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January Baseball Blog

Jan 26, 2015 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 10:25 am | Updated: January 26, 2015 4:04 pm | Permalink

ROGERS MARRIES: Sophomore left-hander Hayden Rogers got married to Katie Rigby last month. Katie plays soccer for the University of Utah and teammate Andy Isom’s wife plays for the BYU soccer team. Other married players on BYU’s team are Jeff Barker, Jarrett Jarvis, Brandon Kinser, Dillon Robinson, Michael Rucker and Derrick Whitney, who is the younger brother of Brock from last year’s team.  At this point, two other Cougars are engaged to be married to their fiancées after the season, Kolton Mahoney and Dallen Reber.

GREEN SCREEN SHOTS: BYU’s baseball players got their green screen pictures taken at the BYUtv building earlier this month. Those photos will be used for introductory lineups for the 10 games televised by BYUtv and two by the Pac-12 Network this season. In addition to having their photos taken, Kolton Mahoney, Tanner Chauncey, James Lengal, Brandon Kinser, Dillon Robinson, Jeff Barker, Hayden Nielsen and Jarrett Jarvis recorded sound bites to be used in promoting shows on BYUtv. Mahoney and Bronson Larsen did behind the camera ball-tossing to each other for those intros.

HARING, KINSER BABIES: Assistant coach Brent Haring and senior pitcher Brandon Kinser became proud fathers last year. Haring’s son was born in October and Kinser’s daughter was born on Thanksgiving Day. Pitcher Jeff Barker’s wife Kylie is expecting in May.

TUCKETT IN ORLANDO: Former BYU baseball coach and athletic director Glen Tuckett got back earlier this month from Orlando, Florida, where he attended meetings with the American Baseball Coaches Association. Tuckett, who attended those meetings with his wife Jo, is on the board of directors for the ABCA along with former BYU coach Gary Pullins, who also was in Florida.

PRO’s AROUND: Jacob Hannemann, Jaycob Brugman, Taylor Cole and Adam Law have been in Provo the past several weeks during the off-season and have been working out alongside BYU baseball players as well as coach Mike Littlewood’s son, Marcus.

ARIZONA GAMES: BYU’s four-game series against Nebraska next month at Peoria, Arizona, wil be played at the same time as the Big12/Pac 12 Challenge in Mesa, Surprise, Goodyear and Peoria. The next weekend is the Phoenix Municipal Classic. The opening weekend is the Grand Canyon Phoenix Classic and at the Surprise Tournament.

Grand Canyon Phoenix Classic        
Feb. 13-15 Grand Canyon Bradley Nebraska-Omaha N. Dakota St.
         
Surprise Tournament        
Feb. 13-16 Michigan St. New Mexico Northwestern Oregon St.

Peoria Tournament

Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 No. 83rd Avenue, Peoria, AZ

       
Feb. 19-21 BYU Nebraska    
         
Big 12/Pac 12 Challenge        
Mesa, Surprise, Goodyear, Peoria        
Feb. 19-22 Kansas Washington Washington St. Utah
  Kansas St. Oklahoma Oklahoma St. Oregon St.
         
ASU Phoenix Municipal Classic        
Feb. 26-Mar. 1 Gonzaga Purdue Cal-Bakersfield Arizona St.

KINSER LEFT-HANDED: We didn’t realize Brandon Kinser was left-handed until he signed in for those green screen shots at the BYUtv building this month. The only thing Kinser does right-handed is pitch, hit or anything to do with throwing or shooting a basketball. His older brother is exactly the same way. Kicking is almost even with either leg.

ON COOG TUBE: In case you missed it, check out these links for some Coog Tube reports on Brady Corless and Jacob Hannemann.

CAMERON TUCKETT AWARD: Coach Glen Tuckett presented nine plaques for winners of the Cameron Tuckett Award, including the most recent winner from 2014 Brock Whitney. Playing “catch-up,” Tuckett also presented plaques to past winners Tanner Chauncey (2012), Jonathan Cluff (2010), Dave Jensen (2002), Kory Knell (2004), Adam Law (2013), Ben Saylor (2006), Brandon Taylor (2005) and Ranger Wiens (2003), all of whom were in attendance at the second annual First Pitch Dinner this month in Provo. Look here to see a list of past winners of the Cameron Tuckett Award.

