Game 8 - Cougars vs. Hawaii at EnergySolutions

Kyle Collinsworth posted his first career double-double in BYU's last outing at Creighton. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

BYU vs. Hawaii at EnergySolutions Arena

With three victories away from home already under its belt, No. 21/25 BYU will return home to Utah to take on the University of Hawaii. The game will not be played in Provo but will be the first of two home games the Cougars will play in EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. The game is scheduled to tip off Saturday at 4 p.m. MT.

BYU is now 7-0 on the season after winning their first true away game of the season against Creighton. Hawaii is 5-1 after a heartbreaking 54-53 loss to Cal Poly in their last outing. Jimmer Fredette leads the Cougars with 23.1 points, 4.6 assists and 2.3 steals per game while Jackson Emery contributes 12.9 points, 3.9 boards and 2.9 steals per game. Hawaii is led by Bill Amis who is currently averaging 15.8 points and 6.8 rebounds this season. Hawaii is coached by Gib Arnold. Wednesday’s game can be heard live on KSL Newsradio beginning with the pregame show at 3 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 BYUtv.

Up Next

No. 21/25 BYU will play Vermont on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, N.Y., at 7 p.m.

ET. The game will be televised live by CBS College Sports. 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. ET 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 134-40 in his six seasons at BYU and is the program’s all-time leader in winning percentage at .770. 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 in the AP Poll and No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

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 23.1 points, 3.9 assists and 2.9 steals per game this season.

Jackson Emery and Jimmer Fredette have combined for 36 steals through seven games for a 5.1 combined average. Emery has 20 steals while Fredette has 16 steals. Fredette tied a career high with five steals against South Florida and

Emery has recorded 18 steals in the last five games, including two games with five steals.

BYU GAME #8 FAST FACTS

No. 21/25 BYU (7-0)vs. Hawaii (5-1)

Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010

EnergySolutions Arena

Salt Lake City

4 p.m. MT

Coaches- BYU, Dave Rose (134-40 in sixth season; same overall)

Hawaii, Gib Arnold (5-1 in first season; same overall)

Series

BYU leads the all-time series 31-13, including an 83-65 Cougar win last season at Hawaii

TV

BYUtv (Dave McCann, play-by-play; Andy Toolson, game analysis; Jarom Jordan, sideline)

Live Video

Watch the game live online at www.BYUtv.org

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 Hawai'i

2010-11 Record: 5-1, 0-0

Conference: Western Athletic

2009-10 Record: 10-20, 3-13 (9th place in WAC)

2010 Postseason: None

Highlights:

-Hawaii started their season with five straight wins before losing their first road game against Cal Poly.

-Bill Amis leads Hawaii in points and rebounds averaging 15.8 points and 6.8 boards per game.

-Hawaii has five players currently averaging double-digit scoring. Joston Thomas follows Amis averaging 12.7 points and 5.8 boards, while Hiram Thompson averages 12.5 points and 3.2 rebounds. Bo Barnes and Zane Johnson average

11.5 and 11.3 points respectively.

-As a team, Hawaii averages 72 points on .503 shooting from the field, .418 shooting from three and .707 shooting from the free throw line. Opponents average 62.8 ppg and shoot .388 from the field and .301 from three.

Coach: Gib Arnold (first season at Hawaii)

Hawaii’s Last Outing — 54-53 Loss to Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The University of Hawai‘i men’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season in excruciating fashion with 54-53 setback to Cal Poly Wednesday night at Mott Gym.

Chris O’Brien’s put-back as time expired proved the game-winner as UH fell to 5-1 after its first road game of the year. O’Brien’s put-back concluded a wild final minute of action. The ’Bows overcame a four-point deficit to take a one-point lead only to have the game snatched away on the final play. Trailing 52-48, UH trimmed the deficit to just one after Zane Johnson hit three straight free throws at the 1:01 mark.

After forcing a Mustang turnover, UH got the ball back and capitalized on a Joston Thomas layup with 22 seconds left to take a 54-53 lead. With its last possession Cal Poly (3-3) scrambled for a final shot with UH hunkering down with some tough defense. Shawn Lewis launched an errant three-pointer and Will Donahue’s rebound a mid range shot was also off the mark. But O’Brien was waiting on the weakside to convert at the buzzer and hand Hawai‘i its first blemish of the year. Johnson led Hawai‘i with 11 points and four assists. Thomas added 10 points while freshman Bobby Miles and Trevor Wiseman each contributed 8. Sophomore post Vander Joaquim hauled in 11 rebounds and added three blocks.

UH shot 51 percent from the floor, held the Mustangs to just 33 percent shooting and won the battle of the boards, 34-24. However, all of that still equated to a loss after the turnover-prone Rainbow Warriors finished with 27 turnovers,including 17 in the first half.

Series Notes

Saturday’s game will be the 45th meeting between BYU and Hawai'i. The Cougars hold a 31-13 advantage overall, including a 4-3 record on neutral courts. BYU defeated Hawaii last season, 83-65, at Hawai'i.

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