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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. 

Thornock's goal makes it on WCC's Top Plays

Nov 20, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 2:54 pm | Updated: November 20, 2013 2:58 pm | Permalink

Another week and another goal making it to No. 2 on the West Coast Conference's top play countdown. This time it's Jaiden Thornock's goal which made it 2-0 against Weber State. The goal helped BYU advance to face Colorado in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. MT.

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:

 

2013-14

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

Carlino at Stanford 22 minutes and 26 points

2012-2013

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

 

Have questions you'd like to see answered? Include your name and hometown with a question and send it to basketballpr@byu.edu. The mailbag will run weekly with a Monday night deadline for questions and will be published on Wednesdays.

Our Corner of the Bracket

Nov 20, 2013 - Posted by knielsen at 10:34 am | Updated: November 20, 2013 10:48 am | Permalink

Now that BYU women's soccer has made it to Tallahassee, Fla., for the second and hopefully third rounds of the NCAA tournament, let's take a look at how the rest of our region is looking.

At the other host site in Lincoln, Neb., the No. 2 seed Huskers are playing Boston College in their second round matchup on Friday. Nebraska won both the Big Ten regular season title and the conference tournament. Boston College finished sixth in the ACC behind the four No. 1 seeds and Notre Dame. ACC teams haven't lost yet in the tournament.

After beating Seattle 2-0 on Saturday, No. 3 seed Portland faces Illinois Friday in the other game in Lincoln. The Illini needed penalty kicks to beat Washington State in the first round. The field was more mud than grass, but Illinois won despite being outshot 29-10. In the regular season, Illinois tied for fifth in the Big Ten and was one of eight teams the Big Ten got in the tournament. In the first round, those teams went 5-3.

Here in Tallahassee, Florida State plays Ole Miss on Thursday at 5 p.m. MT. The Seminoles are the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament and have a 32-game unbeaten streak on their home field. Ole Miss finished fourth in the SEC, which had six teams make the tournament. All six won in the first round.

The Cougars face Colorado in the other Tallahassee game on Thursday at 2:30 MT. Colorado finished sixth in the Pac 12 and was one of six teams from the conference who made the tournament. Pac 12 teams went 3-3 in the first round. The Buffaloes are led by senior Anne Stuller, who totaled nine goals and seven assists, and freshman forward Brie Hooks with eight goals and two assists of her own.

National media taking notice

Nov 20, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 10:34 am | Permalink

BYU basketball has received a lot of positive attention in the early going, especially from the national media.

ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman recently ranked the nation’s top 10 freshman and has BYU big man Eric Mika at No. 9. Goodman on Mika: ‘The Utah native entered the program with plenty of hype, and has already begun to live up to it.’ Goodman quotes an NBA executive who said: “He’s athletic, tough, runs the court well for their fast-paced offense and is a strong enough body to bang already. He’s got a decent post-up game against the right matchup. He plays really hard and physical -- which is rare for a freshman big man.”

Bruce Pearl, also of ESPN.com, created a list of the top 10 most underrated teams. He has the Cougars at No. 9. He says BYU has ‘one of the quickest and most potent offenses in the country. BYU’s speed is relentless, it shoots more than 50 percent as a team and has a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.’ Pearl adds that ‘Kyle Collinsworth ... reminds me of a bigger Michael Carter-Williams (rookie with the Philadelphia 76ers).’

Seth Greenberg or ESPN.com also has a top 10 list, ranking the best 'blend' players in college basketball. He lists sophomore guard Kyle Collinsworth at No. 2 on the list, saying he is 'one of the most versatile players in college basketball. He has the ability to play four positions offensively and defensively, and is a small forward with a high basketball IQ and unique skill set. Collingsworth is big and strong enough to defend power forwards, evidenced by his eight rebounds per game. He’s also skilled enough to hand out over six assists a game.'

Rebounding key to winning, Haws expected to play

Nov 19, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 6:26 pm | Updated: November 20, 2013 12:12 am | Permalink

The Cougars all agreed that crashing the boards will be a key to winning on Wednesday night against the No. 21 Iowa State Cyclones.

"I think we're going to be able to rebound with them and handle them on the boards, but they're a very good rebounding team," Matt Carlino said. "We're going to have to really work at it and that's going to be a huge point of emphasis for us." 

BYU hopes to have all five players go to the boards against Iowa, a team averaging 42.7 rebounds per game, and run out in transition. Coach Dave Rose also pointed out that his guards need to be active for the long rebounds that come off Iowa's deep shots. 

