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BYU Plays at Wyoming Monday

Coming off its first conference loss at Colorado State Saturday, BYU travels to Laramie to play its second Mountain West road game of the season at Wyoming Monday at 7 p.m. The Cougars (13-5) and Cowboys (11-4) enter the game at Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium with identical 2-1 conference records. The game is being televised by SportsWest Productions on KSL, channel 5, in Salt Lake City. The game can be heard on KSL Newsradio 1160 with Greg Wrubell and Mark Durrant calling the action on the Cougar Sports Network.

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Game 19 Fast Facts (MWC Game 4)

Teams:

Brigham Young University Cougars (13-5, 2-1 MWC)

University of Wyoming Cowboys (11-4, 2-1 MWC)

Date: Saturday, Jan. 22, 2001

Site: Laramie, Wyoming

Arena: Arena-Auditorium (15,000)

Time: 7 p.m. MST

Series:

BYU leads, 84-65

Last Meeting: BYU lost at Wyoming, 85-70 (Feb. 26, 2000)

Last Year: Both teams won at home.

Coaches:

BYU, Steve Cleveland (56-53 in fourth year; same overall)

Wyoming, Steve McClain (48-26 in third year; same overall)

TV:

SportsWest Productions (KSL-TV in SLC)

Play-by-Play - Tom Kirkland

Game Analyst - Craig Hislop

Satellite: Telstar 7 Transponder K16

Radio:

KSL Newsradio 1160 AM (Cougar Sports Network)

Pregame Air Time - 6:30 p.m. MST

Play-by-Play - Greg Wrubell

Game Analyst - Mark Durrant

BYU's Probable Starters:

Pos. # Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG

F 2 Travis Hansen 6-6 210 So. 6.4 3.1

F 25 Eric Nielsen 6-9 215 Jr. 6.7 4.4

F 15 Mekeli Wesley 6-9 240 Sr. 15.3 5.4

G 24 Terrell Lyday 6-3 195 Sr. 15.7 2.8

G 21 Trent Whiting 6-1 185 Sr. 16.0 2.6

Wyoming's Probable Starters:

Pos. # Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG

F 44 Marcus Bailey 6-5 190 So. 18.3 4.5

F 22 Josh Davis 6-8 235 Jr. 12.7 10.3

C 5 Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 6-10 260 So. 10.5 8.5

G 20 David Rottinghaus 6-5 195 Fr. 4.6 2.8

G 10 Chris McMillian 5-10 180 Jr. 5.7 2.5

Scouting Wyoming

Wyoming (11-4, 2-1 MWC) returns five lettermen and three starters from last year's 19-12 team that tied for fourth in the Mountain West Conference with an 8-6 record. The Cowboys also return forward/center Ugo Udezue, who missed last season with an injury but started and scored 20.5 points with 7.4 rebounds during the 1998-99 season. The Cowboys are coming off consecutive one-point overtime wins at Colorado State (70-69) and vs. Utah (78-77). The Cowboys are 6-0 at home this year, 3-4 in away games and 2-0 on a neutral court. Wyoming hasan 11-game home winning streak going dating back to last year. Their last loss at home was more than one year ago vs. Colorado State (77-71) on Jan. 15, 2000. This year's home wins include UC Riverside (77-59), Denver (70-55), Creighton (78-74), Delaware State (92-64), Wichita State (72-65) and Utah (78-77 in OT). Wyoming also defeated Oregon State (65-53) in a neutral court game played in Casper, Wyo. The four Cowboy road losses were at Cal-State Northridge (74-71), South Carolina (78-67), Louisiana State (73-69) and Utah (83-71). Wyoming is led by sophomore forward Marcus Bailey, who leads the MWC at 18.3 points per game overall and is scoring 21.3 points in three conference games after his 33 points vs. Utah Saturday. Junior forward Josh Davis adds 12.7 points per game and a team-leading 10.3 rebounds while sophomore center Uche Nsonwu-Amadi contributes 10.5 points and 8.5 rebounds. The Cowboys average 74.4 points while giving up 68.0.

Series History

This will be the 150th meeting between the two schools. BYU leads the series 84-65. Wyoming won the last meeting, an 85-70 victory in Laramie on Feb. 26, 2000. After playing to a 43-43 tie at half, BYU hit the wall as Wyoming out scored the Cougars 42-27 in the second half. BYU won the game in Provo, 87-78. The teams did not play in 1998-99 after splitting the season series in 1997-98. The Cougars have won six of the last 10 meetings dating to the 1994-95 season but Wyoming has won four of the last six dating to the 1996-97 campaign. Wyoming has won three straight over BYU in Laramie. BYU's last win in Laramie was an 81-71 triumph on Feb. 10, 1996 when Cougar senior Nathan Cooper was a pre-missionary freshman. After Utah (228 games) and Utah State (217 games), BYU has faced Wyoming the third-most times in its history.

Wyoming Quick Facts:

General Info

Location: Laramie, Wyo.

Founded: 1886

Enrollment: 10,600

Nickname: Cowboys

Colors: Brown and Wyoming Prairie Gold

Home Arena: Arena-Auditorium (15,000)

Conference: Mountain West

Athletic Director: Lee Moon

Basketball Info

Head Coach: Steve McClain

Alma Mater: Chadron State (1984)

Office Phone: 307-766-5114

Overall Record (Years): 48-26 (3rd year)

Record at School (Years): 48-26 (3rd year)

Assistant Coaches: Leroy Washington, John Adams, Sidney Coles

1999-2000

Overall Record: 19-12

Conf. Record/Finish: 8-6/4th-tie

Final Ranking/Post Season Finish:N/A

2000-2001

Lettermen Returning/Lost: 5/9

Starters Returning/Lost: 2/4* Ugo Udezue missed last season

Returning Starters (last year's stats)

Marcus Bailey, G/F, 6-5, 190, So. (7.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg)

Josh Davis, F, 6-8, 235, Jr (14.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg)

Chris McMillan, G, 5-10, 180, Jr. (9.7ppg, 2.9 rpg)

Ugo Udezue, F/C, 6-8, 245, Jr. (20.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg)* 98-99 stats

