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Quotes from Jan. 8 after practice

Jan 09, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 9:43 am | Updated: January 9, 2014 5:01 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose

On Eric Mika:

"He's getting better every day. He did a little bit today in practice and we'll just see how he feels tomorrow. Hopefully, somehow he gets to where it feels comfortable enough to see if we can get a few minutes out of him."

On facing Pepperdine again:

"This team is a very good defensive team. They were a really good defensive team last year. Offensively, they've got a lot more firepower. Somewhere close to 60 percent of the points being scored are from guys that weren't on the team last year. When you see a team that was pretty competitive last year and all the guys that were starters are now all their reserves you know the team is actually really improved."

"What they have that is really impressive is two really skilled post guys who can spread the floor really well, can pass and shoot and then four guards that are good shooters. Schemes that you use with them you have to get in and out of them because when they get comfortable they're really good at passing out of them, dribbling through them and scoring in the low post."

On Skyler Halford coming off a big game:

"What we really need to focus on with Skyler is his defensive assignment. The real challenge for us tomorrow will be to handle these post guys and still be able to handle the perimeter. Hopefully, he'll focus in on that defensive assignment, bring a lot of energy to that side of the floor and then offensively see what comes to him."

Emphasis on defense

"I think it’s a real emphasis with our whole group. We had a tough time out on the road, when you look at the final scores we played well offensively in those games. To move forward, we felt like we need to make a real conscious effort defensively to not only understand the scouting report but to have an urgent attitude toward executing it and to hold them accountable in the film room."

Perimeter defense against Pepperdine

"There are things we need to do differently. This league is really good at shooting the 3-point shot. The challenge with Pepperdine is the fact that their post guys, if you let them go 1-on-1, when you bring the second defender those guards space the floor so well there's so much area you have to cover we have to be really attentive to how we move and rotate out of those things."

Kyle Collinsworth

On facing Pepperdine again:

"Of course whenever you lose a game to a team, you want to beat when they come in your building. We've got to guard the 3-point line a little better. They made a lot of 3s on us, so that'll be a big focus for us."

"We lost the game, but we played a good last 15 minutes. If we can play like the last 15 minutes for the whole game we'll feel really confident."

Tyler Haws

Facing Pepperdine again:

"I feel like we know their sets and personnel. We've played them once before so we know the challenge ahead of us we just have to go out and make it happen."

"Every game you play in conference is a big one. You need to get your home wins. I don’t know if revenge is the right word, but every game is important in league and we're definitely ready for the challenge."

The San Diego win:

"I think we found our rhythm in lots of areas. We were mentally into it for 40 minutes, the coaches put together a great game plan and the players did our best to execute it."

On Skyler Halford's game against San Diego:

"He came in and knocked down shots and followed Johnny Dee around the whole night. He was a big spark for us the whole night on both ends of the floor. I know Sky will be looking forward to the next challenge too."

On the challenge of coming off a big game for Skyler:

"(The challenge is) to stay aggressive. You can't play on your heels or try and change your game or what you do. Stay aggressive and when you have an open shot step up and knock it down."

Cougars in the Pros: Fredette scores season high

Jan 06, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 2:32 pm | Permalink

Jimmer Fredette scored a season-high 15 points to go along with four rebounds and a block in 17 minutes of play. Fredette and the Sacramento Kings fell 113-104 to Brandon Davies and the Sixers. 

Fredette also added 10 points in a 110-106 win against the Houston Rockets last Tuesday. 

Trent Plaisted went for 12 points, nine rebounds and two assists in a 105-90 win last Saturday, while Jonathan Tavernari contributed 11 rebounds and four assists in a 95-65 win. Lee Cummard added 11 points, six rebounds and two assists in Sunday's win against Antwerp. 

