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Cougars in the Pros: Fredette goes perfect from the field

Feb 04, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 12:56 pm | Permalink

Jimmer Fredette scored 11 points to go along with four assists, two steals and a rebound in 11 minutes of play. He went 5 of 5 from the field, 1 of 1 from beyond the arc, in the win against the Chicago Bulls. 

Trent Plaisted went for a near double-double, 12 points and nine rebounds, in a 92-90 win last Sunday, while Lee Cummard finished with 11 points and four rebounds in a 19-point win over Kangoeroes last Friday. 

Rafael Araujo, who is now teammates with Jonathan Tavernari, added eight points, six rebounds and two assists in an 80-71 victory. 

For weekly 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 5.9 1.3 1.6
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.5 2.0 0.6
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 4.3 4.3 0.7
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 11.9 6.1 2.1
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 7.5 4.6 0.9
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.1 3.1 0.2
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.3 6.4 1.2

Tribute to Glen Oliverson

Feb 04, 2014 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 10:06 am | Updated: February 12, 2014 7:01 pm | Permalink

One of the last members of the 1942 BYU Foootball Team — the first team to defeat Utah — passed away last week in Smithfield, Utah. Glen Oliverson, a single wing back at BYU, made the block that led to the winning touchdown in a 12-7 victory on Oct. 10, 1942. Glen played three season of varsity football at BYU in 1942, 1946-47. He served in the Navy during World War II, then returned home to play two more seasons at BYU.

In Januray 2011, I had the pleasure of interviewing nearly 60 former players, coaches and administrators for a historical book on BYU football — among them was Glen Oliverson. At the time, he was nealy 90 years old, but was still very sharp, engaging and had a great sence of humor. It was a real treat for me to learn about that ledgendary game from someone who had played in it nearly seven decades ago.

Below is an excerpt from the book What It Means To Be A Cougar  with Glen sharing his experience at BYU in his own words.

On behalf of BYU Athletics, we express our love and condolences to the Oliverson family.  – Duff Tittle

KSL Feature on Glen Oliverson

Glen Oliverson Obituary

 

Glen Oliverson

Halfback (1942, 1946-47)

I played football, basketball, baseball, and track in high school. I was recruited by the University of Idaho, Idaho State, BYU, and Utah State to play football in college.

It was the recruitment of Eddie Kimball, particularly, who encouraged me and wanted me to come to BYU. He came up to Preston, Idaho, to see me, and Floyd Millet was with him. We played catch out in our front yard. They really showed a lot of interest in me, and I think that was one thing that influenced me to go to BYU.

Also my high school coach Joe Johnson was very instrumental in influencing me to go to BYU. I think another reason was the Church. I was a staunch member of the LDS faith growing up, and BYU was sponsored by the Church. That’s probably what influenced me as much as anything.

I wasn’t necessarily a Cougar fan growing up—it was more Utah State.  As a senior in high school I received a scholarship through the Vocational Education Act program to go to the University of Idaho. They were after me quit a bit to accept that scholarship. But, BYU ended up being the No. 1 choice.

Eddie told me, “We can offer you a scholarship and provide you with summer work, and a place to live.” So when I got out of high school, I went right down to Provo. My dad took me down. Of course, when I would come back to visit I had to hitchhike home.

Deer Creek Dam was being built up Provo Canyon and I worked on the crew at Deer Creek Dam. Wayne Soffe and Garth Chamberlain got jobs at Deer Creek and that’s where I spent my summer, up there with them. Wayne was an assistant coach at BYU but they didn’t have summer work for him, so he had to go find a job somewhere.

I came to BYU in 1941. I joined a social club my freshman year and was also the vice president of the freshman class. Through the football program I met a lot of fellows, and obtained a lot of close friends during that first fall at school. My closest friend was probably Thayne Stone. He was from Spanish Fork, and we became very close friends. Another close friend was Marcell Chatterton. He was a fellow who also accepted a scholarship at BYU. 

The campus at BYU was friendly. I remember we had “hello week” the first week of school. When you were walking on campus and would pass people you would say, “Hello,” to them. 

Probably the most important thing at BYU was the faculty that I took classes from. They were very fine people. I wasn’t a great student but I got passing grades. The teachers encouraged you to work hard and study.

Eddie Kimball was a great guy. He was a very fair coach. He told you what he expected of you and held you to it. I remember him saying a bunch of times to the squad, “We appreciate you for what you do.” Eddie always told you what you did right or wrong. If you played a good game he told you what you did good. If you didn’t he told you what you needed to improve on next time. 