Media Relations

Basketball Contact: Kevin McKinney

Office: 307-766-2256

Home: 307-742-3181

E-mail: kevinm@uwyo.edu

Fax: 307-766-2346

Press Row: 307-766-2222

Website: www.wyomingathletics.com

Comparing Statistics

BYU WYO

SCORING

Points per game 72.6 74.4

Scoring margin + 10.7 + 6.4

SHOOTING PERCENTAGES

Field goals .464 .424

3-pointers .362 .263

Free throws .773 .671

REBOUNDING

Rebounds per game 34.4 44.6

Rebounding margin + 1.1 + 6.2

ASSISTS

Assists per game 13.3 16.9

TURNOVERS

Turnovers per game 14.5 15.3

Turnover margin + 1.5 - 0.5

STEALS

Steals per game 6.3 7.1

BLOCKS

Blocks per game 3.3 4.7

BYU Falls 60-55 at CSU Saturday

FORT COLLINS -- A cold shooting night from three-point range helped doom BYU Saturday as they fell to the Colorado State Rams 60-55 at Moby Arena in Fort Collins. BYU shot a season-low 6.3 percent on three-point attempts, going 1-16 from behind the arc. After missing their first 13 treys, Trent Whiting finally connected for the Cougars at the 4:50 mark of the second half to pull BYU even at 47-47. BYU, who had trailed the entire game, would never get over the hump in the final minutes, as the Rams were able to make the key shots to maintain their advantage. Following Whiting's trey, CSU's John Sivesind turned the momentum back to the Rams with his own three-pointer and then cut backdoor on the next possession after a Nate Knight miss to put the Rams up by five at 52-47. Mekeli Wesley, out with four fouls, was put back in the game and quickly brought BYU to within one with back-to-back buckets. The Cougars would get within one point two more times during the final moments, including a 56-55 deficit with only 34 seconds remaining. After two Sivesind free throws put the Rams up three with 11 seconds, Wesley was unable to connect on a heavily contested shot from behind the arc and CSU's Ron Grady added two more charity tosses to give the Rams the final 60-55 margin. BYU had four players reach double figures led by Whiting with 13 points. Wesley added 12, followed by Terrell Lyday with 11 and Travis Hansen with 10. Whiting added a career-high seven rebounds to share team-high honors with Wesley. BYU totaled only five assists on the night with no Cougar dishing out more than one pass that directly contributed to a basket. BYU trailed 35-29 at the half as CSU controlled the boards with 24 rebounds to BYU's 11. The Cougars changed their rebounding woes in the second half with 22 boards to CSU's 17 but the Rams were able to make the critical plays down the stretch. BYU finished the night shooting 37.7 percent from the floor and held CSU to nearly nine percentage points below its season average at 41.7 percent. CSU made 5-15 threes. The Rams had trouble pulling away from BYU in part because of a 55.6 percent shooting night at the line. Sivesind led CSU with 18 points while Grady added 13 and David Fisher 10. Brian Greene pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.

Whiting Coming Off Big Week

Trent Whiting led BYU in scoring and steals in both games last week and was tied for rebounding honors against CSU. He averaged 19.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.0 assists for the week while shooting 50 percent from the floor. He scored a career-high 26 points while leading BYU to a 91-63 win over UNLV on ESPN Big Monday. He went 10-15 (.667) from the floor, including 3-6 on threes, and was 3-4 from the line while dishing out three assists with one block and adding a team-high and career-best three steals. Whiting scored a team-high 13 points while pulling down a career-high seven rebounds in BYU's 60-55 loss at Colorado State Saturday. He added a game-high three steals for the second straight game. Whiting leads the Cougars in scoring overall, averaging 16.0 points in the 11 games he has played since becoming eligible on Dec. 16, 2000.

Other Notables from Last Week

• BYU shot 47.2 percent from the floor last week. The Cougars shot a sizzling 56.4 percent at home vs. UNLV but made only 37.7 percent Saturday at Colorado State.

• BYU suffered its worst three-point shooting night of the year Saturday vs. the Rams, going 1-16 for a 6.3 percent success rate. It was the first time since BYU went 1-13 at New Mexico last year that the Cougars have made only one trey in a game.

• BYU is shooting 43.5 percent on threes in its 13 victories this season but only 19.8 percent from behind the arc in its five losses.

• Terrell Lyday is 11-20 from three-point range in the last four games. He was 8 of his last 9 until going 0-5 at CSU Saturday. He was 3-3 vs. UNLV Monday.

• BYU, ranked No. 1 in the nation in free throw percentage in the latest NCAA ratings, BYU shot 80.4 percent from the line in its two games last week. Overall, BYU has made 77.3 percent of its free throw attempts.

More Threes

BYU is shooting 43.5 percent on threes in its 13 victories this season but only 19.8 percent from behind the arc in its five losses. The following breakdown reflects individual three-point field goal percentages in those games:

Player Wins Losses

Terrell Lyday 47.5 22.6

Trent Whiting 46.7 15.8

Mekeli Wesley 41.2 11.1

Travis Hansen 37.5 28.6

Nathan Cooper 57.1 .000

70-Point Mark

Colorado State became the first BYU opponent to score less than 70 points and still win. BYU is 12-1 when holding opponents to less than 70 points. BYU is 1-4 when opponents have scored 70 or more points.

BYU is Nation's Top Free Throw Shooting Team

BYU is ranked first in the nation in free throw percentage in the latest NCAA statistics released Tuesday. The Cougars are shooting 77.3 (354-458) percent as a team. Eight players are shooting 70 percent or better, with six shooting better than 80 percent (Wesley, Lyday, Whiting, Bobik), including one better than 90 percent (Knight) and Dan Howard at a perfect 2-2.

Trey Lyday

In the last four games Lyday is 11-20 from three-point range. He had made 8 of his last nine treys before going 0-5 on threes at CSU. He was named the MWC Player of the Week on Jan. 15 after he scored a game-high 24 points while making 5-6 three-pointers in BYU's win over San Diego State. Lyday's 0-5 night on threes Saturday was only the second game this year in which he has not made a trey. On the year he is shooting 39.1 percent on threes, making a team-leading 36 triples.

Cougars Equal Long Range Mark

The Cougars made 13 three-point field goals vs. SDSU to equal a BYU record set against LSU in 1992 and TCU in 1999. The Cougars attempted 26 three point field goals, a season high.

Offense, Offense, Offense

BYU shot 37.7 percent from the floor Saturday after having shot 50 percent or better from the floor in the previous two games. BYU has topped 50 percent five times this year, all wins. Four of the five games over 50 percent were in the Marriott Center. The one road game BYU shot over 50 percent was vs. Boise State (53.3 percent) during the Yahoo! Sports Invitational in Hawaii. Before scoring 29 at CSU, BYU had scored 40 or more points in the first half of the previous four games while holding their opponents to less than 30 points. BYU had outscored the opponents at half by and average of 44.5 - 23.5 in those games but trailed at CSU 35-29.