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 5.1 1.6 1.2
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.1 1.9 0.6
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Mogi das Cruzes Paulista Stage Two Brazil 5.5 3.9 0.8
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 10.9 5.9 2.1
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 7.1 5.3 1.1
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.3 3.4 0.2
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.5 6.3 1.3

BYU Basketball beats San Diego

Jan 04, 2014 - Posted by Justin Green at 9:11 pm | Permalink

Skyler Halford scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Cougars to an 87-53 victory over San Diego. Halford shot 11 of 16 on the night and connected on four 3-pointers. Tyler Haws scored 17 points and Erik Mika scored 13 before leaving the game early in the second half due to injury.  Kyle Collinsworth contributed 12 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

Holding an 18-point halftime advantage, the Cougars quickly extended their lead to 26 on two buckets from Halford and a dunk from Mika. Mika was fouled on the play and made the free throw to complete the 3-point play.

Another 3-pointer from Halford and 3-point play by Haws extended the lead to 61-30 with just over 13 minutes remaining.

The Cougars lead hovered above 30 for the remainder of the game, highlighted by a Nate Austin dunk, a Collinsworth 3 and back-to-back 3s by Anson Winder.

BYU shot 53 percent to San Diego’s 34 and outrebounded the Toreros 45-27. 

BYU Basketball leads 41-23 at half

Jan 04, 2014 - Posted by Justin Green at 8:04 pm | Permalink

Led by Skyler Halford’s 15 points, BYU leads San Diego by 18 at the half. Halford hit three 3-pointers and was 6 of 8 from the field. Tyler Haws and Erik Mika each chipped in 10 points, and Kyle Collinsworth had four points, five rebounds and five assists.

The Cougars started out hot, hitting seven of their first eight shots to jump out to a 15-8 lead four minutes in. Mika and Haws scored six and five points, respectively, to pace the Cougars.

San Diego tied the game at 15 with 12 minutes left in the half. A long jumper from Haws stopped the run and gave the Cougars a 17-15 lead.

BYU extended its lead to 25-19 when Halford hit his second 3-pointer of the half. Back-to-back jumpers from Collinsworth and Matt Carlino capped a 10-2 run, giving the Cougars a ten-point lead at 29-19.

Two free throws by Mika upped the lead to 12 at 33-21 with just under four minutes left in the half. Five straight points from Halford extended the lead to 38-21 at the two-minute mark. 

Digital Review: October, November and December

Dec 30, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 1:20 pm | Updated: January 2, 2014 2:26 pm | Permalink

Below you'll find all the video goodness of the men's basketball from the first three months of the season. The clips are split into sections which include Highlights, ESPN, BYUtv, Music and Entertainment (get your lip sync vids here) and Preseason Videos. Each section is structured in reverse chronological order so the most recent stuff is at the top. Enjoy.


Highlights

 

Oregon Highlights

Utah Highlights

Prairie View A&M Highlights

BYUtv Prairie View A&M Highlights

Collinsworth Epic Dunk in Slow Motion vs. PVAMU

North Texas Highlights

BYUtv North Texas Highlights

Utah State Highlights

BYUtv Utah State Highlights

Iowa State Highlights

BYUtv Iowa State Highlights

Carlino to Mika Alley-oop vs. Iowa State

Colorado Mesa Highlights

BYUtv Colorado Mesa Highlights

BYUtv Mount St. Mary's Highlights

Weber State Highlights

BYUtv Weber State Highlights

Alaska Anchorage Highlights

Mika dunks against Alaska Anchorage

Colorado College Highlights

 

Coaches Show

 

Dec. 16

Dec. 11

Dec. 3

 

ESPN

 

Early Trouble for Power Programs

Andy Katz 3-Point Shot: BYU's Key Loss

Andy Katz 3-Point Shot: BYU's Resume

 

BYUtv

 

