(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU vs. Saint Mary’s in South Padre Championship
BYU outlasted South Florida 77-75 in double overtime to earn a spot in the South Padre Island Invitational Championship game vs. Saint Mary’s on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT. Saint Mary’s defeated Texas Tech 88-68 in the other semifinal to earn a spot in the title game. Jimmer Fredette is now averaging 25.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.2 steals while Jackson Emery adds 12.4 points and 2.8 steals. Noah Hartsock hit the game winner against South Florida and is averaging 11.8 points and Charles Abouo is pitching in 8.2 points and 7.2 rebounds. Mickey McConnell leads five Saint Mary’s players who average double figures with 14.8 points per game. The Gaels are coached by Randy Bennett. Saturday’s game can be heard live on KSL Newsradio beginning with the pregame show at 6 p.m. CT 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 Fox College Sports.
No. 23 BYU will play at Creighton on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. CT in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge. The game will be televised live in Omaha on KMTV and a live video feed will be available on www.gocreighton.com. A live stats link will be available on www.byucougars.com and listen live on the radio beginning with the pregame show at 6 p.m. CT on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM out of Salt Lake City or via the Internet at KSL.com.
Cougar Quick Hits
— No. 23 BYU head coach Dave Rose is 132-40 in his six seasons at BYU and is the program’s all-time leader in winning percentage at .767. From 2006 through last season, he led BYU to four-straight 25-win seasons, four-straight seasons ranked in the top 25 and four-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.
— The Cougars were ranked in the AP Preseason Poll for the first time since the 1980-81 season and are currently ranked No. 23.
— BYU welcomes back its starting backcourt of seniors Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery. This marks the third-straight season the duo has started for Dave Rose.
— Jimmer Fredette has been named to eight preseason All-America teams (AP, ESPN.com, Sporting News, SI.com/Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times, Athlon Sports, Dick Vitale and Blue Ribbon Magazine). Fredette is avareging 25.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.2 steals per game this season.
— Jackson Emery and Jackson Emery have combined for 25 steals through five games for a 5.0 combined average. Emery has 14 steals while Fredette has 11 steals. Fredette tied a career high with five steals against South Florida and Emery has recorded 12 steals in the last three games.
BYU GAME #6 FAST FACTS
No. 23 BYU (5-0) vs. Saint Mary’s (6-0)
Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010
South Padre Island Convention Center
South Padre Island, Texas
7 p.m. CT
BYU, Dave Rose (132-40 in sixth season; same overall)
Saint Mary’s, Randy Bennett (189-103 in 10th season; same overall)
BYU leads all-time series 7-2
Fox College Sports (Kevin Eschenfelder, play-by-play; Reid Gettys, game analysis)
KSL Newsradio (102.7 FM/1160 AM) and the Cougar Sports Network (Mark Durrant, play-by-play; Russell Larson, game analysis)
Live audio and live stats links are available on the basketball schedule page at www.byucougars.com/basketball_m/
Looking at Saint Mary’s
2010-11 Record: 6-0, 0-0
Conference: West Coast
2009-10 Record: 28-6, 11-3 (2nd place in WCC)
2010 Postseason: NCAA Sweet 16
- Average margin of victory of 34.2 points through six games.
- Five players average double figures, including Mickey McConnell (14.8), Tim Williams (13.3), Rob Jones (12.2), Matthew Dellavedova (11.5) and Clint Steindl (11.3).
