BYU vs. San Francisco: Postgame Notes and Quotes

Noah Hartsock made his first career start in BYU's 69-43 win over San Francisco. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

Postgame Notes

BYU vs. San Francisco Dec. 5, 2009

Energy Solutions Arena Salt Lake City, Utah

Player Notes

— Dating back to last season, with 13 points against San Francisco, Jimmer Fredette has now scored in double figures in 21 consecutive games. The last Cougar to accomplish this feat as Travis Hansen, also with 21 games in a row during the 2002-03 season.

— Making 4-of-4 from the free throw line, Fredette has now made 27 straight free throws. After missing his first two free throws of the season, Fredette is 40 for his last 41. His previous career high was 19 straight, accomplished last season.

— Emery led the team in scoring for the second time this season with 14 points, including 5-of-7 from the field and 3-of-5 from three. Emery also totaled 4 steals, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists in a team-high 30 minutes.

— In his first career start, sophomore Noah Hartsock set a new career high in minutes played (28), leading the team with 5 rebounds and tying career highs in steals (2) and assists (2), while adding 2 points and 2 blocks.

Team Notes

— The Cougars went with their third different starting lineup this season, as Hartsock started for the first time in his career. Other starters included Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Tyler Haws and Chris Miles.

— The Dons 24 first half point total is tied for the second-lowest allowed by the Cougars this season (22 vs. Southern, 24 vs. Idaho St.)

— BYU allowed just 5 second-chance points, the fewest of any opponent this year.

— BYU scored 21 fast-break points to San Fran’s two, both season-bests for the Cougars.

— The Dons scored 19 points in the second half, the fewest for a BYU opponent since Western Oregon (17) in 2006.

— BYU shot 12-of-12 from the free throw line, the Cougars best mark since 1/4/2005 at St. Mary’s when BYU hit 3-of-3.

Record Watch

Jonathan Tavernari became the BYU career three-point leader, hitting 2-of-5 tonight, including the record-breaker at 8:56 in the second half. Tavernari now has 214 three-pointers, one more than Mark Bigelow’s previous record of 213.

Game Trends

— BYU went on a 10-1 run in the first half, taking an 18-8 lead. Tavernari made a layup, Fredette scored on an old fashioned three-point play, Davies slammed home a fast break dunk and Morgan sunk a three-pointer.

— BYU began the second half on an 11-2 run, increasing a 35-24 lead to 46-26. Miles started with a layup and a free throw, followed by a trey from Emery. Fredette then hit two free throws, then added another after getting fouled on a layup conversion.

— The Cougars went on a 20-3 run in the second half, increasing their lead to 69-37. The Dons scored three field goals and 9 total points in the last 9:45 of the game.

Postgame Quotes

BYU vs. San Francisco Dec. 5, 2009

Energy Solutions Arena Salt Lake City, Utah

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

“It was a good win. We were pretty fortunate. I was really happy with the way our guys were sharing the ball offensively, and it’s just nice to get a win and get things working in a positive direction again.”

“I believe defensively this team is playing better than they are offensively. We are still trying to find the right combination on offense, but again I was really pleased with how we shared the ball and how well our defense played.”

“I think we have a lot of weapons, but trying to get everyone in the flow of the offense is a challenge every year. The ball gets stagnant sometimes, so we just really need to find the right flow so we can play at the fast pace we are used to.”

“I’m really proud of him (Jonathan Tavernari). Its quite an accomplishment, and he really worked hard to achieve it. It’s a good record to have, but it’s nice to get it behind us so we can move on and keep winning games.”

San Francisco Head Coach Rex Walters

“We missed at least ten layups and ten free throws. Combine that with 14 turnovers and that’s a game of mistakes. Those will kill you. We just need better attention to detail.”

“This is a young team, which is what a lot of people probably don’t want to hear right now, but it is. We haven’t built a culture yet.”

“BYU’s post players had a hard time guarding our post player tonight. They had a tough time guarding Moustapha [Diarra]. Both Moustapha and Angelo [Caloiaro] were solid for us.”

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