JEFF KENT AT FIRST PITCH DINNER: Remarks of former Major Leaguer Jeff Kent at last Saturday's annual BYU First Pitch dinner:

"This "Y" means a lot here, but it represents quite a bit outside this state. In Texas where I live, been there about 20 years in Austin, it represents respect, a fraternity of people, family, honor, integrity, moral standard and all those things that you try to instill upon your family.

Baseball was a passion of mine, love, a game that you can never conquer. And why is it that you can’t conquer this game? Why is it as a hitter than you fail 70 percent of the time? It’s a crazy game. It's so unpredictable. And that’s what I love. I have always tried to conquer the unconquerable. I always had a Leatherman tool on my hip, I was always fixing something. In baseball you can’t fix it. Why is it that you can’t win all the time? That’s what motivated me in the game.

It made me an edgy player. People didn’t get to know who I was. I was criticized for being hard nosed, a jerk, an overachiever, aloof, a homophobe, a feminist, a racist. If you know who I am and you watched how I play, you thought, “there’s no way that guy’s a Mormon.” You've watched me to do some pretty outrageous things, but I’ve learned it all through church basketball. What I’m most proud of is being a baseball player. What made me a father was being a baseball player.

Throughout my career I learned about sacrifice. Earlier in my career when I was in high school, I learned to set goals. It was done by a simple gesture by my father. My dad made a bet with me that if I got a scholarship to college, he'd buy me a pickup truck. That was the biggest starting point in my career; it gave me direction and purpose. I got that scholarship to Cal even though I wanted to go to BYU.

If I go to BYU, I’m going on a mission. My freshman year came easy; I made All-Pac-10 as a freshman. The sophomore jinx hit me. It was the first time in my life that baseball was out of control. I broke down and saw a sports psychologist. He told me you are not fearful of failure, you have a fear of success.

I needed to be a little more self-motivated. My junior year I had a decent year, breaking my wrist, but I got drafted in the 20th round. The Blue Jays came to my door and offered me $10,000. I was ready and I was willing to trade my baseball talents for an education to get a real job.

A third major learning experience was told to me by a big bodybuilder dude when I was in the minor leagues. I never wanted to lift weights. I knew I needed to take myself to the next level. I asked is there something I can do to give me a boost. He looked at me and said, “Look son, there is no substitute for hard work.” I started lifting weights and was looking at myself in the mirrors. That was a revelation. No substitute for hard work. Internally I didn’t that acceptance of it, but it motivated me. I was lifting five days a week for three hours. I was putting everything I could because I knew there was no substitute for hard work. I was lucky enough to get called up to the big leagues.

In my first at bat in Toronto, I had an 0-2 count, then 2-2 and started fouling balls off left and right. I must have fouled off about 10 pitches and finally drove a ball into the gap. I’m standing on second base and looking at the crowd of 50,000 standing on their feet. All that could come to my mind was, “I made it.” That was a special moment. I was all by myself. All that work and all the sacrifice.

Later on in my career I’m reminded of a story Tommy LaSorda told. There are three kinds of people in the world. There are those people who wonder what happened, those who watch what happen and those who make it happen. At that moment, I was able to make it happen. Be that third person that makes things happen. Don’t just watch things go by you or watch or wonder. He talked about three D’s, desire, dedication and determination. Tommy always said, "The difference between impossible and possible is your determination."

It boils down to what kind of person you are. Do you work hard when other people aren’t watching you? Do you work on your weaknesses? I wanted to be better at what I wasn’t good at. In the big leagues, they play to your weakness all the time. Be prepared for those.

One characteristic that I learned early on in my career is “staying power.” Great athletes can get there. Once you get there, you gotta stay. Staying power comes from the head. I talked about slowing the game down, using your head. It applies to all life; can you keep your head in the game? It applies to all life. Can you keep your head in the game and made those decisions when they need to be made.

I had a coach when I was traded from the Blue Jays to the Mets in 1992. The Blue Jays went on to win the World Series; I went from the best to the worst team. At that moment I learned I didn’t have the staying power. A new coach, Dallas Green, all he could talk about was head and heart. He was talking to me, because I was the one that was listening to him. That was a guy that motivated me to use my head if I wanted some staying power.

I was soon traded to the Indians and then I found my destiny was with the San Francisco Giants. They traded for me, the third biggest block-buster trade I was involved in, with Dusty Baker. Everything started to fall into place and mesh for me.

