BYU vs. Gonzaga: Game Notes and Quotes

Kyle Collinsworth led the Cougars in rebounds (7) and steals (3) in their third-round victory. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

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Player Notes

-Jackson Emery started strong for BYU, going 2-of-3 from three-point range to score 8 points, with 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in the first 8 minutes of play. Emery finished with 16 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals.

-Jimmer Fredette led the Cougars in the first half with 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, including 4-of-7 from long range, adding 3 assists. He finished with 34 points on 11-of-23 shooting from the field, including 7-of-12 from three-point range, while adding 6 assists, 2 rebounds and 1 steals.

-Stephen Rogers provided a spark off the bench, posting 10 points, 2 rebounds and 1 block in the first half. He finished with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 1 block.

-By going 3-for-3 from the free-throw line, Rogers extended his team-leading free-throw streak to 27.

-Kyle Collinsworth continued to fill the stat sheet for the Cougars, scoring 6 points with 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists and 1 block.

Team Notes

-The Cougars shot .536 (15-of-28) from the field in the first half, including 9-of-17 from three-point range and held Gonzaga to .394 (13-of-33) before the break.

-Three Cougars scored in double figures in the first half, led by Fredette's 14, Emery's 11 and Rogers' 10.

-BYU recorded 4 steals in the first 4 minutes of the second half, turning those turnovers into 9 points.

-The Cougars turned the ball over only 8 times and forced the Bulldogs to turn the ball over 15 times, recording 10 steals.

-BYU shot .525 (31-59) from the field, including 14-of-28 from three-point range.

Record Watch

-A three pointer at the 7:20 mark of the first half by Fredette gave him his 288th-career trey and moved him into first place all-time on the MWC three-point field goal list. He now has 293 career threes.

-Emery's 3rd steal of the game at the 16:35 mark of the second half made him the MWC all-time steals leader. Emery passed Richie Williams, who tallied 246 steals for San Diego State from 2005-09. He now has 247 career steals.

-Fredette moved into 4th place on the BYU all-time steals list. He has 166 for his career.

-Fredette is now the all-time leading scorer in the state of Utah with 2,567 career points. He passed Keith Van Horn of Utah (1993-97) during the Gonzaga win. Van Horn had 2,542 career points.

Game Trends

-The Cougars jumped out to an early 8-4 lead on three pointers from Emery and Hartsock before Gonzaga tied the score at 8 with 15:40 remaining in the first half.

-Fredette and Emery combined for 25 of BYU's 45 first-half points to lead BYU to a 45-38 lead at halftime.

-BYU extended its lead in the second half to a game-high 16 after a Fredette layup gave the Cougars a 56-40 lead at the 16:25 mark.

-An 11-2 Gonzaga run made the score 63-55 with 12:24 remaining in the game.

-A Hartsock three-pointer capped a 12-0 BYU run and gave the Cougars a 75-55 lead at the 8:17.

-BYU's biggest lead came at the 1:14 mark after a Hartsock three pointer gave the Cougars a 89-65 cushion.

Postgame Quotes

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

"I'm just really pleased. I'm happy for our players. I think that we had to play our best game in this situation. Gonzaga was on a great streak. It was a game where we knew that we had to play together. We had to play with confidence. We had to play on attack. I thought for 40 minutes, we might have been as good as we've been all year."

Jackson Emery

"I take a lot of pride in setting the tone. Jimmer is going to demand so much attention because of the player he is. But the most important thing is that his supporting cast hit shots. I thought not only I, but Noah, Stephen, the rest of the guys did a tremendous job of being aggressive tonight."

Jimmer Fredette

"They were just falling tonight. Sometimes that happens. You have off nights, then you come back and have good nights. Kind of the law of percentages throughout the year. I just felt good tonight. I was fortunate to make some shots."

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