Cougars Face the Aggies at the Spectrum Saturday

PROVO -- BYU will play its third in-state game of the year and final non-conference game when it faces Utah State Saturday in Logan. The Cougars (10-2) and Aggies (9-4) tip off at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The game will be televised by SportsWest Productions on KSL-TV with Tom Kirkland calling play by play and and former Cougar coach Tony Ingle providing game commentary. The game can be heard on KSL Newsradio 1160 AM with Greg Wrubell and former Cougar Mark Durrant calling the action.

Up Next

After Saturday's game, the Cougars will remain on the road to go directly to Las Vegas to open Mountain West Conference play Monday night against UNLV. The Rebels have a 9-3 record.

Last Time Out

BYU recovered from a 14-1 deficit to open the game against UC Irvine Wednesday to claim its 10th win of the year, 77-66. The Cougars were led by junior Terrell Lyday's 22 points, 19 coming in the second half. Mekeli Wesley added 18, Nathan Cooper 14 and Michael Vranes 11. BYU trailed the Anteaters at the half by only two points, 31-29, after getting in the early hole. Lyday was able to get to the foul line and hit 10-13 free throw attempts. He also went 2-4 from three-pointer range, extending the number of consecutive games he has made a three-pointer to 12. The Cougars out rebounded UC Irvine 29-27 and also out shot the Anteaters, 53 percent to 43 percent. Marek Ondera and Jerry Green led UCI with 20 and 16 points.

Quick Facts

BYU (10-2) at Utah State (9-4)

Saturday, Jan. 8 • Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) •Logan, Utah • 7 p.m. Mountain

BYU's Probable Starters

F 25 Eric Nielsen 6-8 205 So. 4.8 4.0

F 15 Mekeli Wesley 6-9 230 Jr. 18.9 6.2

G 24 Terrell Lyday 6-3 190 Jr. 15.2 3.4

G 31 Matt Montague 6-1 190 So. 2.3 3.2

G 13 Michael Vranes 6-3 190 So. 8.6 4.4

Utah State's Probable Starters

F 5 Shawn Daniels 6-6 250 Jr. 10.5 7.6

F 22 Troy Rolle 6-2 210 Sr. 11.5 3.8 1.3

C 14 Dimitri Jorssen 6-11 242 Jr. 8.2 5.4

G 10 Bernard Rock 5-10 165 Jr. 8.0 3.0

G 31 Tony Brown 6-3 194 So. 11.2 2.8

BYU Coach: Steve Cleveland

Record at BYU: 31-39 (3rd year)

Overall Div. I record: Same

USU Coach: Stew Morrill

Record at USU: 23-17 (2nd year)

Overall record: 241-155 (13th year)

Series Record: 130-85 BYU

Game Time: 7 p.m. Mountain

Broadcast Plans

Television:

Network: SportsWest Productions

Station: KSL, Channel 5

Air Time: 7 p.m. Mountain

Play-by-play: Tom Kirkland

Commentary: Tony Ingle

Satellite coordinates:

SGE 3 Transponder K-15 (KU-BAND)

Radio:

Network: Cougar Sports Network

Station: KSL Newsradio 1160 AM

Air Time: 6:30 p.m. Mountain

Play-by-play: Greg Wrubell

Commentary: Mark Durrant

Scouting Utah State

The Aggies are 9-4 overall and, like the Cougars, have won their last three games. The Aggies are a perfect 7-0 at home this year and are coming off a big win over Fresno State, 83-66. The Aggies have won five of their last six games with the lone loss coming at Weber State (86-73). Weber State is the only common opponent the Aggies and Cougars have played so far this year with Utah still remaining on BYU's conference schedule. The Aggies lost to the Utes in Salt Lake City (77-42). Utah State's other loss came against Florida (60-58) on a neutral floor at the Maui Classic in USU's second game of the year. Three Aggies are averaging double figures, led by senior Troy Rolle at 11.5 ppg. Sophomore Tony Brown scores 11.2 and junior Shawn Daniels adds 10.5 points and a team-best 7.6 rebounds per contest. The Aggies are shooting 46 percent from the floor, 32 percent on treys and 61 percent from the line. They are pulling down nearly five more boards than their opponents (37.5 -32.8). The Aggies score 69.6 points per game. USU coach Stew Morrill returns just three letterwinners from last years 15-13 team and has eight newcomers.

