BYU Tops Rice In Invitational

Charles Abouo scored nine points in BYU's 83-52 victory against Rice. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)


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PROVO -- A consistent offensive effort powered BYU over Rice, 83-52 in the Cougars’ second game in the Basketball Travelers Invitational in the Marriott Center on Friday.

“What I was most impressed with tonight was that we played with focus defensively,” said BYU head coach Dave Rose. “We played with intensity and we played like that in longer stretches. I think it’s a sign of a team that’s progressing when we can reach the goals we’ve aimed to accomplish.”

The Cougars started strong from the beginning, jumping out to a 10-3 lead just 3:02 into the game behind three-point shots from Lee Cummard and Jonathan Tavernari. The team made 9-15 (60 percent) three-pointers in the first half and was 12-22 (54 percent) for the game.

BYU used a 16-0 run to continue to increase their lead throughout the half, and went into the break leading by 20, 43-23. Tavernari had 14 points on 5-11 shooting in the first half.

The Cougars broke open another run, outscoring the Owls 15-0 after the teams traded buckets in the first minutes of the second half. Guard Jimmer Fredette sparked the run with a fast-break layup and a three-pointer, and had nine points during the run.

Tavernari led all scorers with 18 points, and Owl Lawrence Ghoram was the leading rebounder with ten. Tavernari, Chris Miles, Jackson Emery and Noah Hartsock all had five boards for the Cougars.

Overall, the Cougars out-rebounded Rice 31-28. BYU’s defense forced 16 turnovers, and was able to convert those into 23 points. The team shot 30-54 (55 percent) from the field compared to Rice, which went 20-52 (38 percent).

“We did a much better job tonight with knowing which shot was coming,” said Rose. “We did a better job rebounding the ball, attacking, and getting on their heels.”

The win over Rice was the 50th in a row for the Cougars at the Marriott Center, which is currently the longest active home winning-streak in the nation. Coach Rose has not lost at home since his first game in Provo.

The Cougars take the hardwood again in the final game of the Invitational Saturday, Nov. 22 when they face off against Cal Poly at 8:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on BYUTV and a tape-delay broadcast on KSL beginning at 10 p.m. A live radio broadcast can be accessed online at KSL.com.

The Cougars then hit the road to face Idaho State on Sat. Nov. 29 in Pocatello. The game will be broadcast live on KSL radio and BYUTV.

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Cal Poly Defeats North Florida

PROVO -- In game three of the Basketball Travelers Invitational Cal Poly defeated North Florida 76-42 Friday night in the Marriott Center.

“I think the team came out and we played really hard,” said Cal Poly head coach Kevin Bromley. “We had a terrific first half and we did a good job on defense. The second half was harder, we had to work a little bit more, but I thought the team did a good job.”

The Mustangs quickly overtook the Ospreys in the first half, allowing a mere seven points in the first 16:38 of the game. Cal Poly’s Lorenzo Keeler had 14 points, contributing to the Mustangs’ field goal percentage of 44 and a score of 38-14 at the half.

North Florida couldn’t keep up, shooting 4-30 (13 percent) and 0-9 in three-pointers.

Things looked up for the Ospreys in the second half, but it was too little too late as the Mustangs solidified their lead and ended the game at 76-42.

Cal Poly dominated in shooting percentage (44 percent to 25 percent), free throw success (78 percent to 55 percent) and shooting from behind the three-point line (74 percent to 7 percent).

“It’s still early in the season and I feel the team learned a lot from last night and I feel like the team is learning and getting better.”

The Mustangs outplayed the Osprey’s defensively as well, resulting in seven blocks and 19 North Florida turnovers.

Cal Poly is now 1-2 on the season and North Florida drops to 0-3.


Official Basketball Box Score

Rice vs BYU Cougars

11/21/08 8:30 pm at Marriott Center, Provo, UT

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VISITORS: Rice 1-2

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

43 PERKA, Aleks........ f 2-6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 3 0 0 16

15 STANTON, Trey....... c 2-4 1-1 2-2 0 2 2 2 7 0 1 0 0 19

04 FRIZZELLE, Connor... g 2-6 0-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 0 1 0 0 17

21 FOSTER, Rodney...... g 3-7 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 6 2 2 0 0 24

32 PFLIEGER, Cory...... g 1-4 1-3 1-2 0 3 3 1 4 2 1 0 0 28

01 SCHWARZE, Nate...... 1-2 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 1 9

05 HERNDON, Emerson.... 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 1 6

11 BRAIMOH, Suleiman... 1-2 0-0 1-2 2 1 3 3 3 0 3 0 0 10

12 BEASLEY, Bryan...... 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 2 2 0 2 24

20 KUIPERS, Lucas...... 2-9 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 6 0 1 0 0 20

33 GHORAM, Lawrence.... 4-4 1-1 1-2 3 4 7 2 10 1 2 0 0 21

34 BOLTE, P.J.......... 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6

TEAM................ 2 2 4

Totals.............. 20-52 6-20 6-10 9 19 28 15 52 9 18 1 6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-24 41.7% 2nd Half: 10-28 35.7% Game: 38.5% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 2-12 16.7% 2nd Half: 4-8 50.0% Game: 30.0% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 1-2 50.0% 2nd Half: 5-8 62.5% Game: 60.0% 4

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HOME TEAM: BYU Cougars 4-0

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

30 CUMMARD, Lee........ f 5-7 2-3 1-1 0 1 1 4 13 3 0 1 0 21

45 TAVERNARI, Jonathan. f 7-16 3-8 1-2 1 4 5 2 18 1 1 0 3 29

54 MILES, Chris........ c 1-1 0-0 1-2 2 3 5 3 3 3 2 0 0 16

04 EMERY, Jackson...... g 3-4 2-3 0-0 0 5 5 2 8 3 0 0 0 25

32 FREDETTE, Jimmer.... g 5-8 2-3 1-2 1 3 4 1 13 5 2 0 3 25

01 ABOUO, Charles...... 2-6 1-2 4-4 0 2 2 1 9 2 1 0 0 21

02 MORGAN, JR., Lamont. 3-5 2-2 2-3 0 0 0 0 10 4 4 0 2 24

15 ANDERSON, James..... 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 8

20 PINEGAR, Matthew.... 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 9

34 HARTSOCK, Noah...... 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 2 4 0 0 0 0 16

53 MACGREGOR, Gavin.... 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 6

TEAM................ 2 2

Totals.............. 30-54 12-22 11-16 8 23 31 17 83 22 11 1 9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-29 55.2% 2nd Half: 14-25 56.0% Game: 55.6% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 9-15 60.0% 2nd Half: 3-7 42.9% Game: 54.5% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 2-5 40.0% 2nd Half: 9-11 81.8% Game: 68.8% 2

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Officials: Winston Stith, Mike Giarratano, Doran Gotschall

Technical fouls: Rice-None. BYU Cougars-None.

Attendance: 9277

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

Rice.......................... 23 29 - 52

BYU Cougars................... 43 40 - 83

Points in the paint-RICE 22,BY 26. Points off turnovers-RICE 12,BY 23.

2nd chance points-RICE 9,BY 12. Fast break points-RICE 4,BY 12.

Bench points-RICE 27,BY 28. Score tied-1 time. Lead changed-0 times.

Last FG-RICE 2nd-02:01, BY 2nd-01:49.

Largest lead-RICE None, BY by 39 2nd-08:10.

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