Notes & Quotes: Florida State

(Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)

Player Notes

  • Tyler Haws led all players at halftime with 15 points (7 for 12 from the field) for a new career high for points in a half, reaching double digits at the 11:11 mark after scoring BYU’s first 11 points in the game.
  • Brandon Davies tallied his second career 3-pointer against Florida State with 5:47 to play to put the score at 80-65 in favor of the Seminoles.
  • Tyler Haws led the Cougars with 23 points, just one shy of his career high, for his third-straight 20-plus point game this season. He also added 9 rebounds, 5 assists (one shy of his career high), 3 steals (one shy of his career high) and 1 block.
  • Brandon Davies, Brock Zylstra and Craig Cusick joined Haws in double-digit points with 19, 10 and 10 points, respectively.

Team Notes

  • BYU dropped its first game of the season in an 88-70 final to Florida State in the Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Dave Rose started Brandon Davies, Tyler Haws, Matt Carlino, Josh Sharp and Brock Zylstra against Florida State tonight for the third-straight game.
  • The Cougars finished the first half with 17 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. Of the 17 rebounds, Nate Austin led with 3. Of the 8 assists, Tyler Haws and Brock Zylstra each contributed 3 and of the 6 steals, Zylstra led with 3.
  • Florida State’s smallest lead in the second half was seven points at 44-37 at 19:51 and 50-43 at 17:31.
  • Tonight’s lone dunk for BYU came from Brandon Davies.
  • BYU led Florida State in fast break points by a 15-6 margin and in 2nd chance points by a 15-4 margin.

Game Trends

  • Florida State went up 6-0 to start the game until a basket from Tyler Haws at 16:38 halted the run.
  • Haws scored the first 11 points for BYU. Brock Zylstra was the next BYU player to put up points at the 10:14 mark with a 3-pointer to bring BYU within nine at 23-14.
  • BYU trailed 20-9 at the 11:50 mark in the first half then outscored the Seminoles 25-14 to tie the game at 34-34 with 4:05 to play until halftime.
  • Between 7:45 and 6:00 in the first half, Brandon Davies scored all six of BYU’s points to put the score at 31-28 in Florida State’s favor.
  • Brandon Davies scored the first five points for BYU in the second half to put the score at 50-40 in favor of the Seminoles.
  • Brock Zylstra hit a 3-pointer in the second half at the 13:45 mark to end a 13-0 run by the Seminoles to bring the score to 63-46.
  • BYU went on a 12-0 run between 8:04 and 4:35 in the second half to pull within 15 at 81-66.

BYU head coach Dave Rose
"I thought Florida State played really, really well tonight. Watching them on film it’s hard to get a real feel for how skilled of a team they are. They hit every open shot tonight. They attacked the baseline so well, found every open man and were dead on in their shooting. We battled the whole game though – I thought our effort was good tonight. When you come away with 20-plus offensive rebounds it tells you that your guys are really working hard. Now we just learn from our mistakes and move forward. We still have a lot of basketball to play."

"It seemed like they had an answer for every defensive stop we threw at them. And then with our guys getting in foul trouble, we had some personnel issues and that was discouraging. We work so hard to try and get in a position to stop the other team but tonight it seemed like the harder we worked, the easier it was for them unfortunately. We got a nice run with Brandon in there for the second half but more fouls caused problems for us. We’ll go back through film and look to find what we need to get this team going."

"The most important thing after a loss like this is to challenge the players to play better. They know we can do better and I know that too. We have a few things to work on but we’ll be ready for tomorrow."

Craig Cusick
"I think it was a tale of where we had a couple runs we were proud of but then they would too. As a whole that’s just a very good team. They came out hot at the very beginning and we got behind but then we came back. Overall, though, we just allowed too many runs for them. To start the second half they went on another run and we just can’t have that. Credit to them for being a very good team and having great coaches."

"Florida State has a lot of good shooters so one thing we tried to key in on was to get up in their faces and not let them have open shots. They did a good job, though, of driving to the basket and then kicking it out and by then they had open shots. They executed their game plan so well tonight."

"There are a lot of things we can learn from a game like this. We thought we had a good chance tonight so it's a little disappointing but we’ll bounce back and be ready for tomorrow. We have a lot to learn."