Series Notes

This will be the 216th meeting between the two rivals, dating back to 1905. BYU holds the edge in the series with a 130-85 record. The Cougars could pull even in the series in Logan with a win as the Aggies hold a 54-53 edge on their home court. The last time BYU won in Logan was in 1992 (Dec. 4) with the Cougars winning by 10, 93-83. The last game in Logan was a 72-69 Aggie win in 1997 (Nov. 29). The home team has won the last seven games in the series. Coach Cleveland is 1-1 against the Aggies in his two previous seasons. Utah State is BYU's oldest rival and the Cougars' 130 victories over the Aggies is BYU's most wins against any opponent.

Last Meeting

BYU managed a 61-59 win in Provo last Jan. 2 in the last meeting between the two schools. Neither team shot well with BYU making 38 percent of its shots and USU just 29 percent. BYU made all but one free throw (10-11) and Michael Vranes had career highs with 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Cougar effort. Mekeli Wesley and Nathan Cooper added 15 points apiece for the Cougars but they didn't get a lot of scoring from others as Silester Rivers and Mark Bigelow added four points each and Bret Jepsen one basket. Todd Christensen played 17 minutes and did not score, going 0-4 from behind the arc. Wesley had five assists. Donnie Johnson led USU with 14 points and Troy Rolle added 10. Tony Brown had eight points in 25 minutes.

In-State Stats

BYU is 2-0 this year against in-state teams with a 92-64 win over Southern Utah and a 66-53 Cougar Classic victory over Weber State. Saturday's game at Utah State is the Cougars' first in-state road game of the year. BYU will play Utah twice in Mountain West Conference action with the first meeting taking place in Provo Jan. 15. The Aggies are 0-2 this year against in-state foes with road losses at Weber State (86-73) and Utah (77-42). Overall, BYU is 113-112 against Utah, 130-85 against Utah State, 16-9 against Weber State and 3-0 against Southern Utah for a combined 262-206 in-state record.

BYU Player Notables

Mekeli Wesley

Mekeli is BYU's leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 18.9 ppg and 6.2 rpg. He has been BYU's top scorer in seven games this season. He scored 18 points and pulled down six boards against UC Irvine. He had six rebounds and scored a game-high 24 points, 16 in the second half, at UCSB -- the seventh time he has scored 20 or more points. He had eight points and seven rebounds at Florida International. He had a game-high 20 points at South Alabama. He averaged 21 points and nine rebounds to earn MWC Player of the Week honors (Dec. 7-11) and was named the Cougar Classic MVP for the second time in his career (also as freshman). After averaging three rebounds per game in first three contests, he averaged 7.4 over the next eight. He recorded his first double-double of the year (fourth of career) with 24 points and 10 rebounds in win over Texas Southern. He scored a season-high 26 points in back-to-back games this year versus Denver and Arizona State (he scored 31 points twice as a freshman).

Terrell Lyday

Lyday averages 15.2 points and team-high 31.8 minutes. He has scored in double figures in 10 of BYU's 12 games and has made a three-pointer in all 12 games this season on his way to a team-high 24 three pointers (24-58, .414). Last year he made more than 100 treys for Fresno City College. Wednesday, he scored a game-high 22 points, his second-best output of the year, to lead a BYU comeback win over UC Irvine. He had career-best six steals at UCSB, despite off night scoring (2-11 for eight points and held scoreless in the first half for the first time this year). He scored a career-best 26 points at FIU to match Mekeli Wesley for season-high honors. He had 15 points against South Alabama, where he was a perfect 4-4 on three-point attempts. He joined Wesley on the Cougar Classic All-Tournament team Dec. 10-11 and is showing why he was recruited by Coach Steve Cleveland out of Fresno City College to help replace production lost by the LDS Church mission departure of freshman sensation Mark Bigelow (15 ppg last year). He scored 18 points against Arizona and had 17 vs. ASU.