Mark Pope True Blue Interview on WCC play

True Blue segment on Christmas for kids with cancer

Josh Sharp Practice Interview Dec. 19

Collinsworth Practice Interview Dec. 19

Carlino Practice Interview Dec. 19

Haws Interview Dec. 13

Carlino/Collinsworth Interview Dec. 13

Mika Practice Interview Dec. 13

Rose Practice Interview Dec. 13

Carlino Practice Interview Dec. 10

Haws Practice Interview Dec. 10

Rose Practice Interview Dec. 10

Mika True Blue Interview

North Texas Postgame Recap

Rose Practice Interview Dec. 2

Haws Practice Interview Dec. 2

Bartley IV Practice Interview Dec. 2

Mika Practice Interview Nov. 19

Haws Practice Interiew Nov. 19

Rose Practice Interview Nov. 19

Collinsworth Practice Interview Nov. 19

Carlino Practice Interview Nov. 19

Coach Rose True Blue Signees Interview

Colorado Mesa Postgame Recap

Mount St. Mary's Postgame Recap

Weber State Postgame Recap

Tyler Haws True Blue Interview


Music and Entertainment

 

All I Want For Christmas ft. Haws, Halford and women's basketball's Xojian Harry

Half Court Shot Contest Winner vs. Utah State

It's All Because of You ft. Haws, Halford, Mika and Worthington

Lost Without U ft. Chase Fischer

Cry Me a River ft. Sharp, Collinsworth

Mo Money Mo Problems ft. Mika, Sharp

Don't Leave Me ft. Bartley IV, Mika, Sharp, Worthington

I Wish ft. Carlino

Ready for More Promo

You're The Inspiration ft. Haws, Halford, Worthington

Media Day Mic Check


Freshman Connection: Cooking with Eric, Frank and Luke

 

Preseason Videos

 

Boom shakalaka Dunk Contest

Boom shakalaka Review

Coach Rose at Media Day

Look Back at Josh Sharp

Look Back at Anson Winder

Look Back at Nate Austin

Look Back at Kyle Collinsworth

Look Back at Matt Carlino

Look Back at Tyler Haws

Hamson enters 1,000 point club

Dec 28, 2013 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:35 am | Permalink

With 24 points against Utah State last Saturday, senior center Jennifer Hamson entered the 1,000 point club. She now has 1,020 points in her career, good for 23rd all-time in BYU history.

Senior Kim Beeston looks to join the club next, having scored 982 career points to date.

The last time the Cougars had two players join the 1,000 point club in the same season was during the 2010-11 season. In that year, Mindy Bonham and Coriann Fraughton both joined the club with 1,322 and 1,002 points, respectively.

Full final day prior to Fight Hunger Bowl

Dec 27, 2013 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 12:41 am | Updated: December 27, 2013 12:52 am | Permalink

After a full day of events on Thursday, the BYU football team is less than 24 hours from facing Washington in the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl. The Cougars took the field at AT&T Park on Thursday afternoon to conduct a team walk-through at the site of Friday's primetime matchup between the Cougars and Huskies.  

After meetings in the morning, BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall and team captains Daniel Sorensen, Uani 'Unga, JD Falslev and Skyler Ridley partipicated in the Bowl Pep Rally at nearby Union Square. The BYU marching band, cheerleaders and Cosmo also represented the Cougars while fans from both schools filled the famous downtown San Francisco square. 

After Coach Mendenhall and Washington's Marquis Tuiasosopo met with the media to conduct their final interviews prior to the matchup, both teams joined the bowl committee and other dignitaries, including San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, in the Grand Ballroom at the historic Westin St. Francis for the Bowl Kickoff Luncheon. Coach Mendenhall and senior captains Falslev and 'Unga took their turns on stage to represent the Cougars while everyone enjoyed a fine meal.

The Cougars concluded their day by conducting a well-attended fireside Thursday evening at the Inter-Stake Center located adjacent to the LDS Oakland Temple. 

Final preparations for the game continue on Friday leading up to kickoff at 6:35 p.m. PT. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN with live pregame and postgame shows on BYUtv.

Christmas in San Francisco!

