Game 23 - No. 8/9 Cougars at Wyoming on Wednesday

Charles Abouo and the Cougars play at Wyoming on Wednesday at 6 p.m. MT. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

BYU at Wyoming on Wednesday

No. 8/9 BYU basketball will play its second-straight road game when the Cougars travel to Laramie to take on Wyoming on Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the Arena-Auditorium at 6 p.m. MT. The Cougars are 20-2 overall and 6-1 in MWC action — tied for first with San Diego State — and are coming off a loss at New Mexico. Jimmer Fredette scored 32 points and added seven assists and three steals in the 86-77 setback to the Lobos. Fredette leads the nation in scoring at 27.6 points per game and is shooting .434 from three. Jackson Emery adds 12.3 points per game and Brandon Davies is third on the team in scoring at 11.6 points per game. Wyoming is 8-13 overall and 1-6 in the MWC. The Cowboys have lost five-straight games including a 96-57 defeat at San Diego State. Desmar Jackson leads the Cowboys, averaging 15.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. Wednesday’s game can be heard live on KSL Newsradio beginning with the pregame show at 5 p.m. MT on 102.7 FM and 1160 AM out of Salt Lake City or via the Internet at KSL.com. The game will be televised live on The Mtn.

Up Next

No. 8/9 BYU will begin the second half of MWC play by hosting UNLV on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. MT in the Marriott Center. Live stats and audio links will be available on www.byucougars.com and fans can listen live on the radio beginning with the pregame show at 1 p.m. MT on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM out of Salt Lake City. The game will be televised live on VERSUS.

Cougar Quick Hits

— No. 8/9 BYU head coach Dave Rose is 147-42 in his six seasons at BYU and is the program’s all-time leader in winning percentage at .778. He is third in wins and five from tying Roger Reid for second all-time.

— Over the last five games, Jimmer Fredette is averaging 37.0 points, 4.6 threes and 4.4 assists while shooting .500 from the field, .575 from three and .880 from the free throw line.

Jimmer Fredette was named to eight preseason All-America teams and is a Wooden Award and Cousy Award midseason candidate and a preseason candidate for the Naismith Trophy. Fredette leads the nation in scoring at 27.6 points per game and adds 4.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

— Senior guard Jackson Emery is second on the team in scoring at 12.3 points per game and adds 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and a team-best 2.7 steals per game. He has posted four-plus steals seven times this season and is the program’s all-time leader in career steals. Brandon Davies is third on the team in scoring at 11.6 points per game on .534 shooting. He has scored in double figures 16 times this season, including the last seven games and 13 of the last 14 games.

— At 20-2, BYU has tied the best 22-game record in program history with last season’s squad and the 1987-88 team.

BYU GAME #23 FAST FACTS

No. 8/9 BYU (20-2, 6-1) at Wyoming (8-13, 1-6)

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011

Arena-Auditorium

Laramie, Wyo.

6 p.m. MT

Coaches

BYU, Dave Rose (147-44 in sixth season at BYU; same overall)

Wyoming, Heath Schroyer (49-66 in fourth season at Wyoming; 84-113 in seventh season overall)

Series

BYU leads 103-69, including an 11-0 record against the Cowboys under Dave Rose

Radio

KSL Newsradio (102.7 FM/1160 AM) and the Cougar Sports Network (Greg Wrubell, play-by-play)

TV

The Mtn. (Tim Neverett, play-by-play; Joe Cravens, game analysis)

Web

Live audio and live stats links are available on the men’s basketball schedule page at www.byucougars.com/basketball_m/

Looking at Wyoming

2010-11 Record: 8-13, 1-6

Conference: Mountain West

2009-10 Record: 10-21, 3-13 (8th)

2010 Postseason: None

Highlights:

- Wyoming is 8-13 overall and 1-6 in Mountain West Conference play. The Cowboys are 8-4 at home, 0-7 on the road and 0-2 in neutral games. The Cowboys opened MWC play with a loss at Colorado State and then defeated New Mexico at home. Wyoming has since lost five straight including three on the road at TCU, Air Force and San Diego state and at home to Utah and UNLV.

- Desmar Jackson leads Wyoming with 15.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. He shoots .442 from the field, .269 from three and .765 from the free throw line. Djibril Thiam averages 10.6 points and 4.8 rebounds and shoots .574 from the field and Amath M’Baye averages 10.4 points and a team-best 5.4 boards per game.

- Wyoming averages 66.0 points and shoots .438 from the field and .281 from three. Cowboy opponents average 67.1 points and shoot .435 from the field against Wyoming.

Coach: Heath Schroyer (4th season at Wyoming)

Wyoming’s Last Outing — No. 4 SDSU routs Wyoming 96-57 behind Tapley

SAN DIEGO (AP)—Sophomore guard Chase Tapley scored a career-high 24 points and No. 4 San Diego State made a school-record 17 3-pointers as it bounced back from a loss at No. 9 BYU to rout Wyoming 96-57 on Saturday night.

SDSU (21-1, 6-1 Mountain West) quickly shook off the disappointment of its first loss, a 71-58 defeat at Provo on Wednesday night, when BYU’s Jimmer Fredette scored 43 points. The Aztecs jumped to leads of 14-0 and 33-11 against the Cowboys.

Wyoming (8-13, 1-6) lost its fifth straight. Desmar Jackson had 19 points and JayDee Luster 10.

The victory came several hours after BYU lost 86-77 at New Mexico. San Diego State won 87-77 at New Mexico on Jan. 15.

The Aztecs put it away in the opening minutes.

Forward Billy White made the first two baskets, including a layup 4 seconds after the opening tip and an alley-oop slam on a pass from Tapley for a 14-0 lead less than 4 minutes in. San Diego State made its first six shots, while Wyoming missed its first four, had two turnovers and had two shots blocked by Malcolm Thomas.

Tapley and D.J. Gay each made a 3-pointer during the opening run.

SDSU led 53-22 at halftime. Wyoming shot just 27.3 percent (9 of 33) in the first half.

Tapley made 10 of 15 shots. His previous career-high was 17 points, which he reached twice as a freshman.

SDSU’s previous 3-point high was 16 against UC San Diego on Dec. 2, 2002. SDSU made its school-record 17 on 33 attempts.

After Wyoming pulled to 16-9, SDSU went on a 17-2 run to jump to a 33-11 lead with 7:50 left before halftime. Gay and James Rahon each hit a 3-pointer, and Tapley had a three-point play.

Rahon scored 14 points, including going 4 of 8 from 3-point range, Gay had 12, all on 3-pointers, and White scored 10. Kawhi Leonard, who had his 14th double-double at BYU despite being ill, had only two points Saturday night. He had six rebounds.

Series Notes

BYU leads the all-time series against Wyoming 103-69. The Cougars are 11-0 against the Cowboys under Dave Rose.

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