Game Notes and Quotes - Mount Saint Mary's

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BYU vs. Mount Saint Mary's Game Story

BYU vs. Mount Saint Mary's Box Score

Player Notes

Anson Winder was the first Cougar to reach double figure points and finished with a career-and game-high 22 points, six assists and three rebounds while filling in for inured Tyler Haws.

True freshmen Frank Bartley IVEric Mika and Luke Worthington all recorded career highs in points. Bartley finished with 16 points, Mika finished with 20 and Worthington four.

Bartley also set a career-high for rebounds with seven and minutes played with 19.

Kyle Collinsworth recorded his second double-double of the season, recording 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Juniors Matt Carlino and Nate Austin finished the game with a stat in every category. Carlino recorded 10 points, eight assists, six rebounds, three steals and one block. Austin had five points, nine rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal.

Skyler Halford scored a career-high 15 points and added one rebound and one assist.

Ten of the 11 players that saw action in the game scored.

Team Notes 

Dunks: Eric Mika threw down a two-handed slam for his first dunk of the year in the first half. Kyle Collinsworth drove the lane and found Mika alone underneath for the easy dunk. Mika added two dunks in the first three minutes of the second half. Both were on fast breaks. Kyle Collinsworth threw one down in the second half. Bartley threw an alley oop to Mika for his fourth dunk of the game.

With the game tied at 14-14, BYU used a 23-5 run to break open the game and lead 37-19 with 7:32 left in the first half.

Three Cougars scored in double figures in the first half. Winder led all scorers with 14, Kyle Collinsworth added 11 and Frank Bartley IV pitched in 10.

The Cougars used a different starting five for tonight’s game because Tyler Haws sat out with a lower abdominal strain. The starters for the game were Eric Mika, Nate Austin, Matt Carlino, Anson Winder and Kyle Collinsworth.

Mount Saint Mary’s had 15 fouls in the first half with BYU committing eight. Mount St. Mary's finished with 28 fouls and the Cougars finished with 20.

BYU improved to 179-19 (90.4%) when leading at the half under Dave Rose. Tonight the Cougars led 54-34 at the break.

Six Cougars scored in double figures (Mika, Carlino, Collinsworth, Winder, Halford and Bartley) for the second-consecutive game.

In BYU's first eight seasons under coach Rose, the Cougars scored more than 100 points in nine games. The Cougars have scored over 100 points in two of three games this season.

The last time BYU scored 100 points in back-to-back games happened in 1986 (Nov. 21 and Dec. 3; L 119-110 at Oklahoma, W 100-86 v. Utah State) and the last time BYU won consecutive games while scoring 100 points happened in 1980 (Feb. 28 and Mar. 1; W 107-82 v. Hawaii, and W 114-81 v. SDSU).

Newcomers (Mika, Andrew Johnston, Halford, Bartley and Worthington) combined for 56 of the 108 points for the game.

BYU scored 28 fast break points and held Mount Saint Mary’s to zero fast break points.

Quotes

 

 BYU head coach Dave Rose

"I thought we came out with good energy. I thought that our guys responded really well in an uncertain situation with Tyler. I think our guys adjusted really well. Anson came in and had a great game filling in for Ty and the rest of the bench stepped up. Guys got a lot of playing time and they responded with really positive nights."

"We look forward to tomorrow and hope we can repeat this game and come out with a lot of energy and see if we can improve a little bit on execution."

"I think everybody needs to get used to the flow, because the flow is way different. A lot of it is because of the fouls being called. We shot 30 free throws and they shot 18. That’s a really big adjustment for our guys. I really think you have to push the issue to have a decent flow to the game."

"I thought Anson was so active. He seemed to always be in the right spot. He got himself quite a few rebounds and hit a couple threes. Breaking that press allowed us to get a lot of easy shots tonight."

"All in all, I think the best thing from this game is a lot of young guys got a lot of minutes and they produced."

Anson Winder

On how the team played tonight:

"I think we moved the ball well. We all played with a lot of confidence today and we shared the ball. I don’t know how many assists we had exactly, but I think we had a ton."

On playing without Tyler Haws tonight:

"I think we all knew coming in we would have bigger roles tonight because Tyler is such a key to our team and he scores so many of our points. We all knew we had to step up tonight and I feel like we did that."

How has the team been playing so far this year?

"We are all playing as free and confident as we can. The coaches have instilled a lot of confidence in us and I think it shows. Hopefully we can keep it up."

Eric Mika 

On the new rules and fouls:

"It’s hard to get used to but we are focusing in on it in practice. I think I’ll figure it out."

How has the transistion to college basketball been?

"We play really similar to how I played last year so that’s really been helping me out."

On not having Tyler Haws in the lineup tonight:

"We all knew we were going to have to fill a couple gaps in the scoring but we knew we were all capable scorers and that if we just moved the ball that’s what we would do."

Mount St. Mary's head coach Jamion Christian

"I have always had so much admiration for BYU basketball, I'm trying to build our program at Mount St. Mary's and playing against programs like this that have been able to move themselves around to different leagues, that's something all young coaches should be trying to do at this level. I thought the best way to show that to our guys was to have them step onto the floor and see how talented and how good BYU really is."

"We won't be affected by this loss negatively at all. I have four seniors that leave it on the floor everyday and I admire how they play. Because of that I know they're going to respond to this loss very well."

"I love how BYU plays. Hopefully everyone that is a BYU fan out there really understands what a great team they have, how hard they play, how talented they are, how well they play together, it's really admirable." 

"Mika is an unbelievable player. All the hype is well deserved. His ability to really make plays and finish above the rim, especially with how young he is, is really important."