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BYU tops San Francisco 68-63

Feb 08, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 9:07 pm | Updated: February 8, 2014 9:10 pm | Permalink

BYU let San Francisco jump ahead early in the second half. The Dons took a 37-34 lead on a pair of jumpers with 17:14 on the clock. A steal under the Dons’ basket with just under eight minutes to play led to a Carlino fastbreak attempt. Fouled on his way up, Carlino went to the line and made one of his free throws to tie the score 54-54.

Tyler Haws retook the lead for BYU on two free throws, and Nate Austin followed with a dunk to bring the lead to 59-55 with five minutes to go, part of a 7-0 run. The Cougars held on to end the game with a 68-63 victory.

BYU finished the game leading in rebounds 47-29 and had 20 points scored off rebounds. Haws scored 12 in the half to total 19, and Carlino scored all 11 of his points in the second half. 

Touchdown Club of Columbus names Taysom Hill among 2014 Players to Watch

Feb 07, 2014 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 10:50 am | Updated: February 7, 2014 10:53 am | Permalink

BYU quarterback Taysom Hill has been named one of the top college football players to watch in 2014 by the Touchdown Club of Columbus (Ohio). Hill is one of 12 players being recognized on the TDC 2014 Players to Watch list.

A junior in 2014, Hill and other selected recipients will be formally honored at the 59th Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards Banquet at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus on Saturday.

A dual-threat signal caller from Pocatello, Idaho, Hill rushed for 1344 yards and passed for nearly 3000 yards as as sophomore in 2013. Under his leadership, BYU's newly installed offensive attack in 2013 ranked No. 14 in the nation in total offense and No. 10 in rushing offense. Hill's 259 yards rushing in the Cougars' win over Texas and 417 yards passing and 128 yards rushing in BYU's victory over Houston rank among the nation's best overall performances of the season.

The Touchdown Club of Columbus will also honor Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Dave Robinson, 2013 Sammy Baugh Award recipient Derek Carr and Chic Harley Award winner Jordan Lynch, in addition to a number of other local and national award recipients.

Visit www.tdccolumbus.com for additional information.

BYU beats Santa Clara 89-76

Feb 06, 2014 - Posted by Justin Green at 11:18 pm | Updated: February 7, 2014 12:12 am | Permalink

Tyler Haws had 27 points and five rebounds to lead BYU to an 89-76 victory over Santa Clara. Eric Mika recorded 15 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the year. Kyle Collinsworth had 18 points and Skyler Halford pitched in 12.

The Cougars started the half on a 12-3 run to push the lead to 20, highlighted by 3-pointers from Halford and Matt Carlino. Haws had four points in the run. The lead hovered around 20 until a dunk by Collinsworth and three points from Mika extended the BYU advantage to 25 at 83-58.

The Broncos finished the game on an 18-4 run in garbage time for the final margin. 

BYU leads 53-40 at half

Feb 06, 2014 - Posted by Justin Green at 10:08 pm | Updated: February 6, 2014 10:22 pm | Permalink

Behind 17 points from Tyler Haws and 11 each from Kyle Collinsworth and Eric Mika, the Cougars took a 13-point advantage into the half over the Broncos.  Mika also contributed six rebounds.

Both teams started cold from the floor and the Cougars battled to an 11-10 lead with 15 minutes left in the half. Back-to-back buckets from Haws pushed the lead to 18-12. Luke Worthington contributed four points in the early going. Skyler Halford’s 3-pointer extended the lead to 11 at 25-14. Mika spun baseline for a reverse dunk with just under 10 minutes to maintain a 10-point lead.

After BYU took a 13-point lead on Frank Bartley’s layup, Santa Clara went on a quick 6-0 run to cut the deficit to seven with five minutes to play in the half. Mika scored seven of the next 12 BYU points to fuel a 13-2 run to give the Cougars a 51-33 lead, their largest of the half. The Broncos finished the half on a 7-2 run for the halftime score, 53-40.

