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BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 12/2

Dec 03, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:26 pm | Updated: December 3, 2012 3:59 pm | Permalink

In BYU head coach Dave Rose's first Coach's Show on KSL 5 TV he opened with giving a review of how the season has gone so far. The Cougars are eight games into the 2012-13 year and have a 5-3 record.

"This team is trying to find some consistency right now," Rose said. "We've played some really great games and made progress but there's still room for improvement. I think each guy can find something they can do to help the team."

In the "Game Recap" segment, Rose broke down BYU's performance against Montana when the Cougars came away with an 85-60 victory. Rose highlighted Davies' performance who finished with his second double-double of the year with 21 points and 10 rebounds. 

"Montana was a tough opponent for us who could shoot from everywhere but I thought the boys played well."

Rose continued by talking about how Davies and Tyler Haws have been the team's main offensive weapons so far this year but that the coaches are looking for other players to step up. Josh Sharp was highlighted as a player who has improved his game this season. 

The rest of the show was spent talking about BYU's most recent game against Iowa State and breaking down BYU's "big guys" and how they're such an important part of the offense. 

Rose finished by talking about the West Coast Conference, what they're looking forward to and previewing Utah State, BYU's next opponent. 

"This season is going to be really competitive in the WCC. I think it'll be as competitive as it has ever been as I look at how well the other schools are doing and the teams they're beating."

View the full show on KSL.com and don't miss next week's show on Sunday night at 11 p.m. MST on KSL 5 TV.

 

The Next Zig Thing: Ziggy Ansah in the national spotlight

Dec 03, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 12:51 pm | Updated: December 7, 2012 3:00 pm | Permalink

If you have already had the chance to pick up this week's Sports Illustrated you know that BYU senior defensive end Ezekiel Ansah is featured in a four-page article in the issue currently on newsstands. If you haven't had the chance, pick it up. Ansah is also mentioned on the cover, which features the Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck.

A brief preview of the Sports Illustrated article entitled "The Next Zig Thing" is included below. 

THE NEXT ZIG THING – JEFF BENEDICT (@authorjeff)

He grew up playing soccer in his home country of Ghana and successfully walked on to the BYU track team, but Ezekiel (Ziggy) Ansah’s future in professional sports could lie in being a first-round pick in the next NFL draft. He was recruited to BYU by a sophomore serving his Mormon mission in Ghana in 2007, who played pickup basketball with Ansah and thought the Ghanaian’s 6' 6" 250-pound frame would lend itself to football. Ansah walked on to the Cougars’ team in 2010, and over the final nine games of the 2012 season, was third on his team in tackles (48), second in sacks (4.5) and first in tackles for loss (13).

While he’s not a star in the sport he grew up dreaming about – basketball – Ansah is drawing serious interests from NFL scouts, who are flocking to BYU to check him out. Says one scout: “The combination of his height, weight and speed is probably unmatched. Plus, he’s so strong. He’s got that Jason Pierre-Paul type of physical upside.”

NPR's ONLY A GAME (@DougTribou, @OnlyAGameRadio)

Ansah and the author of the article, Jeff Benedict, also spoke with Doug Tribou on NPR's "Only a Game" as the national radio program originating from Boston's 90.9 WBUR featured Ansah this weekend. 

“I think he has become the kind of football player that NFL teams long to find,” said Jeff Benedict, who wrote profiled Ansah for Sports Illustrated. “He’s got this very unique combination of speed, size and strength. It’s very rare that you find a guy who’s that tall and that big and can run as fast as he does, especially laterally.”

Select the following link to read more about and listen to the NPR interview: NPR's Only a Game

In addition, here are some video highlights of Ansah.

BYU vs. Iowa State preview

Nov 30, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 5:33 pm | Permalink

The BYU men's basketball team (5-2) will play its first true road game tomorrow at 1 p.m. CST against Iowa State. The Cougars and Cyclones have met four times before with Iowa State taking all previous meetings to lead the overall series 4-0.

BYU is on a 3-game winning streak with its most recent win coming over Montana in a 85-60 final. Brandon Davies led all players with his second season double-double on 21 points and 10 rebounds while contributing six assists, four blocks and two steals and also tallying a season-high 17 free throw attempts. Teammates Tyler Haws and Josh Sharp also scored in double digits on 18 and 13 points, respectively. 

The Cyclones are 4-2 on the year after dropping their last two games to No. 22 Cincinnati and No. 18 UNLV. In their last outing against UNLV, Cyclone senior Will Clyburn led his team with 21 points and 15 rebounds. 

Iowa State ended the 2011-12 season after two rounds in the NCAA Tournament, the team's first appearance since 2005, with Kentucky delivering the final loss to end the year. The Cyclones finished with a 23-11 overall record and 16-2 record through Big 12 action to reward head coach Fred Hoiberg with Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year honors. 

Iowa State returns six players who played significant minutes a year ago, including starters Melvin Ejim and Chris Babb.

Media coverage prior to BYU vs. Montana

Nov 28, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:12 pm | Permalink

Montana preview

Nov 28, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 10:03 am | Updated: November 28, 2012 10:14 am | Permalink

The BYU men’s basketball team (4-2) will play its first of two games this season in Salt Lake City at Energy Solutions Arena tonight when they take on Montana at 7 p.m. MST.