Michael Vranes

Vranes had one of his better games of the year Wednesday with 11 points, five rebounds and five assists against UC Irvine. He is second on the team with 3.3 assists per game from his shooting guard spot (averaged 2.9 last year as point guard). He is pulling down 4.4 rebounds per game and is third on the team in scoring at 8.6 ppg. He has made a trey in seven of 12 games and has scored in double figures in five games, including four of the last six. He is 15-33 (.455) on treys - second only to Christensen. Vranes matched a career high with a team-best nine rebounds at UCSB. He also had team-high three assists despite three points on 1-9 shooting. He scored eight of his 12 points in overtime at FIU. He totalled 10 points, six rebounds and a season-high seven assists vs. South Carolina State. He had a season-high 15 points along with five rebounds vs. Weber State.

Matt Montague

The only true point guard on the BYU roster, he has team-leading 53 assists (4.4 apg). He is averaging 2.3 points and 3.2 rebounds. He has been plagued by a achilles injury all year and was limited to only 10 minutes against UC Irvine Wednesday and did not record an assist for the first time this year. Montague did not take a shot but made three clutch free throws down the stretch at UCSB. He had two points, four rebounds and eight assists in team- and personal career-high 41 minutes at FIU. He shared team-high five rebounds with Wesley at South Alabama while handing out four assists. He matched his season high with five points vs. South Carolina State and made his second three-pointer of the year (2-6 on the season). After receiving stitches to repair a cut above his eye against ASU, Montague returned and led BYU on a 14-1 run. He dished out a season-high nine assists vs. Weber State and helped hold Wildcat guard Eddie Gill to 2-14 shooting.

Eric Nielsen

A returned LDS missionary to Russia, the sophomore is averaging 4.8 points and 4.0 rebounds. Nielsen returned to the starting lineup against UC Irvine after a two stint off the bench. He averaged 5.4 points (52.8 percent) and 4.0 rebounds in 24.6 minutes as a starter in the first nine games. He makes 51 percent of his attempts (23-45). After scoring 10 and 12 points in first two games, he has not reached double digits in the past 10 outings. He had four points, three rebounds and a season-high three assists against UC Irvine. At UCSB, he had three points and equaled a career-best seven rebounds. He was married to BYU All-American volleyball player Anna-Lena Smith Dec. 30 in Mesa, Ariz. Coming off the bench at Florida International, he had two points and two rebounds while fouling out in 16 minutes. He had eight points at South Alabama and at Denver. He scored a season-high 12 points versus Southern Utah and had 10 in the season-opener against UC Riverside.

Silester Rivers

Rivers averages 7.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He has a team-high 20 offensive boards and is shooting a team-best 58.2 percent (FG). He has scored in double figures five times this year and has led the team in rebounds three times (6 vs. UC Riverside, 9 at Denver, 11 at FIU). Rivers came off the bench against UC Irvine after starting the two previous games. Despite being weakened by the flu, he contributed five points and six rebounds in 11 minutes. He started his second straight game against UCSB but was 0-2 with four rebounds in 17 minutes. He played a season-high 31 minutes in his first start at Florida International and had double-double 10 points and season-high 11 rebounds. He scored eight points in 12 minutes at South Alabama. He scored game- and season-high 17 points against South Carolina State. Coming off the bench in the first nine games he averaged 8.8 ppg and is 4.3 rebounds, including 10 points versus Arizona State and 14 points in back-to-back games to open the year against UC Riverside and Southern Utah.

Nathan Cooper

He is coming off the bench this year after starting 23 of BYU's 28 games last year. He is averaging 7.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in 21 minutes and making 43 percent of his shots and team-best 28 of 32 free throws (.875). He has made a trey in four games. He and Michael Vranes received the coaches game ball for their effort against UC Irvine. Cooper had 14 points and four rebounds in a season-high 31 minutes. He scored BYU's first basket at UCSB five minutes into the contest and sparked an 8-0 run with a steal, forcing a turnover and handing out an assist. He finished with three points and three boards. He had five points, six rebound effort at FIU. He set a career high with seven assists at South Alabama. He scored a season- and team-high 15 points against Weber State, the third time he has reached double figures.

Todd Christensen

Regarded as the best shooter on the team, Christensen has made 26-50 attempts (.520), including 19-40 (team-best .475) from behind the arc. He averages 6.7 ppg in 16.6 minutes. He is sharing point guard duties after playing shooting guard most of last year. Christensen scored 13 points, including a four-point play at UCSB. Against UCSB and Florida International he was 9-16 (.562) from the floor, 6-11 (.545) on treys, and 3-3 from the line while averaging 13.5 ppg. He scored all of his 14 points in the first half at FIU (4-5 treys in 11 minutes). He had season-best three assists at South Alabama in 12 minutes. He had a season-high 16 points, including 5-8 threes, vs. South Carolina State. He scored 10 at Denver.

