Game Notes and Quotes: BYU vs. Nevada

Jackson Emery scored a career-high 25 points, hitting five treys against Nevada (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

BYU vs. Nevada

Dec. 22, 2009

Orleans Arena (Las Vegas, NV)

Player Notes

Jimmer Fredette set a new career high with 33 points, including 22 in the second half, shooting 11-of-16 from the field and 9-of-9 from the free throw line. He also had 6 assists, 3 steals and 1 rebound.

Jackson Emery scored a career-high 25 points, including 18 in the second half, shooting 8-of-12 from the field (5-of-7 from three) and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Emery also had 3 steals, 3 assists and 2 rebounds.

Tyler Haws had a new career-high with 20 points, including 12 in the first half, shooting 7-of-7 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line.

— Haws made his first six baskets in the first eight minutes of the game

— Emery has now hit his career-high 5 treys in three different games this season, including games against Idaho State and Arizona State.

Team Notes

— The win for BYU is its 6th in a row and second of the season scoring 100+ points.

— BYU connected on 12 of its first 14 shots.

— The Cougars shot .586 (17-of-29) in the first half and have shot .603 in the first half over their last three games.

— BYU made 10-straight shots during a stretch early in the first half.

— The Cougars scored 64 points in the second half, the most since BYU notched 61 against Boise State on 12/10/08.

— The 64 points was five away from the program record, set against North Texas in 1981 when BYU scored 69 points.

— BYU shot 67.7 percent from the field in the second half (21-31), its best second half shooting of the season and second best half of the season (68.8 percent in the first half against Eastern Washington).

Record Watch

Jimmer Fredette became the 41st member of the BYU 1,000-point club. The milestone came on a three with 10:04 left in the game to give him 24 points in the game and 1,001 for his career, putting BYU up 78-70. He now has 1,010 points for his career.

— BYU’s 100 points is the most since Jan. 11, 2005 against MSU-Billings (110-70) and most against a Division I school since Dec. 29, 1995 against Morgan State (110-69).

— With 2 points versus Nevada, Jonathan Tavernari has 1,273 career points and is ranked 20th all-time in scoring at BYU. He is 12 points from passing Alan Taylor for 19th all-time.

— Tavernari had 2 steals against Nevada to give him 130 for his career. He passes Lee Cummard for sixth all-time and is two away from passing Russell Larson for (131) for fifth.

— Fredette’s 33 points is the tied for the 57th highest scoring game in BYU history and the most since Lee Cummard scored 36 points against Long Beach State on November 14, 2008.

— BYU’s 27-of-28 (.964) mark from the free throw line as a team is the fourth-best mark in program history, with BYU marks of 12-of-12 twice (including this season against San Francisco) and 10-of-10 against Chaminade in 2005.

Game Trends

— Fredette scored 33 points, his seventh 20-point game this season and 15th of his career. BYU is 13-2 when Fredette scores 20 or more and has won the last 12 games in which he has reached that milestone.

— The 33 points was the first 30-point game in Fredette’s career.

— Freshman Tyler Haws has now scored in double figures in six straight games, three shy of Jimmer Fredette’s season-high nine straight.

— Emery hit a short jumper and a corner three for five-straight points for the Cougars to start the second half, giving BYU a 51-50 lead.

— Haws has made 19 free throws in a row over the last six games.

— Fredette has also started a new free throw streak, having made his last 14 free throws. He has streaks of 39 (a school record) and 13 this season.

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

“I think that you have to figure out different ways to win depending on the way the game goes. We knew early we were going to have to score a lot of points. If we’re going to push the ball against a team with really talented offensive players, you’re going to have to make good on every possession.”

“What we tried to do in the first half was double team Babbitt and make the rest of the guys beat us. We wanted to take the ball out of his hands.”

“I thought Jackson in the second half for us defensively really, really gave us a lift. Our defense won this game for us. We got four or five steals we converted into easy baskets. They didn’t get those. They gave us those two extra baskets which turned out to be the difference.”

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