Defense, Defense, Defense

BYU was ranked 22nd in the nation in scoring defense (61.8 points allowed) in the latest ratings. BYU has also had success shutting down the opponent's top player. BYU held UNLV center Kaspars Kambala, averaging 18.3 points and 10.3 rebounds entering the game, to two points and three rebounds. Against SDSU, Aztec star forward Randy Holcomb was the only player to reach double figures, but BYU held the two-time MWC Player of the Week winner to 13 points, almost five points below his team-leading season scoring average. BYU had held its last five opponents under 40 percent shooting until CSU shot 41.7 percent -- but still nearly nine percentage points below its season average.

On the Boards

BYU has out rebounded its opponents in five of the last six games. CSU out rebounded BYU, 41-33. BYU had 37 rebounds vs. UNLV and grabbed 40 or more rebounds in the four prior games. BYU has totaled 40 or more boards six times this year. The Cougars are averaging 34.4 rebounds per game while out boarding their opponents by 1.1 rebounds per game. Mekeli Wesley pulls down a team-best 5.4 boards per game, 10th best in the MWC entering the week.

Whiting Adds Third Threat to Cougar Attack

In addition to last year's one-two scoring punch of Mekeli Wesley and Terrell Lyday, BYU has another potent scorer in transfer Trent Whiting. He scored a team-leading 13 at CSU and had a career-high 26 points while going 10-15 from the field and 3-6 on treys vs. UNLV. He had 17 points vs. SDSU. Saturday he extended his string of consecutive double-digit points games to 11. A transfer from Utah, he has reached double figures in each game he has played since becoming eligible to play on Dec. 16 vs. Utah State. He is now leading the Cougars in scoring at 16.0 points while shooting 47 percent from the floor, 39.5 percent on threes, and 80 percent from the line.

Whiting, Knight Made Strong BYU Debuts

Transfer players Trent Whiting (Utah) and Nate Knight (Kentucky) made their Cougar debuts Dec. 16 vs. Utah State after sitting out the first seven games of the year because of transfer rules. Whiting scored a game-high 22 points on 7-11 shooting, including 4-7 threes, in a team-high 39 minutes in his debut while Knight made a solid contribution with five points and six rebounds in 18 minutes. Neither player had played in a game for more than a year since transferring last fall.

Cleveland's Record

Steve Cleveland is now 56-53 overall in his fourth year, having improved the Cougars in each year since taking over a 1-25 program. With BYU's win over Idaho on Jan. 2 Cleveland went above a .500 winning percentage for the first time since going 1-0 with a win in his first game at San Diego State in 1997. He had evened his winning percentage at .500 twice this year. He went to 50-50 with a win over Boise State in Hawaii before the Cougars suffered back-to-back close defeats to ranked teams. Wins at Weber State and vs. South Alabama brought his record to 52-52 before BYU's last four wins.

Cleveland's Record in Conference Openers

After defeating SDSU last week, Cleveland is 3-1 in conference openers at BYU. The Cougars defeating Tulsa on the road in 1997-98 and lost at Utah in 1998-99 before last year's win at UNLV. This year BYU began league play at home for the first time under Cleveland.

Cleveland vs. Wyoming

Cleveland has a 2-2 record vs. Wyoming. The two teams have split the season series with home wins last year and in Cleveland's first season of 1997-98. They did not play in 1998-99.

Wesley Moving Up Career Charts

Mekeli Wesley has 1,447 career points, ninth on the all-time BYU list. He needs 67 points to pass Kresimir Cosic into eighth place. He has previously passed Andy Toolson vs. South Alabama into 10th place and moved ahead of Jay Cheesman vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi into ninth. Wesley is sixth all-time at BYU in free throw attempts with 537 and seventh in free throws made with 416. He needs to make 16 more to move past Mike Smith (431) into sixth place and is 66 attempts from passing Fred Roberts into fifth place.

Winning Streak

BYU had its six-game winning streak halted with its loss at CSU Saturday. The six-game streak was BYU's longest since a seven-game victory string during the 1994-95 season. BYU has reached five straight wins four times under coach Cleveland. Two times last year and twice this season. The streak was also tied for the 10th longest streak in the nation. The Cougars have lost consecutive games twice this year and had back-to-back losses on three occasions last season. BYU has not lost more than two consecutive games since losing three straight in February of the 1998-99 season.

Home Court Streak

The Cougars have a 15-game home winning streak dating back to last year when BYU won its final five contests in the Marriott Center. The home court streak is currently the 10th-longest home success run in the nation. BYU is 10-0 at home this season. BYU's last home loss was to New Mexico (78-74) on Feb. 17, 2000.

BYU at Home

BYU is 10-0 at home this year after going 14-2 at home last year. The Cougars have a 15-game home winning streak. BYU is shooting 49.9 percent from the floor and 44 percent on threes in the Marriott Center this year. The Cougars are out rebounding their opponents at home 36.8-32.1. BYU is scoring 76.5 points at home while giving up 55.5 points. BYU has won its 10 home games by an average of 21 points. BYU has a high of 100 points (vs. Elon College) and a low of 58 points (vs. Southern Utah).

BYU on the Road

BYU is 3-5 in away and neutral games this year, including a 2-2 neutral court record and a 1-3 away mark. The Cougars away win was at Weber State. BYU is shooting 42.1 percent from the floor, 26.1 percent on threes and 80.9 percent on free throws away from the Marriott Center. The Cougars are being out rebounded 34.8-31.4. BYU has a 2.2-point scoring deficit on the road while averaging 67.6 points. BYU has a high of 84 points (at Weber State) on the road and a low of 52 points (at ASU). BYU scored 55 points at CSU Saturday.

BYU's record when . . .

BYU leads at half 11-2

Opponent leads at half 2-3

Score tied at half 0-0

BYU leads with 5 minutes left 12-1

Opponent leads with 5 min. left 1-4

BYU leads with 1 minute left 12-0

Opponent leads with 1 min. left 1-5

Score tied with 1 minute left 0-0

Game goes into overtime 0-0

BYU out rebounds opponent 8-0

Opponent out rebounds BYU 4-5

BYU and opponent tie in rebounds 1-0

BYU shoots 50 % or better 5-0

Opponent shoots 50 % or better 0-3

BYU out shoots opponent 13-1

Opponent out shoots BYU 0-4

BYU scores 70 or more 8-2

BYU scores less than 70 5-3

Opponent scores 70 or more 1-4

Opponent scores less than 70 12-1

BYU Starting Lineup Record

Whiting, Lyday, Hansen, Nielsen, Wesley 7-1

Montague, Lyday, Cooper, Nielsen, Wesley 5-1

Whiting, Lyday, Cooper, Wesley, Knight 0-2

Whiting, Lyday, Cooper, Nielsen, Wesley 1-0

Montague, Lyday, Cooper, Wesley, Dawes 0-1

Mekeli Wesley (15.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg)

Last Game: 12 points, shared team-high 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal in 31 minutes at CSU.

