POSTGAME - BYU at Colorado State

Jimmy Balderson scored 21 points, including a career-high-tying five three-pointers, in BYU's loss at Colorado State. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

POSTGAME NOTES

BYU at Colorado State

Jan. 20, 2007

- For the seventh time this season, Austin Ainge, Jimmy Balderson, Lee Cummard, Keena Young and Trent Plaisted received the starting nod from BYU head coach Dave Rose. Cummard and Young have started in all 19 games this season while Plaisted has started 18, Balderson 16 and Ainge 11.

- Individual Career Highs: Trent Plaisted - 27 points, 11 field goals made, 16 field goals attempted; Jimmy Balderson - 5 three-pointers made (tied).

- Individual Season Highs: Austin Ainge -- 6 assists (tied).

- Team Season Highs: 90 opponent points; .567 opponent shooting; 53 opponent points in a half.

- The Cougars are now 13-3 when scoring at least 70 points with all three losses coming on the road (at Lamar, at UNLV, at CSU). BYU is also 2-6 when allowing opponents to surpass the 70-point threshold. The Cougars have scored at least 70 points in 11 straight games.

- With a .538 (7-for-13) three-point shooting mark at CSU, BYU has now shot above .400 from behind the arc in five straight games and 10 on the season. The Cougars have shot above .500 in six games.

- With a 34-25 rebounding deficit against the Rams, the Cougars are now 1-6 when losing the battle of the boards.

- Leading 39-37 at CSU, BYU went into the locker room with a halftime lead for the 14th time this season. BYU had won 12 straight games when leading at the break prior to the loss at CSU and is now 12-2 when leading at the half.

- BYU's two 20-point scorers (Plaisted - 27, Balderson - 21) marked the first time since last season's game at CSU on Jan. 28 that two Cougars topped the 20-point mark.

- Mike Rose did not score for the first time since Dec. 9, ending a streak of 10 straight games with a made three-pointer, which tied his career streak.

- With 18 points against the Rams, Young has now scored in double figures in 17 of 19 games this year.

- The BYU post duo of Plaisted and Young scored 16 of the Cougars' first 19 points of the game as they each recorded eight points in the first 11:32 of the half. Both scored in double figures in the first period of play as Plaisted scored 14 points on 6-for-8 (.750) shooting and Young added 10 points on 5-for-7 (.714) shooting from the field before the break. Plaisted's mark tied his highest point total in a half this season (14 vs. Michigan State).

- Jimmy Balderson became the third Cougar to score in double figures with seven second-half points in the first 3:47, bringing his game total to 10 and marking the eighth time this year he has posted double digit points. Balderson entered the game averaging 5.5 ppg in MWC play but finished with 21 points at CSU.

- Balderson's career-high-tying five three-point makes against the Rams marked just the third time this season he has made multiple three-pointers in a game and the first time since Nov. 29 against Boise State. Balderson was third on the team last year in three-pointers made with 32.

- Plaisted posted four dunks in the game, including three in the first half, to bring his season total to 21 and his career mark to 54. The Cougar big man has recorded a dunk in 13 games this season including multiple throw downs in five contests.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

"I thought Trent (Plaisted) played with a lot of energy and gave a great effort. I think it's a real positive that he was being aggressive and going strong to the basket and still drawing fouls despite struggling at the free-throw line."

"We did some good things today but Colorado State played very well and hit big shots. We need to do a better job of defending and trying to limit the six-, seven-, eight-point scoring runs."

"We had three or four different schemes to help out on their post players (Jason Smith and Stuart Creason). Denson and Gilling went 3-for-3 and 4-for-8 on threes and that was big for them."

"You could see late in the game when we decided not to come off on (CSU's guards), it really opened up the post players for them."

"Colorado State's chemistry is really good right now because they're getting a lot of consistent play out of their guys."

"Jimmy (Balderson) hit some big shots for us today."

BYU Guard Jimmy Balderson -- 21 points

"We lost the game on our defense. We tried everything to stop those guys, but they're a much-improved team from last year. They found the open man and hit shots. Their guards played well, and their big guys played well."

"We played well offensively and were pretty consistent throughout the whole game. But it came down to defense. We just couldn't stop them."

"It's good to have a good game. Almost everything we do goes through our post guys so when they're getting double-teamed, there's going to be some openings on the perimeter. I'm just glad my shots went down tonight."

"To win games on the road, you have to play tough defense and attack them. We attacked them well, but didn't get it done as a whole defensively."

"Getting rebounds was important for us, and they made it tough. Every play we were in there battling, but when you've got two seven-footers in there with big long arms, it's tough to get the ball."

"We've got to go out on the road at New Mexico and get a win. We've got a lot of good games coming up, and we need to get a run going through conference like we did last year so we can finish at the top of the league."

Colorado State Head Coach Dale Layer

"What an incredible game. Both teams played their hearts out. I thought the second half defensive effort was excellent."

"The guards stepped up with some threes. We had eight or nine guys really contribute. We were attacking the rim better in the second half. We got touches down low by Jason (Smith) and Stu (Creason)."

"I thought the board work was what got us over the hump. Give BYU credit. I thought Trent (Plaisted) and Keena (Young) were tremendous."

"Our team is playing well, and we're playing together. We're continuing to get better. We're a different team than we've been in the past."

"I thought the energy in Moby was tremendous. Fan support was certainly the best of the year. It's an electric atmosphere when you are playing well."

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