Game 2 - Cougars and Bengals Square off on Tuesday

Noah Hartsock and the Cougars face Idaho State on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Marriott Center. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

After opening the 2009-10 season with a 70-60 home win over Bradley, BYU (1-0) men’s basketball will look to make it 2-0 when the Cougars face Idaho State on Tuesday in the Marriott Center at 7:30 p.m. The Bengals opened their season with an 88-68 loss to Iowa State and then lost at Bradley, 74-69. The game will be the 37th meeting between BYU and Idaho State with the Cougars leading the series 30-6, including 12-2 in Provo. Tuesday’s game can be heard live on KSL Newsradio beginning with the pregame show at 6:30 p.m. MT on 102.7 FM and 1160 AM out of Salt Lake City or via the Internet at KSL.com. Watch live online via BYU All-Access hosted by CBS College Sports Interactive on www.byucougars.com.

Up Next

BYU heads west to take on Hawaii on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. HT in the Stan Sheriff Center. Follow the game on

www.byucougars.com and listen live on the radio beginning with the pregame show at 6 p.m. HT on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM out of Salt Lake City or via the Internet at KSL.com.

Cougar Quick Hits

— BYU has won its last three season openers and last four home openers under Dave Rose, including the 70-60 win over Bradley in the Marriott Center on Nov. 13.

— Since Rose took over as head coach of BYU basketball, the Cougars are 62-3 in the Marriott Center, including a 53-game winning streak from 2005 to 2008 — the longest in school history. With the season-opening victory over Bradley, the Cougars have a seven-game home winning streak.

— Two-time MWC Coach of the Year Dave Rose has guided BYU to three-straight MWC regular season titles and three-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. Under Rose, BYU also has four-straight 20-win seasons and four-straight postseason appearances. At 98-34 overall, is on pace to reach 100 wins faster than any other coach in BYU history.

— BYU has been picked to finish first (23 of 24 first-place votes) in the MWC preseason poll by the league’s media.

— Senior forward Jonathan Tavernari is on the verge of becoming BYU’s all-time leader in three-pointers (205 — nine from passing Mark Bigelow) and is climbing the list in points (24th with 1,170) and steals (T9th with 116).

BYU GAME #2 FAST FACTS

BYU (1-0)

vs.

Idaho State (0-2)

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009

Marriott Center

Provo, Utah

7:30 p.m. MT

Coaches

BYU, Dave Rose (98-34 in fifth season; same overall)

Idaho State, Joe O’Brien (38-57 in fourth season; same overall)

Series

BYU leads, 30-6, including an 85-65 BYU win last season at Idaho State

Radio

KSL Newsradio (102.7 FM/1160 AM and online at KSL.com) and the Cougar Sports Network (6:30 p.m. MT pregame show — Greg Wrubell, play-by-play; Mark Durrant, game analysis)

Web

Live stats links are available on the basketball schedule page at www.byucougars.com/basketball_m/

Looking at Idaho State

Idaho State has opened the 2009-10 season with two losses on the road — 88-68 at Iowa State and 74-69 at Bradley. The Bengals conclude their three-game season-opening road trip at BYU on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Broderick Gilchrest has led Idaho State in scoring in both games with 21 points at Iowa State and 19 points at Bradley. He is shooting .500 from the free throw line and .824 from the free throw line. Amorrow Morgan is also averaging double figures through two games at 16.5 points per game while Demetrius Monroe is averaging nearly a double-double at 9.5 points and 9.5 boards per contest. Idaho State is averaging 68.5 points while shooting .444 from the field, .200 from downtown and .793 from the free throw line. Bengal opponents are scoring 81.0 points per contest, shooting .527 from the field and .486 from downtown with 18 made threes.

Idaho State’s Last OUting — Bradley’s Late Three propels Braves to 74-69 Win Over ISU

Peoria, IL --- Sam Maniscalco came off a screen and drilled a three-pointer late in the shot clock with 1:14 to go to give Bradley a five-point lead, and that was just enough as the Bradley Braves, owners of 10 postseason wins over the last four years, barely nipped Idaho State 74-69 in front of 9,019 fans at Carver Arena. The Bengals had taken their last lead at 63-62 when Broderick Gilchrest hit a jumper in the lane with 2:55 left, but Bradley answered with two free throws just 19 seconds later to take the lead for good at 64-63. The Braves then got a three-point play from Chris Roberts to make it 67-63 but Gilchrest answered with a layup with 1:41 left to cut it to 67-65. After a timeout, Maniscalco came off a screen and drilled a three-pointer, the last of their 11, that pretty much put the game away at 70-65 with 1:14 left. Amorrow Morgan cut it to three with 52 seconds left, but Bradley hit three of four free throws in the final 26 seconds, and Gilchrest got ISU one last basket with 8.4 left. The three pointers really hurt ISU, as Bradley, who have hit at least 300 as a team in each of the last two years, the only Missouri Valley Conference team to do so, hit 11, including four off the bench by Dodie Dunson, who didn’t hit a basket against Brigham Young in Bradley’s opening loss, but hit 4-of-6 threes against ISU as he tied for the team lead with 16 points. Still O’Brien was pleased with the effort that saw ISU leading late in front of a big crowd on the road as ISU shot well at .469 from the field, outrebounded Bradley by 10 36-26, and committed just 11 turnovers. The Bengals were led again by Gilchrest, who had 19 points, and Amorrow Morgan, who added 18. Demetrius Monroe made his first start of the season and had a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. For the Braves, Dunson and Andrew Warren each had 16, Maniscalco had 13, and Chris Roberts and Dyricus Simms-Edwards each had 12.