• Wesley is third on the team with a 15.53 points per game average. He had been BYU's leading scorer until last Monday when both Trent Whiting and Terrell Lyday surpassed Wesley in average with 26 and 23 points, respectively vs. UNLV. Wesley leads the team in scoring on the road at 18.1 ppg. He averages 13.1 at home.

• Wesley has scored in double figures in 15 of BYU's 18 games, including the last three. He has been the Cougars' top scorer or shared the honor in 10 games. Last year he had double figures in 30 of 33 games and led the Cougar in scoring in 17 games.

• He leads the team with 5.4 rebounds per game. He has led the team in rebounds in eight games and has a team-best 29 offensive boards and 69 defensive rebounds.

• He became this year's first repeat winner of the MWC Player of the Week award (Jan. 3) after leading BYU over the holiday two-week, five-game stretch with team bests of 19.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while shooting 54.2 percent from the floor, 60 percent from behind the three-point arc, and 88.6 percent from the free throw line. He also handed out 1.2 assists per game during the stretch. He earned his first MWC Player of the Week honor this year on Dec. 11.

• He was named to the Yahoo! Sports Invitational All-Tournament Team Dec. 23 while averaging 21.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in three games. He was 22-33 (.667) from the floor and 19-23 (.826) from the line. He also made his only three-point attempt. He had games of 19, 26 and 19 points.

• After starting the year shooting 34.9 percent in the first four games, he shot 60.8 percent over the next seven games and is now shooting 49.5 percent for the year.

• Wesley has 1,447 career points, ninth on the all-time BYU list. He needs 67 points to pass Kresimir Cosic. Wesley is sixth all-time at BYU in free throw attempts with 537 and seventh in free throws made with 416. He needs to make 16 more to move past Mike Smith (431) into sixth place and is 66 attempts from passing Fred Roberts into fifth place. This year Wesley has team highs of 86 FT makes and 107 attempts and is shooting 80.4 percent from the line.

WESLEY CAPSULE: A preseason All-Mountain West Conference selection, Wesley is the only player on the BYU roster to have played in each of head coach Steve Cleveland's three previous seasons ... a four-year starter, he has developed into one of the top players in the Mountain West Conference with good scoring ability from both the post and the perimeter ... he earned second-team All-MWC honors as a junior and was on the WAC Newcomer Team as a freshman ... he bulked up between his junior and senior seasons and is in the best shape of his career ... he missed part of his sophomore season while attending Salt Lake Community College for a semester and struggled to regain his freshman form ... a team captain, he returned to lead BYU in rebounding and was nine points shy of Lyday in scoring last year.

2000-01 BIO: Wesley had 12 points, shared team-high 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal in 31 minutes at CSU ... 14 points, 4 rebounds in 30 minutes vs. UNLV ... 10 points, 4 rebounds, season-high 5 assists, 1 steal in 20 minutes vs. SDSU ... 9 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 assists, 2 steals in 27 minutes vs. TAMCC ... 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks in 25 minutes vs. Idaho ... team-high 17 points with 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block in 22 minutes vs. USA ... team-high 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal in 32 minutes vs. Weber State. ... 19 points, team-best 6 rebounds, 2 assists in 25 minutes vs. USC ... season-high 26 points with 4 rebounds in 33 minutes vs. Iowa State ... 19 points, game-high 7 rebounds in 23 minutes vs. Boise State ... came out on fire making 7-8 first half shots, including 2-3 treys, for 16 points in 20 minutes on his way to a game-high 22 points with 2 rebounds, 2 assists in 30 minutes vs. USU ... season-low 5 points, team-best 9 rebounds and two timely blocks in the closing moments in 31 total minutes vs. SUU ... named MWC Player of the Week Dec. 11 ... season-high 21 points with 4 rebounds, 2 blocks in 34 minutes vs. Rice ... 16 points, 4 rebounds, season-high 3 assists in 31 minutes vs. FIU ... team-high 11 points, 7 rebounds in 30 minutes at ASU ... a season-high 20 points and 5 rebounds, 2 assists in 32 minutes vs. USF ... recorded career highs of 12 rebounds and five blocks against UCSB while recording his fifth career double double (first of season) with 11 points ... had a team-high 19 points, 3 rebounds in 21 minutes vs. Elon College, making all five of his field goals.

Terrell Lyday (15.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg)

Last Game: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals in 37 minutes at CSU.

• Lyday failed to make a three for only the second time this year going 0-5 at CSU. He was 3-3 on threes, 6-13 overall, and 8-10 from the line vs. UNLV. He was 5-6 on threes and shot a career-best 69.2 percent (9-13) vs. SDSU while adding a career-high 2 blocked shots.

• He was named the MWC Player of the Week Monday after scoring 24 points in 22 minutes vs. SDSU. He is averaging 22.0 ppg over the last three games.

• Lyday has a team-best five 20-plus point games this year, including the two of the last three contests.

• Lyday averages 31.9 minutes on the year, second only to Trent Whiting's 33.5 minutes. They are the only two players to average more than 30 minutes per game.

• He has reached double figures in 15 of 18 games this year. He has reach double figures in 45 of 51 games in his two years at BYU.

• Including his 3-3 night vs. UNLV, Lyday has made multiple threes in 10 games this year. He is 11-20 in his last four games on treys. Last year he made a two or more treys in 20 of 33 games.

• He has made a trey in 16 of 18 games this season. At CSU (0-5) he ended a string of five straight games with a three. He has not made a three in his last two road games. At Weber State he ended a string of 15 straight games with a three dating back to last year. The 15-game streak is third on the BYU all-time list. He set the BYU record with a trey in the first 21 games of last year. He made a three in each of BYU's first 11 games this year.

LYDAY CAPSULE: Lyday had a strong first season last year upon transferring from Fresno City College ... a preseason All-Mountain West Conference selection, he is a MWC Player of the Year candidate and considered the top guard in the league by the preseason poll ... he was named MWC Newcomer of the Year last year ... athletic with a smooth jumper, he is a scorer who can finish inside or consistently knock down shots from the outside ... quick with good hands, he is an outstanding defender who led the MWC in steals last year ... he is a go-to player for the Cougars.

