True freshman Jimmer Fredette scored in double figures for the fourth time this year with 11 points at Boise State. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
No. 20 BYU at Boise State
Dec. 29, 2007
- Ben Murdock, Sam Burgess, Lee Cummard and Trent Plaisted have each started all 13 games for BYU this season. Jonathan Tavernari started the first nine games while Chris Collinsworth has received the starting nod in the last four contests.
- The 73-70 loss marked the first time this season the Cougars have fallen when scoring at least 70 points. BYU is now 10-1 when scoring at least 70 points in a game.
- The Cougars have posted a double-digit lead in 12 of 13 games, including a game-high lead of 12 points against the Broncos. The lone exception came against No. 1 North Carolina when the game-high BYU lead was two points. BYU has now seen two double-digit leads slip away including a 10-point lead against No. 9 Michigan State that turned into a 68-61 Spartan win.
- With 12 points at Boise State, Plaisted remains the only Cougar to score in double figures in every game this season. Cummard have posted double-digit points in 11 of 13 games.
- Cummard surpassed the 20-point mark for the sixth time in his career and the fourth time this season as he led BYU with 26 points at Boise State. Cummard went 9-for-14 from the field with all five coming from three-point range as he was 7-for-7 inside the arc and 2-for-7 outside. He also went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the game. In the last four games, Cummard is averaging 21.5 points on 33-for-49 (.673) shooting from the field and 11-for-12 (.917) shooting from the free-throw line. Cummard has gone 24-for-30 (.800) inside the three-point line in those contests.
- With a 38-27 halftime lead at Boise State, the Cougars have now led at halftime in 12 of 13 games this year, including 10 double-digit leads. However, the loss marks the second time this season BYU has seen a double-digit halftime lead slip away as the Cougars are now 10-2 when holding a halftime advantage while outscoring opponents by an average of 12.4 points in the first half.
- BYU has held all 13 of its opponents this year under 40 points in the first half while holding foes under 30 points in the first period of nine games. BYU has scored at least 30 first-half points in every game this season.
- With the loss, BYU is now 136-57 all-time as a ranked team, including an 8-5 mark under head coach Dave Rose.
- After scoring seven of the first 11 Cougar points against SUU in BYU's last outing, Cummard once again came up big for the Cougars to start the game at Boise State. Cummard recorded nine of BYU's first 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting in the first seven minutes of the game.
- Jimmer Fredette provided a huge spark off the bench for BYU in the first half as he drained two three-pointers during a 13-0 Cougar run and added a long jumper to tie his first-half season high with eight points. Prior to the Boise State game, Fredette had gone eight games without multiple three-point makes after making nine from long range in his first four games of the year. Fredette finished with 11 points, his fourth double-digit scoring outing this year.
- Jonathan Tavernari left the game with 14:32 left to play after going into the stands for a ball and cutting his leg on a stand support. After receiving treatment, Tavernari returned to the game with 10:17 to play.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
"There's so many different things that happen in a game, but when it came down to making big plays, they did it and we struggled. We battled and competed but came up short."
"You have to be consistent with all your players. Some players are going to have better nights against certain teams with certain matchups, but you have to go into the game knowing what you're going to get."
"Our biggest challenge going into tonight was handling their two post players, and we didn't do a very good job of that. They both got a lot done out there."
"Jimmer (Fredette) was shooting the ball really well, and we had some opportunities where we could've maybe made one extra pass to get the ball to him., but it's really a feel."
"This is a disappointing loss, but we've actually gone through quite a large portion of our season without being in this position. Now we have some real adversity, and we'll find the true character of this team. No one ever wants to get beat, but we've got to get better. This is a team thing. We'll see how we react to the adversity that we're facing here."
BYU Guard Lee Cummard
"We just weren't aggressive enough in the second half. They just outplayed us. We just got beat tonight."
"We had something to prove tonight after losing here last year, but this game just shows that we still have some kinks in our armor. We have to go back to the drawing board and get some things worked out."
"We came out in the second half flat. We had two turnovers on our first two possessions, and that's no way to start a half. We have to figure out what we have to do to come out of the locker room better after halftime."
"We had a lot of good looks, especially down the stretch, but we didn't shoot the ball well tonight. That's uncharacteristic of our team, but it's tough to shoot well on the road."