Brandon Davies and the Cougars Face Hawai'i on Friday. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
With a perfect 2-0 record after wins over Bradley and Idaho State at home, BYU men’s basketball will leave the mainland to take on Hawai’i at the Stan Sheriff Center on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. HT. The Rainbow Warriors opened their season by hosting the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic where they finished 2-1. The game will be the 44th meeting between BYU and Hawai’i with the Cougars leading the series 30-13, including 10-8 in Honolulu. Friday’s game can be heard live on KSL Newsradio beginning with the pregame show at 6 p.m. HT on 102.7 FM and 1160 AM out of Salt Lake City or via the Internet at KSL.com. Watch live online via KFVE - TV’s at secure.oceanic.com/Streaming/ with a subscription fee..
BYU returns to the Marriott Center for a meeting with Southern on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. Follow the game on
www.byucougars.com and listen live on the radio beginning with the pregame show at 6 p.m. MT 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 set an MWC record with nine road wins in 2008-09 and is 17-8 on the road in the last two seasons combined. The Cougars were 9-3 in 2008-09 and 8-5 in 2007-08. Hawai’i is BYU’s first road game in 2009-10.
— Since Rose took over as head coach of BYU basketball, the Cougars are 63-3 (.955) in the Marriott Center, including a 53-game winning streak from 2005 to 2008 — the longest in school history. With the win over Idaho State, the Cougars have an eight-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 99-34 (.744) overall, he is on pace to reach 100 wins faster than any other coach in BYU history. Roger Reid is the current leader, reaching 100 wins in 143 games.
— 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 1,174) and steals (8th with 117).
Looking at Hawai’i
Hawai’i opened the 2009-10 season by hosting the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic and earned wins over Southern Utah (65-48) and McNeese State (73-65) before falling to Northern Colorado (81-75) in the final game. Dwain Williams, who started at point guard at Providence before transferring to Hawai’i, led the Rainbow Warriors with a 17.7 ppg average at the Classic. He is shooting .333 from the field and .889 from the free throw line. Roderick Flemings is second on the team in scoring and first in rebounding with double-double averages of 16.3 ppg and 10.3 rpg. Jeremy Lay is the third scorer averaging double figures at 13.3 ppg while shooting .381 from downtown. Petras Balocka is averaging a near double-double at 9.7 points and 8.0 rebounds. As a team Hawai’i averages 71.0 points while shooting .416 from the field and .295 from downtown. The Rainbow Warriors have taken 31 more free throws and made 22 more that their opponents. Bob Nash is in his third year as Hawai’i’s head coach and is 26-37 overall.
Hawai’i’s Last Outing — UH Comeback Falls Short In Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic Title Game
HONOLULU – The University of Hawai`i Rainbow Warrior basketball team made a furious rally but it wasn’t enough as the ’Bows fell to Northern Colorado, 81-75, in the championship game of the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic Monday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. The game, which tipped off at 11:05 p.m., was part of the ESPN College Hoops Tipoff Marathon and the two teams gave a national audience a competitive contest and exciting finish. The Bears (3-0) ultimately broke open a close game with a decisive 17-0 run in the second half to claim the Rainbow Classic title in their first-ever appearance in the tournament. Jeremy Lay led UH in scoring and was one of four Rainbow Warriors in double figures with 18 points. Dwain Williams tallied 17 points and five assists. Williams scored nine of the team’s first 10 points and had 14 by halftime, but would be held to just three-second half points. Will Figures led the Bears with 15 points and tournament MVP Yahosh Bonner added 14 as Northern Colorado shot 56 percent in the second half. Both team showed jitters in the opening minutes and it would be a close contest throughout. The Bears held a two-point lead, 32-30, at the break and UH would take a five-point lead early in the second half. The game was tied, 52-52, with less than nine minutes remaining but the Bears scored 17 unanswered points in less than five minutes. UH (2-1), however, would not fold. Lay scored 12 points in the final two minutes as UH went on a 22-7 run to cut the lead to just two, 76-74, with 22 seconds remaining. But it was too little too late for the ‘Bows as the Bears sealed the win with five straight free throws.
Friday’s game will be the 44th meeting between BYU and Hawai’i. The Cougars lead 30-13 overall and 10-8 in Honolulu. The teams last played on Feb. 11, 1999 when both schools were members of the Western Athletic Conference. BYU won the game 81-68 in Provo. The Cougars swept the series that season, winning 60-59 in Honolulu on Jan. 16. The Rainbow Warriors had won two of three at home against BYU before the one-point Cougar win.
99 Victories and Counting
Head coach Dave Rose is 99-34 in his fifth season at BYU and is on the verge of becoming the fastest Cougar head coach to 100 career victories. Roger Reid owns the current mark of achieving the century mark the fastest as he did so in 143 games. A win on Friday against Hawai’i would give Rose the mark in 134 career games.
Jonathan Tavernari scored four points against Idaho State to give him 1,174 career points, good for 24th all-time at BYU. He is four points from passing Joe Richey for 23rd all-time.
Downtown Record Watch
Jonathan Tavernari hit three treys in the season opener against Bradley to give him 205 for his career. He is nine from passing Mark Bigelow (213) for first all-time at BYU. He owns the record for threes in a season with 88 in 2007-08. He also has 549 attempts from downtown, 11 from passing Bigelow for first.
Top-10 Pick Pockets
Senior forward Jonathan Tavernari had one steal against Idaho State to give him 117 for his career. He is ninth all-time in BYU history and two from passing Randy Reid for eighth.
When Jimmer Scores 20...
Jimmer Fredette scored 22 points against Idaho State, his second-straight 20-plus point effort to start the season — he had 25 in the opener against Bradley — and the 10th 20-point game of his career. BYU is 8-2 when Fredette scores 20 or more and has won the last seven games in which he has reached the 20-point mark. He last had consecutive 20-point efforts when he netted 28 in a comeback win at San Diego State (69-59) on Feb. 24, 2009 before dropping 25 on Utah in a 63-50 home win four days later. His longest streak for consecutive games with 20 or more points of three came when he had 21 at Utah (Jan. 27, 2009), 28 at home against Wyoming (Jan. 31) and 20 at Air Force (Feb. 3).