I remember vividly about a fact that I played for three years in San Francisco. We were getting ready to open up a new ball park. Managers give you the first-of-the-year pep talk and Dusty was saying, “I feel better about this year than last year.” I was losing faith.

I read a quote by a prophet who would have been an awesome baseball player and that was Gordon B. Hinckley.  “If there is one thing that you and I need, to help us find success and fulfillment in this world, it is faith-that dynamic, powerful, marvelous element by which, as Paul declared, the very worlds were framed (see Hebrews 11:3). I refer to a practical, working faith-the kind of faith that moves us to get on our knees and plead with the Lord for guidance and then having a measure of divine confidence, get on our feet and go to work to help bring the desired results to pass. There is no obstacle too great, no challenge too difficult, if we have faith.” That was a neat revelation and completed the formula for success in 2000. I was lacking faith. I needed to believe in my God that he would help me. I needed to have faith in all the things I had done over my career. I needed to step back and relax a bit and have faith, that was the key.

Tom Holmoe live in the cul-de-sac that we were in and he gave me some good pieces of advice. That ending formula that I had that propelled me to have the best year of my career. 

I played in the steroid era; an era that I'm not proud of, that era is embarrassing to me. I promise you this, I held true to my moral standards. The standards of the Church, the standards that I represent of the temple recommend that I held in my back pocket. I’m proud of that MVP award that I won in 2000. All the things I learned were accomplished. We were the best team in baseball.

Two years later we were down 10 games, I was fighting for my life, I found the wrong guy to fight with and that was Barry Bonds. I knew we were a good team. I can tell you this, an inning later after our big scuffle and he hit a home run in that game and I hit a home run and won the wild card that year.

We were going to win the World Series. They had wrapped the entire locker room in plastic before the game was over because they knew we were going to win. We lost and they had to rip that plastic down so fast before we got in. All you could see was ripped tape and masking tape. Everybody was sitting down taking their uniforms off. I stood up and turned around and looked at all my teammates and I was upset. I was scared and didn’t say anything. That's the one regret that I have in my life. I would have done this and would have punched Barry Bonds in the face. Why, because all the attention would be drawn on that instead of losing game six. We came back to game seven and I knew we were going to lose. The atmosphere was taken right out of our hearts.

Life in this game was a journey for me. This game is more individual than people think it is. It's a team game, no doubt about it. The great thing about this game is when you add your individual effort with your teammates; it translates into a win for your team. This game is so unpredictable, but a better part of this game is that you get another swing, or another at bat, or another chance tomorrow. What goals we outta have is learn from my mistakes. I embraced my mistakes. I processed them so the next time I had the chance; I either eliminated that mistake or was able to do good against that mistake.

I have lived by a saying that I'd rather be respected than loved. You can’t please everybody. I've been respected in this game. There’s some people who hate me and I like that. I was able to earn respect throughout my career. There’s always a second chance in baseball.

You represent not only the school you play for, but you represent fans that didn’t go to school here and that’s me.

Barry Bonds was a motivator to me. He was the best player in the game. We had a love-hate relationship. We weren’t brothers, but on the field we complemented one another, but don’t’ tell anybody that.

I always wanted to be the best."

Haws helps Cougars sink Lions, 85-72

Jan 10, 2015 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 9:07 pm | Permalink

Tyler Haws finished with 26 points, including a couple big shots down the stretch, as BYU beat LMU 85-72.

Chase Fischer added 19 points on 6 of 9 shooting, and Kyle Collinsworth nearly recorded another triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.

Early in the second half, the Lions cut the Cougars' lead to single digits for the first time since they went down 10-0. Six minutes in, BYU led 53-49.

A 13-0 run, punctuated by a Fischer 3-pointer, put BYU up 66-49 with 9:30 on the clock. The Lions fought back with a 13-3 run to cut the Cougars' advantage to 69-62 with just under seven minutes to play.

As both teams fought back and forth throughout the next five minutes, two big plays from Haws put BYU out of reach. He faked a pass in transition and finished with an easy layup to put the Cougars up 11. On the subsequent possession, he drew a foul while hitting a runner, and made the free throw to complete the three-point play, giving the Cougars an 83-70 lead with around two minutes left in the game. Both teams added a field goal from there, making the final score 85-72.

