BYU vs. Pepperdine postgame notes and quotes

(Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)

Player Notes

  • Brandon Davies finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds for his second-straight double-double and sixth of the season. The performance is the 7th in Davies’s career where he’s finished with more than 20 points to go alone with more than 10 rebounds. He now has 19 career double-doubles, good for 15th all-time at BYU.
  • Tyler Haws was also in double figures, finishing with 21 points for his 15th game this season with 20 or more points.
  • Matt Carlino finished with 12 points for his 9th-straight double figure game and 12th game this season.
  • Brandon Davies reached double-figure points with a dunk at the 5:09 mark in the first half to cut Pepperdine’s lead to 21-16.
  • Tyler Haws reached double-figure points with a 3-pointer at the 13:27 mark in the second half to cut Pepperdine’s lead to 38-36.
  • Matt Carlino reached double-figure points off a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left in the game to give BYU the 63-59 lead.
  • Brandon Davies, Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino (BYU's 3 leading scorers) combined for 53 of BYU's 63 total points in the game.

Team Notes

  • Dave Rose started Brandon Davies, Tyler Haws, Josh Sharp, Brock Zylstra and Matt Carlino tonight for the 11th-straight game. The Cougars are now 12-4 with that starting lineup this season.
  • Tonight’s dunks came from Brandon Davies at the 11:56 mark in the first half and the 5:09 mark in the first half.
  • BYU scored 20 points in the first half against Pepperdine. The points are a season low for a half this season.
  • BYU trailed Pepperdine 31-20 at halftime for its eighth halftime deficit this season.
  • The Cougars have now come back to win the game after trailing at halftime four times this season. The other instances were against Utah, San Francisco and the first meeting with Pepperdine in Provo.
  • BYU outscored Pepperdine 21-9 in points off turnovers.
  • BYU is now 17-0 this season when leading with 1 minute left in the game.
  • The Cougars shot just 31.3 percent from the field in the first half and improved to 53.6 percent in the second against Pepperdine. BYU has now shot under 35 percent for the first half in just one other game, against Pepperdine in the first meeting. The Cougars also turned around and shot over 50 percent in the second half in that game.

Game Trends

  • Brandon Davies scored the first four points for BYU through the first four minutes of play.
  • Between 16:09 and 14:00 in the first half, BYU went on a 6-0 run to go up 8-7.
  • Brandon Davies (12) and Tyler Haws (6) combined for 18 of BYU’s 20 points in the first half.
  • Matt Carlino sored the first four points for BYU in the second half.  
  • Anson Winder hit the first 3-pointer for BYU at the 15:55 mark in the second half.
  • Between 15:55 and 13:05 in the second half, BYU went on a 9-0 run on three-straight 3-pointers to cut Pepperdine’s lead to 38-36.
  • A Tyler Haws jumper with 6:24 to go gave BYU the 49-47 lead. It was the first lead for the Cougars since leading 8-7 with 14:26 to go in the first half.
  • Between 6:24 and 4:36 in the second half Tyler Haws scored all seven points for BYU.

Tyler Haws
"It feels good to get a win. We’ve been on the other end of a close game like this so it’s nice to be on the winning side this time. We came out a little sluggish in the first half and wanted to come out stronger in the second. I’m proud of how everyone played and chipped in tonight."

"Everyone made big shots tonight – it was a great team effort going down the stretch to be able to win. I’m always going to do whatever I can for the team so if that means making shots late in the game then I'll do my best."

"When Brandon is performing well it creates so many opportunities for everyone else, on offense and defense. He really can do it all out there."

Head coach Dave Rose
"I knew this was going to be a real challenge for us, especially after the way we struggled the first time we played them. We really competed tonight though. Once we got that lead I thought our guys got on top of it and it felt good to get that lead down the stretch."

"Tonight wasn't a superb offensive of defensive effort but it was a great competitive win. The guys really played for each other tonight, once we figured things out a little bit. Brandon was so consistent for us tonight."

"We knew this was going to be a real grind. Pepperdine is such a well-coached team and they push to play their game. It felt good to get a win playing a little bit out of our element and our guys did well adjusting."

"I’m really proud of the guys finding a way to win this game. We have a few issues to address, definitely, but we’ll take this win and go home to get ready for Santa Clara."