In 1942, the War was going on with Japan. Before the season started, Eddie joined the reserves. In the spring he was called in the Navy and received a good commission. He didn’t coach us that season; Floyd Millet did. In those days, Floyd was the basketball coach. He helped Eddie coach football, and Eddie helped him coach basketball. That’s the way it was. 

My favorite football memory at BYU has got to be the victory at Utah in 1942. The victory over Utah was the most outstanding thing that happened to me that year.

We practiced hard and worked hard. The coaches told us at the beginning of that year if we were dedicated we could become a good football team. The week we were preparing to play Utah, we put forth extra effort to prepare ourselves. Utah had a pretty good football team, but we scored 12 points and they scored 7. We held them off two or three times from scoring. 

I played linebacker on defense and blocking back on offense. We used a single-wing offense. The blocking back was the No. 2 back, up behind the guard. That was the position I played. I didn’t carry the ball. The player who scored the winning touchdown was Herman Longhurst, who was from Pocatello High School. I can’t remember who kicked the PAT. We scored, but there was quite a bit of time left for Utah to score. But we stopped them. I didn’t carry the ball—I was a blocker; but I made some tackles.

When the gun went off to end the game, all hell broke loose—up in the stands and down on the field. It was up at Utah. The student body came down on the field. I’m telling you it was a great celebration.

The patrons went over and pulled down the goal post—north and south. Then they took them to Provo and sawed them into small four-inch squares. The next Monday school was canceled and they had a big assembly. They gave all the football players a piece of the goal post. Some of the student body got some too.

I look back on that game, and think of that time and time again. You see BYU had never beaten Utah before that time. I’m not sure how many years the football program had been going before I arrived, but that was the first time we beat Utah.

I joined the Marine Corp Reserve program during that time, so I only played two years before the War. I stayed in school until I was called up, and eventually went in the Navy. I was trained in handling antiaircraft weapons. Most of my teammate joined the war effort. In fact, there was no football program at BYU after 1942 until the war ended.

After the War, Eddie came back and he installed the T-formation. I played halfback in the T-formation for two years. I carried the ball quite a bit. I was also one of the place kickers for PATs and kickoffs.

I became acquainted with my wife, Francine, after the War. After we got married, we lived in Wymount Village on campus. They brought in some War barracks to BYU and made them into apartments for the married couples. That’s where we lived. 

I remember President Heber J. Grant came to BYU to a religious assembly. I remember the message that he gave really impressed me. He encouraged us to stay true to the faith, study hard, and work hard to complete our education.

BYU made me realize the importance of obtaining an education and preparing yourself with that education for your life’s work. I always wanted to coach, so I took classes in the education and PE program. I guess that’s what I remember most is that BYU helped prepare me to obtain my profession.

I graduated from BYU and then got a job coaching in Preston, Idaho, as an assistant to Joe Johnson. Eddie gave me a print out of all the plays we used at BYU, and I used them for the first two or three years I coached. I had some good years at Preston. 

Being a Cougar means a great deal to me. I obtained a college education and played football that I enjoyed so much. Then after the War I got to play baseball too. I think the most important thing I could say about being a Cougar was that it provided me with an opportunity to do what I thought I could do when I was a kid, and hoped I could do growing up. The scholarship I had at BYU gave me the way to obtain my life profession.

There is definitely a sense of pride saying I played football at BYU. The university has a good reputation. It’s a Church school. When I got there as a freshman it didn’t take me very long to become a Cougar. After the War, Francine and I were there together and BYU provided us with the opportunity to do a lot of things in our lives.

Bravo earns top honors from CollegeSportsMadness.com

Feb 03, 2014 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 12:34 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Sophomore Gordy Bravo was tabbed as the Field Player of the Year by CollegeSportsMadness.com in their preseason West Coast Conference awards.

Along with Bravo, freshman Ashley Thompson was picked as the Freshman Player of the Year and BYU head coach Gordon Eakin was selected to win Coach of the Year. Coco Tauali’i and Katie Manuma were both named to the WCC First Team and Tori Almond was named to the WCC Second Team.

You can check out their blog here.

