Game 28 - BYU to Host Third-Place Colorado State

Jackson Emery and the Cougars will host Colorado State on Wednesday in the Marriott Center. The game is sold out. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

Cougars to Host Colorado State on Wednesday

No. 7/7 BYU basketball will return to the Marriott Center on Wednesday, Feb. 23, to host Colorado State at 6 p.m. MT. The Cougars — winners of five-straight — are 25-2 overall and 11-1 in MWC action and are coming off a 79-56 road win against TCU. Jimmer Fredette led five players in double figures with 23 points and Stephen Rogers added 15 points off the bench. Fredette leads the nation in scoring at 27.2 points per game and is shooting .417 from three. Jackson Emery adds 12.7 points and 2.8 steals per game and Brandon Davies is third on the team in scoring at 11.3 points per game. Colorado State is 18-8 overall and 8-4 in MWC play and is coming off a 68-61 loss at home to UNLV. The Rams had won three-straight games prior to the UNLV loss, including wins at Wyoming, at home against New Mexico and at TCU. Andy Ogide leads the Rams in scoring (16.3 points per game) and rebounding (7.4 rebounds per game) while shooting .580 from the field. Travis Tranklin adds 13.5 points per game and Wes Eikmeier is third in scoring at 9.4 points 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. 7/7 BYU will play at No. 6/4 San Diego State on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m. PT. 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 10 a.m. PT on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM out of Salt Lake City. The game will be televised live on CBS.

Cougar Quick Hits

— No. 7/7 BYU head coach Dave Rose is 152-42 in his six seasons at BYU and is the program’s all-time leader in winning percentage at .784. He is tied with Roger Reid for second all-time in wins.

— In MWC action, Jimmer Fredette is averaging 31.0 points, 3.8 threes and 4.1 assists while shooting .457 from the field, .465 from three and .904 from the free throw line.

Jimmer Fredette was named to eight preseason All-America teams and is a Cousy Award finalist and a Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy midseason candidate. Fredette leads the nation in scoring at 27.2 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 12.7 points per game and adds 3.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and a team-best 2.8 steals per game. He has posted four-plus steals 10 times this season and is the program’s all-time leader in career steals. Brandon Davies is third on the team in scoring at 11.3 points per game on .533 shooting. He has scored in double figures 19 times this season.

— At 25-2, BYU has the best 27-game record in program history.

BYU GAME #28 FAST FACTS

No. 7/7 BYU (25-2, 11-1) vs. Colorado State (18-8, 8-4)

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011

Marriott Center

Provo, Utah

6 p.m. MT

Coaches

BYU, Dave Rose (152-42 in sixth season at BYU; same overall)

Colorado State, Tim Miles (50-71 in fourth season at Colorado State; 262-203 in 16th season overall)

Series

BYU leads 89-46, including an 11-1 BYU record vs. the Rams under Dave Rose

Radio

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

TV

The Mtn. (Ari Wolfe, play-by-play; Blaine Fowler, 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 Colorado State

2010-11 Record: 18-8, 8-4

Conference: Mountain West

2009-10 Record: 16-16, 5-11 (7th)

2010 Postseason: CBI First Round

Highlights:

- Colorado State is 18-8 overall and 8-4 in MWC play. The Rams are coming off a loss at home to UNLV. Colorado State had won three-straight league games prior to the setback against the Rebels.

- Andy Ogide averages 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds to lead the Rams. He is shooting .580 from the field. Travis Franklin adds 13.5 points per game while shooting .579 from the field. Wes Eikmeier adds 9.4 points per game and Dorian Green contributes 7.5 points per game.

- Colorado State averages 73.0 points and shoots .482 from the field. Ram opponents average 67.2 points and shoot .428 from the field against Colorado State.

Coach: Tim Miles (Fourth season at Colorado State)

Colorado State’s Last Outing — CSU misses chance against UNLV, 68-61

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The CSU Rams had an opportunity to add to their NCAA tournament resume Saturday evening, but came up short as the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels topped CSU, 68-61, at Moby Arena.

CSU (18-8, 8-4 MWC) remains a half-game ahead of UNLV (20-7, 8-5 MWC) for third place in the Mountain West Conference heading into the last two weeks of the regular season.

UNLV went 7-of-13 from three-point land in the second half, taking advantage of a zone defense implemented by the Rams.

“There is always give and take in a defensive game,” Head Coach Tim Miles said. “We just felt like we could run some zone. They were making their threes and then they were also hurting us on the boards. They got 14 offensive rebounds and that is just too many.”

The Rebels’ 14 offensive rebounds led them to 18 more shot attempts than the Rams. CSU outshot UNLV 47.8 percent to 37.5 percent, but UNLV’s extra opportunities proved vital.

The Rams led by five at halftime, 27-22, holding UNLV to just 9-for-35 shooting in the first half. CSU looked as if it was starting to gain control of the contest after a dunk by senior Andy Ogide, followed shortly by a drive and spin move for a layup by Dorian Green to give the Rams an 18-13 lead. A sold-out Moby Arena rocked and rolled all the way to halftime.

UNLV came out in strong fashion in the second half, going on an 11-4 run in the first 4 and-a-half minutes.

An Ogide layup gave the Rams a 39-38 lead at the 12:35 mark of the second half, but UNLV responded with a three-pointer from Oscar Bellfield in its next possession, and CSU was not able to take the lead again in the game.

Ogide led the Rams with 19 points and also added seven rebounds. Sophomore guards Wes Eikmeier and Dorian Green had 13 and 10 points, respectively. UNLV was paced by Bellfield, who hit four threes and totaled 18 points. Rebels forward Chase Stanback scored 12 points and collected 11 rebounds for a double-double.

The sellout was the second of the year at Moby, marking the first time since 1990 that Moby experienced two capacity crowds in the same season.

Saturday was Senior Night at Moby, and Ogide, Adam Nigon, Andre McFarland and Travis Franklin were all honored before the game.

Series Notes

BYU leads the all-time series against Colorado State, 89-46. The Cougars are 56-10 against the Rams at home (32-6 in the Marriott Center) and 11-1 overall under Dave Rose, including a 94-85 win in Fort Collins on Jan. 22, 2011.

CLICK HERE to see where Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery rank in the BYU and Mountain West Conference record books.

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