Dan Howard to Redshirt

Center Dan Howard, a 7-0 freshman, will take a medical redshirt year this season. He had surgery on his right knee after the Denver game. He played in BYU's first four games and was 3-3 (1.5 ppg) and averaged 2 rebounds in 4.8 minutes.

BYU Team Notables

Cougar Start among Best in Past 20 Years

BYU has achieved a 10-2 record for only the fourth time in the past 20 years and is off to its best start since 1991-92 when the Cougars also started the season with a 10-2 mark. BYU's best start was a 17-0 beginning to the 1987-88 season that had the Cougars, ranked No. 2 and coming off an 82-64 win over Utah, poised to overtake the No. 1 spot in the nation before an upset loss at Alabama-Birmingham. BYU also started 10-2 in 1980-81, the Danny Ainge-led team that went on to the NCAA Elite Eight.

Streaks

BYU has a three-game win streak and has won eight of its last nine. BYU's longest win streak of the year is five games. BYU's wins over Florida International and UC Santa Barbara are the first back-to-back non-conference road wins since the 1991-92 season (BYU won three straight non-conference away games that year). The two road wins also represent the first time BYU has won two straight road games since defeating San Diego State and Hawaii last year (the only time the Cougars accomplished the feat last year). BYU last won three straight road games in 1993-94 (Cougars had a six-game road streak in 1992-93). BYU is a perfect 7-0 at home this year and has won eight consecutive times at home including last year's regular season-ending win over UTEP (85-64). All eight wins have been by double-digit margins.

Cleveland vs. the Big West

Since Steve Cleveland took over the helm at BYU, the Cougars have played six games against Big West teams and have a 3-3 record. The Cougars are 2-0 this year after defeating UC Irvine (77-66) Wednesday and UC Santa Barbara (57-48) last week. Cleveland is 1-1 against Utah State and UC Irvine, 1-0 against UCSB and 0-1 against Boise State. Last year the Cougars split with Big West teams, winning at home against Utah State and falling on the road at Cleveland's alma mater UC Irvine. Saturday's game against Utah State is BYU's third straight game against a Big West opponent.

Numbers on the Road

BYU is 3-2 on the road this year, having already earned one more win in the opponent's home arena than all of last year (2-10 in true away games). The Cougars are scoring 69.2 for a 3.0 scoring margin. On the road, BYU is shooting .415, including .410 on threes, and .679 from the free throw line. BYU is being out rebounded 37.8-35.2 in its five away games. Mekeli Wesley averaged 17.3 points and six rebounds while leading BYU to a 2-1 record on its last road trip that included stops on the East and West coasts.

Starting Lineups

UCR Montague, Lyday, Vranes, Nielsen, Wesley

SUU Montague, Lyday, Vranes, Nielsen, Wesley

Ariz. Montague, Lyday, Vranes, Nielsen, Wesley

Den. Montague, Lyday, Vranes, Nielsen, Wesley

ASU Montague, Lyday, Vranes, Nielsen, Wesley

TSU Montague, Lyday, Vranes, Nielsen, Wesley

WSU Montague, Lyday, Vranes, Nielsen, Wesley

SCSU Montague, Lyday, Vranes, Nielsen, Wesley

USA Montague, Lyday, Vranes, Nielsen, Wesley

FIU Montague, Lyday, Vranes, Rivers, Wesley

UCSB Montague, Lyday, Vranes, Rivers, Wesley

UCI Montague, Lyday, Vranes, Nielsen, Wesley

BYU's record when . . .