Dec 25, 2013 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 8:08 pm | Updated: December 25, 2013 8:28 pm | Permalink

In addition to practicing on Tuesday and Christmas Day in preparation for Friday's Fight Hunger Bowl against Washington, BYU enjoyed the opportunity to serve the local community spending Christmas morning at St. Anthony's Dining Room. 

Usually feeding about 2,000 people per day, the St. Anthony's Dining Room was able to feed more than 3,000 people from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with the Cougars on hand lending assistance. Members of the team came in two shifts during the morning to work alongside the good people at St. Anthony's Dining Room. In addition to meals, patrons of St. Anthony's were provided gift packets handed out by the team.

Opportunities to serve on Christmas Day were arranged by the Fight Hunger Bowl and both BYU and Washington were happy to take advantage of those opportunities.  

In addition to the service at St. Anthony's Dining Room, grass roots efforts generated by Bay Area Stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on behalf of BYU Alumni resulted in 1,500 pounds of food and $5,000 donated to the San Francisco Food Bank on Saturday, Dec. 21. Those resources allow the SF Food Bank to provide the equivalent of 15,000 meals to feed the needy in San Francisco. 

Many thanks to the Church members and BYU Alumni who responded and joined this cause. The spirit of giving is remarkable at this time of year and the effort is ongoing this week. For those who would like to contribute to the cause this week, here is the Web site for the food drive: http://holidaydrive.sffoodbank.org/team/BYUFightsHunger

Check out photos from practice and St. Anthony's Dining Room below.

Monday: Practice, Presser and "The Rock"

Dec 23, 2013 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 8:43 pm | Updated: December 23, 2013 9:01 pm | Permalink

Monday, Dec. 23
On Monday morning it was time to get back to work preparing for the Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 27 in San Francisco. The day began with 8:30 a.m. team meetings — then it was off to Oakland for an 11 a.m. practice at Laney College. BYU’s Monday practice included 14 timed sessions and lasted just over 95 minutes on Laney’s brand new field turf.
 
While the team buses headed back to the hotel for lunch, Coach Mendenhall, Kyle Van Noy, Danny Sorenson and Tyson Hill made a trip to AT&T Park for the Fight Hunger Bowl press conference, featuring the head coaches and three athletes from BYU and Washington. Below are some quotes from the press conference…
 
Coach Bronco Mendenhall
We are very thankful for the chance to play in San Francisco at the Fight Hunger Bowl. The people have been great to us. It’s great to be in the post season. It’s also great to play well in post season, so I think there’s a lot at stake. There is still a lot of preparation to do to make sure that we are ready to play. We are playing a fantastic opponent. We believe this will be the best opponent we’ve played postseason in my nine years. We think it will be a great matchup.
 
The busy day concluded with a team trip to San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island. Often referred to as “The Rock,” Alcatraz was America’s premier maximum-security prison from the 1930s until the mid-1960s and the final stop for the nation's most incorrigible inmates. In 1986, Alcatraz was designation as a National Historic Landmark.
 
The Cougars will continue preparations for the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl on Tuesday with an 11 a.m. practice at Laney College.

Cougars in the Pros: Brandon Davies scores career-high

Dec 23, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 12:30 pm | Permalink

Sixers Brandon Davies scored a career-high nine points to go along with six rebounds and three steals in 16 minutes of play in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets. 

Lee Cummard combined for a total of 32 points in two games against Verviers-Pepinster and KTP, while Trent Plaisted finished with a double-double, 16 points and 11 rebounds, in a 75-86 loss to Cimberio VA. 

Jimmer Fredette went for nine points, two rebounds and an assist in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks last Wednesday while averaging 7.8 minutes per game last week. 

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 4.4 1.4 1.0
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.4 2.0 0.7
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Mogi das Cruzes Paulista Stage Two Brazil 5.5 3.9 0.8
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 10.9 5.9 2.2
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 7.5 4.7 0.8
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.0 3.3 0.1
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.4 5.9 1.2