Series Notes

Friday’s game will be the 37th meeting between BYU and Idaho State. The Cougars lead 30-6 overall and 12-2 in Provo. BYU has won the last 11 meetings at home and has not lost to Idaho State in Provo since 1939. The Cougars have won the last five meetings in the series and 20 of 21 overall, including last season’s 85-65 win in Pocatello. Jonathan Tavernari paced BYU last year with 23 points and six rebounds while Jimmer Fredette pitched in 19 points and six assists.

Fredette Named MWC Player of the Week (Nov. 16)

COLORADO SPRINGS -- BYU junior Jimmer Fredette has been named the Mountain West Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for games through November 15. This is the third weekly accolade of his career. A 6-2 guard from Glen Falls, N.Y., Fredette led the Cougars to a season-opening win over Bradley (70-60) last Friday, Nov. 13. He scored a game-high 25 points on 6-of-14 shooting, while also recording five rebounds and four assists in 37 minutes. Fredette scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half, while also dishing out three assists. He also went 12-of-14 from the charity stripe in the second half, including hitting his last 12 attempts, six of which came in the final five minutes of the contest. Fredette has 805 career points and earned first-team all-MWC honors in 2008-09. He averaged 16.2 points and 4.1 assists while shooting .382 from downtown and .847 from the free throw line. Fredette was voted the MWC Preseason Player of the Year by the media for the 2009-10 season.

1,000-Point Scorers

Jonathan Tavernari scored 13 points in the season opener against Bradley to give him 1,170 career points, good for 24th all-time at BYU. He is eight points from passing Joe Richey for 23rd all-time.

22. Eldon Brinley (1927-31) - 1,195

23. Joe Richey (1950-52) - 1,177

24. Jonathan Tavernari (2006-present) - 1,170

Home Openers

BYU is 84-24 (.778) all-time in home openers, including a 28-11 (.718) mark in the Marriott Center. The

Cougars won their home opener in 2008-09, 75-65 over Long Beach State, and this season BYU defeated Bradley 70-60 in their home opener behind 25 points from Jimmer Fredette.

Road Success

In 2008-09, BYU set an MWC record for road wins in a season with nine. The Cougars were 9-3 overall in road games, their best record in road games since 1987-88 when they were 9-3. Nine road wins is tied for second most in a season at BYU behind the 1949-50 and 1979-80 teams that won 10 road games. In the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons combined, BYU is 17-8 on the road, including 11-5 in MWC games. The 17 road victories are the most in a two-year span since the Cougars won 18 in the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons.

By the Numbers

1st: Where BYU was picked to finish in the MWC in the 2009-10 preseason media poll.

2: The number of BYU players — Jonathan Tavernari and Jimmer Fredette — named Preseason All-MWC. Fredette was also named the preseason player of the year.

4: The number of returning starters to the 2009-10 BYU squad. Jimmer Fredette returns at the point, Jackson Emery returns as the two guard, Jonathan Tavernari — a three-year starter — returns as the four man and Chris Miles returns as the five.

9: The number of three-pointers senior Jonathan Tavernari needs to surpass Mark Bigelow (213 treys) as the all-time leader. Tavernari has 205 after hitting three against Bradley in the opener. Tavernari set a BYU record with 88 treys as a sophomore and nearly matched that effort with 85 as a junior. He also owns the single-season record for consecutive games with a made three (22) set in 2008-09.

12: The number of consecutive free throws made by Jimmer Fredette against Bradley in the season opener. After missing his first two attempts, Fredette drained 12 straight as part of his game-high 25 points. His best streak came in 2008-09 when he made 19-straight last season. He hit 6-of-6 at Wyoming, 4-of-4 in the season finale against Air Force, 7-of-7 vs. the Falcons in the MWC quarterfinals and then hit two vs. San Diego State in the MWC semis before finally missing.

75.0: Noah Hartsock’s shooting percentage in his last three games, including the 2009 MWC Championship game, the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament and the 2009-10 season opener vs. Bradley. His per 40-minute averages in those three games are 13.8 points, 7.2 boards and 2.6 blocks.

95.4: BYU’s winning percentage in the Marriott Center under Head Coach Dave Rose. After losing his first home game as BYU’s head coach, Rose led the Cougars on a 53-game home win streak from 2005 to 2008. BYU is currently on a seven-game home winning streak.

100.0: Sophomore guard Mike Loyd, Jr.’s shooting percentage — a career best — in the season opener against Bradley. He hit 4-of-4 from the field, including 2-of-2 from downtown, for a total of 10 points. He also set new career marks for minutes played (22) and 3FG% (2-for-2, 1.000) and tied career-highs in rebounds (4) and 3-pointers made (2).

805: The number of career points for junior guard Jimmer Fredette. He is on pace to reach the 1,000-point club this season and join teammate Jonathan Tavernari, who is currently 24th all-time at BYU in scoring with 1,170 points. Fredette would be the 40th member of the 1,000-point club at BYU.

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