BYU leads at half 8-0

Opponent leads at half 1-2

Score tied at half 1-0

BYU leads with 5 minutes left 9-1

Opponent leads with 5 min. left 0-1

BYU leads with 1 minute left 9-0

Opponent leads with 1 min. left 1-2

Score tied with 1 minute left 0-0

Game goes into overtime 1-0

BYU out rebounds opponent 8-0

Opponent out rebounds BYU 2-2

BYU and opponent tie in rebounds 0-0

BYU shoots 50 % or better 6-0

Opponent shoots 50 % or better 0-1

BYU out shoots opponent 9-0

Comparing Statistics

BYU USU

SCORING

Points per game .75.2 69.6

Scoring margin + 12.9 + 8.4

SHOOTING PERCENTAGES

Field goals .471 .456

3-pointers .408 .322

Free throws .708 .613

REBOUNDING

Rebounds per game .36.6 .37.5

Rebounding margin + 1.7 + 4.7

ASSISTS

Assists per game 16.3 14.8

TURNOVERS

Turnovers per game 14.0 14.3

Turnover margin + 1.9 + 3.1

BLOCKS

Blocks per game 1.8 2.6

STEALS

Steals per game 7.6 7.7

BYU last year at this time . . .

BYU's record was 5-7

This Year... 10-2

BYU's FG percentage was .438

This Year ... .471

BYU's 3FG percentage was .362

This Year... .408

BYU's FT percentage was .704

This Year... .708

BYU was averaging (points) 71.3

This Year... 75.2

BYU was averaging (rebounds) 38.7

This Year... 36.6

BYU was averaging (assists) 11.5

This Year... 16.3

BYU was averaging (turnovers) 19.5

This Year... 14.0

BYU was averaging (steals) 6.3

This Year... 7.6

BYU had used (starting lineups) 8

This Year... 2

BYU Combined Team Statistics (Through games of Jan 05, 2000)

All games

DATE OPPONENT W/L SCORE ATTEND

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11/20/99 CALIFORNIA-RIVERSIDE W 91-62 7546

11/24/99 SOUTHERN UTAH W 92-64 4518

12-1-99 at Arizona L 62-86 14345

12/4/99 at Denver W 81-58 1507

12/7/99 ARIZONA STATE W 78-67 5867

Dec 10, 1999 TEXAS SOUTHERN W 76-61 6541

12/11/99 WEBER STATE W 66-53 9862

12/18/99 SOUTH CAROLINA STATE W 76-43 7584

12-21-99 at South Alabama L 63-64 1785

12/21/99 at Fla International W OT 83-75 953

12-29-99 at UC Santa Barbara W 57-48 2891

1/5/00 UC IRVINE W 77-66 9574

* denotes conference game

RECORD: OVERALL HOME AWAY NEUTRAL

ALL GAMES........... (10-2) (7-0) (3-2) (0-0)

CONFERENCE.......... (0-0) (0-0) (0-0) (0-0)

NON-CONFERENCE...... (10-2) (7-0) (3-2) (0-0)

## SUMMARY GP-GS Min FG% 3PT% FT% R/G A/G STL BLK PTS/G

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15 WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12-12 29.2 .527 .421 .762 6.2 1.7 16 5 18.9

24 LYDAY, Terrell...... 12-12 31.8 .447 .414 .714 3.4 1.7 21 3 15.2

13 VRANES, Michael..... 12-12 25.5 .416 .455 .538 4.4 3.3 12 0 8.6

02 RIVERS, Silester.... 12-2 17.4 .582 .000 .612 4.8 0.6 9 5 7.8

42 COOPER, Nathan...... 12-0 21.0 .429 .263 .875 3.6 2.4 6 1 7.8

04 CHRISTENSEN, Todd... 12-0 16.6 .520 .475 .692 0.7 1.1 8 1 6.7

25 NIELSEN, Eric....... 12-10 23.2 .511 .000 .600 4.0 0.8 8 5 4.8

31 MONTAGUE, Matt...... 12-12 27.1 .269 .333 .750 3.2 4.4 9 0 2.3

05 ROBERTS, Marc....... 7-0 4.6 .400 .000 .833 0.6 0.3 0 1 1.3

50 NIELSEN, David...... 5-0 3.8 .250 .000 .857 0.6 0.2 1 0 1.6

10 ALLEN, John......... 6-0 3.7 .667 .000 .667 1.0 0.2 1 0 1.0

40 HOWARD, Dan......... 4-0 4.8 1.000 .000 .000 2.0 0.0 0 0 1.5

33 SMITH, Morgan....... 5-0 2.6 .125 .000 1.000 0.6 0.2 0 0 1.2

34 ELLSWORTH, Joe...... 3-0 2.0 .333 .000 .000 1.0 0.0 0 1 0.7

20 TAGGART, Nick....... 3-0 1.7 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0

Total............... 12 .471 .408 .708 36.5 16.3 91 22 75.2

Opponents........... 12 .369 .282 .703 34.9 12.0 80 27 62.2

SCORING GP FG-FGA FG% 3FG-FGA 3PT% FT-FTA FT% PTS PTS/G

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WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 79-150 .527 8-19 .421 61-80 .762 227 18.9

