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This Week in the WCC: Returning Home

Jan 28, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 2:30 pm | Updated: January 28, 2014 3:12 pm | Permalink

The Cougars return home from a four-game road trip to start four straight in the Marriott Center. BYU sits behind Saint Mary's and San Francisco and is now a full three games back of Gonzaga. The Gaels enter the week on a four-game win streak, but have to travel to San Diego before coming to Provo. Saint Mary's just finished a six-game home stand where the Gaels went 5-1. Pacific has beaten Pepperdine and Santa Clara in conference play, while losing to Saint Mary's twice. 

Cougars in the Pros: Plaisted goes for 23 points and 10 rebounds

Jan 27, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 2:48 pm | Permalink

Trent Plaisted finished with a double-double, 23 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with two steals in a 95-77 loss to Nanterre last Tuesday. 

Lee Cummard had a near double-double with 22 points and nine rebounds in a one-point loss to Oostende, while Jonathan Tavernari and Charles Abouo each scored 12 points in their wins last week. 

Quotes from Coach Rose and players after Tuesday's practice

Jan 21, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 6:39 pm | Updated: January 21, 2014 8:51 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose

On Portland beating Gonzaga:

"I think our guys are in a pretty good mindset right now as far as their preparation, but I think that's part of the process is try to go through any team and who they've played, where they've played and the big games they won, because that can get the attention of your players."

"This Portland team is built to win and hopefully we can play well and be successful up there."

On Portland's bigs:

This Week in the WCC: Facing Portland and Gonzaga

Jan 21, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 3:06 pm | Updated: January 22, 2014 2:08 pm | Permalink

The four-way logjam for second place in the West Coast Conference was halved last week as BYU defeated San Francisco and Pepperdine lost to Gonzaga. The result is Saint Mary's and BYU sitting one game behind the Bulldogs. BYU has its chance to pull even with Gonzaga in the loss column on Saturday night in Spokane, Wash. Fifth-place Pepperdine travels to third-place Saint Mary's on Thursday in another game that would have top of the standing implications.

Cougars in the Pros: Cummard scores 18 points against Brussels

Jan 21, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 12:28 pm | Updated: January 21, 2014 12:30 pm | Permalink

Lee Cummard went for 18 points, seven rebounds and two assists in an 85-75 victory over Brussels last Sunday. He was also 5 of 7 from the field and 2 of 2 from beyond the arc. 

Trent Plaisted added 14 points in a nine-point win against Cantu, while Jonathan Tavernari finished with 12 points and four rebounds in a 95-77 loss. 

Brandon Davies also contributed nine points and four rebounds in a loss to the Miami Heat in 16 minutes of play. 

Coach Rose and players talk after Tuesday's practice

Jan 14, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 6:33 pm | Updated: January 14, 2014 7:40 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose

On Eric Mika:

"Eric is feeling better. He practiced a little bit yesteday and today he was in practice full time, so unless he has a setback tonight, we anticipate a good practice tomorrow and that he'll play on Thursday. That's what we're hoping."

Haws named Lou Henson

Jan 14, 2014 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 1:30 pm | Permalink

BOSTON, Mass. – BYU junior guard Tyler Haws has been named the Lou Henson Award National Player of the Week.

The 6-foot-5 junior averaged 33.0 points in two wins last week. On Thursday, Jan. 9, Haws scored 35 points in a win over Pepperdine. Two days later the Utah native had 31 points, including 24 in the second half, in the Cougars' win over Loyola Marymount.

The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the top Mid-Major player in Division I college basketball.

Cougars in the Pros: Fredette combines for 24 points in last two wins

Jan 13, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 2:47 pm | Updated: January 13, 2014 2:51 pm | Permalink

Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette went for 11 points and three assists in a 108-83 win against the Orlando Magic last Friday. He also added 13 points and three assists in a 124-80 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers last Sunday. 

Fredette is now shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc this season and averaged 14.3 minutes per game last week. 

This Week in the WCC

Jan 13, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 2:12 pm | Updated: January 13, 2014 4:12 pm | Permalink

The big news in conference play this week was Portland's 82-73 upset of Gonzaga. It was the Bulldogs' first loss in West Coast Conference play and helped tighten up the standings.

BYU beats LMU 91-68

Jan 11, 2014 - Posted by Justin Green at 9:17 pm | Permalink

BYU beat LMU 91-68 behind 31 points by Tyler Haws, 24 coming in the second half, and Kyle Collinsworth’s 20 points and nine rebounds.

Collinsworth also had five assists, three blocks and two steals. Matt Carlino had 18 points and four assists and Josh Sharp contributed 10 points, his season high.