BYU vs. Nevada: Game Notes & Quotes

(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
Player Notes
  • Anson Winder got the first points of the game for the Cougars with a dribble and drive layup in the first minute of play. Winder finished with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in 38 minutes in his first career start.
  • Zylstra hit the first 3-pointer of the game with 15:13 left in the first half. Zylstra finished with 8 points and two 3-pointers.
  • Hartsock scored 11 points in the first half on 5 of 8 shooting. Hartsock made 4 of 4 in the second half and tied a career high with 21 points.
  • The duo of Hartsock and Abouo was 10 of 10 shooting in the second half, combining for 26 points.
  • Abouo led all scorers with 22 points and tied a career high with four three-pointers. He also added 8 boards, 4 assists and 3 steals.
Team Notes
  • Head coach Dave Rose went with the starting lineup of Anson Winder, Brock Zylstra, Charles Abouo, Noah Hartsock and Brandon Davies. It is the third different lineup of the season.
  • BYU made 6 of 7 shots from the field over a four minute stretch in the first half. Zylstra and Hartsock both made threes during the run. 
  • The Cougars opened the second half hot, hitting 9 of 13 shots in the first 10 minutes of the second half, including 4 of 5 from behind the arc. BYU also outrebounded Nevada 11-3 during the stretch.
  • BYU made just two three-pointers in the first half but turned it on by making 6 of 10 treys in the second half as part of a 63 percent shooting effort in the second half.
Record Watch
  • Noah Hartsock tied a career-high with 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting. Hartsock had 21 against Fresno State in the 2010-11 season.
  • Abouo tied a career high with four three-pointers en route to his game-high 22 points. Abouo sank four treys at San Diego State last year.
Game Trends
  • The Cougars used a 16-0 run to go ahead 24-6 with under 11:42 minutes to go in the first half. Zylstra and Hartsock hit 3s during the run.
  • Hartsock broke a cold spell of 0 for 6 shooting for BYU and no points over four minutes with an easy layup under the basket to give the Cougars a 26-15 lead with 7:32 to go in the first half.
  • BYU made three shots in a row to help keep pace with the surging Wolfpack to stay ahead at 41-36 with 16:34 left in the second half.
  • Abouo made a 3-pointer with 10:46 left in the game to extend the Cougars’ lead back to double digits at 55-43.
  • Winder made a fast-break bucket to give BYU a 73-51 lead with 1:28 left in the game and to push the lead to more than 20 points.

 

Head coach Dave Rose

“I was really pleased with how guys played. I thought that we attacked for 40 minutes. We got a little bit soft when Nevada went to that zone but we got more comfortable as the game went on. That’s a good win. Trying to get your first win out of your building every year is always a real challenge so I am really proud of our guys.”

On Anson Winder at point guard:
"I really like the way he plays on attack. Craig Cusick does a really good job of getting us in the offense. Anson is probably a little more aggressive with the ball. With the two of them I think we can really build on this and we can become an aggressive, attacking team like we want to be."
 
"Charles was terrific. I think what happens is when they feel that zone press and they fall back into the zone, if you make one or two mistakes you get really passive. I thought Noah did a great job calling for the ball and making some big shots for us. All you need is a basket every once in a while to give you some confidence and keep attacking." 
 
On a slow finish in the first half:
“You get a few guys that are inexperienced and haven’t played much on the road. If your team makes a mistake or a turnover immediately you want to slow down and be conservative. I really felt like we had a couple guys really bail us out. Noah did a great job and Charles too. That can help other guys relax.”