Rose believes if BYU plays the way it did against Weber State, Stanford and Mount St. Mary's, Wednesday's game will be a good, competitive game. 

"I think every experience you go with a new group of guys is a learning experience," Rose said. "This game has a really unique challenge to it. These guys will all be ready to play and there'll be a lot of energy and excitement in the building, so we'll see how our guys handle that." 

After beating No. 7 Michigan, the Cyclones are on the schedule as a "big game" and should expect a big crowd at the Marriott Center.

"The Marriott Center is awesome when it's packed, and it should be a good crowd tomorrow," Tyler Haws said. "This is what you work hard for. We prepare the same way for every team, so it should be another game for us that we could win." 

Haws expects to play Wednesday night after sitting the last two games due to a lower abdominal strain.

"I feel good and I practiced today, so I'll be ready to go," Haws said. 

Cougars in the Pros: Plaisted finishes with eight points and 10 rebounds in win

Nov 18, 2013 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 1:44 pm | Updated: November 18, 2013 2:39 pm | Permalink

Trent Plaisted finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and one assist in a one-point victory against Cimberio VA last Wednesday. 

Sixers forward Brandon Davies averaged 12.75 minutes last week and scored four points and grabbed eight rebounds in a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans last Saturday.

Lee Cummard finished with 11 points, three rebounds and two assists in an 83-82 win against Groningen last Tuesday, while Jonathan Tavernari added six points, 13 rebounds and three assists in a 97-91 win against Bauru on Saturday. 

For weekly season stat updates, visit Cougars in the Pros under the "info" tab. 

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 3.0 2.0 2.0
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.4 2.3 0.4
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Mogi das Cruzes Paulista Stage Two Brazil 9.6 5.1 0.7
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 8.9 5.9 2.0
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 6.0 13.0 3.0
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.4 3.3 0.1
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.5 5.3 1.3

Collinsworth earns player of the week honors

Nov 18, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:00 am | Updated: November 20, 2013 12:36 pm | Permalink

While Kyle Collinsworth was not named player of the week by the West Coast Conference office, College Sports Madness did take notice in naming him their WCC Player of the Week on Nov. 17. Collinsworth led BYU to a 3-0 record this week with wins over Stanford (112-103), Mount St. Mary’s (108-76) and Colorado Mesa (84-60). He averaged 14.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.7 steals while shooting .483 from the field and .600 from three.

Against Stanford, Collinsworth came close to a triple-double with 14 points, seven boards, nine assists, one block and three steals. With leading scorers Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino in foul trouble in the first half, Collinsworth led the Cougars to a 54-46 lead at the break with 12 points, four boards and eight assists.

Collinsworth added a double-double against Mount St. Mary’s as he totaled 13 points and 10 rebounds in addition to four assists. Against Colorado Mesa, he totaled 14 points, six boards, six assist and four steals.

Second half blog: BYU 84, CMU 60

Nov 16, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 9:41 pm | Permalink

The Cougars put the game away in the second half behind sophomore Kyle Collinsworth and junior Nate Austin.

In the second half, Collinsworth led the way with 10 points, four assists and four rebounds, while Austin contributed eight rebounds.

Over the first eight minutes of the half, BYU extended their lead to 57-29 behind a 21-1 run. Matt Carlino scored six points, Collinsworth dished out three assists and Nate Austin gathered in five rebounds and a blocked shot to highlight the run.

The game continued with the Cougars maintaining roughly a 20-point lead. With 5:17 left in the game, the Mavericks cut the lead to 13, forcing coach Dave Rose to call a timeout.

After the timeout, BYU assembled an 8-0 run to push the margin back up to 21 with the score 75-54.

The Cougars shot 17 for 27 from the free-throw line in the second half along with 44 percent shooting from the field.

BYU leads Colorado Mesa at half, 36-28

Nov 16, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 8:35 pm | Permalink

Freshman Frank Bartley IV and juniors Matt Carlino and Anson Winder led the Cougars to a 36-28 half time lead.

Carlino made a jumper at the end of the half to extend the BYU lead to eight as he scored eight points and had two assists in the half. Winder chipped in with six points and three rebounds while Bartley added six points.

With the game tied 8-8, BYU went on a 9-0 run. Bartley scored all his points on that run including a three-point play. 

The Mavericks tied the game up at 23 before the Cougars sparked another 9-0 run.

The Mavericks shot 45 percent to BYU's 39 percent, but the Cougars were able to capitalize with 12 points off turnovers.