BYU leads LMU 47-36 at the half

Jan 10, 2015 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 8:00 pm | Permalink

Tyler Haws scored 17 points, Chase Fischer added 14 of his own and Kyle Collinsworth dished out five assists as BYU outscored LMU 47-36 in the first half.

The Cougars jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game behind 3-pointers from Anson Winder and Fischer, and a pair of jumpers from Haws.

BYU increased its lead to 14 halfway through the half when a Fischer three put the team up 35-21. LMU scored four in a row and threatened to bring its deficit back to single digits, but two free throws from Haws and a Winder 3-pointer bumped the Cougars' lead up to 40-24.

The Lions kept the Cougars in check for the rest of the first half, allowing only seven points over the last seven minutes. BYU took the 47-36 lead into the locker room.

Late surge from Cougars falls short in second half versus Pepperdine

Jan 08, 2015 - Posted by Jason Kitchen at 11:14 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – The second half between BYU and Pepperdine was a back and forth affair until late in the half. What started as a 10-point Pepperdine lead never was more than 12 or less than seven until six minutes left to play.

With Pepperdine holding to a 54-45 lead, Tyler Haws hit a free-throw line jumper to cut the lead to seven and start a Cougar run. On the next defensive trip down the floor, Kyle Collinsworth forced a jump ball that led to an Anson Winder layup. Haws quickly grabbed a steal that led to his own layup bringing the Waves’ lead to three.

BYU cut the lead to one after two free throws from Collinsworth but Pepperdine hit two free throws of their own with 40 seconds to play to push the lead back to three. The Cougars were unable to convert the next couple times down the court and the Waves added some free throws to cap off a 67-61 win in the Marriott Center.

Free throws played a major role in the final minutes as BYU shot 6 of 6 and Pepperdine shot 7 of 8 with five huge free throws in the last 40 seconds to put the game out of reach. Pepperdine was paced again in the second half by Stacy Davis who had 11 points and five rebounds in the half for a totals of 23 and eight, respectively.

The Cougars were led by Haws who tallied 12 points in the half for a game total of 26 to go along with a team-high six rebounds. Winder chipped in another eight points for 16 on the game. Winder also led BYU with five assists. 

Late surge from Cougars falls short in second half versus Pepperdine

Jan 08, 2015 - Posted by Jason Kitchen at 11:14 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – The second half between BYU and Pepperdine was a back and forth affair until late in the half. What started as a 10-point Pepperdine lead never was more than 12 or less than seven until six minutes left to play.

With Pepperdine holding to a 54-45 lead, Tyler Haws hit a free-throw line jumper to cut the lead to seven and start a Cougar run. On the next defensive trip down the floor, Kyle Collinsworth forced a jump ball that led to an Anson Winder layup. Haws quickly grabbed a steal that led to his own layup bringing the Waves’ lead to three.

BYU cut the lead to one after two free throws from Collinsworth but Pepperdine hit two free throws of their own with 40 seconds to play to push the lead back to three. The Cougars were unable to convert the next couple times down the court and the Waves added some free throws to cap off a 67-61 win in the Marriott Center.

Free throws played a major role in the final minutes as BYU shot 6 of 6 and Pepperdine shot 7 of 8 with five huge free throws in the last 40 seconds to put the game out of reach. Pepperdine was paced again in the second half by Stacy Davis who had 11 points and five rebounds in the half for a totals of 23 and eight, respectively.

The Cougars were led by Haws who tallied 12 points in the half for a game total of 26 to go along with a team-high six rebounds. Winder chipped in another eight points for 16 on the game. Winder also led BYU with five assists. 

Late surge from Cougars falls short in second half versus Pepperdine

Jan 08, 2015 - Posted by Jason Kitchen at 11:14 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – The second half between BYU and Pepperdine was a back and forth affair until late in the half. What started as a 10-point Pepperdine lead never was more than 12 or less than seven until six minutes left to play.

With Pepperdine holding to a 54-45 lead, Tyler Haws hit a free-throw line jumper to cut the lead to seven and start a Cougar run. On the next defensive trip down the floor, Kyle Collinsworth forced a jump ball that led to an Anson Winder layup. Haws quickly grabbed a steal that led to his own layup bringing the Waves’ lead to three.