Field Player of the Year

 

Pitcher of the Year

 

 

Gordy Bravo, BYU

 

Sydney Gouveia, Loyola Marymount

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freshman of the Year

 

Coach of the Year

 

 

Ashley Thompson, BYU

 

Gordon Eakin, BYU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Team

 

Second Team

 

 

P

Cassidy Coleman, San Diego

 

P

Tori Almond, BYU

 

 

P

Jenny Lahitte, San Diego

 

P

Ciara Gonzales, Santa Clara

 

 

P

Sydney Gouveia, Loyola Marymount

P

Lujane Mussadi, St. Mary's

 

 

IF

Coco Taualii, BYU

 

IF

Sarah Lira, St. Mary's

 

 

IF

Sterling Shuster, Loyola Marymount

IF

Chloe Kaneko, San Diego

 

 

IF

Meghan Harman, Loyola Marymount

IF

Melanie Habib, Pacific

 

 

IF

Kelly Scribner, Santa Clara

 

IF

Jenna Goar, BYU

 

 

IF

Caitlin Rooney, San Diego

 

IF

Jordan Newell, Santa Clara

 

 

OF

Gordy Bravo, BYU

 

OF

Dana Prelsnik, San Diego

 

 

OF

Megan Foglesong, Pacific

 

OF

Hannah Montalban, Loyola Marymount

 

OF

Stephanie Fisher, Santa Clara

 

OF

Brittany Sabatini, St. Mary's

 

 

UTIL

Katie Manuma, BYU

 

UTIL

Alex Steinmehl, Pacific

BYU beats Saint Mary's 84-71

Feb 01, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 11:17 pm | Permalink

BYU beat Saint Mary’s 84-71 behind 33 points and seven rebounds from Tyler Haws. Kyle Collinsworth contributed 20 points to tie his career high to go along with nine boards and two assists.

 

BYU trailed 38-37 at the half. Following the break, both sides traded points consistently until five-straight points from Haws gave the Cougars a 48-44 advantage.

 

Fueled by nine points from Haws on a 13-3 run, BYU took a nine-point lead at 56-47 heading into the under-12 minute timeout.

 

The Cougars maintained a double-digit advantage from the 10:26 mark to the end of the game.

 

A pair of Collinsworth free throws with 8:28 gave him 20 points to tie his career high in points and free throws made.

Cougars trail Saint Mary's 38-37 at halftime

Feb 01, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:57 pm | Updated: February 1, 2014 10:04 pm | Permalink

Kyle Collinsworth leads BYU with 14 points and six rebounds. Tyler Haws is the only other Cougar in double figures with 11 points and four boards.

 

The Cougars struggled with turnovers early in the half, giving up four within the first two minutes of play. During that stretch Saint Mary's jumped out to an early 8-2 lead.

 

The Gaels took a double-digit lead with at 19-8 with 12:07 remaining in the half from a pair of Brad Waldow free throws.

 

Frank Bartley IV cut Saint Mary's lead back to single digits at 28-19 from a fast break layup.

 

An Anson Winder 3-pointer sparked BYU's offense and helped the Cougars come back within two from a 9-2 run.

 

Haws then hit a 3-pointer of his own to tie the game at 35 with under two minutes remaining and a Collinsworth bucket gave BYU its first lead of the game at 37-35.

 

Digital Review: January

Jan 31, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 10:51 am | Updated: March 3, 2014 9:15 am | Permalink

The Cougars started January with a five-game win streak and now the month ends with a compilation of all the different video content that's been posted in January. The highlights stretch from the 87-53 win over San Diego to Thursday night's 88-78 victory over Pacific. After the highlights, videos and links are grouped by media outlet. Enjoy.

Highlights

Pacific Highlights

BYUtv Pacific Highlights

Fly Away

Tyler Haws Player of the Week Jan. 13

LMU Highlights

BYUtv LMU Highlights

Pepperdine Highlights

BYUtv Pepperdine Highlights

Sklyer Halford Player of the Week Jan. 6

Skyler Halford drops 28 points on San Diego

Eric Mika And-One Dunk in Slow Motion

Anson Winder 3-pointer in Slow Motion

San Diego Highlights

BYUtv San Diego Highlights

IMG
BYU Basketball with Dave Rose Jan. 28

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose Jan. 21

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose Jan. 14

BYU Basketball with Dave Rose Jan. 7

KSL

Dave Rose Show with Kyle Collinsworth Jan. 21
http://media.bonnint.net/slc/2513/251357/25135705.mp3

Dave Rose Show with Cody Fueger Jan. 14
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=28365202&nid=498

Dave Rose Show with Skyler Halford Jan. 7
http://media.bonnint.net/slc/2513/251323/25132359.mp3

Dave Rose Show with Tyler Haws Jan. 2
http://media.bonnint.net/slc/2513/251314/25131404.mp3

ESPN

Andy Katz 3-Point Shot Jan. 2

Balitang America (Filipino News Organization)