2000-01 BIO: Lyday had 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals in 37 minutes at CSU ... 23 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals in 33 minutes vs. UNLV ... a team-high 24 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, career-best 2 blocks, 1 steal in 22 minutes vs. SDSU ... team-high 19 points with 1 rebound, 1 assist in 19 minutes vs. TAMCC ... 13 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals in 26 minutes vs. Idaho ... 7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals in team-high 32 minutes vs. USA ... 14 points, season-high 7 rebounds, 1 steal in 40 minutes at Weber State ... 17 points, 2 rebounds, season-high 4 assists in 34 minutes vs. USC ... 18 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals in 32 minutes vs. ISU ... season-highs of 25 points and four steals with 4 rebounds, 2 steals in 36 minutes vs. Boise State despite a sore ankle ... had a career-low 5 points, with 2 rebounds, 2 assists in injury -shortened (sprained right ankle) 26 minutes vs. USU ... game-high 24 points, season-high 4 rebounds, career-high 2 blocks in 39 minutes vs. SUU ... 10 points, 3 rebounds in 37 minutes vs. Rice at the Compaq Center ... 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists in 31 minutes vs. FIU ... 11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists in 38 minutes at ASU ... 16 points, no rebounds, 1 assist in 39 minutes at USF ... team-high 21 points, no rebounds, 1 assist in 30 minutes vs. UCSB ... 9 points, 3 rebounds in 23 minutes vs. Elon College ... sat out the last exhibition with a muscle strain in his lower leg and played just over half vs. Elon.

Trent Whiting (16.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.2 apg)

Last Game: Team-high 13 points, shared team-best with career-high 7 rebounds, 1 assist while tying a career-high with game-high 3 steals in 39 minutes at CSU.

• He has led BYU in scoring in the last two games. With his game-high 26 point vs. UNLV he became the Cougars' leading scorer and now averages 16.0 ppg. He has led the Cougars in scoring in three games.

• He was 4-13 at CSU, including 1-6 on threes. He was 10-15 from the floor, including 3-6 on threes, vs. UNLV. He was 5-8 on threes and 6-11 overall vs. SDSU.

• He has reached double figures in all 11 games he has played this year since becoming eligible on Dec. 16 as a transfer from Utah.

• He plays a team-high 33.5 minutes per game. He is shooting 47 percent, 37.5percent on threes, and 80 percent from the line.

• Starting in his BYU debut, Whiting hit his first three shots and made four of five threes to score 14 first half points. He made several big plays in the game. He nailed a buzzer-beating three from 30-plus range to put BYU up 41-40 to end the half. He later made a critical steal and layup to tie the game with 2:40 remaining and made two free throws in the last minute to tie the score again at 67. He was 7-11 from the floor on the night. With Lyday playing only 26 minutes because of an ankle sprain, Whiting played both guard positions, coming out for only one minute.

WHITING CAPSULE: Whiting is in his first year at BYU after transferring from Utah last year ... he was not eligible to compete until Dec. 16th against Utah State because of transfer rules ... he only played five games at Utah last year because of injury ... a NJCAA All-American at Snow College, he can play either guard position ... he is a gifted outside shooter with excellent range and a conditioned athlete with a strong vertical leap.

2000-01 BIO: Whiting had a team-high 13 points, shared team-best with career-high 7 rebounds, 1 assist while tying a career-high with game-high 3 steals in 39 minutes at CSU ... career-high 26 points with 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 block, 3 steals in 34 minutes vs. UNLV ... 17 points, 3 rebounds, equaled season-high 4 assists, in 26 minutes vs. SDSU ... 15 points, season-high 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks in 33 minutes vs. TAMCC ... 12 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block in 29 minutes vs. Idaho ... 13 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 3 steals in season-low 29 minutes vs. USA ... 15 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, season-high 4 assists in 33 minutes at Weber State ... 12 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist in 34 minutes vs. USC ... 12 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal in 38 minutes vs. Iowa State ... 19 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal in 35 minutes vs. Boise State ... 22 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists in team-high 39 minutes vs. USU in his BYU debut.

Nathan Cooper (4.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg)

Last Game: Did not score with 1 rebound in 12 minutes at CSU.

• Cooper went 0-1 at CSU and 1-2 vs. UNLV. He hit 2-3 threes vs. SDSU. He is shooting 51.0 percent overall this year and is 8-17 on threes (.471). After being last year's top Cougar (.778) from the free throw line, he is shooting 65.7 percent (23-35) from the line this year. He has never averaged less than 74 percent (as a freshman) from the line over the course of a season.

• He is third on the team in rebounding (3.8) and sixth in scoring (4.6). He took only one shot at CSU but was averaging 7.5 points over the previous four games.

• He has come off the bench in the last six games. He has 10 starts, including the first seven games.

COOPER CAPSULE: Cooper is one of the team captains ... he is a versatile player who has a solid outside shot with a tough, scrappy nature and competitive desire ... he was the team's top free throw shooter last year... he has been a solid contributor in each of his first three seasons, both as a starter and off the bench.

2000-01 BIO: Cooper did not score with 1 rebound in 12 minutes at CSU ... 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist in a season-low 8 minutes vs. UNLV ... 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists in 15 minutes vs. SDSU ... 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal in 14 minutes vs. TAMCC ... 10 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in 21 minutes vs. Idaho ... did not score with 4 rebounds in 16 minutes vs. USA ... had 1 point in 9 minutes after starting at Weber State ... did not score with 3 rebounds, 1 steal in 25 minutes vs. USC ... did not score, 3 rebounds, 1 steal in 19 minutes vs. Iowa State ... 6 points, 5 rebounds in 22 minutes vs. Boise State ... 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists in 14 minutes vs. USU ... did not score, taking only one shot, with 1 rebound, 1 steal in 18 minutes vs. SUU ... 10 points, 4 rebounds, season-high 4 assists in 29 minutes vs. Rice ... had 7 points, 7 rebounds in 21 minutes vs. FIU ... had 5 points, 5 re bounds in 19 minutes at ASU ... had 4 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists in 31 minutes at USF ... had 6 points, 6 rebounds vs. UCSB in 28 minutes ... had 10 points, 7 rebounds in 20 minutes vs. Elon College, going 3-3 from the floor, including 1-1 on threes, and 3-4 free throws.

Eric Nielsen (6.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg)

Last Game: 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block in 28 minutes at CSU.

