Cougars Register Season-High Victory

Derek Dawes helped lead the Cougars to a 25-point victory over Souther Utah on Tuesday. Dawes racked up a career-high 10 points and nine rebounds. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- BYU scored 47 second-half points to record a 77-52 win over Southern Utah on Tuesday. With the season-high 25-point victory, the Cougars improve to 4-8 on the year and claim their first back-to-back victories of the season. Southern Utah slips to 6-4 on the year, ending a four-game win streak.

"I thought in the first half we reflected the three to four day layoff," BYU Head Coach Steve Cleveland said. "At halftime we talked about increasing the energy level in the second half and I was pleased with how the players responded."

On the night, the Cougars shot 50 percent from the field, including 15-of-23 second-half field goals with 9-of-12 three-pointers. Mike Rose and Austin Ainge combined for 28 points on the night, each adding four three-pointers.

"We have a lot of guys who can really shoot the ball," Cleveland added. "Austin hit a couple big three-pointers in the second half that put the game away. We talked about getting him more involved in the offense and I thought he really got us going."

Mike Hall chipped in 12 points while Derek Dawes was just one rebound shy of a double-double. Dawes tied a career high with 10 points and had nine rebounds against the Thunderbirds.

"I thought Derek played great tonight," Cleveland said. "He had nine rebounds, contested shots and most importantly gave us a lot of energy when we needed it."

Mike Hall finished the night with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists, while Jimmy Balderson added 11 points on four-of-five shooting from the field.

Tim Gainey and Rand Janes each had nine points for Southern Utah, while Gainey led SUU with six rebounds.

Rose tallied a team-leading 11 points in the opening half, including three-of-five from behind the three-point stripe.

Trailing by just two points early, Rose hit his second three-pointer of the half to give BYU an 8-7 lead with 13:35 left in the half. His long-distance bucket sparked a 9-3 run that gave the Cougars a slim 14-10 lead with 11:55 left in the half.

Southern Utah rallied to a 21-19 lead with 6:51 left before the Cougars went on an 11-1 run over the final five minutes of the first half, taking a six-point lead into the locker room.

In the second half, BYU added to its lead hitting three of its first four attempts (.750) to take a 12-point lead. With 14:25 left in the second half, Rose nailed his fourth three-pointer of the game to give BYU a 42-27 lead.

Holding a 20-point lead, Balderson scored seven straight points for the Cougars--including a three-pointer with 3:53 left--to take a 71-47 lead. After a Southern Utah field goal, Sam Burgess drained a three-pointer to give the Cougars a 25-point lead. One minute later, Brock Reichner tossed in a three-point field goal to extend the BYU lead to a game-high 27 points.

The Cougars will play host to Santa Clara on Friday, Jan. 31, while Southern Utah will return to Cedar City to take on Adams State on Thursday, Jan. 30.

Official Basketball Box Score -- GAME TOTALS -- FINAL STATISTICS

Southern Utah University vs Brigham Young

12/28/04 7:05 at Marriott Center, Provo,Utah

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VISITORS: Southern Utah University 6-4

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

02 GAINEY, Tim......... f 3-11 2-3 1-2 2 4 6 1 9 0 2 0 0 31

24 NEWSOM, DeAngelo.... f 2-7 0-0 4-6 2 3 5 3 8 2 1 0 2 29

40 JAMES. Mate......... f 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 14

23 LINCOLN, Curtis..... g 3-8 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 0 7 5 3 0 3 24

30 JANES, Rand......... g 3-6 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 2 9 1 1 0 2 25

01 OLSOVSKY, Lubor..... 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 5 2 0 1 1 0 10

03 MARTINI, Jeff....... 1-3 1-3 2-2 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 8

05 BARNES, Steve....... 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 2 1 0 0 16

12 BAKER, Jason........ 1-4 1-3 3-5 1 0 1 0 6 0 1 0 0 20

35 HALL, Telton........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4

41 BONZANO, Estebam.... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 7

50 SCHOUTEN, Vaughn.... 2-3 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 4 1 4 0 1 12

TEAM................ 5 1 6

Totals.............. 17-47 6-15 12-17 11 20 31 19 52 12 15 2 8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 8-24 33.3% 2nd Half: 9-23 39.1% Game: 36.2% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-8 37.5% 2nd Half: 3-7 42.9% Game: 40.0% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 5-6 83.3% 2nd Half: 7-11 63.6% Game: 70.6% 5

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HOME TEAM: Brigham Young 4-8

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

01 HALL, Mike.......... f 5-7 1-3 1-2 2 2 4 1 12 3 2 0 0 29

03 YOUNG, Keena........ f 3-7 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 2 6 1 0 1 0 21

52 JENSEN, Jared....... c 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 3 2 0 2 0 0 20

02 ROSE, Mike.......... g 5-9 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 0 14 1 1 0 0 25

13 AINGE, Austin....... g 5-9 4-5 0-0 0 3 3 1 14 5 2 0 3 31

04 BURGESS, Joshua..... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3

10 NASHIF, Terry....... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 9

12 REICHNER, Brock..... 1-2 1-2 0-2 1 0 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 4

20 BURGESS, Sam........ 1-4 1-3 2-2 1 0 1 4 5 0 1 0 0 12

23 BALDERSON, Jimmy.... 4-5 1-1 2-2 0 0 0 2 11 2 1 0 1 14

43 DAWES, Derek........ 2-6 0-0 6-11 3 6 9 0 10 1 2 2 1 18

54 MILES, Chris........ 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 14

TEAM................ 2 2

Totals.............. 27-54 12-21 11-19 11 22 33 15 77 18 11 3 6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-31 38.7% 2nd Half: 15-23 65.2% Game: 50.0% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-9 33.3% 2nd Half: 9-12 75.0% Game: 57.1% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 3-4 75.0% 2nd Half: 8-15 53.3% Game: 57.9% 3

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Officials: Bill Gracey, Stanley Reynolds, Lonnie Dixon

Technical fouls: Southern Utah University-None. Brigham Young-None.

Attendance: 10239

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

Southern Utah University...... 24 28 - 52

Brigham Young................. 30 47 - 77

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