LYDAY, Terrell...... 12 59-132 .447 24-58 .414 40-56 .714 182 15.2

VRANES, Michael..... 12 37-89 .416 15-33 .455 14-26 .538 103 8.6

RIVERS, Silester.... 12 32-55 .582 0-1 .000 30-49 .612 94 7.8

COOPER, Nathan...... 12 30-70 .429 5-19 .263 28-32 .875 93 7.8

CHRISTENSEN, Todd... 12 26-50 .520 19-40 .475 9-13 .692 80 6.7

NIELSEN, Eric....... 12 23-45 .511 0-2 .000 12-20 .600 58 4.8

MONTAGUE, Matt...... 12 7-26 .269 2-6 .333 12-16 .750 28 2.3

ROBERTS, Marc....... 7 2-5 .400 0-0 .000 5-6 .833 9 1.3

NIELSEN, David...... 5 1-4 .250 0-0 .000 6-7 .857 8 1.6

ALLEN, John......... 6 2-3 .667 0-0 .000 2-3 .667 6 1.0

HOWARD, Dan......... 4 3-3 1.000 0-0 .000 0-2 .000 6 1.5

SMITH, Morgan....... 5 1-8 .125 0-1 .000 4-4 1.000 6 1.2

ELLSWORTH, Joe...... 3 1-3 .333 0-0 .000 0-1 .000 2 0.7

TAGGART, Nick....... 3 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0 0.0

Total............... 12 303-643 .471 73-179 .408 223-315 .708 902 75.2

Opponents........... 12 257-696 .369 58-206 .282 175-249 .703 747 62.2

REBOUNDS

TOTALS GP MIN OFF DEF TOT PF FO A TO A/TO HI

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WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 351 19 55 74 36 0 20 18 1.1 26

LYDAY, Terrell...... 12 382 3 38 41 21 0 20 28 0.7 26

VRANES, Michael..... 12 306 17 36 53 24 1 40 25 1.6 15

RIVERS, Silester.... 12 209 20 38 58 36 0 7 18 0.4 17

COOPER, Nathan...... 12 252 13 30 43 30 1 29 12 2.4 15

CHRISTENSEN, Todd... 12 199 0 8 8 21 0 13 9 1.4 16

NIELSEN, Eric....... 12 279 15 33 48 33 1 9 13 0.7 12

MONTAGUE, Matt...... 12 325 4 34 38 14 0 53 30 1.8 5

ROBERTS, Marc....... 7 32 1 3 4 2 0 2 5 0.4 4

NIELSEN, David...... 5 19 1 2 3 4 0 1 3 0.3 6

ALLEN, John......... 6 22 0 6 6 2 0 1 1 1.0 2

HOWARD, Dan......... 4 19 3 5 8 4 0 0 2 0.0 6

SMITH, Morgan....... 5 13 1 2 3 0 0 1 2 0.5 2

ELLSWORTH, Joe...... 3 6 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 2

TAGGART, Nick....... 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0

Total............... 12 2419 114 324 438 227 3 196 168 1.2 92

Opponents........... 12 2427 154 265 419 249 - 144 191 0.8 86

TEAM STATISTICS BY OPP

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SCORING....................... 902 747

