BYU vs. Utah: Game Notes & Quotes

(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
Player Notes
  • Nate Austin drilled a 3-pointer to give him treys in four-straight games.
  • Noah Hartsock was 5 of 5 from the charity stripe in the first half and 6 of 6 for the game. Hartsock finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds and blocked 4 shots for the third time this year.
  • Craig Cusick finished with a career-high 10 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds. Cusick’s two 3-pointers helped spark runs of 7-0 and 10-0. 
  • After not taking a shot until the second half, Charles Abouo scored three baskets in a row, including a 3-pointer. Abouo finished with 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting.
 
Team Notes
  • Head coach Dave Rose went with the starting lineup of Anson Winder, Brock Zylstra, Charles Abouo, Noah Hartsock and Brandon Davies.
  • BYU assisted on 85.7 percent of its field goals in the first half, but made just 7 shots. In the second half the team assisted on 9 of 12 makes to give them 78.9 percent for the game.
  • The Cougars held Utah to 4 of 22 shooting and just 17 points in the first half. It ties the lowest point total in the first half for an opponent this season (17 vs. BYU-Hawaii) and a season-low point total for a game at 42.
  • BYU shot 52.2 percent in the second half to make up for a poor first half. BYU finished shooting 38.8 percent for the game.
  • The Cougars have now defeated Utah 6 games in a row and won 10 of their last 11 contests vs. their in-state rivals.
 
Game Trends
  • Cusick sank a 3-pointer to give BYU an 8-5 lead with just over 12 minutes left in the first half after trailing 5-1 for a 7-0 run.
  • Stephen Rogers hit a trey to extend BYU’s lead to 16-12 with under nine minutes left in the first half.
  • Zylstra made two 3-pointers at the end of the first half to give BYU a 25-17 lead heading into the break.
  • Cusick and Hartsock made back-to-back threes with 13:52 left in the game, giving BYU its largest lead to that point at 36-22 as part of a 10-0 run in the second half.
  • Abouo made three-straight buckets including a 3-pointer to stretch BYU’s lead to 52-32 with just over five minutes on the clock.