BYU cut the lead to one after two free throws from Collinsworth but Pepperdine hit two free throws of their own with 40 seconds to play to push the lead back to three. The Cougars were unable to convert the next couple times down the court and the Waves added some free throws to cap off a 67-61 win in the Marriott Center.

Free throws played a major role in the final minutes as BYU shot 6 of 6 and Pepperdine shot 7 of 8 with five huge free throws in the last 40 seconds to put the game out of reach. Pepperdine was paced again in the second half by Stacy Davis who had 11 points and five rebounds in the half for a totals of 23 and eight, respectively.

The Cougars were led by Haws who tallied 12 points in the half for a game total of 26 to go along with a team-high six rebounds. Winder chipped in another eight points for 16 on the game. Winder also led BYU with five assists. 

Haws moves into third on BYU's all-time scoring list

Jan 08, 2015 - Posted by Jason Kitchen at 10:18 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah - Tyler Haws scored 14 points in the first half versus Pepperdine to pass Michael Smith for third place on the BYU all-time scoring list. The Cougars were also led by Anson Winder who scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds but trailed at the half 39-29.

The Waves got off to a hot start shooting, making eight of their first 11 shots and opening up a quick 15-5 lead on BYU. Pepperdine used good outside shooting to extend the lead making six of their first eight 3-pointers as well. The Waves finished the half shooting 47 percent from the floor, 46 percent from three and were led by 12 points and three rebounds from Stacy Davis.

The Cougars got off to a slow start making only three of their first nine shots. After falling behind 34-20, a 3-pointer from Chase Fischer and two jumpers from Tyler Haws fueled a 7-0 run by BYU. After  Pepperdine responded with five quick points, an Isaac Neilson putback dunk cut brought the score to 39-29. The Cougars shot 36 percent from the floor and 35 percent from three against a Pepperdine team ranked second in the nation in 3-point percentage defense. 

BYU attempted no free throws in the half compared to Pepperdine who went 5 of 7 from the line. 

This Week in the WCC: Jan. 8-10, 2015

Jan 06, 2015 - Posted by knielsen at 2:08 pm | Updated: January 6, 2015 2:49 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – It's separation week in the West Coast Conference, as Saint Mary's, Gonzaga and BYU have a chance to build a cushion over the other seven teams in the conference. Third place BYU plays fourth place Pepperdine and Gonzaga plays fifth place Santa Clara with plenty of time still left in the conference season. 

Schedule

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Morgan State at Saint Mary's, 7 p.m. PT, TheW.tv

Thursday, Jan. 8

San Francisco at Gonzaga, 6 p.m. PT, ROOT, CSN Bay Area, TheW.tv

Santa Clara at Portland, 7 p.m. PT, TheW.tv

LMU at San Diego, 8 p.m. PT, TWC SportsNet, CSN Bay Area, ROOT, TheW.tv

Pepperdine at BYU, 9 p.m. MT, ESPNU

Saturday, Jan. 10

San Francisco at Portland, 1 p.m. PT, TWC SportsNet, CSN Bay Area, ROOT, TheW.tv

Pepperdine at San Diego, 3 p.m. PT, TWC SportsNet, CSN Bay Area, ROOT, TheW.tv

Santa Clara at Gonzaga, 5 p.m. PT, TWC SportsNet, CSN Bay Area, ROOT, TheW.tv

LMU at BYU, 7 p.m. MT, BYUtv

Saint Mary's at Pacific, 8 p.m. PT, CSN Bay Area, TWC SportsNet, TheW.tv

Standings

Standings WCC Overall
Saint Mary's 4-0 11-3
Gonzaga 3-0 14-1
BYU 3-1 13-4
Pepperdine 2-1 9-5
Santa Clara 2-2 7-8
Portland 1-2 10-5
Pacific 1-3 9-7
San Diego 1-3 8-8
San Francisco 1-3 7-9
LMU 0-3 4-11

