Game 7 - BYU vs. Creighton in MWC-MVC Challenge

(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

BYU at Creighton in First Road Game of 2010-11

After winning the South Padre Island Invitational with victories over South Florida and Saint Mary’s, No. 21/25 BYU will head to Omaha, Neb., to take on Creighton in the Mountain West Missouri Valley Challenge on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. The Cougars are 6-0 on the season after defeating South Florida and Saint Mary’s to claim the South Padre Island title. Creighton is now 4-2 following a 65-52 loss at Northwestern on Sunday. Jimmer Fredette leads the Cougars with 24.8 points, 4.8 assists and 2.3 steals per game while Jackson Emery contributes 12.8 points, 3.5 boards and 3.2 steals per game. Creighton is led by Antoine Young and Doug McDermott, who average 14.3 points apiece. Creighton is coached by Greg McDermott. Wednesday’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 KMTV in Omaha.

Up Next

No. 21/25 BYU will play Hawaii on Saturday, Dec. 4, at EnergySolutions Arena at 4 p.m. The game will be televised live by BYUtv and available live online at www.BYUtv.org. A live stats link will be available on www.byucougars.com and listen live on the radio beginning with the pregame show at 3 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

— No. 23 BYU head coach Dave Rose is 133-40 in his six seasons at BYU and is the program’s all-time leader in winning percentage at .769. 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. 21/25.

— 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 averaging 24.8 points, 4.8 assists and 2.3 steals per game this season.

Jackson Emery and Jimmer Fredette have combined for 33 steals through six games for a 5.5 combined average. Emery has 19 steals while Fredette has 14 steals. Fredette tied a career high with five steals against South Florida and Emery has recorded 17 steals in the last four games, including two games with five steals.

BYU GAME #7 FAST FACTS

No. 21/25 BYU (6-0) at Creighton (4-2)

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

Qwest Center Omaha

Omaha, Neb.

7 p.m. CT

Coaches

BYU, Dave Rose (133-40 in sixth season; same overall)

Creighton, Greg McDermott (4-2 in first season; 288-197 in 17th overall)

Series

BYU leads the all-time series 5-3

TV

KMTV (Travis Justice, play-by-play; Nick Bahe, game analysis)

Live Video

A live video feed is available at www.gocreighton.com on the basketball schedule page

Radio

KSL Newsradio (102.7 FM/1160 AM) and the Cougar Sports Network

(Greg Wrubell, play-by-play; Mark Durrant, game analysis)

Web

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

Looking at Creighton

2010-11 Record: 4-2, 0-0

Conference: Missouri Valley

2009-10 Record: 18-16, 10-8 (4th place in MVC)

2010 Postseason: CIT Semifinals

Highlights:

- Creighton is 4-0 at home to start the season with losses coming to Iowa State on a neutral floor and at Northwestern.

- Antoine Young is tied for the team lead in scoring (14.3 ppg) and is first in assists (4.2 apg). Doug McDermott is tied for the lead in scoring (14.3 ppg) and shoots .522 from the field.

- Kenny Lawson, Jr. adds 12.3 ppg and a team-best 7.2 rpg.

- As a team, Creighton averages 70.5 points on .424 shooting from the field, .349 shooting from three and .798 shooting from the free throw line. Opponents average 66.3 ppg and shoot .436 from the field and .397 from three.

Coach: Greg McDermott (first season at Creighton)

Creighton’s Last Outing — Northwestern Tops Men’s Basketball, 65-52

EVANSTON, Ill. - Not even the presence of two-time All-American Kyle Korver could help Creighton in its first true road game of the 2010-11 season, as host Northwestern defeated the Bluejays, 65-52, on Sunday night. Korver, an eight-year NBA veteran who now plays for the Chicago Bulls, was in the crowd to watch his alma mater as well as his younger brother, senior Creighton guard Kaleb Korver.

Northwestern is off to its first 4-0 start since 1993-94, while Creighton dropped to 4-2 with the setback. Northwestern led for most of the first half, with Creighton’s largest lead coming 15-12 on a score inside by Kenny Lawson Jr. Lawson had nine points and five rebounds early on before Northwestern’s trapping zone gave the Jays some temporary fits.

A 10-0 NU run during a six-minute Bluejay drought gave the Wildcats their largest lead of the half at 36-24. Creighton would use a trey by Jahenns Manigat and hook shot from fellow freshman Doug McDermott closed the half with the Jays down just 40-32.

Lawson had 11 points and six rebounds in the first 20 minutes, but was limited to just 12 minutes by foul trouble. Three others had six points, including McDermott, Manigat and Antoine Young, who also dished four assists in the opening half. NU’s John Shurna had 10 points in the opening seven minutes and led all players with 14 points before he, too, was sidelined with two fouls, while Michael Thompson had 10 points.

Both teams struggled to score in the first nine minutes of the second half, with nearly as many combined fouls (13) as there were points (14). NU’s Thompson snapped that spell when he stepped back to hit a three-pointer from the right corner to make it 50-39 in favor of the hosts. He duplicated his efforts 90 seconds later, putting the Wildcats ahead 53-39 with 9:17 to play and prompting a Bluejay timeout.

Creighton had a chance to trim NU’s deficit to 58-50 in the final six minutes, but an Ethan Wragge three-pointer was off the mark and NU’s Shurna hit a pair of pair of charity shots after being fouled on the rebound. A short time later, Manigat’s three-point attempt that could have made it a six-point game with 3:40 left was off the mark.

Shurna, a preseason National Player of the Year candidate, led Northwestern with 23 points, while Thompson added 18 points. NU made 49 percent of its 49 field goal attempts and 35 percent of its 20 three-point tries.

Creighton had three men in double-figures. Young had 18 points, McDermott added 14 and Lawson finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Creighton shot 37.3 percent from the field but struggled from long-range, hitting just 4-of-21 from downtown (19.0 percent).

Series Notes

Wednesday’s game will be the ninth meeting between BYU and Creighton. The Cougars hold a 5-3 advantage overall, including a 2-0 record at home, 2-3 at Creighton and 1-0 at neutral sites. The teams last played in 2002 at Creighton with the Bluejays winning 74-64. BYU won 61-52 the year before in Provo.

Record Watch

Three-Point Field Goals

1. Jonathan Tavernari (2006-10) - 265

2. Mark Bigelow (1998-99, 01-04) - 213

3. Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - 190

4. Mike Rose (2003-07) - 163

5. Jackson Emery (2005-06, 08-present) - 154

6. Lee Cummard (2005-09) - 153

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) - 485

4. Jackson Emery (2005-06, 08-present) - 393

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

Free Throws

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) - 400

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) - .873

Assists

4. Marty Haws (1986-90) - 502

5. Randy Reid (1992-96) - 458

6. Scott Runia (1976-80) - 405

7. Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - 384

8. Lee Cummard (2005-09) - 372

Steals

1. Danny Ainge (1977-81) - 195

2. Marty Haws (1986-90) - 182

3. Jackson Emery (2005-06, 08-present) - 167

4. Jonathan Tavernari (2006-10) - 165

5. Scott Sinek (1981-85) - 140

6. Nathan Call (1986-88, 90-92) - 138

7. Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - 132

Points

1. Danny Ainge (1977-81) - 2467

2. Michael Smith (1983-84, 86-89) - 2319

...

7. Mekeli Wesley (1997-01) - 1740

8. Mark Bigelow (1998-99, 01-04) - 1715

9. Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - 1680

10. Ken Roberts (1990-91, 93-96) - 1652

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

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Jimmer Fredette (2007-present) - 86

Jackson Emery (2005-06, 08-present) - 80

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