BYU opens WCC play with LMU on Thursday

(Photo by BYU Photo/Mark Philbrick)

Game notes: BYU vs. LMU

BYU basketball returns to the Marriott Center on Thursday to host LMU in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. MST will be broadcast on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM and televised on BYUtv.

BYU Cougars (10-4, 0-0 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Dave Rose
  • Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
  • Division I Career Record: 195-58 (8th)
  • Record at BYU: Same

LMU Lions (7-6, 0-0 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Max Good
  • Alma Mater: Eastern Kentucky, 1969
  • Division I Career Record: 302-304 (21st)
  • Record at LMU: 60-81 (5th)

Game Information

  • TV: BYUtv
  • TV Talent: Dave McCann (play-by-play), Blaine Fowler (analyst), Robbie Bullough (reporter)
  • Live Video: byutvsports.com
  • Radio: KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM, BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
  • Live Audio: KSL.com
  • Live Stats: BYUcougars.com

Series Information

  • Series Record: LMU leads 3-2
  • Last Meeting: LMU won 82-68, 1/19/12
  • H/A/N: 1-2/1-1/0-0

Projected starters

LMU Lions (7-6, 0-0 WCC)
No. Name Ht. Pos. Ppg Rpg
3 Anthony Irelan 5-10 G 21.3 6.2
23 Chase Flint 6-1 G 7.0 4.3
24 Ayodeji Egbeyemi 6-4 G 11.3 6.5
5 Ashley Hamilton 6-7 F 14.8 7.4
15 Alex Osborne 6-7 F 3.8 4.7
BYU Cougars (10-4, 0-0 WCC)
No. Name Ht. Pos. Ppg Rpg
10 Matt Carlino 6-2 G 7.2 2.9
13 Brock Zylstra 6-6 G 6.4 3.6
3 Tyler Haws 6-5 G 20.9 5.1
12 Josh Sharp 6-7 F 4.9 4.4
0 Brandon Davies 6-9 F 20.1 7.9

Haws named WCC, SI.com, NBC Sports Player of the Week – Dec. 31, 2012

Tyler Haws was named the player of the week by the WCC, SI.com and NBC Sports after leading BYU to a 2-0 record with wins over Northern Arizona (84-54) and Virginia Tech (97-71). Haws averaged 28.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting .543 (19-35) from the field, .750 (9-12) from three and .909 (10-11) from the free throw line. Haws had a monster performance against the Hokies, scoring a career-high 42 points. Haws’ effort marked the single-highest scoring output by a Division I player so far this season.

Player notes

  • Senior Brandon Davies has played his best basketball over the last five games, averaging 24.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.6 steals while shooting .652 from the field and .778 from the free throw line. 
  • The Cougars posted a season-high 15 steals against Northern Arizona with Brandon Davies and Brock Zylstra registering three apiece and Tyler Haws, Matt Carlino and Craig Cusick each adding two. BYU forced 24 turnovers, a season high for a Cougar opponent.
  • Tyler Haws hit 10 of 10 from the free throw line vs. Weber State, his third game this season shooting 100 percent from the line while attempting at least 10 free throws. Haws has four such games in his career, tied for the most in BYU history with Jimmer Fredette. Haws is tied with Russell Larson (1993-94) and Roberts (1994-95) for most perfect days from the line (minimum of 10 attempts) in a season with three. Danny Ainge, Lee Cummard, Larson and Roberts are tied for second on the career list with three.

Two averaging 20 in the top 20

Tyler Haws (20.9 points per game) and Brandon Davies (20.1 points per game) are ranked No. 11 and 17, respectively, in scoring in the NCAA. BYU is the only team in the NCAA with two players in the top 20 in scoring and the only program with two players averaging 20-plus points per game. BYU is also one of only four teams with two players in the top 50 in scoring (Cal State Fullerton, Central Connecticut and Iona are the others).

Haws’s big day

On Dec. 29, Tyler Haws scored a career-high 42 points against Virginia Tech as he hit 14 of 25 from the field, 6 of 8 from three and 8 of 9 from the free throw line. See below for some of the records Haws set in his breakout game:
  • Most points scored by a BYU sophomore
  • Tied for eighth-most points scored by an individual in BYU history
  • Most points scored by a BYU player not named Jimmer Fredette since 1961 (Bob Skousen, 47 vs. UCLA)
  • Most points scored by an individual in NCAA Division I men’s basketball this season
  • Gives BYU a father-son duo in the 40-point club (Haws’s father Marty scored 40 vs. Siena in 1989)

Haws the closer

Tyler Haws has played some of his best basketball in the final five minutes of games this season. Against Cal State Northridge, BYU trailed 74-73 with less than four minutes remaining. Haws hit a jumper with 3:44 to go to give BYU the lead and had 10 of the Cougars’ final 14 points to help secure the 87-75 win. Against Utah BYU trailed 58-56 before Haws completed a three-point play with 2:47 to go. He added two free throws with 16 seconds remaining to secure the 61-58 win. After struggling from the field the first 35 minutes at Weber State, Haws scored nine points in the last five minutes on 3 of 3 shooting from the field and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. For the season, Haws is 14 of 17 from the field, 2 of 3 from three and 13 of 14 from the free throw line in the last five minutes of games.

Davies does it all

Brandon Davies has stuffed the stat sheet this season, averaging 20.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.5 steals through 14 games. Last season he became the second Cougar in program history to average at least one of everything (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks). Russell Larson is the only other BYU player to produce a ‘one of everything’ season and did so twice, in 1993-94 and 1994-95 (blocks and steals were not tracked until the 1977-78 season). 

Dave Rose

BYU head coach Dave Rose has led BYU to its most successful eight-year run since taking over in 2005. His career record of 195-58 ranks him second in BYU history in total victories and first in winning percentage (.771). Rose has been named conference coach of the year three times, district coach of the year twice and has guided the Cougars to four conference titles, six NCAA Tournament appearances and six 25-win seasons. In 2010 he led BYU to its first NCAA Tournament win in 17 years and the Cougars have also won at least one tournament game in the two seasons since, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2011.

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