Charles Abouo and the Cougars defeated Idaho State 85-65 on Saturday. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
BYU at Idaho State
Nov. 28, 2008
- For the fifth-straight game BYU head coach Dave Rose went with the starting lineup of Chris Miles, Jonathan Tavernari, Lee Cummard, Jackson Emery and Jimmer Fredette.
- The starters got their money’s worth on Saturday, averaging 32.4 minutes of court time apiece. Tavernari played 39 minutes, Cummard 35 minutes, Fredette 32 minutes, Emery 31 minutes and Miles 25 minutes.
- Four players hit double figures with Jonathan Tavernari scoring 23 points, Jimmer Fredette netting 19 points, Lee Cummard scoring 17 points and Jackson Emery scoring 15 points.
- In the first half BYU had nine steals, including three apiece from Jackson Emery and Lee Cummard, and scored 16 points off turnovers.
- After going scoreless against Cal Poly, Jonathan Tavernari got off to a strong start by scoring 12 points in the first half. He scored five points, first with a three and then on a fast break dunk, to cap an 11-0 run that put BYU on top 17-12 with 13:45 to play in the first half. Tavernari finished with 23 points, his second 20-point game of the season.
- Jackson Emery’s three-point play with 9:55 remaining in the second half gave him 13 points for the game, tying his career high set against Wyoming during the 2005-06 season. Emery finished the game with a new career-high 15 points.
- Jimmer Fredette equaled his career high with 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field, 3-of-6 shooting from downtown and 4-of-4 shooting from the line.
- Trailing 12-6 BYU went on a 16-2 run to take a 22-14 lead. Lee Cummard started the run with a layup, added a jumper following two free throws by Miles and Tavernari scored five-straight to make it 17-12 in favor of the Cougars. After a Donnie Carson jumper for Idaho State Fredette tipped in his own miss and Emery scored on a fast break layup.
- After Idaho State cut the lead to four at 26-22 on a layup by Amorrow Morgan BYU extended to an 18-point lead (40-22) with a 14-0 run. Fredette started with two free throws, assisted a dunk by Miles and added a three in transition. Tavernari had two layups during the run and Cummard ended it with a transition trey.
- For the third-straight game BYU hit better than 50 percent from the field in the first half. The Cougars hit 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the field in the first period, the best for BYU in a first half this season. BYU’s 40-28 lead at the half also marks the third-straight game the Cougars hit 40-points in the first half.
- With the Cougars hitting 57.7 percent (15-of-26) in the second half BYU has hit 50.0 percent or better in the second half in every game this season.
-BYU has shot 50.0 percent of better in every game this season but the season opener, including 56.6 percent against Idaho State.
- For the fourth-straight game BYU led by double figures at the half. The Cougars led North Florida by 23 points, Rice by 20 points, 16 against Cal Poly and 12 against Idaho State.
-With two dunks against Idaho State Jonathan Tavernari now has four dunks on the season and for his career. Tavernari had no throw downs before this season. He leads the team in dunks in 2008-09.
- With 20 points off turnovers BYU has scored 20-or-more points off turnovers three times in six games. The Cougars had season highs of 41 points in the paint and 20 fast break points.
- BYU leads the all-time series against Idaho State 30-6, including 16-4 in Pocatello. BYU won last season’s meeting in Provo 90-69. Idaho State won the last meeting in Pocatello 94-87 in 1977.
-Saturday’s crowd of 4,374 was the largest at Idaho State since the Bengals took on Weber State in 1997.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose:
“I was really proud of how our players responded to playing a good team in a difficult environment. We came in very prepared but didn’t get off to a good start. After that first media timeout we came out and improved our effort. We finished with a strong defensive effort in the first half and that’s what allowed us to have a lead at the break.”
“I thought Jackson was terrific tonight. He had a tough assignment guarding Amorrow Morgan (was averaging 22.3 points prior to the game). He made plays on the ball and had active hands. He did a great job with his assignment and held a very good player to seven points.”
“There were a lot of things that happened tonight that will help us down the road. We got great production off the bench. Charles gave us a great defensive presence on the wing and got to the line and made his free throws. Gavin (MacGregor) and James (Anderson) played very well down low. They provided a physical presence and played well both offensively and defensively.”