BYU vs. Southern Miss postgame notes and quotes

(Photo by BYU Photo/Mark Philbrick)

Player Notes

  • Brock Zylstra finished with a season-high 23 points and hit a season-high five 3-pointers for his 12th game in double digits and first with 20-plus this season. At halftime, Zylstra had already reached his season high five 3-pointers and tied his season high with 18 points.
  • Brock Zylstra also contributed 10 rebounds for his first career double-double.
  • Brock Zylstra’s five 3-pointers tie a BYU record for 3-point field goals made in a single NIT game.
  • In 3 NIT games, Brock Zylstra is shooting 47.4 percent (9 of 19) from the 3-point line. 
  • Tyler Haws finished with 25 points for his 33rd game in double digits and 24th with 20-plus – tied Danny Ainge for fouth-most 20-point games in a season at BYU. Haws has 1,152 career points, moving him up four places into 31st all-time at BYU and passing Ainge (1,130) for most points through a sophomore season in program history.
  • Tyler Haws has now scored 755 points this season, the fifth-most in a season in BYU history.
  • Tyler Haws now holds the BYU record for career NIT points with 86, passing Roland Minson’s record of 80.
  • In 3 NIT games, Tyler Haws is averagin 28.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg and shooting 54.0 percent from the field. 
  • Matt Carlino finished with 15 points for his 20th game in double digits, and 9 assists for the third-straight game.
  • In 3 NIT games, Matt Carlino is averaging 17.7 ppg, 9.0 apg and shooting 44.8 percent (13 of 29) from the 3-point line.
  • Brandon Davies finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds for his 11th double-double this season. Brandon has 833 career rebounds, good for 7th all-time at BYU. He has 1,667 career points, good for 10th all-time at BYU.
  • In 3 NIT games, Brandon Davies is averaging 20.0 ppg and 10.7 rpg.
  • Brock Zylstra reached double-digit points on a 3-pointer at the 11:36 mark of the first half, putting BYU up 17-10.
  • Tyler Haws reached double-digit points with a jumper at the 1:33 mark of the first half, putting BYU up 34-29.
  • Matt Carlino reached double-digit points with a 3-pointer at the 11:31 mark of the second half, putting BYU up 60-42.

Team Notes

  • Dave Rose started Brandon Davies, Tyler Haws, Brock Zylstra, Nate Austin and Matt Carlino tonight for the fourth-straight game.
  • BYU led 40-29 over Southern Miss at halftime for its 23rd halftime lead this season.
  • The Cougars hit a season-high 11 3-pointers against Southern Miss.
  • The last time BYU had two players record a double-double was on Feb. 23, 2012 at Gonzaga when Brandon Davies had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Charles Abouo had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
  • The Cougars tallied 24 assists to Southern Miss’ eight and shot 44.6 percent from the field compared to 33.3 from the Golden Eagles.

Game Trends

  • After being down 5-0, between 18:51 and 13:11 in the first half BYU went on an 11-0 run to go up 11-5.
  • Between 15:57 and 9:06 in the first half, Brock Zylstra scored all 12 of BYU’s points off 3-pointers.
  • BYU ended the first half on an 8-0 run, holding Southern Miss scoreless for the last 1:46 and going up 40-29.
  • In the first four minutes of the second half, BYU went on an 8-2 run to take a 48-31 lead. 


Matt Carlino
"We're playing to have fun and playing to win - everything's good out there and flowing. It feels good. It's almost like we're playing with a second wind right now - I don't feel drained. Everyone's playing tough and making the most of where we're at."

"Our plan was to just attack - I think they get 15 steals a game so we knew we'd have to keep control of the ball. Guys just had to get to the right places on the court and we did that tonight."

Head coach Dave Rose
"I don't know how long it's been since we've been back to play an NIT game in New York but it sure is great for this team. Great for these guys. Maybe we were a little disappointed with this season but we've hung in there and we're doing well in this tournament. I think these guys are really playing their best and have got a second wind that's pushing them forward."

"Our point guard play is so important. We spent some time going back to finding ourselves, finding how we play, and the guys are executing. Matt (Carlino) has been the difference for us in these last couple games - he pushes the team, goes on the attack and makes shot. Plus we're getting a lot of other guys involved making shots, that's been huge for us. Brock (Zylstra) being able to make his 3s, and Brandon (Davies) and Tyler (Haws) being so consistent is helping us play how we really want."

"Moving ahead, I like where we're at. Nate (Austin) has played some of his best basketball in these last couple games and those other guys I talked about makes me confident. I'm excited for next year but right now we're just focusing on our next game, and making this season last."