leading scorer was Craig Bradshaw, who scored 26 points in the game and shot 9 of 12 from the floor.

BYU trails Belmont 42-40 at half

Nov 28, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 7:47 pm | Updated: November 28, 2015 7:57 pm | Permalink

After Kyle Collinsworth took the ball to the rim after winning the tip to start the game, the Cougars went 0 of 7 during a scoring drought of three minutes until Kyle Davis scored on a putback with 16:20 to play, making it 5-4 for Belmont. 

Craig Bradshaw stepped up early for the Bruins, scoring two 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the half to add to their 8-4 lead. After a timeout, Davis added a layup to narrow Belmont's lead 8-6. Belmont's Burton Sampson responded with a layup of his own. A dunk from Davis and a layup by Nick Emery tied the score at 10 with 13 minutes to play. Emery went coast-to-coast 15 seconds later, giving the Cougars their first lead of the night, 12-10. 

After the Bruins timeout, Bradshaw responded with back-to-back 3-pointers to give Belmont the lead 16-12 with 11:20 to play. Taylor Barnette's 3-pointer and Bradshaw's layup put the Bruins up 21-12 with 10 minutes to play.

Belmont went 6 of 6 on their shots for two minutes while completing a 15-2 run. Emery ended the Bruins's run with a 3-pointer with nine minutes to play, and Collinsworth's three-point play 15 seconds later started a 6-0 run for BYU in just over a minute. Tyler Hadden's 3-pointer ended the Cougars' run with 7:35 to play, giving Belmont a 28-20 lead.

Emery's two 3-pointers put the Cougars within four with 5:20 to play, and Collinsworth added a layup to bring the game within two with 4:48 to play. Strong defense for the Cougars gave Collinsworth another layup and tied the game at 30-30 with 3:53 to play. After a Bradshaw layup, Jake Toolson pulled up for the 3-pointer that gave the Cougars the lead with 3:21 left in the first half at 33-32. However, Bradshaw would hit a 3-pointer 30 seconds later to give Belmont the lead again 35-33 with 2:50 to play.

The teams traded layups for a minute before Toolson made a 3 to make it 39-38 for Belmont. Mack Mercer responded with his own 3-pointer for the Bruins with 40 seconds to play. The Cougars would get the last possession of the half, but Jake Toolson couldn't convert the half-court shot.

Emery ended the half with 13 points and a pair of rebounds. Collinsworth had 13 points, four assists and two rebounds, and Davis added six rebounds to the Cougar effort in the first half. Belmont's Craig Bradshaw had 19 points and four rebounds, and was 7 of 9 from the floor.

Cougars hold off Delta Devils 75-68

Nov 25, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:57 pm | Permalink

Mississippi Valley came out strong in the second half, getting within five of BYU, 46-41. The Cougars got four quick points from the bigs after Corbin Kaufusi got the bucket and the foul and then Kyle Davis tipped in the missed free throw. Those four points put BYU up 50-41 with 17:44 to go in the game.

Neither team was able to go on a big run in the second half. Kyle Collinsworth scored back-to-back buckets to make it 56-49 with 12:56 to play.

On the inbound pass, Emery got a quick bucket with 8:05 remaining to make it 67-56. Aside from free throws, the Cougars did not make a basket for over seven minutes, allowing the Delta Devils to get within striking distance. With 43 seconds left, Emery found Davis wide open for the dunk to make it 73-66, holding off MVSU. The final score was 75-68.

Emery led BYU in scoring and assists by scoring 18 and dishing out seven assists. Collinsworth scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the win. Nate Austin and Davis added seven rebounds to the team's total of 41. Davis and Kaufusi scored in double figures with 13 and 12, respectively.