Cougars vs. Grizzlies at ESA

(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

Game notes: BYU vs. Montana

BYU basketball will play Montana on Wednesday at EnergySolutions Arena at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be televised on BYUtv and broadcast on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

BYU Cougars (4-2, 0-0 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Dave Rose
  • Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
  • Division I Career Record: 189-56 (8th)
  • Record at BYU: Same

Montana Grizzlies (3-1, 0-0 Big Sky)

  • Head Coach: Wayne Tinkle
  • Alma Mater: Montana, 2005
  • Division I Career Record: 119-72 (7th)
  • Record at Montana: Same

Game Information

  • TV: BYUtv
  • TV: Talent Dave McCann (play-by-play), Blaine Fowler (analysts), Robbie Bullough (reporter)
  • Live Video: byutvsports.com
  • Radio: KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM, BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
  • Live Audio: KSL.com
  • Live Stats: BYUcougars.com

Series Information

  • Series Record : BYU leads 23-10
  • Last Meeting: Montana won 76-72, 12/9/77
  • H/A/N: 12-2/10-5/1-3

Projected starters

Montana Grizzlies (3-1, 0-0 Big Sky)
No. Name Ht. Pos. Ppg Rpg
0 Mathias Ward 6-7 F 15.8 2.3
32 Kareem Jamar 6-5 F 13.0 5.3
45 Eric Hutchinson 6-9 C 1.5 1.3
10 Jordan Gregory 6-2 G 7.3 2.5
20 Keron DeShields 6-2 G 8.5 2.5
BYU Cougars (4-2, 0-0 WCC)
No. Name Ht. Pos. Ppg Rpg
2 Craig Cusick 6-2 G 6.0 3.2
13 Brock Zylstra 6-6 G 9.7 4.2
3 Tyler Haws 6-5 G 23.3 6.7
5 Agustin Ambrosino 6-8 F 1.8 1.2
0 Brandon Davies 6-9 F 18.2 7.3

Player notes

  • Tyler Haws is ranked in the top 15 in 11 of the 13 statistical categories tracked by the West Coast Conference. He is the only player in the WCC among the top 15 in all of the following categories: scoring, rebounding, assists, assist/turnover ratio, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and 3-point field goals made.
  • Craig Cusick and Agustin Ambrosino made their first starts of the season, replacing Matt Carlino and Josh Sharp in the starting five. For Cusick it was his fourth career start and for Ambrosino his first. Dave Rose had started the same five the first five games of the season (Carlino, Zylstra, Haws, Sharp and Davies).
  • Tyler Haws’s 32 points against Cal State Northridge are the most points by a BYU player since Jimmer Fredette scored 32 vs. Florida in the NCAA Tournament on March 24, 2011. The only other Cougar to score 30 or more since Fredette was Matt Carlino, who scored 30 at San Francisco last season on Feb. 16, 2012.

Fast start for Tyler Haws

Tyler Haws is off to one of the best starts to a season in the history of BYU basketball. With 32 points against Cal State Northridge, he has scored 20-plus points in the first six games to start the 2012-13 season, the second best such streak in program history. Only Devin Durrant started a season with more consecutive 20-point games, seven in 1983-84. Haws has a chance to tie the record on Wednesday vs. Montana. What makes Haws’s start even more impressive is that he’s the only sophomore on the list and he returned in April from a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines.

Name Class Season Consecutive 20-Point Games (point totals)
Devin Durrant Senior 1983-84 7 (28, 35, 20, 35, 23, 33, 27)
Tyler Haws Sophomore 2012-13 6 (22, 22, 23, 21, 32)
Danny Ainge Senior 1980-81 5 (24, 22, 22, 29, 29)
Kresimir Cosic Junior 1971-72 5 (30, 31, 33, 23, 30)
Michael Smith Senior 1988-89 5 (24, 29, 30, 33, 20)

Davies does it all

Brandon Davies stuffed the stat sheet in the opener against Tennessee State, tallying 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks and 2 steals while drawing 3 charges. He did it again vs. Georgia State with 28 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals. Through six games he is averaging 18.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.8 blocks and 0.8 steals. Last season he became the second Cougar in history to average at least one of everything (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks). Russell Larson is the only other BYU player to produce a ‘one of everything’ season and did so twice, in 1993-94 and 1994-95 (blocks and steals were not tracked until the 1977-78 season). 

Dave Rose

BYU head coach Dave Rose has led BYU to its most successful eight-year run since taking over in 2005. His career record of 189-56 ranks him second in BYU history in total victories and first in winning percentage (.771). Rose has been named conference coach of the year three times, district coach of the year twice and has guided the Cougars to four conference titles, six NCAA Tournament appearances and six 25-win seasons. In 2010 he led BYU to its first NCAA Tournament win in 17 years and the Cougars have also won at least one tournament game in the two seasons since, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2011.

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