BYU vs. Baylor postgame notes and quotes

(Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)

Player Notes

  • Tyler Haws hit double figures on a layup before the 10-minute mark in the first half. He finished with 13 points, his 11th double-figure outing in 12 games this season, and four rebounds.
  • Brandon Davies recorded a double-double with 26 points and 17 rebounds. He reached double figures in points at the 19:04 mark in the second half. Davies has scored in double figures 19 games in a row, dating back to last season. He has three double-doubles this season and 16 for his career.
  • Davies also recorded a double-double last season when BYU fell 86-83 to Baylor, finishing with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Davies went 11 of 15 from the free throw line against Baylor.

Team Notes

  • Dave Rose started Brandon DaviesTyler HawsCraig CusickNate Austin and Matt Carlino tonight for the second time this season.
  • BYU trailed 40-31 at halftime, only the fourth time this year the Cougars have trailed at the half this season.
  • BYU outscored Baylor in the paint 24-14 in the first half and 42-34 overall.
  • BYU recorded 16 points off turnovers to Baylor’s 14.

Game Trends

  • BYU started off the first half with a 9-0 run to lead 9-2.
  • A 10-0 Baylor run tied the game up 29-29 and Cory Jefferson laid the ball in to give the Bears their first lead since the first minute of play.
  • Baylor took the lead with 2:57 left until halftime after trailing for most of the first half. BYU ended the half trailing 40-31 following Baylor’s 21-2 scoring streak.
  • Nate Austin scored first in the second half with a layup at 19:46.
  • BYU had a 7-0 run in the last part of the second half, starting at 10:10 and ending at 7:35. The run cut the Cougar deficit to 68-54.
  • Davies also made his third 3-pointer of the season with 1:46 left to play, cutting the score to 79-64.

Tyler Haws
"I feel like we missed a lot of easy baskets tonight and couldn't quite make the shots or plays we needed to. We wanted to come out strong and I thought, at first, we did that but Baylor is a great team and we let that early lead slip away from us."

"We can’t let the team we’re playing go on those huge runs like Baylor did or we aren’t going to win. We just have to get better. There were a lot of times tonight that I thought we didn’t play smart; we need to figure out what we can do individually to get better."

"We’re looking forward to next week. We still have a lot of games to play and a long season ahead of us. We’re excited to keep getting better."

BYU head coach Dave Rose
"I thought we were prepared for this game. Our game plan was good, practice was good and shootaround was good but then we get a couple misses in the game and give up some turnovers, and Baylor takes off. Things got out of hand – their length and athleticism showed through tonight."

"When we're playing a lot of young and inexperienced guys I rely a lot on our older guys. Brandon played his heart out tonight and again had an amazing night but we need players around him. That's basically what it comes down to – he just needs help."