BYU vs. Cal State Northridge postgame notes and quotes

(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

BYU vs. Cal State Northridge recap

Player Notes

  • Tyler Haws got to 20 points with a 3-pointer at the 16:10 mark in the second half. Haws finished with a career-high 32 points in the game. Haws has now had 6-straight games with 20-plus points. Only Devin Durrant, with 7, started the season with more 20-point games in a row.
  • Tyler Haws’s 32 points is the most for a BYU player since Matt Carlino scored 30 at San Francisco on 2/16/12.
  • Brandon Davies and Brock Zylstra also scored in double digits with 12 and 14, respectively. Zylstra’s points were a season high. 
  • Brandon Davies went 2 for 2 from the free throw line against CSUN, extending his current free throw streak to 12 straight dating back to 11/21/12.
  • Tyler Haws went a career-high 12 for 12 from the free-throw line against CSUN, extending his current free throw streak to 14 straight dating back to 11/21/12.
  • The Cougars were 0 for 7 from behind the arc to start the game until Tyler Haws made BYU’s first 3-pointer of the game at the 6:24 mark to cut CSUN’s lead to one at 30-29. Haws was the only Cougar to make a 3-pointer in the first half. BYU went 4 of 7 from the 3-point line in the second half with baskets from Haws, Cusick and two from Zylstra. 
  • Brock Zylstra finished the game with a season-high 7 rebounds and season-high 5 assists.
  • Matt Carlino started the game on the bench for the first time since his debut against Baylor on 12/17/11 and finished with 8 points while dishing out 6 assists. In his previous three games Carlino totaled 4 points and 3 assists.
Team Notes
  • Dave Rose started Brandon Davies, Craig Cusick, Tyler Haws, Agustin Ambrosino and Brock Zylstra for the first time this season. The start is Ambrosino’s first of his career.
  • BYU was 100 percent from the free-thrown line (14-14) through the first 18 minutes of the game.
  • BYU finished the first half with 7 assists and 21 rebounds. 
  • BYU finished the game with 18 assists and 38 rebounds.
Game Trends
  • Between 4:16 and 1:27 in the first half, BYU went on a 9-0 run to put them up by 9 at 43-34 for the Cougars’ largest lead in the first half.
  • With BYU’s 6-point lead at halftime, the Cougars have now led at the half in all of their games this season but one (Florida State).
  • The Cougars were held scoreless through the first 2:36 of the second half before Brandon Davies scored to bring the score to 48-46 in BYU’s favor.
  • Between 17:24 and 15:55 in the second half, BYU went on a 7-0 run to go up 53-46.
  • The Matadors took their first lead of the second half, after going on an 8-0 run, with 4:01 to play on a basket from Stephan Hicks to put them up 74-73. A Tyler Haws jumper with 3:44 to play ended the run and put BYU ahead 75-74. The Cougars led the rest of the game.
  • Between 3:44 and :29 in the second half, BYU went on an 12-0 to go up 85-74. 
  • BYU’s largest lead of the second half was by 12 with 20 seconds to play, up 87-75. 

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
“Cal State Northridge has themselves a great team. I think one of the great challenges is to prepare for a team that is 6-0. That’s enough games in the season to realize the team has a great will to win. It didn’t come easy tonight. Those guys are extremely confident and have a unique style that makes them very dangerous.”

“I thought we made enough plays in big situations to get the win and it’s a real step forward for us. I thought we did a much better job late in the game to control their lane penetration.”

“A really positive thing for our team is how we responded to their runs. We got ourselves in a situation with just under four minutes where we were down and needed a huge basket. We found a way to get the basket then a stop and a rebound before scoring again. Those are winning plays. You need to make winning plays. I felt like that was a big part of our game.”

Tyler Haws
“I was trying to make the play that was there tonight and be aggressive. Going into the game our plan was to attack on every possession and I was able to make a few plays going down the stretch to help my team.” 

“It feels great to play at home and be able to win. I feel like our team is on a roll now and I like where we are at.”

“We had a great crowd tonight. I think we fed off that energy going down the stretch and it pushed us to get the win.”

Brock Zylstra
“We were really getting after it tonight. We knew that down the stretch we had to get some stops and make some plays. Tyler definitely hit some big shots for us but then defensively I thought we were all in it together.”