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Quotes on the Utah-BYU rivalry game from coach Rose, Haws and Collinsworth

Dec 09, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 5:44 pm | Updated: December 10, 2014 12:15 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose along with senior guard Tyler Haws and junior guard Kyle Collinsworth talked with the media before on Tuesday to preview Wednesday's Deseret Duel rivalry game with Utah. The game will be televised on ESPNU at 7 p.m. MST. Quotes from coach Rose, Haws and Collinsworth follow.

BYU head coach Dave Rose

What sticks out about Utah's team:

"Their numbers are really good: their shooting percentages from two, from three, the rebounding numbers. They have a deep rotation. They've got a lot of guys that come in and play in their system. They've got (Delon) Wright, (Brandon) Taylor and (Jakob) Poeltl all three of those guys are really good offensive players and they have good shooters to go with them. 

"It's a complete team. They have good size, good depth and they have a real purpose in how they play."

Excitement for the game:

"It's one of those situations where we have a good opportunity to have a nationally-ranked team come in our building. Those are always great nights and great days when you're preparing for that and then you add the fact that its one of your in-state rival teams, so there should be a lot of energy in the (Marriott Center) tomorrow."

Utah's program:

"I always felt, especially on the recruiting trail and outside of the actual game itself, that the Utah basketball program was someone that was really seriously hard to deal with when you get into those battles. They have so much tradition and they've had so much success, it's always going to be a struggle to try and compete with them and we had a nice little run there on the floor and it helped us a lot in some of those off-the-court wars."

Keys to winning:

"Rebounding is a huge key. They're very, very good. Their fours and fives are very good offensive rebounders. We'll have to do a good job trying to keep them away from the glass." 

"The pace of play will be an issue and hopefully we can get up and down a little bit. Transition will be a big part of this thing. As will, being able to control their point guard, he's a guy who can take over games and hopefully we can find a way to keep him under control."

Kyle Collinsworth

The rivalry:

"The great thing about this game is it's about the fans. We get so many fans from both teams and it's just (a great) atmosphere."

Key to winning:

"I think we just have to play our game and that's the biggest thing. Just play our game, play at our tempo, do what we normally do and use the crowd and the energy to our advantage."

Tyler Haws

The rivalry:

"I'm excited there's going to be a lot of emotion, lots of fans, high energy and both teams want to win, so it's going to be fun."

On a sellout:

"There's nothing like when the Marriott Center is full. I think it's one of the best, if not the best in the country when it gets rocking. I've loved every second of it when the fans are right there, it almost feels like a sixth man on our team at times."

Tyler Haws: Man on a Mission

Dec 08, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 3:26 pm | Updated: December 8, 2014 3:28 pm | Permalink

On Friday, NCAA.com posted a video feature on BYU senior guard Tyler Haws and his mission in the Philippines and his successful return to basketball at BYU. The five-minute feature includes interviews with Tyler, BYU head coach Dave Rose and Tyler's father and BYU alum Marty Haws.

Watch the video on NCAA.com.

Collinsworth leads BYU to 90-70 win over Hawaii

Dec 06, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 6:03 pm | Updated: December 6, 2014 6:25 pm | Permalink

Kyle Collinsworth’s triple-double led BYU to a 90-70 victory over Hawaii. Collinsworth had 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Cougars started off the second half with a 3-pointer from Tyler Haws to make it 40-32. Chase Fischer then went on a 6-0 run with a three then a layup and the foul shot to put BYU up 50-38 with 15:32 left in the game.

BYU turned the ball over four times in a row to help Hawaii go on an 8-0 run to make it 54-48 with 11:36 remaining. A trey and two free throws from Fischer made it 59-52.

The Cougars made nine free throws in a row to push the lead to 66-54 with 7:22 left in the game. BYU shot 23 of 27 from the charity stripe on the day.

Led by Collinsworth’s dunk, the Cougars had a 7-0 run near the end of the second half. Anson Winder made a shot from beyond the arc to make it 80-62 with 3:09 remaining in the second half.

BYU leads Hawaii 37-30 at the half

Dec 06, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 4:54 pm | Permalink

Hawaii opened up the game on a 7-0 run, forcing BYU to call a timeout with 17:23 left in the first half.

The Cougars answered back with its own run. Tyler Haws got two straight buckets and Kyle Collinsworth threw it down to get within one. Collinsworth found Winder at the other end of the court and threw it to him for two quick points and the 8-7 lead for BYU with 15:55 left in the first half.

A couple of threes from Chase Fischer and Haws kept the Cougars’ offense rolling, but the Warriors fought back. Three treys in a row put Hawaii up 24-16 with 7:14 remaining in the half.

The Cougars took back the lead after a 13-0 run made up of a steal and layup by Corbin Kaufusi and seven of the 13 points from Collinsworth, including a 3-pointer. With 2:56 left in the half, BYU led 30-26 after an offensive rebound and putback from Collinsworth.