WCC Conference Leaders through games of Jan. 3

Scoring Team Points per game
1. Evan Payne LMU 22.0
2. Alec Wintering POR 20.0
3. Tyler Haws BYU 19.3
6. Anson Winder BYU 16.0
T-9. Chase Fischer BYU 14.5
12. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 13.5
Rebounding Team Rebounds per game
1. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 11.3
2. Brad Waldow SMC 9.5
3. Volodymyr Gerun POR 7.7
T-16. Corbin Kaufusi BYU 4.8
T-16. Tyler Haws BYU 4.8
Assists Team Assists per game
1. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 7.5
2. Kevin Pangos GON 5.3
3. Aaron Bright SMC 4.3
Steals Team Steals per game
1. Chris Anderson USD 3.3
2. Jeremy Major PEP 2.0
T-3. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 1.8
T-9. Anson Winder BYU 1.0
T-9. Tyler Haws BYU 1.0
3-pointers Made Team 3-pointers
1. Kevin Pangos GON 3.0
2. Chase Fischer BYU 2.8
3. Bobby Sharp POR 2.3
T-7. Skyler Halford BYU 1.8
T-7. Anson Winder BYU 1.8
T-13. Jake Toolson BYU 1.5

From Downtown:

The WCC remains atop the nation in 3-point shooting, while Pepperdine is second in 3-point percentage defense. The Waves have held Cal State Northridge and LMU without a 3-pointer, while only Saint Mary's has made more than six 3-pointers in a game. The Waves shoot 36.2 percent from beyond the arc, while opponents shoot 23.6. The Cougars shoot 39.1 percent from 3-point range.

In the Record Books:

San Diego's Johnny Dee set the career scoring mark of the Toreros on Saturday. Dee currently has 1,808 points and passed Brandon Johnson ('05-'10) to take over the career scoring title at San Diego.

The Pursuit:

This week, Tyler Haws can pass Michael Smith for No. 3 on the career scoring list. He also has a shot at tying Jimmer Fredette for second place in career double figure scoring games and can pass Jimmer in free throws made for the BYU career record and for second in free throw attempts. 

Kyle Collinsworth also has a chance at tying the NCAA season record for triple-doubles. Four players including Brian Shaw and Jason Kidd are tied with four in a season, while Collinsworth already has three this year. 

Haws currently sits at 2,311 career points and 829 career WCC points.

Player Record Points --
Michael Smith BYU No. 3 Career Scorer 2,319 8
Bob Florence WCC Only No. 20 Scorer 894 65
Kevin Foster WCC Overall No. 2 Scorer 2,423 112
Danny Ainge BYU No. 2 Career Scorer 2,467 156
Forrest McKenzie WCC Only No. 10 Scorer 986 157
Hank Gathers WCC Overall Scoring Record 2,490 179
Jim McPhee WCC Only No. 5 Scorer 1,031 202
Bill Cartwright WCC Only No. 3 Scorer 1,065 236
Anthony Ireland WCC Only No. 2 Scorer 1,080 251
Jimmer Fredette BYU Career Scoring Record 2,599 288
Hank Gathers WCC Only Scoring Record 1,190 361

This Week in the WCC

Dec 30, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 1:51 pm | Updated: December 30, 2014 1:59 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – After the opening weekend of conference play, the Cougars (11-4, 1-1) leave the state of Utah for the first time since returning from the Maui Invitational as they'll take on Santa Clara and San Francisco. Tyler Haws has a shot at passing some more names on career scoring lists, while the entire conference has a hot hand from the outside.

Schedule

Thursday, January 1

BYU at Santa Clara, 3 p.m. MT, BYUtv

Pacific at LMU, 1 p.m. PT, TheW.tv

Saint Mary's at Pepperdine, 7 p.m. PT, TheW.tv

San Diego at San Francisco, 8 p.m. PT, TheW.tv

Saturday, January 3

Saint Mary's at LMU, 1 p.m. PT, TWC SportsNet, ROOT, CSN, TheW.tv

Pacific at Pepperdine, 5 p.m. PT, TheW.tv

Gonzaga at Portland, 6:30 p.m. PT, ESPN2

San Diego at Santa Clara, 7 p.m. PT, TheW.tv

BYU at San Francisco, 9 p.m. MT, CSN Bay Area, ROOT Rocky Mountain and Northwest, TheW.tv

Standings

Standings Conference Overall
1. Gonzaga 2-0 13-1
2. Saint Mary's 2-0 9-3
3. Pepperdine 1-0 8-4
4. BYU 1-1 11-4
5. Portland 1-1 10-4
6. San Francisco 1-1 7-7
7. Santa Clara 1-1 6-7
8. LMU 0-1 4-9
9. Pacific 0-2 8-6
10. San Diego 0-2 7-7

From Downtown:

The West Coast Conference has been a prolific 3-point shooting conference so far this season and currently leads the nation in 3-point shooting percentage. The WCC has three teams in the top 50 in the nation, six in the top 100 and nine of the 10 teams in the top 125 in 3-point shooting percentage. Five teams are in the top 50 in 3-pointers made.