Tyler Haws Helps

BYUtv

Dave Rose Practice Interview Jan. 29

Tyler Haws Practice Interview Jan. 29

Nate Austin Practice Interview Jan. 29

Eric Mika Practice Interview Jan. 29

Matt Carlino Practice Interview Jan. 29

Ready for More - This is Our Team Promo

Noah Hartsock True Blue

Dave Rose Practice Interview Jan. 21

Eric Mika Practice Interview Jan. 21

Matt Carlino Practice Interview Jan. 21

Tyler Haws Practice Interview Jan. 21

Emergence of Skyler Halford

WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich

Dave Rose Practice Interview Jan. 14

Tyler Haws Practice Interview Jan. 14

Matt Carlino Practice Interview Jan. 14

Skyler Halford Practice Interview Jan. 14

Big Men on Campus: Eric Mika and Luke Worthington

Season Turnaround

Dave Rose Practice Interview Jan. 8

Tyler Haws Practice Interview Jan. 8

Kyle Collinsworth Practice Interview Jan. 8

Dave Rose Practice Interview Jan. 2

Kyle Collinsworth Practice Interview Jan. 2

Tyler Haws Practice Interview Jan. 2

Matt Carlino Practice Interview Jan. 2

TheW.tv

Greg Wrubell on Inside the WCC Jan. 30

Haws' 48 points makes WCC Top Plays

BYU Faux or Fo' Real?

Carlino no-look pass at No. 2 on WCC Top Plays

Mika's Dunk vs. San Diego No. 4 on WCC Top Plays

Gigg

Ms. Jackson w/ Worthington and Bartley

Waters Runs Dry w/ Mika, Sharp, Haws, Bartley

BYU wins over Pacific

Jan 30, 2014 - Posted by Lorie Garnett at 9:22 pm | Permalink

BYU beat Pacific 88-78, with Tyler Haws leading the Cougars with 38 points overall.

At the start of the half, Pacific jumped back into the game with a quick 9-0 run, closing the score to 49-45.

BYU quickly followed with a 12-0 run over 3:22 pushing the score to 63-47.

BYU didn’t let up, with 4:30 left in the second half the score was 83-60.

Pushing the lead to 23, the largest of the game.

Eric Mika had a great second half, tying his career high with 20 points overall, 16 of which were in the second half.

Pacific closed with an 9-0 run to bring the score to 88-78.

BYU leads 45-34 against Pacific

Jan 30, 2014 - Posted by Lorie Garnett at 8:03 pm | Permalink

Haws was the leading scorer at the end of the first half with 24 points on the board.  The score at halftime was 45-34.

Pacific put the first points up on the board with BYU right behind. The Cougars got out to an early 6-2 lead.

It was a fast-paced and physical first half, with both squad’s bigs constantly fighting for the rebound.

By 11:10, the score was 22-12, with Tyler Haws scoring 18 points.

Pacific caught up quickly to bring the score to 29-26, the closest since the start of the half.  BYU didn’t let it last long bringing the score to 40-31.

Both teams were very physical and aggressive in the remaining five minutes of the first half, with the fouls to show for it including a technical foul for Kyle Collinsworth and Pacific’s Trevin Harris.

Haws led BYU with 24 points, the most he’s scored in a first half this season.

Quotes from Coach Rose and players before Pacific game

Jan 29, 2014 - Posted by Lorie Garnett at 6:31 pm | Updated: January 29, 2014 10:54 pm | Permalink

Nate Austin

On Pacific:

"I think we are still pretty confident. I think our team is still hungry, and we are eager to get back on the floor and play again.

"I think we are eager to get back on the court, I think we have had a couple good days of practice. This is a really good Pacific team coming in, with really good experience. They are a great team with a lot of older guys and a lot of great leadership on the team."

Matt Carlino

"I think we are happy to be back and we have a good mindset right now. Defensively, I think we can be more consistent." 

On coming off the bench:

"I feel like I get to see the game develop when I am on the bench, and it’s nice when we really attack guys early. It’s an advantage coming off the bench in some regard."

On Pacific:

"They are solid. They are a good team, they have shooters, and they look real physical on film. I think they are going to fit in well in the league and they are a good team. So we need to be ready for them."

Eric Mika

On defense:

"We play a lot of solid teams that run their stuff well and it's hard to stay focused the entire time, and then they might hit a couple shots, and it gets you out of your groove on defense. So we just need to improve on staying focused even if they are scoring."

"More communication has been a big point of emphasis, and that starts with us big guys, Nate and I. We have to be louder in telling the guards that they have help. If we talk more then they will have more confidence on the perimeter."