BYU finished off the first half with a 7-0 run sparked by a three from Fischer. The Cougars led the Warriors 37-30 at the half. 

Cougars win first round of NCAA tournament, begin preparations for Arizona

Dec 04, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 7:47 pm | Updated: December 4, 2014 7:57 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball began the day with an early morning practice. Following lunch, the Cougars returned to McKale Memorial Center to face Seton Hall. After a sweep of the Pirates, BYU began preparations for the second round of the NCAA tournament by watching the No. 11-seed Arizona vs. Yale match. The Cougars spent the rest of the evening studying film and working on homework. BYU will face Arizona tomorrow with a 5:30 p.m. MST match start time. 

Haws embarks on potentially memorable season

Dec 04, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 2:55 pm | Updated: December 4, 2014 3:56 pm | Permalink

Senior guard Tyler Haws finished the season sixth in the nation in points and fifth in scoring in 2014. That season-long performance earned him the WCC Player of the Year award, an All-America Honorable Mention award, three All-Region first team awards and he was named to the All-High Major First Team. This season, Haws is chasing the BYU career scoring mark, a third year in the top 10 in the nation in scoring and he's on several national award lists.

BYU Career Scoring List

Haws trails only four players on BYU's career scoring list:

Player Points to
4. Devin Durrant 151
3. Michael Smith 185
2. Danny Ainge 333
1. Jimmer Fredette 465

WCC Career Overall Scoring List

Haws is now fifth on the WCC career scoring list for all games. His total includes points scored during his freshman season in the Mountain West:

Player Points to
1. Hank Gathers 356

National Rankings

Haws currently ranks in the top 30 nationally in seven offensive categories:

  • 2nd in total points
  • 2nd in free throws made
  • 4th in points per game
  • 4th in field goal attempts
  • 4th in field goals made
  • 11th in free throw attempts
  • 29th in free-throw percentage

Watch Lists

Haws was named to the Naismith Trophy Watch List and to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list. His offensive production compares favorably with the 49 others on both lists. Haws is:

  • 1st in points per game with 23.8 (2nd most is Oregon's Joseph Young at 20.9)
  • 1st in totals points with 190 (2nd is Notre Dame's Jerian Grant with 156)
  • 1st in free throws made with 53 (2nd most is Young at 36)
  • 1st in free throw attempts with 58 (2nd most is Louisville's Montrezl Harrell at 47)
  • 2nd in field goals made with 60 (1st is Duke's Jahlil Okafor at 62)
  • 4th in free-throw percentage with 91.4 percent (trails Stanford's Chasson Randle, Oregon's Joseph Young and SMU's Nic Moore, though Haws has 16 more attempts than anyone ahead of him)

Head-to-Head

Haws has only faced one other Wooden/Naismith watch list with three more such games on the schedule.

San Diego State 92, BYU 87, 2OT Nov. 24, 2014 at Maui Invitational

Winston Shepard (Naismith Trophy Watch List) and Tyler Haws (Naismith and Wooden Award lists):

BYU vs. Utah Dec. 10 (Delon Wright)

BYU vs. Stanford Dec. 20 (Chasson Randle)

BYU vs. Gonzaga Dec. 27 and Feb. 28 (Kevin Pangos)

 all stats through games of Dec. 3 

Cougars prepare for first round NCAA tournament match vs. Seton Hall

Dec 03, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 6:09 pm | Updated: December 3, 2014 7:53 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, Wednesday before catching a bus to the University of Arizona's McKale Memorial Center. After a 90 minute practice in the unfamiliar court, the team turned in at the hotel to study film on the opponent and work on homework. The Cougars will have an early morning practice tomorrow in preparation for the 4 p.m. MST Thursday match against Seton Hall. 

Getting to Know Makenna Smith

Dec 02, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 4:10 pm | Updated: December 2, 2014 4:12 pm | Permalink

Why did you begin running?

In P.E. at middle school they had a thing where they gave out shirts. If girls ran a six- minute mile they got a shirt, if a boy ran a five-minute mile they got a shirt. I ran a six-minute mile. My coach said I should get a five-minute mile, so I raced some boys from the eighth grade. I was in seventh, and I got the five-minute mile and I set the school record. Once you’re good at things, you start pursuing them more. In eighth grade there was a school track meet. You didn’t have to train for it at all, but the high school coach would watch. I did well, so he told me I should try out for the cross country team.

Favorite Part about running

I love how raw it is. You can’t hide anything from anybody. If you watch runners, everyone makes fun of it like ‘why are you doing it?’ You’re putting yourself through pain and nobody really enjoys it. At the same time, it’s enjoyable because you watch people put everything they have on the line. No matter if they’re running a 6:30 mile or 4:30 mile. It’s cool to watch people put everything they have out there.

Best memory

My senior year was my breakthrough year of running and I was on varsity all four years of high school. My senior year I wanted to be leading my team. When it came down to it there were two girls beating me on my team which was great, but I was frustrated because I wanted to be better and be leading the team. I didn’t know what to do so I decided one day that I wanted to climb/run up this mountain. By going through that pain I thought I’d be able to go through the pain to become the best. So I didn’t tell anyone where I was going. I went to the local mountain. I took off and started running. It was quite an adventure because I had one water bottle, one apple and it was probably a five hour round trip.