Four players from four different teams (Jared Brownridge, Santa Clara; Kerry Carter, Saint Mary's; Johnny Dee, USD; Chase Fischer, BYU) are ranked in the top 100 in 3-point percentage, while those same four are in the top 100 in attempts and three of the four are in the top 15 in 3-pointers made. 

With all the outside shooting, Pepperdine still leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage defense allowing only 20.7 percent of opponents' 3s to go in, so the Pepperdine game coming up on Jan. 8 for BYU should be interesting.

In the Record Books:

This week, Tyler Haws has a reasonable chance to pass Devin Durrant and Michael Smith on BYU's career scoring list. It would put him third overall behind only Danny Ainge and Jimmer Fredette. He would also be only the fourth Cougar to break the 2,300-point mark. 

Ordering the Pursuit:

With the start of WCC play this past weekend, Haws continues his search for some career scoring records during conference as well. Here are the point milestones he'll be looking to pass from the closest to longest away. Haws currently sits on 2,275 career points and 793 career WCC points.

Player Record Points --
Devin Durrant BYU No. 4 Career Scorer 2,285 10
Michael Smith BYU No. 3 Career Scorer 2,319 44
Bob Florence WCC Only No. 20 Scorer 894 101
Kevin Foster WCC Overall No. 2 Scorer 2,423 148
Danny Ainge BYU No. 2 Career Scorer 2,467 192
Forrest McKenzie WCC Only No. 10 Scorer 986 193
Hank Gathers WCC Overall Scoring Record 2,490 215
Jim McPhee WCC Only No. 5 Scorer 1,031 241
Bill Cartwright WCC Only No. 3 Scorer 1,065 275
Anthony Ireland WCC Only No. 2 Scorer 1,080 290
Jimmer Fredette BYU Career Scoring Record 2,599 324
Hank Gathers WCC Only Scoring Record 1,190 397

WCC Overall Leaders through games of Dec. 29

Scoring Team Points
1. Tyler Haws BYU 22.1
2. Brad Waldow Saint Mary's 21.5
3. Evan Payne LMU 19.7
10. Anson Winder BYU 14.9
13. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 13.6
14. Chase Fischer BYU 13.4
Rebounding School Rebounds
1. Brad Waldow Saint Mary's 10.5
2. Stacy Davis Pepperdine 8.4
3. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 7.8
Assists per game School Assists
1. Chris Anderson San Diego 7.0
2. Emmett Naar Saint Mary's 5.7
3. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 5.6
14. Tyler Haws BYU 2.6
Steals per game School Steals
1. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 2.2
2. Kerry Carter Saint Mary's 1.8
3. Chris Anderson San Diego 1.7
8. Anson Winder BYU 1.3
15. Chase Fischer BYU 1.0
3-pointers Made School 3-pointers
1. Johnny Dee San Diego 3.4
2. Jared Brownridge Santa Clara 3.2
3. Chase Fischer BYU 2.9
10. Tyler Haws BYU 1.8
11. Anson Winder BYU 1.7

Cougars beat Pilots 97-88

Dec 29, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:14 pm | Permalink

The Cougars began the second half strong. Two steals in a row from Kyle Collinsworth and Chase Fischer led to two transition buckets by Tyler Haws and Fischer to give BYU the 50-39 lead with 18:30 left.

The Pilots cut the lead to four, but the Cougars answered with a 16-2 run to push the lead up to 70-52 with 12:14 remaining. The run was capped off by two 3-pointers in a row from Skyler Halford.

Seven points in a row from Anson Winder, including a trey, made the score 85-70 with 4:48 left in the game. Portland answered back with a 10-2 run to cut BYU’s lead to 89-82 with less than two minutes left despite two of its players fouling out of the game. BYU closed out the game by making its free throws down the stretch, defeating Portland 97-88.

Haws led BYU with 24 points, six assists and five rebounds. Collinsworth grabbed eight rebounds to go with his 21 points. Winder added 22 points and Halford had 12 points and six assists.