BYU is coming off back-to-back home victories over UT-San Antonio, 81-62, and Cal State Northridge most recently in an 87-75 finish.

Against the Matadors, Tyler Haws led all players with a career-high 32 points while teammates Brock Zylstra and Brandon Davies contributed 14 and 12 points, respectively. Haws has now scored 20+ points in all six of BYU’s games this season and is leading the team with 23.3 ppg.

The Griz come to Utah with a 3-1 season record, on a three-game winning streak. Their most recent win came in a 67-66 final over San Diego after Montana overcame an 11-point second-half deficit and scored a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to win.  

Montana finished the 2011-12 season on a 14-game winning streak for its third-straight 20-win season (a 25-7 overall record). Its final game was a loss in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament to Wisconsin. The Griz returns three starters to this year’s lineup. 

BYU at EnergySolutions Arena

Nov 27, 2012 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:20 am | Updated: November 27, 2012 11:46 am | Permalink

Since 1993, BYU men's basketball has played at EnergySolutions Arena (known as the Delta Center from 1991 to 2006) 14 times and has two games scheduled there this season (Nov. 28 vs. Montana and Dec. 29 vs. Virginia Tech). In 1993 and 1994 BYU went 3-2 at ESA in Western Athletic Conference Tournament games.

On Dec. 6, 2003, the Cougars returned to ESA and defeated an Oklahoma State team that advanced to the Final Four at the end of the 2003-04 season. Rafael Araujo scored 32 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the upset victory. Since then BYU has played at least one game at ESA every year except the 2006-07 season. Other victories at ESA include Lamar in 2005, Utah State in 2008, San Francisco in 2009, Hawaii and Arizona in 2010 and Oregon in 2011.

Date Opponent Result
March 11, 1993 Hawaii* W, 85-71
March 12, 1993 New Mexico* L, 59-68
March 10, 1994 Utah* W, 96-65
March 11, 1994 Fresno State* W, 87-72
March 12, 1994 Hawaii* L, 66-73
Dec. 6, 2003 No. 25 Oklahoma State W, 76-71
Dec. 11, 2004 Washington State L, 46-49
Nov. 30, 2005 Lamar W, 97-74
Dec. 8, 2007 No. 9 Michigan State L, 61-68
Dec. 6, 2008 Utah State W, 68-63
Dec. 5, 2009 San Francisco W, 69-43
Dec. 4, 2010 Hawaii W, 78-57
Dec. 11, 2010 Arizona W, 87-65
Dec. 3, 2011 Oregon W, 79-65
Nov. 28, 2012 Montana
Dec. 29, 2012 Virginia Tech
*WAC Tournament  

Catching up with Dana Oldroyd Cusick

Nov 21, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 11:28 am | Permalink

BYU Athletics catches up with senior Dana Oldroyd Cusick to talk about her love of BYU soccer and how this year has been different than others.

BYU vs. UT San Antonio preview

Nov 21, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 11:06 am | Permalink

The BYU men’s basketball team (2-2) returns home this week and will host UT-San Antonio tonight at 7 p.m. MST in the Marriott Center. The Cougars are looking to bounce back after suffering back-to-back losses at the Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y.

BYU is coming off an 88-70 loss to Florida State and a 78-68 loss to Notre Dame, both on the road. The games are the first consecutive regular season losses since the 2008-09 season (Jan. 17 at New Mexico, Jan. 21 vs. UNLV). The Cougars have never lost three-straight with Rose at the helm.

In BYU’s most recent contest against the Fighting Irish, Tyler Haws led all scorers with 21 points for his fourth-straight 20+ performance. Also in double figures were Brandon Davies and Brock Zylstra with 12 and 10, respectively.

The Roadrunners come to Provo with a 3-1 season record, on a 3-game winning streak. Their most recent win came over USC Upstate in a 67-59 final with Kannon Burrage leading UT-San Antonio on 19 points.

UTSA finished last season with a 18-14 record after ending the year with a 78-74 loss to McNeese State in the Southland Conference Tournament. The Roadrunners return two starters from last year’s squad in seniors Michael Hale III and Burrage. 

Catching up with Michele Murphy

Nov 20, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 4:24 pm | Permalink

BYU Athletics catches up with 2012 WCC Freshman of the Year Michele Murphy to talk about how she started playing soccer and what it's like to play on South Field. 

Former player Jenavieve Phillips passed away

Nov 20, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 9:57 am | Permalink

BYU Athletics wishes to offer its condolences to the family of former women's soccer player Jenavieve Phillips who passed away last Friday in her Gilbert, Ariz., hometown after being involved in a car accident. 

Phillips played in 40 games for BYU between 2002 and 2006. She played on three NCAA Tournament teams, including the 2003 team that went to the Elite Eight, and was a member of the 2002 MWC Championship Team. In her senior year, she helped lead the team to a No. 17 final regular season ranking. She was also a member of the U-19 National Team in 2003 and an Olympic Development Program member from 1998-2001.

"We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of an amazing young women," said BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood. "Jenavieve will always be remembered as a talented player for BYU Soccer, but more importantly, she will be remembered for her dedication, perseverance and compassion. She was a friend to all and will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family."

There will be a memorial service on Wednesday Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel at 230 North Val Vista Drive, Gilbert, Ariz.

For more about Jenavieve, visit the BYU women's soccer blog