Newcomers Show Promise in Exhibition Victory

Canada native Jimmy Balderson dunks two of his 10 points, which included 2-for-3 shooting from behind the arc, to help BYU to a win over the University of Victoria Friday.

PROVO -- A trio of newcomers helped BYU open exhibition play Friday with an 81-54 victory over the University of Victoria at the Marriott Center in front of 8,407 fans.

Freshman Lee Cummard led the way for the Cougars with 23 points in his debut, fueling a second-half surge that turned a tight first half into a blowout. With 19 of his game-high total coming in the second frame, Cummard paced BYU to outscore the Vikes by 23 points in the final 20 minutes while adding five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

"In the second half our guys played with a lot more purpose," BYU head coach Dave Rose said. "I really believe that the last 10 to 12 minutes came down to mental toughness. For the most part I was pleased with our effort."

Trent Plaisted, a freshman who received a medical redshirt last season after playing in five games, showed his return to full health by posting 11 points and six rebounds as the starting center.

Junior-college transfer Fernando Malaman made his presence felt early, scoring seven points in his first 2:20 of playing time while adding a rebound and a block. The 6-foot-7 junior from Limeria, Brazil, finished with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting and had two blocks.

The British Columbia-based Vikes came in with a 7-0 record and kept the game close in the first half by connecting on three 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes to take an 18-17 lead. After trading baskets the rest of the half, the Cougars took the lead at 31-29 at the 1:44 mark on a 3-pointer from junior Jimmy Balderson.

Balderson's bucket put BYU on top for good as it came out firing in the second half, using a 19-4 run to build a 60-39 cushion and cruise to the victory. After a 39.4 percent shooting performance in the first half, the Cougars warmed up to sink 60 percent of their shots from the floor in the second half. Balderson was one of four Cougars in double figures with 10 points, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.

"In the first half we were really impatient," Rose said. "A lot of guys were hunting out shots. Our effort was really good, but we've got some execution issues to deal with."

BYU held the Vikes 19 points below their season scoring average of 72.7 and won the rebounding battle 45-33. Steve Moore finished with a team-high 11 points for Victoria and Jacob Doerksen nabbed a game-high seven boards.

"BYU has some athletes, they have lots of potential, and they seem to be a lot deeper this year," Victoria head coach Craig Beaucamp said. "We gave them too many easy scores in the second half and that helped them gain confidence."

Junior Keena Young led the Cougars with three steals while junior Austin Ainge tied for a team-high six rebounds. Senior Brock Reichner added five assists and eight points.

Injuries kept guards Mike Rose (lip laceration) and Rashaun Broadus (ankle sprain) out of the game. Both are expected to be ready to play for the season opener against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 18.

BYU will return to the Marriott Center on Thursday at 7 p.m. for its final exhibition matchup against Seattle Pacific.

Official Basketball Box Score -- GAME TOTALS -- FINAL STATISTICS

University of Victoria vs BYU Cougars

cd/04/05 7:00 at Marriott Center, Provo, Utah

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VISITORS: University of Victoria

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

14 HASS, Tyler......... f 1-1 0-0 1-2 3 3 6 4 3 2 3 1 0 26

24 DOERKSEN, Jacob..... f 4-16 0-7 0-0 1 6 7 1 8 0 1 0 3 33

32 MOORE, Steve........ f 5-7 1-2 0-1 0 2 2 0 11 2 0 0 1 23

10 ELLIS, Brandon...... g 4-11 1-3 1-1 1 3 4 2 10 0 3 0 0 31

12 TRUMPY, Chris....... g 2-12 0-3 0-1 1 1 2 4 4 8 1 0 3 31

11 SPOOR, Chris........ 2-2 1-1 0-0 0 4 4 0 5 2 3 0 1 17

15 BOLLINGER, Graeme... 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 2 5 0 1 0 1 14

23 KUZMINSKI, Matt..... 1-3 1-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 5 0 3 0 0 14

30 KINNEAR, Rob........ 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 3

52 KAJFES, Ivan........ 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 4

55 INDOME, Cyril....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4

TEAM................ 4 4

Totals.............. 22-62 4-19 6-11 8 25 33 13 54 15 18 1 9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-29 37.9% 2nd Half: 11-33 33.3% Game: 35.5% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-11 27.3% 2nd Half: 1-8 12.5% Game: 21.1% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 4-7 57.1% 2nd Half: 2-4 50.0% Game: 54.5% 2

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HOME TEAM: BYU Cougars

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

03 YOUNG, Keena........ f 2-6 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 1 4 2 1 1 4 16

44 PLAISTED, Trent..... f 5-8 0-0 1-2 1 5 6 3 11 0 1 0 1 25

13 AINGE, Austin....... g 2-7 0-3 0-0 1 5 6 2 4 3 2 0 2 32

23 BALDERSON, Jimmy.... g 3-6 2-3 2-4 2 4 6 1 10 3 1 1 1 33

30 CUMMARD, Lee........ g 10-16 1-3 2-2 2 3 5 2 23 4 1 0 2 27

04 EMERY, Jackson...... 1-2 0-1 1-2 0 3 3 3 3 2 3 0 0 10

11 REICHNER, Brock..... 3-7 0-1 2-2 0 2 2 1 8 5 0 0 1 18

15 MALAMAN, Fernando... 5-6 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 2 11 1 1 2 1 20

34 BURGESS, David...... 2-9 0-0 1-2 2 4 6 2 5 1 1 2 0 13

41 ODJEGBA, Jermaine... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

43 DAWES, Derek........ 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 4

TEAM................ 3 3

Totals.............. 34-68 4-13 9-14 10 35 45 17 81 21 12 6 13 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-33 39.4% 2nd Half: 21-35 60.0% Game: 50.0% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-10 30.0% 2nd Half: 1-3 33.3% Game: 30.8% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 4-6 66.7% 2nd Half: 5-8 62.5% Game: 64.3% 4

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Officials: Scott Thornley, Mike Littlewood, Ken Nielsen

Technical fouls: University of Victoria-None. BYU Cougars-None.

Attendance: 8407

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

University of Victoria........ 29 25 - 54

BYU Cougars................... 33 48 - 81

Exhibition Game

Points in the paint-UV 20,BY 42. Points off turnovers-UV 9,BY 12.

2nd chance points-UV 4,BY 13. Fast break points-UV 4,BY 16.

Bench points-UV 18,BY 29. Score tied-4 times. Lead changes-6 times.

Tags: Results