• Nielsen is fourth on the team in scoring (6.7) and second in rebounding (4.4).

• He had his fifth double-digit scoring game of the year vs. UNLV.

• After not scoring for the first time this year vs. Iowa State, he reached double figures in three straight games for the first time in his career.

• He returned to the starting lineup in the last seven games. He has 13 starts overall.

• Nielsen had his first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds vs. South Alabama.

• He was 2-4 at CSU. He is shooting a team-best 57.9 percent from the floor. Last year he had the eighth best season field goal percentage in BYU history with a 57.8 percentage. His current 55.4 career percentage ranks fifth all-time at BYU among starters having made 199-359 field goals.

NIELSEN CAPSULE: Nielsen came on strong at the end of last season helping BYU advance in the MWC and NIT tournaments ... a three-year starter, he played on the 1-25 1996-97 team and, after returning from an LDS Church mission, on last year's 22-11 NIT quarterfinalist squad prior to this season ... an intelligent player with a good mid-range jumper, he is physically much stronger than last season.

2000-01 BIO: Nielsen had 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block in 28 minutes at CSU ... 12 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 steals in 20 minutes vs. UNLV ... 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal in 15 minutes vs. SDSU ... 2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals in 16 minutes vs. TAMCC ... 7 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal in 16 minutes vs. Idaho ... first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, along with 2 assists in 27 minutes vs. USA ... 12 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist in 34 minutes at Weber State ... 10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in 20 minutes vs. USC ... no points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal in 23 minutes vs. ISU ... 2 points, no rebounds, 1 block in 15 minutes vs. BSU ... 6 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists in 21 minutes vs. USU ... season-high 15 points with 4 rebounds in 35 minutes vs. SUU ... 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist in 19 minutes vs. Rice ... 8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists in season-high 32 minutes vs. FIU ... 9 points, 9 rebounds in 31 minutes at ASU ... 4 points, 2 rebounds in 8 minutes at USF, fouling out ... 3 points, 2 rebounds in 12 foul-trouble limited minutes vs. UCSB ... 8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists (matched season high from last year) in 25 minutes vs. Elon College.

Travis Hansen (6.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg)

Last Game: 10 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal in 15 minutes at CSU.

• He has averaged 9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in the last two games.

• He has started the last six games and has eight total starts. The Cougars are 7-1 (CSU) when Hansen starts and 6-4 in games he came off the bench. He came off the bench in the first seven games of the season before getting his first start.

• Overall, he is fifth on the team in scoring (6.4) and fourth in rebounding (3.1).

• He averaged 8.2 points and 3.7 rebounds during BYU's six-game winning streak.

HANSEN CAPSULE: Hansen is in his first season at BYU ... he enrolled this fall as a transfer from Utah Valley State College after sitting out a redshirt season last year upon returning from his LDS Church mission ... he played at UVSC as a freshman ... he is one of the most athletic players on the team ... he has nice range from outside and can slash to the basket effectively.

2000-01 BIO: Hansen had 10 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal in 15 minutes at CSU ... 8 points, 5 rebounds, career-high 5 assists, 1 steal in 24 minutes vs. UNLV ... 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in 20 minutes vs. SDSU ... 6 points, career-high 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in 17 minutes vs. TAMCC ... 10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal in 18 minutes vs. Idaho ... 5 points, no rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in 14 minutes vs. USA ... career highs of 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists in 21 minutes at Weber State ... 5 points in 16 minutes off the bench vs. USC ... career-high 9 points with 3 rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench vs. ISU ... started but did not score with 2 rebounds, 1 assist in 12 minutes vs. BSU ... started for the first time and had 2 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal in 25 minutes vs. USU ... had identical 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 22 minutes lines vs. SUU and Rice ... 5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists in 18 minutes vs. FIU ... had 8 points, 2 rebounds in 17 minutes at ASU .... he did not score and had 3 rebounds, 1 assist in 11 minutes at USF ... had 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist in 18 minutes vs. UCSB ... 4 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists in 11 minutes vs. Elon College playing with a groin injury.

Nate Knight (3.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg)

Last Game: 2 rebounds, 1 block in 12 minutes at CSU.

• He was 0-1 at CSU. Against UNLV he did not take a shot but played a key role guarding UNLV center Kaspars Kambala. The UNLV star came in averaging a double-double but was held without a field goal while scoring 2 points and grabbing only 3 rebounds.

• He is 10-23 (.435) on the year and has made 14-15 (.933) free throws.

• He averages 12.4 minutes as one of the first substitutes off the bench. He has two starts.

KNIGHT CAPSULE: Knight transferred to BYU from Kentucky ... he became eligible to play on Dec. 16 vs. Utah State because of transfer rules ... he previously played at Utah Valley State College and Oregon State ... he is a hard-nosed player who can create problems for opponents with his ability to run the floor ... he is primarily a power forward but could also play at center ... he provides experience and depth to Cougar front line ... his brother Shane played for BYU and brother Travis currently plays in the NBA after a college career at Connecticut.

2000-01 BIO: Knight had 2 rebounds, 1 block in 12 minutes at CSU ... 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist in 13 minutes vs. UNLV ... did not score for the first time and had 2 rebounds in 9 minutes vs. SDSU ... tied a season-high 6 points with 2 rebounds and 1 assist in 12 minutes vs. TAMCC ... 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 block in 8 minutes vs. Idaho ... 3 points, 2 rebound, 1 assist in 10 minutes vs. USA ... 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 block in 6 minutes at Weber State ... started and had 2 points (2-2 FTs), 2 rebounds in 15 minutes vs. USC ... got first start, equaled season-best 6 points with 5 rebounds, 1 block in 21 minutes ... season-high 6 points with 4 rebounds in 12 minutes vs. BSU ... 5 points, 6 rebounds in 18 minutes vs. USU in his BYU debut.

Matt Montague (2.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.9 apg)

Last Game: 2 points, 1 rebound in 17 minutes at CSU.

• He did not have an assist for the first time this year at CSU.

• He has a team-best 71 assists (Wesley and Lyday are next with 27).

• He was 1-2 at CSU and has taken only four shots in the last three games.

• He had no rebounds or points for the second time this year in 15 minutes vs. SDSU. He has not scored in 10 games overall.

• He started the first seven games but has come off the bench since Trent Whiting made his BYU debut vs. Utah State. He is still fourth in minutes played per game at 24.1 (behind Whiting, Lyday and Wesley).

• He started the year making his first eight shots, including 5-5 on threes, but is 2-18 from the floor in the last 12 games. Overall, he is shooting 44.1 percent, including 42.9 percent on threes. He has doubled the number of treys (6-14) he made all of last year (3-12).

