Mike Rose scored 12 points at UNLV, bringing his average to 7.5 points per game in BYU's last nine contests. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU at UNLV
Jan. 13, 2007
- For the fifth 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 17 games this season while Plaisted has started 16, Balderson 14 and Ainge nine.
- Individual Career Highs: Lee Cummard -- 18 points, 7 field goals made, 4 three-point field goals made, 5 assists (tied); Fernando Malaman -- 2 assists (tied); Vuk Ivanovic -- 2 assists (tied).
- BYU's loss at UNLV snapped a seven-game Cougar winning streak, their longest since the 2003-04 season.
- The Cougars are now 12-2 when scoring at least 70 points with losses at Lamar and at UNLV and 1-5 when allowing opponents to score at least 70 points. Prior to the 83-75 loss, BYU had held opponents under the 70-point mark in seven straight games. The Cougars have scored at least 70 points in nine straight games.
- With a .571 (12-for-21) three-point shooting percentage against UNLV, BYU has now shot above .400 percent from behind the arc in four straight games and eight on the season. The Cougars have shot at least .500 percent from three-point range in five games.
- BYU's .750 (9-for-12) free-throw percentage marked its highest efficiency mark since shooting .867 (13-for-15) against San Jose State on Dec. 6.
- After outrebounding their opponents in six straight games, including a double-digit margin in the last five, the Cougars have been bested on the glass in the last two games, including a 39-31 deficit at UNLV. BYU entered the game leading the Mountain West Conference in both rebounding average and rebounding margin. The Cougars are now 11-0 this season when outrebounding their opponents and 1-5 when losing the battle of the boards.
- BYU went into the locker room at the half tied for the first time this season at 36-36. The Cougars have led at the half in 12 games and trailed in four.
- Keena Young bounced back from a six-point performance against TCU in which he was hampered by foul trouble to score 16 points against the Rebels, marking the 15th time in 17 games he has scored in double figures. All of Young's points came in the second half.
- With a three-point make at the 10:38 mark, Mike Rose has now made a three-pointer in nine straight games, just one game short of his career record. Rose has come on strong for BYU as of late, scoring 68 points in the last nine games (7.6 ppg), including 12 against UNLV, after scoring just 11 points in the first eight games (1.4 ppg).
- Plaisted and Cummard combined for BYU's first 11 points as Plaisted scored six and Cummard scored five points in the first 4:48 of the game.
- Plaisted recorded his 15th dunk of the season and the 48th of his career just 4:48 into the game. BYU's big man has slammed one home in 11 of 17 games this year. Young also recorded a dunk in the game, his second of the season and fifth of his career.
- UNLV's Wink Adams' 27 points is the most points scored on BYU this season.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
"UNLV is a pretty good team, and we had a hard time guarding them. A lot of time we were guarding them well, but they jumped up and made a shot. There's a reason they have 15 wins."
"At times we got the shot we wanted to get but had a hard time putting it in. They were really physical and contested a lot of shots."
"They played better than we did over the course of 40 minutes. We had a lot of chances, but we couldn't get it done."
"We got stuck for quite a while where we didn't score. We got the shots we wanted but they weren't going in and then we started shooting quick shots. Keena (Young) got us going a little bit but by then we were down 12 or 13 points and had to dig out of a hole."
"Lee Cummard continues to play well. He continues to be consistent for us. We used him to break the pressure for us a lot tonight. I think that he just continues to get better."
"We got the ball to Keena (Young) quite a few times in the second half. He was really working hard, but he was getting a lot of attention so we had to kick the ball out, and we were missing shots."
"Tonight we didn't have a good enough offensive game combined with a good enough defensive game to get this done."
"It's a tough league. It's a long process. We jumped out to a nice start, but tonight we had a setback. But we've got a long way to go."
BYU Sophomore Guard Lee Cummard
"We knew we were going to get pressured coming into the game. We weren't aggressive with the ball and just let them take it from us a couple times."
"We played great in the first half and shot the ball well, but we just had too many turnovers and allowed them to get too many rebounds in the second half. We have to carry our play over to the second half."