BYU vs. Creighton Game Notes and Quotes

Brandon Davies scored a career-best 24 points at Creighton. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

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Player Notes

-Davies scored a career-high 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting and added 6 rebounds - including 5 offensive boards. Davies made his last 8 field goal attempts and completed 4 three-point plays.

-Kyle Collinsworth scored 8 points in the first half, tying his most points in a first half this season, and added 4 boards and 2 assists. He finished the game with 12 points to tie his career high and set a career high with 10 rebounds to give him his first-career double-double.

-Jimmer Fredette finished with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals against the Bluejays. He has scored in double figures in all seven games this season.

-Despite missing practice on Monday and Tuesday due to shin soreness, Jackson Emery finished the game with 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. He also had 3 threes, his third game this season and 20th of his career with three-plus threes. BYU is 3-0 this season and 19-1 overall when Emery hits at least three threes.

-Noah Hartsock hit a three to give BYU an 11-6 lead. It was his second trey of the season and third of his career. Hartsock finished the game with 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a career-best 5 blocks.

Team Notes

-Coach Dave Rose started Jimmer Fredette, Kyle Collinsworth, Charles Abouo, Noah Hartsock and Brandon Davies. It was the fourth different starting lineup for the Cougars this season. Fredette is the only player to start all seven games this season.

-The Cougars led 34-28 at the half against Creighton. BYU has led at the half five times this season, trailed once and been tied once.

-Four players scored in double figures, including Brandon Davies (24 points), Jimmer Fredette (13 points), Jackson Emery (13 points) and Kyle Collinsworth (12 points). BYU is 3-0 this season when four players score in double figures.

-With the 77-65 win, BYU handed Creighton its first Wednesday loss in the Qwest Center Omaha. The Bluejays were 23-0 on Wednesdays in their home arena heading into Wednesday’s game.

Record Watch

-BYU head coach Dave Rose is now 134-40 in his sixth season at BYU. He is the Cougars’ all-time leader in winning percentage (.770) and is three wins from tying Glen Potter for fifth all-time in wins at BYU.

-With 13 points at Creighton, Fredette has 1,693 career points and is 22 points from tying Mark Bigelow (1,715 points) for eighth all-time in scoring at BYU.

Game Trends

-BYU opened the game shooting 5-of-7 from the field for an 11-6 lead.

-With the Cougars leading 14-12, Fredette assisted threes by Charles Abouo and Logan Magnusson and made a free throw for a 7-0 run. Emery added a three to make it a 10-0 run and a 24-12 lead — the team’s biggest lead of the half. BYU equaled the lead in the first half at 30-18 and 32-20.

-With the score tied at 51-all with just under 11 minutes remaining in the second half, Fredette started a 10-0 BYU run with a three-point play. Davies followed with a three-point play, Collinsworth scored on a tip in and Hartsock made it 61-51 with a fast break dunk.

-With the Cougars leading 64-58, Brandon Davies scored twice on offensive rebounds and completed a three-point play on the second put back. Davies’ 5-0 run gave BYU a 69-58 lead. He added another three-point player with 3:37 remaining to make it eight-straight points by Davies and a 72-60 BYU lead.

Quotes

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

“It was a great team win. You take a look at the numbers and it’s amazing how we shared the ball. We had a couple guys really step up and help us rebound the ball.”

“We relied so much on Jimmer this weekend that it was nice to see him trust his teammates and then everybody come through.”

“It was a really big win and should go a long way to build the confidence and chemistry of this group.”

On the BYU defensive effort:

“I’m glad that the guys are starting to really come together in their defensive assignments. We didn’t do everything exactly right as far as allowing shots but we didn’t make mistakes where guys didn’t know what they were doing. Our guys were really dialed in defensively.”

On Brandon Davies:

“He was really on a roll and they didn’t have an answer for him. Brandon was really dialed in tonight. He was not only scoring the ball, but he was rebounding and if we get consistent play like that from him I think this team can make some real steps forward.”

BYU Guard Kyle Collinsworth

“It’s a big win for us. It’s our first official road game in our blue uniforms. In front of a big crowd like this it’s always nice to come away with a victory.”

“It’s good to be able to win close games because we will have experience at the end of the year.”

On the BYU defensive effort:

“It’s just five guys that are all on the same page and we know what we need to do. We’re all playing with energy and trying to rebound, especially on the defensive end, and only give them one shot.”