Points per game............. 75.2 62.2

Scoring margin.............. +12.9 -

FIELD GOALS-ATT............... 303-643 257-696

Field goal pct.............. .471 .369

3 POINT FG-ATT................ 73-179 58-206

3-point FG pct.............. .408 .282

3-pt FG made per game....... 6.1 4.8

FREE THROWS-ATT............... 223-315 175-249

Free throw pct.............. .708 .703

REBOUNDS...................... 438 419

Rebounds per game........... 36.5 34.9

Rebounding margin........... +1.6 -

ASSISTS....................... 196 144

Assists per game............ 16.3 12.0

TURNOVERS..................... 168 191

Turnovers per game.......... 14.0 15.9

Turnover margin............. +1.9 -

Assist/turnover ratio....... 1.2 0.8

STEALS........................ 91 80

Steals per game............. 7.6 6.7

BLOCKS........................ 22 27

Blocks per game............. 1.8 2.2

WINNING STREAK................ 3 -

Home win streak............. 7 -

ATTENDANCE.................... 51492 21481

Home games-Avg/Game......... 7-7356 5-4296

Neutral site-Avg/Game....... - 0-0

BY PERIOD 1st 2nd OT Total

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Team........ 410 478 14 - 902

Opponents... 347 394 6 - 747

Category Leaders

The Automated ScoreBook

BYU Category Leaders (Through games of Jan 05, 2000)

All games

FG PERCENTAGE FG ATT Pct FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS G Att Att/G

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HOWARD, Dan......... 3 3 1.000 WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 150 12.5

ALLEN, John......... 2 3 .667 LYDAY, Terrell...... 12 132 11.0

RIVERS, Silester.... 32 55 .582 VRANES, Michael..... 12 89 7.4

WESLEY, Mekeli...... 79 150 .527 COOPER, Nathan...... 12 70 5.8

CHRISTENSEN, Todd... 26 50 .520 RIVERS, Silester.... 12 55 4.6

NIELSEN, Eric....... 23 45 .511

LYDAY, Terrell...... 59 132 .447 FIELD GOALS MADE G Made Made/G

COOPER, Nathan...... 30 70 .429 -----------------------------------

VRANES, Michael..... 37 89 .416 WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 79 6.6

ROBERTS, Marc....... 2 5 .400 LYDAY, Terrell...... 12 59 4.9

ELLSWORTH, Joe...... 1 3 .333 VRANES, Michael..... 12 37 3.1

MONTAGUE, Matt...... 7 26 .269 RIVERS, Silester.... 12 32 2.7

COOPER, Nathan...... 12 30 2.5

3-POINT PERCENTAGE 3FG ATT Pct 3-POINT FG ATTEMPTS G Att Att/G

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CHRISTENSEN, Todd... 19 40 .475 LYDAY, Terrell...... 12 58 4.8

VRANES, Michael..... 15 33 .455 CHRISTENSEN, Todd... 12 40 3.3

WESLEY, Mekeli...... 8 19 .421 VRANES, Michael..... 12 33 2.8

LYDAY, Terrell...... 24 58 .414 COOPER, Nathan...... 12 19 1.6

MONTAGUE, Matt...... 2 6 .333 WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 19 1.6

COOPER, Nathan...... 5 19 .263

3-POINT FGS MADE G Made Made/G

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LYDAY, Terrell...... 12 24 2.0

CHRISTENSEN, Todd... 12 19 1.6

VRANES, Michael..... 12 15 1.2

WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 8 0.7

COOPER, Nathan...... 12 5 0.4

FT PERCENTAGE FT ATT Pct FREE THROW ATTEMPTS G Att Att/G

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SMITH, Morgan....... 4 4 1.000 WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 80 6.7

COOPER, Nathan...... 28 32 .875 LYDAY, Terrell...... 12 56 4.7

NIELSEN, David...... 6 7 .857 RIVERS, Silester.... 12 49 4.1

ROBERTS, Marc....... 5 6 .833 COOPER, Nathan...... 12 32 2.7

WESLEY, Mekeli...... 61 80 .762 VRANES, Michael..... 12 26 2.2

MONTAGUE, Matt...... 12 16 .750

LYDAY, Terrell...... 40 56 .714 FREE THROWS MADE G Made Made/G

CHRISTENSEN, Todd... 9 13 .692 -----------------------------------

ALLEN, John......... 2 3 .667 WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 61 5.1

RIVERS, Silester.... 30 49 .612 LYDAY, Terrell...... 12 40 3.3

NIELSEN, Eric....... 12 20 .600 VRANES, Michael..... 12 14 1.2

VRANES, Michael..... 14 26 .538 RIVERS, Silester.... 12 30 2.5

COOPER, Nathan...... 12 28 2.3

POINTS G Pts Pts/G POINTS AVERAGE G Pts Avg/G

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WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 227 18.9 WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 227 18.9

