POSTGAME - BYU at TCU

Jimmer Fredette scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

POSTGAME NOTES

BYU at TCU

Feb. 14, 2009

Player Notes

Jonathan Tavernari had his best first half of the season, scoring 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting to go with four rebounds and one steal. He helped BYU finish the half with a double-digit lead (40-26), scoring five-straight points on a fast break layup off a steal and a three-point play to make the score 38-26. Tavernari finished the game with 19 points, six rebounds and one steal.

— After hitting all five of his attempts from long range against Colorado State, Jonathan Tavernari hit his first three-point attempt against TCU to extend his streak of made threes to six. His next try from downtown missed, ending his streak.

— With 24 points Lee Cummard had his first 20-point game since Jan. 27 at Utah when he had 23 points. At TCU Cummard hit 6-of-10 from the field, including a perfect 2-of-2 on threes, while tying a career best of 10-for-10 from the free throw line.

— After scoring just two points in the first half Jimmer Fredette scored 14 points in the second half to finish with 16 points. He hit 6-of-10 from the field, 1-of-2 from downtown and 3-of-5 from the line.

James Anderson came off the bench to hit 2-of-2 from the field for four points. He has hit 10-of-13 from the field in his last two games.

— With three players in double figures (Cummard-24, Tavernari-19, Fredette-16), the Cougars defeated TCU 79-63 in Fort Worth, Texas. BYU is 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the MWC when three players score in double figures.

Team Notes

— The Cougars posted a 69.6 shooting percentage (16-of-23) in the opening half, just missing the 70 percent mark in the opening period for the second-straight game. BYU opened the game 12-of-15 from the field, 4-of-7 on threes and 7-of-7 on two-point attempts. Lee Cummard and Chris Miles were 3-of-3 and Jonathan Tavernari hit 7-of-9 in the first half.

— BYU shot 60.0 percent or better from the field for the third time this season. The Cougars hit 27-of-45 overall

— For the 21st time in 23 games this season, BYU head coach Dave Rose started Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Chris Miles. The Cougars are 17-5 with that starting lineup. Lamont Morgan, Jr., started the first game of the season in place of Jimmer Fredette and Charles Abouo started the Wyoming game in Provo in place of Jackson Emery.

— With a 40-26 half-time lead against TCU, BYU has led at the half in 21 games this season. The Cougars are 17-4 when leading at the half.

— BYU posted 12 assists in the first half on 16 buckets and finished with 15 assists on and 27 baskets. Jimmer Fredette led the team with five assists — all in the first half. Lamont Morgan, Jr., had four dimes off the bench and Chris Miles added three assists.

— The Cougars hit 7-of-12 — 58.3 percent — from downtown, marking the third-straight game BYU has hit 50.0 percent or better from long range. The Cougars hit 7-of-13 at Air Force, 10-of-16 vs. Colorado State and with 7-of-12 at TCU the three-game total is 24-of-41 (58.5 percent).

— BYU had one of its best nights of the season from the free throw line at TCU, hitting 81.8 percent (18-of-22). The Cougars hit 14-of-15 in the second half, including the last 13. Lee Cummard hit all 10 of his attempts.

Record Watch

— With a three-pointer early in the first half against TCU, Jonathan Tavernari has hit a three in the last 19 games and in 23-of-24 games this season. Tavernari is three games from passing Terrell Lyday (21) to take sole possession of the single-season record for consecutive games with a made three. Mark Bigelow holds the overall record with 22-consecutive games with a made three over two seasons.

— With 24 points at TCU on Saturday, Lee Cummard now has 403 points this season and 1,426 career points. During the game he passed Jay Cheesman (1,408) for 11th all-time in scoring at BYU. He needs seven points to pass Jay Cheesman for 11th all-time. He needs 87 points to pass Kresimir Cosic (1,512) for 10th all-time.

Jonathan Tavernari scored 19 points against the Horned Frogs to give him 1,046 points for his career. Tavernari passed Bernie Fryer (1,031) for 37th place in all-time scoring and now needs six points to pass Scott Runia (1,051) for 36th.