- Against Texas Tech, Tim Williams had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Mickey McConnell added 18 points and four assists
Coach: Randy Bennett (10th season at Saint Mary’s)
Saint Mary’s Last Outing — Men’s Basketball Too Much For Red Raiders
South Padre Island, TX - The Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team got a huge night from sophomore center Tim Williams who recorded his second career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Saint Mary’s led by as much as 26 points early in the second half, as SMC cruised to a 88-68 victory over Texas Tech in the third game of the South Padre Island Invitational. As a team, the Gaels (6-0) shot an impressive 59.3 percent from the field, which included going 7-for-14 from 3-point range. But the real story was how SMC got it done down low. The Gaels finished the night with 48 points in the paint, which included 12 second chance points. Saint Mary’s once again out-rebounded their opponent 32 to 23. Texas Tech (4-2) shot 43.1 percent from the field, going 22-for-51, but could not overcome the Gaels impressive first half. Williams 20 points led all scorers in the game, but he was joined by four other Gaels in double figures. Mickey McConnell finished the night with 18 points, going 6-for-11 from the field, including 2-for-3 from behind the arc. McConnell also dished out four assists. Rob Jones tallied 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including going 2-for-4 from 3-point range. Mitchell Young had an impressive night, with 10 points off a 5-for-6 shooting performance. Lastly, Matthew Dellavedova finished the evening with 10 points, going 3-for-8 from the field, including 1-for-3 from behind the arc and was a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe. Dellavedova also finished two assists shy of a double-double, tallying eight on the evening. Texas Tech opened up the game on a 4-0 run, but from there it was all Saint Mary’s. SMC went on a 20-2 run to take an early 20-6 lead. Leading the charge was the sharp shooting of McConnell who picked up five of his 14 first half points in the run. SMC kept up the pressure defensively the rest of the half, limiting the Red Raiders to just 23 points on 8-of-23 from the field. Texas Tech’s Brad Reese and Robert Lewandowski combined for 19 of the Texas Tech’s 23 first half points. Reese led the Red Raiders with 13 points on the night, going 3-for-9 from the field and 6-for-8 from the free throw line. Saint Mary’s played nearly flawless basketball, shooting 71% from the field in the first half, going 20-for-28 from the floor, with most of the points coming in the key, as the Gaels were just 3-of-6 from 3-point range. Mitchell Young and Tim Williams combined for 15 points in the paint in the opening half. In the second half the Red Raiders came to life. Texas Tech’s John Roberson scored all 11 of his points in the first nine minutes of the half, cutting the Gaels lead to 19 with 11:41 to play. The strong two-man play between Williams and Dellavedova continued in the second half, as the guard dished a nice behind the back pass to Williams who made a strong move to the basket on the pick and roll to put the Gaels back up 20, with 8:55 to play. With 4:01 to play the Gaels turned to the bench, with SMC up 23, 79-56. Dellavedova hit three free throws to essentially put the game on ice.
Saturday’s game will be the 10th meeting between BYU and Saint Mary’s. The Cougar hold a 7-2 advantage overall, including 6-1 in Provo and 1-1 at Saint Mary’s. Saturday’s game will be the first neutral site meeting between the teams.
Three-Point Field Goals
1. Jonathan Tavernari (2006-10) - 265
2. Mark Bigelow (1998-99, 01-04) - 213
3. Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - 189
4. Mike Rose (2003-07) - 163
5. Lee Cummard (2005-09) - 153
6. Jackson Emery (2005-06, 08-present) - 151
7. Andy Toolson (1984-85, 87-90) - 141
Three-Point Field Goal Attempts
1. Jonathan Tavernari (2006-10) - 698
2. Mark Bigelow (1998-99, 01-04) - 559
3. Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - 479
4. Jackson Emery (2005-06, 08-present) - 387
5. Mike Rose (2003-07) - 381
T-6. Lee Cummard (2005-09) - 355
T-6. Randy Reid (1992-96) - 355
8. Nick Sanderson (1991-93) - 350
6. Fred Roberts (1978-82) - 467
7. Michael Smith (1983-84, 86-89) - 431
8. Mark Bigelow (1998-99, 01-04) - 414
9. Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - 397
10. Kresimir Cosic (1970-73) - 381
Free Throw Percentage
1. Tyler Haws (2009-10) - .917
2. Michael Smith (1983-84, 86-89) - .878
3. Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - .874
4. Marty Haws (1986-90) - 502
5. Randy Reid (1992-96) - 458
6. Scott Runia (1976-80) - 405
7. Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - 380
8. Lee Cummard (2005-09) - 372
1. Danny Ainge (1977-81) - 195
2. Marty Haws (1986-90) - 182
3. Jonathan Tavernari (2006-10) - 165
4. Jackson Emery (2005-06, 08-present) - 162
5. Scott Sinek (1981-85) - 140
6. Nathan Call (1986-88, 90-92) - 138
7. Russell Larson (1991-95) - 131
T-8. Lee Cummard (2005-09) - 129
T-8. Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - 129
10. Matt Montague (1996-97, 99-02) - 124
1. Danny Ainge (1977-81) - 2467
2. Michael Smith (1983-84, 86-89) - 2319
8. Mark Bigelow (1998-99, 01-04) - 1715
9. Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - 1656
10. Ken Roberts (1990-91, 93-96) - 1652
11. Lee Cummard (2005-09) - 1569
Wins Played in
1. Jonathan Tavernari (2006-10) - 103
2. Lee Cummard (2005-09) - 97
3. Russell Larson (1991-95) - 94
T-4. Chris Miles (2004-05, 07-10) - 90
T-4. Mark Durrant (1989-90, 92-95) - 90
T-4. Shane Knight (1991-95) - 90
Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - 85
Jackson Emery (2005-06, 08-present) - 79