LYDAY, Terrell...... 12 182 15.2 LYDAY, Terrell...... 12 182 15.2

VRANES, Michael..... 12 103 8.6 VRANES, Michael..... 12 103 8.6

RIVERS, Silester.... 12 94 7.8 RIVERS, Silester.... 12 94 7.8

COOPER, Nathan...... 12 93 7.8 COOPER, Nathan...... 12 93 7.8

CHRISTENSEN, Todd... 12 80 6.7 CHRISTENSEN, Todd... 12 80 6.7

NIELSEN, Eric....... 12 58 4.8 NIELSEN, Eric....... 12 58 4.8

MONTAGUE, Matt...... 12 28 2.3 MONTAGUE, Matt...... 12 28 2.3

ROBERTS, Marc....... 7 9 1.3 NIELSEN, David...... 5 8 1.6

NIELSEN, David...... 5 8 1.6 HOWARD, Dan......... 4 6 1.5

ALLEN, John......... 6 6 1.0 ROBERTS, Marc....... 7 9 1.3

HOWARD, Dan......... 4 6 1.5 SMITH, Morgan....... 5 6 1.2

SMITH, Morgan....... 5 6 1.2

REBOUNDS G Reb Reb/G ASSISTS G No. A/G

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WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 74 6.2 MONTAGUE, Matt...... 12 53 4.4

RIVERS, Silester.... 12 58 4.8 VRANES, Michael..... 12 40 3.3

VRANES, Michael..... 12 53 4.4 COOPER, Nathan...... 12 29 2.4

NIELSEN, Eric....... 12 48 4.0 LYDAY, Terrell...... 12 20 1.7

COOPER, Nathan...... 12 43 3.6 WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 20 1.7

REBOUND AVERAGE G Reb Avg/G STEALS G No. S/G

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WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 74 6.2 LYDAY, Terrell...... 12 21 1.8

RIVERS, Silester.... 12 58 4.8 WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 16 1.3

VRANES, Michael..... 12 53 4.4 VRANES, Michael..... 12 12 1.0

NIELSEN, Eric....... 12 48 4.0 MONTAGUE, Matt...... 12 9 0.8

COOPER, Nathan...... 12 43 3.6 RIVERS, Silester.... 12 9 0.8

OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS G No. Avg/G BLOCKED SHOTS G No. Blk/G

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RIVERS, Silester.... 12 20 1.7 RIVERS, Silester.... 12 5 0.4

WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 19 1.6 WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 5 0.4

VRANES, Michael..... 12 17 1.4 NIELSEN, Eric....... 12 5 0.4

NIELSEN, Eric....... 12 15 1.2 LYDAY, Terrell...... 12 3 0.2

COOPER, Nathan...... 12 13 1.1 COOPER, Nathan...... 12 1 0.1

ROBERTS, Marc....... 7 1 0.1

DEFENSIVE REBOUNDS G No. Avg/G ELLSWORTH, Joe...... 3 1 0.3

----------------------------------- CHRISTENSEN, Todd... 12 1 0.1

WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 55 4.6

LYDAY, Terrell...... 12 38 3.2 MINUTES G No. Min/G

RIVERS, Silester.... 12 38 3.2 -----------------------------------

VRANES, Michael..... 12 36 3.0 LYDAY, Terrell...... 12 382 31.8

MONTAGUE, Matt...... 12 34 2.8 WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 351 29.2

MONTAGUE, Matt...... 12 325 27.1

VRANES, Michael..... 12 306 25.5

NIELSEN, Eric....... 12 279 23.2

FOULS G No. Per/G TURNOVERS G No. TO/G

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RIVERS, Silester.... 12 36 3.0 MONTAGUE, Matt...... 12 30 2.5

WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 36 3.0 LYDAY, Terrell...... 12 28 2.3

NIELSEN, Eric....... 12 33 2.8 VRANES, Michael..... 12 25 2.1

COOPER, Nathan...... 12 30 2.5 WESLEY, Mekeli...... 12 18 1.5

VRANES, Michael..... 12 24 2.0 RIVERS, Silester.... 12 18 1.5

FOULOUTS G No.

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NIELSEN, Eric....... 12 1

COOPER, Nathan...... 12 1

VRANES, Michael..... 12 1