POSTGAME - BYU at Air Force

Jonathan Tavernari reached 1,000-points for his career with 17 points at Air Force. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

POSTGAME NOTES

BYU at Air Force

Feb. 3, 2009

Player Notes

— With a three at the 17:10 mark in the first half Jonathan Tavernari has hit a three in the last 17 games and in 21 of 22 games this season. He needs four more games with a trey to equal the single-season record for consecutive games with a three held by Terrell Lyday (21) and five to tie the career mark of 22 games held by Mark Bigelow. Tavernari made a three in 20-straight games from the end of last season until going without a three against Cal Poly, the fifth game of this season.

— For the third-straight game Jimmer Fredette scored at least 20 points. Against Air Force Fredette scored 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, 4-of-5 shooting from downtown and 4-of-4 shooting from the line. In the last two games he has scored 48 points, hit 17-of-23 from the field, 8-of-11 from three and 6-of-6 from the line.

— With 12 points and 10 rebounds Lee Cummard recorded his third double-double of the season and 10th of his career.

Jackson Emery had a career-high two blocks against Air Force.

— After a scoreless first half Chris Miles scored 10 points in the second half, his third-straight double figure game. He shot 3-of-6 from the field and hit all four free throw attempts, tying his career best.

Team Notes

— For the 20th game in 22 games this season, BYU head coach Dave Rose started Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Chris Miles. The Cougars are 15-5 with that starting lineup. Lamont Morgan, Jr., started the first game of the season in place of Jimmer Fredette and Charles Abouo started the Wyoming game in Provo in place of Jackson Emery.

— With a 27-23 half time lead against Air Force BYU has led at the half in 19 games this season. The Cougars are 15-4 when leading at the half.

— BYU shot 50 percent or better for the game (50.0) for the 15th time this season. The Cougars are 13-2 when shooting 50 percent or better for the game. BYU shot 62.5 percent in the second half, its second-best shooting percentage for a second half this season.

Record Watch

— With 12 points against Wyoming on Saturday, Lee Cummard now has 375 points this season and 1,388 career points. He is now tied with Andy Toolson for 12th all-time in scoring at BYU. He needs 21 points to pass Jay Cheesman for 11th all-time.

Jonathan Tavernari scored 17 points to become the 39th player in BYU history to record 1,000 career points. The 1,000th point came on a free throw with 15:02 remaining in the game. He now has 1,006 points for his career. Tavernari finished the Air Force game with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and three steals.

Jonathan Tavernari had three steals against the Falcons to give him 107 career takeaways. He is 10th all-time and needs 10 to pass Mark Bigelow for ninth.

Jonathan Tavernari hit one three-pointer against Wyoming to bring his career total to 173. He is now 41 threes from passing Mark Bigelow (213) for first. He has 56 threes this season.

Game Trends

— Trailing 41-39 against Air Force with 11:48 remaining the Cougars finished the game shooting 11-of-13 from the field and outscoring the Falcons 32-9. Jimmer Fredette was 4-of-5 from the field during the stretch while hitting 2-of-2 from downtown. Jackson Emery also hit 2-of-2 from three and Jonathan Tavernari was 3-of-4 from the field during the run.

— BYU led 59-48 with five minutes remaining. The Cougars are 17-2 when leading with five minutes to go. The Cougars are 17-0 when holding the lead at the 1:00 mark.

— BYU held Air Force to 50 points and is 4-0 when holding opponents to 50-59 points.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU at Air Force

BYU Guard Jimmer Fredette

"Air Force was playing extremely well tonight. During the first half they got some easy baskets and got up on us, but we were able to change to a zone defense and get some threes to pull ahead of them again."

"I'm feeling as comfortable as I ever have and the coaches are showing a lot of confidence in me. I am trying my hardest to get my shots and get the ball to my teammates as well. My teammates help me to get open with their screens, allowing me to drive to the basket when I'm open and hit a teammate when I'm not."

"I give the credit to Air Force, they played a great game. We were able to catch them off guard and push the ball faster than they were able to follow late in the second half, giving us the win."

"I think the eight-day break is going to help us get ready for the second half of the MWC grind. It's going to get us completely healthy and we're going to practice and have a good eight days to be ready to take on Colorado State on Wednesday."

"Any road win we can get in the conference is a good one."

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

"It was a battle. I thought our guys responded well in a critical time. Air force had a lot of momentum and got their crowd into it, but when we got in our rhythm we pulled away."

"We got ourselves into a bad situation, but responded well to get out of it. We got some easy baskets and got in a rhythm offensively, which we were lacking for 15 minutes at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half."

"We are going to take our week off and come out strong in the second half of conference play."

"Not only this game, but every time we've been here at Air Force, it is a different feel. Our experienced players handled it a lot better than our younger players. We started to win when we stared playing our game."

"With 10 minutes to go, we called a timeout leading us to a 26-3 run. I think what Lee said and did made the difference. He was getting the guys excited to get out there and play hard. From then on he made some really big plays, strengthening the defensive side of the ball."

"Jonathan rushed some things, but he was very effective tonight. Defensively he gave us a couple deflections and steals. He has a mind of competitiveness that at times will try and make the play on his own and that gives him a lot of confidence."

"Jackson is the ultimate competitor. He has more experience defending this system than anyone. I think if you take our starting five, I thought Chris and Jackson were terrific in our win tonight. It really helps the rest of the team when you are getting support from everyone."