Findlay: Postgame notes & quotes

(Photo by BYU Photo/Jonathan Hardy)

Player Notes

  • Brandon Davies wore teammate Chris Collinsworth’s jersey this evening. Collinsworth suffered a career-ending injury earlier this season. Davies and Collinsworth played together at Provo High School. Davies finished with a double-double (14 points and 13 boards) and added three assists and two blocks.
  • Craig Cuisck hit the first three 3-pointers for BYU until Tyler Haws made one with 5:49 left until halftime. Cusick hit 4 of 6 for the game and Haws was 2 of 3. As a team the Cougars hit 9 of 22 (.409).
  • Tyler Haws stayed perfect from the charity stripe, going 5-of-5 against Findlay. The attempts won’t count towards his current BYU record of 48-straight made free throws.
  • Brandon Davies was the first player on any team to hit double-digit points, doing so in the first half off a free-throw with 1:31 remaining.
  • Between 13:17 and 12:06 in the second half, Tyler Haws scored six-straight points for BYU.
  • In the second half, between 7:29 and 6:01 Brock Zylstra scored eight-straight points for BYU.
  • Tyler Haws led all players with 19 points. Brock Zylstra, Brandon Davies and Craig Cusick joined him in double-figure points with 12, 14 and 12, respectively.

Team Notes

  • The lone dunk tonight for BYU came from Brandon Davies.
  • BYU’s largest lead of the first half was 19 points, coming with 4:57 left on the clock with BYU leading 37-12.
  • Between 8:37 and 4:53 in the second half Nate Austin and Brock Zylstra were the only players to score for BYU, tallying 13 points.
  • Three-point plays for BYU tonight came from Tyler Haws (at 12:26) and Brock Zylstra (at 7:29).
  • Every player that dressed for BYU tonight scored at least one point, had at least one rebound and committed at least one foul.
  • BYU’s largest lead of the second half was 33 points, coming with 6:38 and 4:54 to play with BYU leading 77-44 and then 81-48.

Game Trends

  • The Oilers were held scoreless through the first 2:15 of the game.
  • In the first half, the Cougars scored eight unanswered points between 17:42 down to 14:41 to lead 10-3.
  • The Cougars went on another run between 9:48 and 7:42 when they scored 9-straight points to take a 27-14 lead.
  • In the second half, the Cougars scored nine-straight points between 16:52 and 13:17 for a 54-29 lead.

Postgame Quotes
BYU head coach Dave Rose

“I thought that playing against a team that really likes to control the tempo gave us an opportunity to try and force our pace. I thought that they did a really good job at times taking us out of things and denying things, which caused us to kind of get confused. But I thought that we adjusted well. There were a lot of things that we did well in this game but there are a lot of things that we can learn from. I think that it’s a good step in our process of getting better. I look forward to evaluating this tape and getting back on Monday and getting ready for the start of the season next week.”

On Brandon Davies wearing former teammate Chris Collinsworth’s jersey, #41:
“That’s a pretty sensitive subject because Brandon is so close to that family. He talked about a lot of things to honor Chris, including switching his number to 41 at the beginning of the season. But with a lot of discussion, we felt that he was pretty sure that this was what he wanted to do. He’s pretty close to the family and he thought that this was something that he could do to honor him.”

“I thought that Findlay did a great job of trying to force us into things that are really uncomfortable for us. We had the size advantage and I think that was a big difference in our ability to score. Later in the game we were able to execute better in transition and get some points. We have a lot of guys trying to find themselves and find a spot.”

BYU senior guard Craig Cusick
“I think all of us have our roles on this team and I think that part of my role is to come in and to not slow things down necessarily but to always take care of the ball and to be aggressive at the same time; so keeping a balance and keeping things going. I think that everyone on the team did a good job of doing their roles tonight. “

“We knew that they were a good team. They’re one of the best D-2 teams in the country and so coming out, they came at us. We needed to get it back to our tempo because they were taking us out of our tempo a little bit but once we got back to moving the ball, we then started to get it going.”