MONTAGUE CAPSULE: Montague is the top assist maker on the Cougar roster ... he led the team in assists last year while starting 19 of 33 games ... prior to serving his LDS Church mission, he led the 1996-97 Cougars in assists while starting every game ... a hard-nosed competitor, he sees the floor well and is a great transition passer ... he was slowed some by an Achilles injury last year and during preseason conditioning this year but is not being troubled currently by the injury.

2000-01 BIO: Montague had 2 points, 1 rebound in 17 minutes at CSU ... 3 rebounds, 1 assist in 17 minutes vs. UNLV ... 3 assists, 1 steal in 15 minutes vs. SDSU ... 2 points, season-highs of 6 rebounds and 9 assists with 2 steals in 25 minutes vs. TAMCC ... did not score, 1 rebound, game-high 3 assists, 1 steal in 17 minutes vs Idaho ... did not score, 2 rebounds, game-high 7 assists, 2 steals in 30 minutes vs USA ... 7 points, 2 rebounds, game-high 5 assists, 1 steal in 18 minutes at Weber State ... his lone steal vs. WSU was taken from WSU star Jermaine Boyette and set up a Travis Hansen hammer dunk to finally pull BYU even at 46-46. BYU did not trail the rest of the way ... did not score and only took two shots (both threes) in three games at the Yahoo! Sports Invitational ... played 11 minutes with 2 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal vs. USC, 12 minutes with 2 assists, 2 rebounds vs. ISU, and 30 minutes with 5 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and his first-ever block vs. BSU ... did not score (0-1) with 1 assist, 1 steal in season-low 10 minutes vs. USU ... was 0-3 from the floor with 4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, career-high 5 steals in 34 minutes vs. SUU ... shot 0-4 and did not score with 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals in 40 minutes vs. Rice ... 8 points, 3 rebounds, season-low 2 assists vs. FIU ... did not score and had 3 rebounds, 3 assists in 28 minutes at ASU ... made his first eight shots of the year over three games, including 5-5 on threes ... had a season-high 12 points with 2 rebounds, 6 assists in 34 minutes at USF ... 9 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists in 33 minutes vs. UCSB ... 6 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists (no turnovers), 3 steals in team-high 30 minutes vs. Elon College, going 2-2 from the floor, both three pointers, marking the first time he has made two treys in a game during his career.

Daniel Bobik (3.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg)

Last Game: Did not play.

• He played very limited minutes vs. UNLV and did not shoot well vs. SDSU, going 0-6, including 0-5 on treys. He had averaged 7.3 points over the three prior games.

• He has proven he can score when he gets significant minutes. He has played double-digit minutes in seven games this year and is averaging 6.7 points in those games. He has played less than 10 minutes in eight games and averaged 1.9 points in those games. He has not played in three games.

BOBIK CAPSULE: Bobik has enrolled at BYU for his freshman season after returning from an LDS Church mission to the Dominican Republic ... coming out of high school he was one of the first recruits to sign with BYU under Steve Cleveland ... he is an excellent shooter and good passer with good court awareness.

2000-01 BIO: Bobik did not play at CSU ... 1 point, 1 assist in 3 minutes vs. UNLV ... did not score with 4 rebounds, 2 assists in 15 minutes vs. SDSU ... 11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals in 12 minutes vs. TAMCC ... 6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal in 17 minutes vs. Idaho ... 5 points, 1 steal in 7 minutes vs. USA ... did not play vs. Weber State or USC ... played only 1 minute vs. ISU ... 4 points (4-4 FTs), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal in 8 minutes vs. BSU ... played 3 minutes vs. USU ... was 0-1 (a trey attempt) with 1 rebound, 1 assists, 1 steal in 9 minutes vs. SUU ... 0-1 (trey attempt) with 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal in 5 minutes v. Rice ... 9 points, 3 rebounds, season-high 3 assists in 20 minutes vs. FIU ... 3 points, 3 rebounds in 16 minutes at ASU ... 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists in 12 minutes at USF ... 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist in 9 minutes vs. UCSB ... 16 points, 1 rebound, 1 assists in 19 minutes in his college debut vs. Elon College and was 5-10 from the floor and 4-4 from the line. He had three more field goal attempts than the next closest Cougar (Terrell Lyday with 7) ... started against EA Sports (Exhibition) in place of injured Terrell Lyday and had 13 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists ... had 17 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists off the bench vs. Team Reebok.

Jacob Chrisman (3.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg)

Last Game: 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist in 9 minutes at CSU.

• He was 1-1 from the floor and 1-3 free throws at CSU. He did not score for only the second time this year vs. UNLV. He has scored in 15 of the 17 games he has played (except SUU and UNLV). He has had a rebound in 15 of 17 games played (except Rice and SUU).

• He has pulled down 19 boards in the last four games (4.8 rpg) after totalling only 17 rebounds in the prior 10 games (1.7 rpg) in which he played. He had back-to-back career highs of 6 and 8 rebounds vs. TAMCC and SDSU.

• He did not play for the only time this year vs. ISU.

• He is 23-41 (.561) on field goals this year.

CHRISMAN CAPSULE: Chrisman is extremely mobile and has the potential to be a strong rebounder ... he is an athletic low-post player who can score in multiple ways ... he has developed a nice perimeter game ... a hard worker, he has a knack for the game and finds a way to make plays both on offense and defense ... a slasher-type player who has a nice shooting touch ... he will play the three and the four.

2000-01 BIO: Chrisman had 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist in 9 minutes at CSU ... 3 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal in 9 minutes vs. UNLV ... 4 points, career-high 8 rebounds with 1 assist, in 20 minutes vs. SDSU ... 4 points, 6 rebounds with 1 assist, 1 block in 20 minutes vs. TAMCC ... 2 points, 3 rebounds in 11 minutes vs. Idaho ... 2 points, 2 rebounds in 8 minutes vs. USA ... 4 points, 1 rebound in 7 minutes at Weber State ... 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist in 11 minutes vs. USC ... did not play for the first time vs. ISU ... 2 points (2-2 FTs), 2 rebounds in 7 minutes vs. BSU ... 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist in 10 minutes vs USU ... did not score or grab a rebound in season-low 5 minutes vs. SUU ... had 2 points and no rebounds in 8 minutes vs. Rice ... 7 points, 4 rebounds in 11 minutes vs. FIU ... 5 points, 3 rebounds in 12 minutes at ASU ... 7 points, 4 rebounds in 15 minutes at USF ... 4 points, 1 block, 1 steal in 23 minutes vs. UCSB ... 15 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal, 1 assist in 20 minutes in his college debut vs. Elon College.

