POSTGAME - BYU at Lamar

Mike Rose scored a season-high 14 points fuele by four treys at Lamar. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

POSTGAME NOTES

BYU at Lamar

Dec. 13, 2006

- BYU head coach Dave Rose once again started point guards Rashaun Broadus and Austin Ainge together, rounding out the starting lineup with Lee Cummard on the wing and Keena Young and Trent Plaisted in the post. Cummard and Young have started every game this season.

- Individual Career Highs: Fernando Malaman -- 10 rebounds; Jimmy Balderson -- 8 rebounds (tie); Ben Murdock -- 3 points, 1 steal.

- Individual Season Highs: Mike Rose -- 14 points; Rashaun Broadus -- 6 assists; Keena Young -- 3 assists (tie).

- Twelve BYU players saw action in the game, all playing minutes in the first half, as only freshman Jonathan Tavernari did not get in the game.

- BYU has played three overtime games this year. The Cougars are 2-1 in OT games this year. In addition to the 86-77 loss at Lamar, BYU defeated Idaho State, 84-78, on Nov. 18 and won at Weber State, 73-69, on Dec. 2. Prior to the loss to Lamar, BYU had won five straight overtime games dating back to an 86-80 OT loss at Colorado State on March 14, 2003. BYU last played multiple overtime games in the 2001-02 season when BYU went 0-3 in OT games.

- Playing in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, Keena Young scored the first six points of the game for BYU and led the Cougars with 10 first-half points on 3-for-4 shooting from the floor and 4-of-4 accuracy at the line.

- The Cardinals hit back-to-back threes, their fourth and fifth triples of the game, as part of a 15-1 run that doubled the Cougars on the scoreboard for a 34-17 lead with 7:12 to go in the half.

- Trent Plaisted did not commit a foul in the first half for the first time this season, but he finished the half with only 1 point on 1-for-2 shooting from the line and an 0-for-3 effort from the field. Ironically, he fouled out for only the second time this season (also vs. Idaho State) with five second-half fouls to leave the game with 4:13 remaining. He finished with 8 points and 6 rebounds in 27 minutes.

- While taking a 44-30 lead at the half, Lamar's starters made 15 field goals while BYU's five players to start the game made four combined field goals.

- Lamar's 44 first-half points are the most allowed by BYU in the first half this year. In several other categories BYU had its second-toughest first half of the season as the Cougars shot 34.5 percent in the first 20 minutes (34.4 percent against Portland), saw Lamar shoot 51.5 percent (51.7 percent by Boise State) and was down 14 points at the break (trailed by 15 at Boise State).

- The Cougars trailed at the half for the third time this year (also Boise State and Michigan State). BYU has lost all three games.

- BYU opened the second half on fire, going on a 10-1 run to reduce the lead to five at 45-40 at the 16:27 minute mark. BYU scored its 30th point of the second half, equaling its first-half total in 11:05, when Mike Rose hit his fourth trey of the game to give BYU its first lead at 60-57 with 8:55 remaining. Trent Plaisted's thundering one-handed dunk and free throw on a three-point play tied the score for the first time at 57-57 with 9:24 to go.

- Mike Rose made his 14th point of the game on an 18-foot jumper to give BYU a 70-69 lead with 2:50 remaining. His 14 points is his first double-figure scoring outing of the season. His previous season high was nine at UCLA.

- BYU was outscored 10-1 in the final 2:33 of overtime as the Cardinals increased the final margin at the free-throw line.

- Lamar won the battle of the boards, 46-43, led by James Davis' 16 rebounds. BYU is 5-0 this year when winning the battle of the boards and 0-4 when being outrebounded.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

- "I just think the way we start games is not consistent. But we haven't been consistent in a lot of ways this year. When you play a talented team on their home floor and you let them get a big lead, you give them a lot of momentum and make it hard to get back in it."

- "We let them get the ball in the places where they wanted to get the ball and then we didn't get to their shooters fast enough and they hit some open looks on the perimeter."

- "We wanted to be able to guard their high-low action in the post, but we didn't do a good job in the first half. We fought a lot better in the second half. Fernando did a good job with his length, deflecting some balls."

- "(In the second half) we came out and made a couple shots early, made a couple steals and made some plays on the defensive end."

- "I thought we could out run them up and down the floor late in the game if we got some more guys minutes earlier in the game."

- "Starters don't win games and reserves don't win games. It's a total team effort. Our inconsistencies have made it hard to find the right group of players to have out there. Most seasons at this time, players have tended to separate themselves. The guys we need to perform night in and night out to be good have not been consistently there."

- "(James Davis) was really good. He's just a tough load to guard down there. Sanders is also a good post player down there."

- "We gave Gavin (MacGregor) a little bit of a look tonight because he is so strong and can help us on defense."

- "We knew this would be a tough stretch (playing four of five games on the road). We need to get the guys home, and then we have a big game against Utah State on Saturday."

- "It will be a tough turnaround for us. I think obviously they will be mentally ready to play with an in-state game, but we just need to get back in town, get rested and make sure we get ready to play physically."

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