On competing at home:

"I think it helps a lot to play at home, and we have played well here. So it will be good to come back and regroup and then when we go on our next trip we will have more confidence behind us."

On Pacific:

"They are a well-balanced team, and they are really physical. Coaches were talking about how Pacific went into Utah State this year and beat them, and its hard to get wins up there. We know they are a talented team so we really need to focus."

Tyler Haws

On conference play:

"We have played against the best teams in the country and we have played against lots of great competition in our conference, so we know we can play with anyone. I think we are trying to reach our full potential and finish this second half of conference the right way and then make a run in our conference tournament."

On playing on the road:

"It’s definitely been a challenge. You always like playing on your home floor, but I think it’s definitely made our team stronger and I don’t think our team has fallen apart or gone sideways. Guys still believe and we are still fighting."

Coach Dave Rose

On Pacific:

"I think our guys hopefully understand that this team is put together really well. It's an experienced team and they play a lot of seniors. That win in Logan was really impressive early in the year and I think they have had some tough games in our league and I’m sure they are trying to adjust to the style of play in this league, but on film they look really impressive. They run their offense really well."

"Their guys play hard, they play well. Turnovers might be an issue for them at times. One thing about league play that can really get you is your confidence level. They are coming in here after a big win, after a few losses, and hopefully we can play well enough and not let them get started in our building because I think they are really capable. If you go into Logan and win, I think you can go anywhere and win."

"They have got really good balance, balance in their scoring. They kind of play in spurts, they get you down, then they get on a roll. They have the ability to be pretty explosive as well. They are a very tough defensive team, they guard you hard. They’re physical, and hopefully our guys are ready for it."

On defense:

"The challenge that we face tomorrow is similar to the challenge that we faced a couple weeks ago when we came back from LMU and Pepperdine and they both hit quite a few threes on us, and we just got back from a road trip where both teams were really good from the 3-point line. We responded well last time, so hopefully we can respond well this time. I think that seems to be the pattern. We are overhelping in the post and guys are getting loose on us on the perimeter."

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. 

Fun Facts

Pacific head coach Ron Verlin is in his first year as head coach at Pacific. His twin brother, Don Verlin, is the head coach at the University of Idaho. Ron spent 19 years as an assistant coach under former Pacific head coach Bob Thomason, while Don spent 15 years as an assistant coach under Stew Morrill at Colorado State and Utah State before taking the head job at Idaho.

Pacific and Saint Mary's enter this week having only played three away games during conference play, while BYU has already played in twice that many.

On Saturday, Saint Mary's James Walker III will hopefully be on the floor at the same time as Frank Bartley IV.

Standings Conf. Overall
1. Gonzaga 8-1 18-3
2. Saint Mary's 6-2 16-5
3. San Francisco 6-3 5-4
4. BYU 5-4 13-9
5. Pepperdine 5-5 13-9
6. Portland 4-5 12-9
7. San Diego 3-6 12-10
8. Santa Clara 3-6 10-12
9. Loyola Marymount 3-7 11-11
10. Pacific 2-6 11-8


WCC Leaders (league games only)

Scoring School Points/Game
1. Tyler Haws BYU 24.0
2. Jared Brownridge Santa Clara 20.9
3. Brandon Clark Santa Clara 19.7
T-9. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 15.3
22. Matt Carlino BYU 11.9
30. Eric Mika BYU 11.0
Rebounding School Rebounds/Game
1. Stacy Davis Pepperdine 8.8
T-2. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 8.6
T-2. Ryan Nicholas Portland 8.6
6. Nate Austin BYU 7.7
Assists School Assists/Game
1. Anthony Ireland LMU 6.1
2. Christopher Anderson San Diego 5.0
T-3. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 4.9
T-3. Alec Wintering Portland 4.9
6. Matt Carlino BYU 4.1

 

Steals School Steals/Game
1. Anthony Ireland LMU 2.2
2. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 2.1
3. James Walker III Saint Mary's 1.9

 

Coming Up

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Portland at San Francisco, 8 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

Gonzaga at Santa Clara, 8 p.m. MST, ROOT Sports

Thursday, Jan. 30

Pacific at BYU, 7 p.m. MST, BYUtv

Saint Mary's at San Diego, 8 p.m. MST, ESPNU

Saturday, Feb. 1

Pacific at San Diego, 2 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

LMU at Pepperdine, 4 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

Gonzaga at San Francisco, 8 p.m. MST, ROOT Sports

Portland at Santa Clara, 8 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

Saint Mary's at BYU, 9 p.m. MST, ESPN2