Jonathan Tavernari hit two three-pointers at TCU to bring his career total to 180. He is now 34 threes from passing Mark Bigelow (213) for first. He has 63 threes this season.

— With two steals at TCU Lee Cummard now has 120 takeaways and is seventh all-time. He is five from passing Matt Montague for sixth all-time. Jonathan Tavernari had one steal at TCU to give him 108 for his career. He is 10th all-time and nine from passing Mark Bigelow for ninth.

Game Trends

— The first half was a half of runs for BYU. The Cougars had two 8-0 runs, from 4-8 to 12-8 and then from 21-18 to 29-18. They finished with a 7-0 run to lead 40-26. Early in the second half with TCU threatening to cut the BYU lead to single digits the Cougars responded with another run of 8-0 to lead 51-33.

— BYU led 68-50 with five minutes remaining. The Cougars are 19-2 when leading with five minutes to go. The Cougars are 19-0 when holding the lead at the 1:00 mark.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU at TCU

Feb. 14, 2009

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

"It's a great win for our team. On the offensive side of the ball we were very consistent. Lee was really terrific in the second half. I think we're playing with a lot of confidence and our post guys are getting a good spacing and taking advantage. I thought our concentration level was good on defense and I felt like the way we executed our game was effective."

"It was a great team win. Our team assignments were executed well. We wanted to do was hit a few threes early and I think we did a good job executing that."

"Our top scorers did a good job taking over the court when the others were on the bench. Jimmer had some great minutes where he took over the court and helped get the most out of the rest of the players. Lee did very well in the second half and stepped up in every way. Jonathan stepped up in the first half and did very well."

"We are pretty efficient offensively, knocking down our shots. I think Coach Rice does a terrific job of countering the other team and watches how people are guarding us. We usually have a great plan to counter whatever our opponent does, but it's really our terrific players that make our plans work."

"The one thing offensively that we need to work on is our transitions. The teams we play against are a lot better at defensive conversion, and that's something we need to master."

"Playing the lead and managing the lead is something that we need to always do on the road."

"We had a lot of opportunities to hold the ball and read their defensive assignments to get some easy transition baskets. We scored 18-of-22 from the stripe—getting Lee to the line, as well as Chris Miles. I think we did so well with our free-throw shooting tonight because we stepped up with a lot of confidence and knocked down the shots."

"I think JT has been terrific in becoming our rock defender."

BYU Forward Lee Cummard

"It was a hard-fought game and a good road win. We were sharing the ball and it was a lot of fun to play with the guys tonight."

"We just need to keep moving the ball forward. We played well tonight. We were out there tonight playing very hard and shooting well. We are No. 1 in the nation in field goal shooting because we have great players and great shooters from top to bottom."

"We like to play to the post and that's no secret. We always get good penetration."

"I just try and help the team win. I feel like the team is playing as well as we have all season. Our plan now is to get prepared for Tuesday against New Mexico. It was quite embarrassing the way they beat us down there and we need to come out with a big win on Tuesday. New Mexico has a very good team. We're going to have to come to play on Tuesday. It's all going to come down to who wants it more."

"JT got in foul trouble, but he had a great first half, he set the bar for the second half for Jimmer and me to work the ball. Jimmer is crafty--he'll get those broad shoulders on you and shoot at a high percentage."

"I love playing in this gym—we draw a decent number of fans and it gets loud in here. We're also not used to playing in a humid and warm environment, so it's easy to get loose early on and get in your groove. This is my first 4-0 building, I've never lost a game here in Fort Worth."

"Everything is still in our grasp—to win the tournament outright, we are still focused on the championship."

"Our five spot has been playing great. They have been getting their screens and working on their game and I am impressed with the way they have been playing."

"I was surprised when we came in for halftime to hear that we had nine turnovers, but we were able to cut that down to three or four in the second half."

"Hard work pays off. Everyone is shooting with more confidence."