Cougars to host No. 25/22 Gonzaga on Thursday

(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU)

BYU Game Notes

Gonzaga Game Notes

BYU hosts league-leading No. 25/22 Gonzaga on Thursday at 9 p.m. MST. The Cougars are 12-1 at home and have won their last nine in the Marriott Center. Thursday's game will be televised live on ESPN2 and broadcast live on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM and BYUcougars.com.

BYU Cougars (18-10, 10-5 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Dave Rose
  • Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
  • Career Record: 227-76 (9th)
  • Record at BYU: Same

Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-4, 13-1 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Mark Few
  • Alma Mater: Oregon, 1987
  • Division I Career Record: 397-97 (15th)
  • Record at Gonzaga: Same

Series Information

  • Series Record: Gonzaga leads 6-2
  • Last Meeting: Gonzaga won 84-69, 1/25/14
  • H/A/N: 1-1/0-3/1-2

Game Information

  • TV: ESPN2
  • TV Talent: Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Miles Simon (analyst)
  • Live Video: WatchESPN.com
  • Radio: Cougar IMG Sports Network, KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM, BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
  • Live Audio/Stats: BYUcougars.com

Projected starters

Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-4, 13-1 WCC)
No. Name Ht. Pos. Ppg Rpg
4 Kevin Pangos 6-2 G 15.4 3.5
11 David Stockton 5-11 G 7.4 2.1
43 Drew Barham 6-7 G 6.6 3.2
35 Sam Dower 6-9 F 14.8 6.8
24 Przemek Karnowski 7-1 C 10.2 7.3
BYU Cougars (18-10, 10-5 WCC)
No. Name Ht. Pos. Ppg Rpg
5 Kyle Collinsworth 6-6 G 14.1 7.9
23 Skyler Halford 6-1 G 8.5 1.5
3 Tyler Haws 6-5 G 24.1 3.8
33 Nate Austin 6-11 F 4.1 8.5
00 Eric Mika 6-10 F 12.3 6.4

 By the numbers

1.7 Matt Carlino’s career steals average, second all-time in BYU history. His 150 career steals are sixth all-time and the 64 he totaled in 2012-13 as a sophomore are the fourth most in team history.
2 The number of players in BYU history to reach 1,000 career points as a sophomore. Danny Ainge was the first to do so and had 1,130 points in 57 games by the end of his sophomore season (1978-79). Sophomore Tyler Haws joined Ainge when he reached the 1,000 career point mark at Saint Mary’s on Feb. 21, 2013.
4 The number of players in the NCAA ranked in the top 150 in both rebounding and assists: BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth (69th in assists, 98th in rebounding), UCLA’s Kyle Anderson (6th in assists, T-49th in rebounding), Saint Joseph’s Halil Kanacevic (94th in assists and 53rd in rebounding) and Vermont’s Brian Voelkel (T-20th in assists and T-75th in rebounding). Rankings as of 2/17/14.
4.7 Matt Carlino’s career assist average, second all-time in BYU history.  As a freshman in 2011-12, he averaged 4.6 assists and in 2012-13, he averaged 4.8. Carlino is averaging 4.6 assists per game this season.
5 The number of times a player in the West Coast Conference has scored 35 points or more in a single game since BYU joined the league in 2011. All five instances have been achieved by Tyler Haws: 42 vs. Virginia Tech on 12/29/12, 37 vs. Washington on 3/19/13, 35 vs. Pepperdine on 1/9/14, 48 at Portland on 1/23/14 and 38 vs. Pacific on 1/30/14. The last time a WCC player not named Tyler Haws scored 35 or more came on March 25, 2011 when Santa Clara’s Kevin Foster scored 35 against Southern Methodist.
6 The number of career games for Tyler Haws shooting 100 percent from the free throw line with a minimum of 10 attempts, a BYU record. He hit 10 of 10 on Feb. 20, 2010 at Wyoming, 12 of 12 vs. Cal State Northridge on Nov. 24, 2012, 10 of 10 vs. Utah on Dec. 8, 2012, 10 of 10 at Weber State on Dec. 15, 2012, 14 of 14 at Loyola Marymount on March 2, 2013 and 11 of 11 vs. Wichita State on Nov. 26, 2013.
8 With a bid to the 2013 NIT, Dave Rose and the Cougars reached the postseason for a BYU record eighth-straight season. In his first year as head coach, Rose and the Cougars went to the 2006 NIT. That was followed by six-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament and last season’s NIT bid. BYU has also won 20-plus games in each of Rose’s eight seasons.
41 The number of consecutive games Tyler Haws has scored in double figures, a career-best streak and the 7th-best in BYU history.
46 The number of 20-point games Haws has in his career at BYU, fifth all-time in program history. He had 25 20-point games in 2012-13, fourth all-time in a single season. He has 17 this season, tied for 11th most in BYU history.
46 Matt Carlino became the 46th BYU player to score 1,000 career points when he reached the milestone against Santa Clara on Jan. 19, 2014, his 81st career game. He currently has 1,097 career points and is 1 from tying Mark Handy for 40th all-time.
88.4 Tyler Haws’ career free-throw percentage, first all-time in BYU history. He has hit 479 of 542 from the line in his career.
90.0 Eric Mika’s shooting percentage against Mount St. Mary’s, tied for the BYU freshman record for field goal percentage in a game (minimum 10 attempts). The freshman from Alpine, Utah, hit 9 of 10 from the field and scored 20 points. He shares the record with Fred Roberts, who also hit 9 of 10 vs. Utah State on Dec. 6, 1978.
112 BYU’s point total against Stanford, a 112-103 road win. The point total is the most by a BYU team under Dave Rose and the most since Feb. 25, 1993, when the Cougars scored 128 at home against Sacramento State. It also marked a BYU record for points scored against a Pac-12 team.
227 Dave Rose (2005 to present) is second all-time in BYU basketball history with 227 career victories, behind only the great Stan Watts, who coached the Cougars to 371 wins from 1949 to 1972 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986. Rose and Watts are the only BYU coaches to coach at least 300 career games.
1,803 The number of points Tyler Haws has scored in his career, good for 8th all-time and 21 from tying Jeff Chatman for 7th. Haws holds the BYU record for most points scored during freshman and sophomore seasons combined.

