BYU vs. Prairie View A&M: Game Notes & Quotes

(Photo by Jonathan Hardy/BYU Photo)
Player Notes
  • Noah Hartsock hit BYU’s first field goal of the game on a three-pointer with 17:42 left in the first half. Hartsock finished with 12 points.
  • Anson Winder scored in double figures for the first time in his career with 11 points on 3 of 5 shooting and made all three of his free throw attempts.
  • Hartsock had three blocks in the game for the 16th time in his career and first time this season. BYU is 15-1 when Hartsock has at least three blocks.
  • Charles Abouo scored nine of BYU’s first 14 points of the second half. Abouo finished with 13 points.
  • Stephen Rogers drained three treys for the second straight game and the fifth time in his career.
 
Team Notes
  • Head coach Dave Rose went with the starting lineup of Craig Cusick, Brock Zylstra, Charles Abouo, Noah Hartsock and Brandon Davies for the second time this season.
  • The Cougar defense allowed just one three-pointer in 10 attempts to Prairie View in the first half and limited them to 3 of 20 for the game.
  • Five players scored in double figures. Rogers led with 18 points, Davies 13, Abouo 13, Hartsock 12 and Winder had 11 points.
  • BYU made 12 treys in the game to follow up last game’s 15 threes. That makes 27 made three-pointers over the last two games compared to just 7 treys combined the first two games. BYU has shot 56.3 percent from downtown the last two games.
  • The 27 made three-pointers are the most BYU has ever made in a two game span.
  • The Cougars scored over 50 points in the second half in back-to-back games with 56 tonight and 57 last game.
 
Record Watch
  • Rogers set a new career-high in points with 18. The junior improved his career mark in back-to-back games with 17 last game and 18 tonight.
 
Game Trends
  • BYU fell behind 9-6 after more than five minutes of play but a made layup by Hartsock and two made free throws from Zylstra pulled BYU ahead 10-9 with 13:54 left in the first half.
  • The Cougars hit back-to-back threes with 12:53 left to push their lead to 16-11.
  • Rogers hit a three-pointer with 2:39 left in the first half to give BYU its largest lead of the half at 32-21. 
  • BYU went on an 18-0 run over a 5:59 span to stretch the Cougars’ lead to 59-32 in the second half with 10:10 left in the game. BYU put together two more 6-0 runs to stretch the lead to 79-39 with 4:43 left in the game.
  • The Cougars outscored Prairie View 56-26 in the second half.

 

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
 
“As the game went on, we got better. We got better as a team. We had a lot of guys that stepped up for us in their respective positions and we’re all pleased with the win. We’re ready to get back to practice tomorrow and then prepare to head out to Chicago.”
 
“Anson has responded really well to playing more minutes. He’s playing well and I know how hard he’s worked so that’s good for him. He’s definitely progressing in every game he plays.”
 
“Stephen is great off the bench. His length really causes problems for most teams and that’s a huge strength for him and us.”
 
“As we got more energy from the crowd tonight, we got better. We were really active in the zone and it worked for us tonight. I think it was successful and allowed us a lot of opportunities to get the ball in our possession and convert on turnovers.”
 
 
Prairie View Head Coach Byron Rimm
 
“It was a terribly played second half. Our transition defense was terrible and we gave up. It was a good basketball game by BYU.” 
 
“We needed to do the little things to be successful. Guys didn’t want to swing the ball or cut hard. We needed to knock down little shots and knock down free throws.”