There was one part where the trail came to an end so I had to climb for a little bit because I didn’t take the right trail. I ended up climbing trails by myself. I was really finding myself in a way. Finding my running self. The first race after that, I was ready. If I could make those sacrifices outside of racing, I could make sacrifices within the race. I think about that even now. I can do hard things and it’s not beyond my reach to accomplish hard things. I think people underestimate themselves. You do what you think you can do.

Rituals before running

I feel more comfortable when I wear high black socks. I like to shower before my race because it makes me feel fresh and ready to go so I always do that without fail. I pray before every race, it’s a good reminder than my strength doesn’t come from me.

Talent outside of running

I like singing. My family is very musical; we jam at home a lot with instruments. I love surfing and rock climbing. Those are things I want to get really good at after I’m done running. I also love free diving. I like seeing how deep I can go. I have been down 40 feet.

Few people know

I love reading classic books and sci-fi books. The Count of Monte Cristo is my favorite.

Favorite Movie

What about Bob? My family loves that movie.

Also, What’s up Doc?

Favorite Song and Artist

(Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay-Otis Redding

Witchy Woman-The Eagles

Why come to BYU

Originally I wanted to be different and go somewhere else. In talking to my mom she told me that I’ll never have the opportunity again in my life, to live in a Mormon community like that. It will be a really cool experience to have people who are striving to be better people, have prayers before classes, have devotionals, and going to the singles wards. That was a big part of the decision and then also BYU has a good program. Here I can be the best runner I can be. Also it’s a good academic institution.

Who do you look up to?

My older sister, Jessie. I didn’t realize how many of my ideals come from her example. She is so relaxed about things. She puts people at ease. She is non-judgmental.

Favorite Quote

“Don’t pray for tasks equal to your powers, pray for powers equal to your tasks.”

Motto

I always think about this when I’m faced with a decision, “Keep up the Smith name.” That has always stuck with me because I think very highly of my parents and their reputation. It makes me want to be better, whether that’s making right decisions or just being better in general like being smarter, faster, etc.

Major

Wildlife and Wild Land Conservation

If you could choose another sport to be good at, it would be…

I really want to be good at volleyball. I’m the only one in my family that’s not good. I’m 5-foot-3 and everyone else is taller. We play all the time at home on the beach.

One person you’d like to meet

Gandhi. 

Hobby

Rock Climbing

If you could go anywhere, where would you go

I really want to travel through the Amazon. But backpacking South America would be rad as well.

Advice for younger runners

My advice is that great results come from a great work ethic. Being a hard worker builds more mental and physical strength than any talent will give you. Train hard. Race harder.

Big second-half gives BYU 90-76 win over EKU

Nov 29, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 9:35 pm | Permalink

Kyle Collinsworth scored the first BYU points in the second half with a putback layup and followed it up with a steal and an assist to Chase Fischer in transition to hold a 36-33 lead at the 18:00 mark. The Cougars went on a 15-3 run to extend their lead to 49-36 with 14:35 left in the game. The run included three shots from deep and a two-hand dunk by Tyler Haws on the break ignited by Anson Winder’s steal.

Skyler Halford added three more 3-pointers with Collinsworth and Haws adding one each to increase BYU’s lead to 64-41 with 11:15 remaining. Fischer’s layup at the 10:45 mark gave the Cougars their largest lead of the game at 25 points up 66-41. With 5:20 on the clock, Frank Bartley IV assisted Collinsworth on the dunk to maintain a 77-59 lead.

BYU took the game 90-76 with Haws leading all scorers with 26 points to go along with four points and four rebounds. Fischer added 20 points, three rebounds and two assists, while Winder contributed 19 points and five rebounds. Collinsworth finished nine points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals. 

Cougars lead Eastern Kentucky 32-30 at halftime

Nov 29, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 8:23 pm | Permalink

Chase Fischer opened the game with a 3-pointer but the Colonels took a 10-7 lead less than five minutes into the game. Tyler Haws made a shot from beyond the arc to tie it at 10 apiece at the 15:16 mark, and tied it again at 12-12 with Skyler Halford’s assist to Haws running the baseline for the layup.

Fischer scored the next eight BYU points to keep a three-point lead with Anson Winder’s drive down the lane putting the Cougars up 23-17 with 7:57 left in the half. The Colonels went on a 6-0 run to tie it back at 23, but was answered by Anson Winder’s 3-pointer to give BYU a 26-23 lead with 4:08 remaining.

The Cougars erased a quick two-point deficit with a Haws putback layup and Frank Bartley IV’s putback off of his own free-throw miss with 38 seconds left to give BYU a 32-30 lead at the half.

Fischer and Haws led the game with 11 points a piece with Winder adding five points and three rebounds.