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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.

March Baseball Blog

Mar 10, 2016 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 3:45 pm | Updated: March 10, 2016 5:13 pm | Permalink
APRIL GRADUATION: Senior outfielder Eric Urry is graduating in psychology and team manager Brett Adams is graduating in with his master's in public administration this April season, 15-16. Former BYU baseball players also graduating in April include Andy Isom, Jarrett Jarvis, Derek Speigner and Parker Starr.
 
HOSPITAL VISITS:  On the morning of March 23, members of BYU's baseball team will be at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City reading to patients. Earlier this month a dozen of BYU's team joined the coaching staff on a visit to the Primary Children's Unit at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.
 
ALABAMA FIRESIDE:  Urry, Hayden Nielsen and Mike Rucker spoke at the team's fireside last month in Birmingham, Alabama.
 
GLOVES WITH FLAGS:  The Lone Star flag of Texas adorns the gloves of pitcher Triston Busse and infielder/catcher Noah Hill.  On Urry's glove is flag symbol of the Dominican Republic where he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On the glove of pitcher Mason Marshall is a replica of the flag of the Philippines where he served his mission. 
 
CHAUNCEY IN ESPN MAGAZINE: You can attribute a couple stories in this month's issue of ESPN Magazine about Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals to BYU's Tanner Chauncey who grew up with Harper.  Click on this link.
 
MATCH NICKNAMES: Can you match the nicknames of Mantis, Giraffe, Baby Rhino and Chief to the following BYU players? Marshall, Keaton Cenatiempo, Hayden Rogers and Nielsen.
 
BUFFALO BUFFO: Maverik Buffo rides a big Honda motorcycle when he isn't going to class or pitching baseballs. A closer look at his cycle shows a flattened Buffalo-head nickel coin as a fastener/clasp on the pouch atop the gas tank.  That Buffalo-head nickel was already installed on the motorcycle before he bought it.
 
MUSTACHES:  Several of BYU's team have been sporting mustaches. One player who started out doing so was Colton Shaver, but "Shave" shaved it off in Las Vegas last month when he went hitless in a game against Saint Louis and remains clean shaven now that his bat has come alive.
 
MORE MUSTACHES: More players are joining the mustache ranks on the team as part of the #mustachemafia hashtag on Twitter.  The word is those sporting the hairy upper lip won't shave them off until the Cougars lose a weekend series.

Sitake commended by the Utah Attorney General's Office

Mar 03, 2016 - Posted by McKay Perry at 3:59 pm | Updated: March 3, 2016 5:09 pm | Permalink

BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake traveled up to the Utah State Capitol building Thursday after practice to accept a Certificate of Commendation from the Utah Attorney General's Office for his contribution to education and athletics and for being an ambassador for the State of Utah.

Attorney General Sean Reyes and Governor Gary Herbert posed for pitcures and congratulated Sitake along with Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham, who also received the honor. 

Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham, Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake.

Attorney General Sean Reyes (center) pictured from left to right with BYU director of football athlete relations Jasen Ah You, head coach Kalani Sitake and Assistant to the Athletic Director for Student Services Fui Vakapuna.

Kyle Whittingham and Kalani Sitake were honored on the floor of the House Chamber of the Utah State Capitol.

Attorney General Sean Reyes along with his Chief Communications Officer, Missy Larsen, presented the certificates.

Kyle Whittingham, Governor Gary Herbert and Kalani Sitake posed for a photo.

Kaufusi turning heads at NFL Combine

Feb 28, 2016 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 3:31 pm | Updated: February 28, 2016 5:38 pm | Permalink

INDIANAPOLIS - Defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi worked out for NFL scouts and officials at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday as he prepares for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Kaufusi measured in at over 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds earlier at the Combine. He clocked a 4.87 in the premier event at the combine, the 40-yard dash. His 40 time was just one-one hundredth slower than All-American Joey Bosa from Ohio State with a 4.86. Kaufusi's mark was also tied for No. 17 among 57 particpants in the event. He tied Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche and was a few ticks quicker than Utah's Jason Fanaika (4.92) and Baylor's Shawn Oakman (4.96).

Kaufusi was a top performer at the combine among defensive linemen in the 3-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle. He had the No. 5 time in the 3-cone drill with a 7.03 and tied for fourth in the 20-yard shuttle with a 4.25. The 7.03 time in the 3-cone drill topped All-American Shaq Lawson (7.16) from Clemson and Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah's 7.26. Kaufusi's 4.25 mark in the 20-yard shuttle tied Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun and bested the nation's sack leader in All-American Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib (4.37).

He posted 25 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, tied for No. 20 among 51 defensive line particpants. His 25 tied Maelik Collins, defensive tackle from Nebraska, and topped Ohio State's Bosa (24) and Alabama's A'Shawn Robinson (22).

In the jumps, Kaufusi notched a 30.0 inch vertical leap and a 111.0 inch broad jump. His 30.0 was higher than Nassib from Penn State and broad jump mark was better than Boise State's Kamalei Correa and Alabama defensive end D.J. Pettway (108.0).

Kaufusi led BYU in sacks and tackles for loss in 2015 with 11.0 sacks and 20.0 TFL. He helped the Cougars to a 9-4 record and led a defense that recorded 40 sacks, tied for No. 5 in the nation in total team sacks.

The 2016 NFL Draft will take place April 28-30. Follow the link for more results from the NFL Combine.

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.
 

Collinsworth and Fischer pace BYU in first half against Gonzaga

Feb 27, 2016 - Posted by McKay Perry at 7:04 pm | Updated: February 27, 2016 7:05 pm | Permalink

BYU headed into halftime down 38-34 to Gonzaga.

Chase Fischer and Kyle Collinsworth led the Cougars with nine points each while Nick Emery chipped in eight. BYU shot 30 percent, including 7 of 20 from three, while Gonzaga’s shot 58 percent from the field with 5 of 10 behind the arc.

Gonzaga led 9-6 at the 15:30 media timeout after making its four of its first six attempts from the floor. A three by Emery on BYU’s first possession along with a Collinsworth trey kept the score close for the Cougars.

BYU pulled ahead 14-12, using a flurry of turnovers by Gonzaga to get the edge. Zac Seljaas and Fischer each had threes before the Zags tied it just before a media timeout at 11:21.

Gonzaga used a Cougar scoring drought to take the lead, but BYU sparked a 10-3 run for a 24-18 advantage at the 7:46 mark. Emery and Collinsworth each had five points on the stretch.

The Zags pulled ahead with a 13-2 run from 8:43 to the 2:56 mark to lead 31-26 as BYU went 1 of 9 during that span.

With the tally 36-31 in favor of the Bulldogs, Fischer hit two free throws and converted a four-point play to cut the margin to 36-34 with 50 seconds left in the half.