Derek Dawes (1.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg)

Last Game: Did not play.

• He was 1-1 vs. SDSU. He has taken eight shots in the last 12 games in which he has played (appeared in 14 of 18 games). He is 7-15 on the year from the field.

• He averages 2.4 rebounds in 5.6 minutes per game.

DAWES CAPSULE: Dawes enters his first year of college basketball as one of the most sought-after high school centers in the West ... he has played a limited role but is an active player who runs the floor well and is a good free throw shooter ... he has outstanding shot blocking ability and timing and good athleticism and size.

2000-01 BIO: Dawes had 2 points in 2 minutes vs. UNLV ... 1 rebound, 1 steal in 6 minutes vs. SDSU ... 2 points, 2 rebounds in 3 minutes vs. TAMCC ... 3 points, 3 rebounds in 6 minutes vs. Idaho ... 2 points, 2 rebounds in 2 minutes vs. USA ... did not play at Weber State ... did not score with 3 rebounds, 1 block in 8 minutes vs. USC ... 2 rebounds in 3 minutes vs. ISU ... did not play vs. BSU ... 1 rebound in 4 minutes vs. USU ... 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block in 7 minutes vs. SUU ... he gave a nice contribution vs. Rice despite playing only six minutes. After making a block he came down the court and knocked down a long jumper on his only attempt. He also grabbed three boards (2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block in 6 minutes vs. Rice in Houston) ... did not play vs. FIU ... started at ASU and did not score with 2 blocks, 1 rebound in 6 minutes ... 1 point, 1 rebound in 6 minutes at USF ... 3 points, 4 rebounds in 7 minutes vs. UCSB ... 6 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block in 12 minutes vs. Elon College in his college debut.

Dan Howard (1.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg)

Last Game: Did not play.

• He has played in nine game overall but has appeared in four of the last six games.

• He is 5-8 from both the floor and 2-2 from the line this year. Last year he was 3-3 from the floor before being forced to redshirt with a knee injury.

HOWARD CAPSULE: Howard played four games last year but redshirted after having knee surgery ... he had not had any significant game experience since last playing for his high school team in 1996 ... a hard worker, he has a knack for the ball and play a factor with his size inside.

2000-01 BIO: Howard played three minutes, going 0-1, vs. UNLV ... 2 points, season-high 3 rebounds in 10 minutes vs. SDSU ... did not play vs. TAMCC ... had 2 points, 1 rebound in 2 minutes vs. Idaho ... 1 block in 1 minute vs. USA ... did not play at Weber State ... played only 1 minute vs. USC, committing a foul ... did not play in the previous five games ... sat out Rice game with knee injury ... 2 points in 4 minutes vs. FIU ... had 2 rebounds in 2 minutes at ASU ... fouled out with 4 points, no rebounds, 1 block after playing a season-high 12 minutes at USF with Eric Nielsen in foul trouble and USF putting a 7-footer on the court ... did not play vs. UCSB ... had 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 block in 5 minutes vs. Elon College.

Ty Shippen (0.9 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.5 apg)

Last Game: Did not play (not on the trip).

• He hit the three vs. SDSU that tied the BYU team record for 13 treys in a game.

• He has played 22 minutes in eight games. After averaging 5 minutes in BYU's first two home wins, he has played 12 total minutes since.

SHIPPEN CAPSULE: Shippen joins the Cougars as a walk-on after transferring from Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho ... he is a gifted shooter and can play either guard position ... he is married to the former Kaly Gillette, who plays on the BYU women's basketball team ... he is the younger brother of BYU women's basketball coach Trent Shippen ... he served an LDS Church mission to North Carolina.

2000-01 BIO: Shippen had 1 steal in 3 minutes vs. UNLV ... 3 points, 3 rebounds in 4 minutes vs. SDSU ... played 1 minute vs. TAMCC and vs. USA .. had 1 assist in 1 minute at ASU ... played only two minutes with one turnover vs. UCSB ... had 4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists in 8 minutes vs. Elon College.

Jordan Archibald (0.2 ppg, 0.2 apg)

Last Game: Did not play (not on the trip).

• He played one minute vs. UNLV and missed his only shot in limited play vs. SDSU. He has played 14 minutes this year, six in the season opener vs. Elon College.

ARCHIBALD CAPSULE: Archibald redshirted last year and returns for his freshman season ... he has good size and is a good shooter ... he suffered a broken hand during the off-season and his preseason skill development and conditioning opportunities were further limited due to a fall groin pull.

2000-01 BIO: Archibald played 1 minute vs. UNLV, 3 minutes vs. SDSU, 1 minute vs. TAMCC, Idaho and USA ... had 1 point, 1 assist in 6 minutes vs. Elon College.

Vranes out for the Year

Two-year starting guard Michael Vranes will miss the entire season after a foot injury required two fall surgeries. Vranes played both the point and wing for the Cougars and was the third leading scorer last season and the team's best defender on the perimeter.

Injuries Play Role as Three Players Plan to Redshirt the 2000-01 Season

BYU Head Basketball Coach Steve Cleveland announced Nov. 17 that three players on this year's team - Garner Meads, Jesse Pinegar and Bart Jepsen - plan to redshirt during the 2000-01 season. Meads and Pinegar are both freshmen members of last year's top-20 recruiting class while Jepsen is a sophomore who returned from an LDS Church mission this summer. All three players have experienced injuries that have factored into the decision to redshirt. Meads, a McDonald's High School All-American forward, has had multiple injuries impede his ability to practice. A knee surgery limited his basketball until late summer and a lung injury sustained in only the team's fifth practice has kept the 6-foot-8 forward from any physical activity for the past month. "After meeting with Garner and his family we have determined it is in his best interest to redshirt this season," Cleveland said. "He has not been able to condition because of his lung injury and has also missed nearly all of our practices. He plans to leave on his mission in February, which means he will not enroll in school for the Winter semester." Pinegar, who was a high school teammate of Meads' at Salt Lake City's Brighton High School, suffered a stress fracture in his left foot last week and has a sesmoid (inflamed bone) problem on his right foot. While he will be able to condition and lift weights, the 6-foot-9 forward will not be able to jump and practice for 4-6 weeks. A 6-foot-9 forward, Jepsen has planned on redshirting this year since returning from his mission this summer. While serving his two-year mission, he sustained a broken leg.