Chris Miles scored six quick points in the opening minutes to jump start BYU against Wagner. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU vs. Wagner
Dec. 17, 2009
Marriott Center (Provo, UT)
— Dating back to last season, with 9 points against Wagner, Jimmer Fredette ends his double-digit scoring streak at 23 consecutive games. It was the longest streak in double-digits since Russell Larsen put together 44 consecutive games scoring at least 10 points during the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons.
— Jimmer Fredette went 5-6 tonight from the free throw line, his 8th game this season missing one foul shot or less. He has made 57 of his last 60 free throws and leads the MWC in FT%.
— Jackson Emery had a season-high 5 assists. His career high is nine.
— Noah Hartsock dished out 4 assists, a new career-high. He added 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks (tied for career high) and 1 steal.
— Tyler Haws led the Cougars in scoring for the second time this season, finishing with 16 points, one shy of his career high.
— Michael Loyd, Jr., had a career-high 4 assists, surpassing his previous high of 3, accomplished seven times.
— James Anderson’s 7 points and 5 rebounds are both season highs.
— The win for BYU is its 12th in a row at home, 4th win in a row overall.
— The game was the first BYU has led from start to finish this season.
— Wagner’s 23 first half points ties for second-fewest allowed by BYU this season. The Cougars have kept 8 of 10 points to less than 30 points in the first half.
— Wagner shot 26.5% from the field in the first half, the lowest of any BYU opponent this season.
— Wagner shot 31.4% for the game, second-lowest of any BYU opponent this season (Idaho State shot 30.4%)
— BYU had 13 assists on 15 field goals in the first half.
— After Brock Zylstra’s first career block, BYU’s 8 team swats is the Cougar high for the season.
— With 1 steal tonight, Jonathan Tavernari is tied with Lee Cummard for 6th place on the all-time steals list with 128. He is now three away from tying Russell Larson at 131.
— BYU went on a 20-2 (including one 14-0 spurt), improving an 8-7 lead into 28-9 over the course of 7:30 in the first half. Tavernari scored 8 points in that span.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
“We got a lot out of this win. It was competitive and we
got a chance to play a lot of our players. We had good energy and attacked well. We didn’t shoot as well as I would have liked seeing as how we never really got into a rhythm.”
“Early on in the game we struggled a little, but as it went on we got better at challenging their threes. On some possessions we really made it tough on them.”
“Of those 19 offensive rebounds we’re concerned with about half of them because they took the ball away from us and really muscled us out.”
“You try to play and execute every possession a certain way. I think we were engaged, but not perfect. We never had a good offensive showing, but we did a good job guarding.”
Wagner Head Coach Mike Deane
“It was a bit disappointing that we didn’t give our best effort. We need to be more competitive on defense and more patient with the ball on offense.”
“BYU is a very good team. They don’t play a pressure defense but are solid and play contained basketball. Although we are young and inexperienced, we need to take better shots, make better decisions, rebound the ball and play with more patience.”
“It was a good opportunity for us to come out to a first-class arena and play against a good team. Hopefully this experience will help us in the future.”