This Week in the WCC

Feb 04, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 3:20 pm | Updated: February 4, 2014 3:41 pm | Permalink

BYU continues its home stand with Santa Clara and San Francisco this week. The Cougars moved into a tie for second place with San Francisco thanks to victories over Pacific and Saint Mary's last week. They have a chance to create some separation for second place when they face San Francisco on Saturday. First, the Cougars host Santa Clara on Thursday.

Gonzaga remains atop the conference with a three-game cushion. The Bulldogs entered the AP Top 25 this week at No. 23, joining their No. 20 ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll. 

Fun Facts

Tyler Haws has scored more than 30 points in two straight games and in three of his last four. Over that four-game stretch, Haws has averaged 35.5 points and is now third in the nation in scoring at 24.6 points per game. In conference play, Haws averages 26.1 points per game.

If Haws keeps on this pace he would be the first WCC player to average more than 24 points per game since Adam Morrison averaged 29.4 in 2005-06 and only the second player since 1991-92. It currently would be the 12th best scoring mark in conference games in WCC history.

This would be the third straight season a BYU player has led the WCC in scoring. Haws accomplished the feat last year, while Brandon Davies and Noah Hartsock did it in 2011-2012. Hartsock led in overall games, while Davies led in conference games only. The last WCC school to have an individual lead the conference in scoring in three consecutive years was USF with Dior Lowhorn (2007-08 and 2008-09) and Antonio Kellogg (2006-07). If Haws were to finish in the WCC lead for scoring, he would be the eighth player to lead the league in consecutive years. The list includes:

Dior Lowhorn San Francisco 2007-08 and 2008-09

Jeff Brown, Gonzaga 1992-93 and 1993-94

Terrell Lowery Loyola Marymount 1990-91 and 1991-92

Quintin Dailey San Francisco 1980-81 and 1981-82

Frank Oleynick Seattle 1973-74 and 1974-75

William Averitt Pepperdine 1971-72 and 1972-73

Steve Gray Saint Mary's 1961-62 and 1962-63

Standings WCC Overall
1. Gonzaga 10-1 20-3
2. BYU 7-4 15-9
3. San Francisco 7-4 14-9
4. Saint Mary's 6-4 16-7
5. Pepperdine 6-5 13-10
6. Portland 5-6 13-10
7. San Diego 4-7 13-11
8. Pacific 3-7 12-9
9. Santa Clara 3-8 10-14
10. Loyola Marymount 3-8 11-12

 

Scoring School PPG
1. Tyler Haws BYU 26.1
2. Jared Brownridge Santa Clara 20.9
3. Anthony Ireland LMU 18.5
9. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 15.3
25. Eric Mika BYU 11.3
30. Matt Carlino BYU 10.9

 

Rebounding School RPG
1. Stacy Davis Pepperdine 8.8
2. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 8.6
3. Brad Waldow Saint Mary's 8.3
6. Nate Austin BYU 7.5

 

Assists School APG
1. Anthony Ireland Loyola Marymount 5.9
2. Christopher Anderson San Diego 5.1
3. Alec Wintering Portland 5.0
4. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 4.6
6. Matt Carlino BYU 4.1

 

Steals School SPG
1. Anthony Ireland LMU 2.0
2. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 1.9
3. James Walker III Saint Mary's 1.7

 

Coming Up

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Portland at Gonzaga, ROOT Sports, 9 p.m. MST

Thursday, Feb. 6

Pacific at Pepperdine, TheW.tv, 8 p.m. MST 

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

Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount, ROOT Sports, 9 p.m. MST

Santa Clara at BYU, ESPNU, 9 p.m. MST

Saturday, Feb. 8

Saint Mary's at Pepperdine, ROOT Sports, 2 p.m. MST

Pacific at Loyola Marymount, TheW.tv, 5 p.m. MST

Gonzaga at Memphis, ESPN, 7 p.m. MST

San Francisco at BYU, BYUtv, 8 p.m. MST

Santa Clara at San Diego, TheW.tv, 8 p.m.

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.