POSTGAME - BYU at Colorado State

Lamont Morgan, Jr., scored 11 points off the bench to help lead the Cougars past Colorado State, 86-60, on Saturday. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

POSTGAME NOTES

BYU at Colorado State

Jan. 10, 2009

Player Notes

Jimmer Fredette sparked the Cougars to a 46-30 first half lead, scoring 12 points, dishing out two assists and grabbing two rebounds in the first half. With BYU holding a slim 25-22 lead he scored seven points during a 9-2 run to extend the lead to 34-24. Fredette finished the game with 15 points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Lamont Morgan, Jr., had his best first half of the season, scoring nine points on 4-of-6 shooting. He added three rebounds and two assists in the first half. Morgan, Jr., finished the game with 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal.

— With 15 points against Colorado State Jimmer Fredette extended his team-best streak of consecutive games in double figures to 10. Tavernari came in with a nine-game streak of double figure scoring but finished with seven points.

— Coming into the Colorado State game Lamont Morgan, Jr., had hit 11-of-13 in the last six games. He hit 5-of-8 against the Rams and has now hit 16-of-21 from the field in the last seven games, including 6-of-7 from downtown. He has also scored in double figures in the last two games with 12 points vs. Western Oregon and 11 at Colorado State.

Gavin MacGregor had the best offensive game of his career, scoring eight points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field to go with four rebounds and one block.

Team Notes

— For the 14th-straight game, BYU head coach Dave Rose started Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Chris Miles. The Cougars are 12-2 with that starting lineup.

— BYU’s bench came alive in the first half to help the Cougars claim a 46-30 lead at the break. Lamont Morgan, Jr., scored nine points, dished out two assists and had one steal, Charles Abouo had five points and three boards and Gavin MacGregor chipped in two points, two boards and a block. Fourteen of the 16 first half bench points came in during a 21-8 run in the last seven minutes of the half. The bench finished with 32 points, two shy of the season-high 34 points set against Western Oregon.

— For the eighth time this season and the first time in four games BYU shot 50 percent or better from the field in the first half, hitting 55.9 percent (19-of-34). The Cougars were even better in the second half, shooting 58.6 percent (17-of-29) in the second half to finish the game shooting at a 57.1 percent (36-of-63) clip, the 12th time hitting 50.0 percent or better in the second half. BYU has hit 50.0 percent or better in 11 games.

— Before BYU’s 86-60 win at Colorado State to open conference play, the Cougars had lost their previous six conference road openers, including 2004 at San Diego State (65-61), 2005 at Colorado State (74-67), 2006 at Air Force (75-59), 2007 at UNLV (83-75) and 2008 at UNLV (70-41). The last time the Cougars won a conference road opener before the CSU win was in 2003 at San Diego State, 80-69.

— BYU is now 6-1 away from home in 2008-09 including 5-0 in road games and 1-1 at neutral sites.

Record Watch

Jonathan Tavernari hit one three-point against Colorado State to bring his career total to 157. He is third in BYU history and is now seven threes from passing Mike Rose (163) for second. He has 40 threes this season.

— With 18 points against Tulsa on Tuesday, Lee Cummard now has 268 points this season and 1,281 career points. He is 19th all-time in school history and four points from passing Alan Taylor (1,284) for 18th.

Game Trends

— Leading 25-22 BYU finished the first half on a 21-8 run in the final seven minutes to lead 46-30 at the break. The Cougars opened the second half on a 28-8 run in the first 10:38 to lead 74-38. BYU’s largest lead of 37 came at 84-49 at the 3:38 mark.

— Colorado State equaled the largest run by a BYU opponent this season, scoring the final 11 points of the game.

— The 86-60 victory over Colorado State was BYU’s largest margin of victory in an MWC road game. The Cougars’ largest margin of victory in an MWC road game prior to the CSU win was 22 at San Diego State (72-50) on Feb. 3, 2000. BYU joined the MWC for its inaugural season in 1999-2000.

— BYU’s largest run of the game came in the second half when the Cougars scored nine straight to extend a 22-point lead to 31 at 67-36.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU at Colorado State

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose:

“The more time they (BYU's bench players) can get on the floor, the more confident they become and the better they play.”

“We spend a lot of time in practice preparing for our opponent's specific actions, but Colorado State was running something they just put in. We were surprised for a minute or two but I think we did a good job adjusting to their scheme.”

“I thought that our focus defensively was great. We were sharing the ball effectively and our team was dialed in. We executed on the offensive end as well as the defensive end. We got great minutes from our starters and great help from our bench.”

“The record of 5-0 on the road first of all comes from great leadership. With as many games as Lee has played, he understands the challenge. We have a really good game plan that our team believes in.”

“We have the opportunity to do very well this year as long as we stay together.”