BYU vs. Portland postgame notes and quotes

(Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)

Player Notes

  • Matt Carlino finished with a season-high 24 points, going 10 for 17 from the field, for his eighth-straight game in double figures and third game this season with 20-plus points. Carlino added six assists and four steals to the winning effort.
  • Brandon Davies finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double this season.
  • Brandon Davies has now had double-figure points in 21 of 22 games this season.
  • Tyler Haws also finished in double digits with 19 points. Haws has now had double-figure points in 20 of 22 games this season
  • Matt Carlino went 2 for 2 from the 3-point line and has now made more than one 3-pointer in six games this season.
  • Brandon Davies reached double-digit points on a free throw with 51 seconds left in the first half to put BYU up 36-27.
  • Matt Carlino reached double-digit points on a 3-pointer 30 seconds into the second half to put BYU up 42-29.
  • Tyler Haws reached double-digit points on a jumper at the 14:53 mark in the second half to put BYU up 57-36.

Team Notes

  • Dave Rose started Brandon Davies, Tyler Haws, Josh Sharp, Brock Zylstra and Matt Carlino tonight for the 10th-straight game. The Cougars are now 11-4 with that starting lineup this season.
  • Tonight’s dunks came from Josh Sharp at the 5:56 mark of the first half, and Brandon Davies at the 2:49 mark of the first half and 7:03 mark of the second half.
  • BYU forced 17 turnovers in the game, 11 of them coming in the first half. The most turnovers forced by BYU this season are 24 against Northern Arizona.
  • BYU led Portland by 10, 39-29, at halftime for its 14th halftime lead this season and ninth in double-figure lead at the half.
  • With the 85-67 win over Portland, the Cougars are now 6-1 this season and 51-10 under head coach Dave Rose when coming off a loss.
  • BYU outscored Portland in points off turnovers 24-4.

Game Trends

  • BYU started the game on a 7-2 run through the first two minutes, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Tyler Haws at the 19:06 mark. It was the only 3-pointer in the first half from BYU.
  • Between 18:33 and 17:05 BYU went on a 7-0 run to go up 49-31.
  • BYU started the second half shooting 8 for 9 from the field, good for 88.9 percent. 

Head coach Dave Rose
"I thought it was a great effort tonight by our guys - we got off to a great start. That first half we were really dialed in, everyone was playing their part. Matt (Carlino) really controlled the game right from the start and that's what we need from our point guard. Brandon (Davies) was able to make big plays and run the offense. Overall, it was a really great from everyone."

"This group of guys really does a good job of playing hard and playing with a purpose – we share the ball well, attack well, execute our game plan, etc. When we're able to play our game we win."

"I think, in the conference race, if you get a few losses you take a good look at your team and find out what you can do better. The way this conference plays you have to be extremely consistent to end up on top. We've got lots of games left and we'll take them one at a time, and hopefully we can get better and improve. We'll take this win and build on it to hopefully get more."

Matt Carlino
"It's hard to tell when the team is really going to bounce back after a loss until you're actually on the court – but we came out and showed intensity tonight. Our team has responded really well this season after losing a game."

"We wanted to push the pace tonight and play our own game. We executed our game plan pretty well I thought and got a good win. We were able to get them to turnover the ball more than they usually do so that's good – it was part of our game plan."

"I don't think we think a lot about us three (Carlino, Haws and Davies) having to have big games. It might be in the back our minds a little but we just all come out and play our hardest. Everyone's working hard and playing for a win."