Kyle of all trades

In his first season since serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Russia, Kyle Collinsworth is averaging 14.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game. He is proving to be one of the most versatile players in the WCC, especially in league games. Through 15 WCC games (as of 2/16/14), he ranks in the top 11 in the four of the five major statistical categories: 11th in scoring, 5th in rebounding, 4th in assists and 1st in steals. He is also top 13 in five other categories: 5th in FG percentage, 13th in assist/turnover ratio, tied for 3rd in offensive rebounds, 10th in defensive rebounds and 7th in minutes played.

We talkin’ about a half, not a (full) game, not a (full) game, not a (full) game. We talkin’ about a half!

In 2002, NBA star Allen Iverson didn’t want to talk about practice. With BYU’s leading scorer Tyler Haws, we don’t want to talk about a full game, but just a half. In his career, Haws has scored 20 or more in a half nine times, including seven this season.

30 the old fashioned way

Tyler Haws scored 31 points against Loyola Marymount while hitting 9 of 19 from the field and 13 of 14 from the free throw line. He joined Brandon Davies (33 vs. Weber State on Dec. 15, 2012) as the only other player to score 30-plus points without hitting a three since Keena Young scored 34 vs. UNLV on March 10, 2007. The last BYU wing/guard to score 30 without hitting a three was Travis Hansen on Jan. 5, 2002 when he netted 30 against Pepperdine. Prior to Hansen, the last guard to score 30-plus was Marty Haws, Tyler’s father, on Jan. 4, 1990 vs. Hawaii.

The mythical 5x3 and the 4x3+2

A 5x3 is when a player records at least three in each of the major statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks). Only one BYU player – Rafael Araujo – has recorded a 5x3 since blocks and steals were first recorded beginning with the 1977-78 season. He did so with 24 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals vs. Wyoming on Jan. 19, 2004. Kyle Collinsworth has joined 11 other BYU players who have fallen one stat shy of a 5x3 and recorded a 4x3+2 (at least three in four of the categories plus two in the other). He had 11 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 blocks and 5 steals at Pepperdine and 20 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals vs. LMU. Danny Ainge (2), Lee Cummard (6), Brandon Davies (3) and Greg Kite (2) are the only others to record more than one 4x3+2.

Fantastic freshman

Big man Eric Mika is having one of the top freshman campaigns in BYU history. He is currently ranked in the top 10 in several categories in the BYU record book, including: scoring (8th), rebounding (6th), field goal percentage (2nd), offensive rebounds (2nd), double-figure scoring games (T-5th) and consecutive games scoring in double figures (2nd).
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