POSTGAME - BYU at Utah

Chris Miles posted 14 points and six rebounds in BYU's overtime loss at Utah. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

Post-game Notes

BYU at Utah Jan. 27, 2009

Huntsman Center Salt Lake City

Deseret First Duel

— Utah now leads the all-time series between the Cougars and Utes 125-122.

— Before Saturday’s loss, BYU had won four straight against Utah, including two straight in Huntsman Center — the first time the Cougars won two-straight in the Huntsman Center since Feb. 8, 1984 (82-79) and Jan. 26, 1985 (63-62).

— The last overtime game against Utah occurred in the 1990-91 season during the WAC tournament where the Cougars won 51-49. The Cougars are now 1-2 on the road in OT games against Utah.

Player Notes

Lee Cummard led the Cougars the entire game, going 7-for-8 from the field and 2-for-2 three pointers, while scoring 16 first-half points, and finishing the game with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-3 from downtown. He added seven rebounds, three assists, one block and three steals.

Chris Miles posted his first double-digit game since scoring 12 against Portland on Dec. 13, 2008. He had 14 points and six rebounds on the night. His eight second-half points equaled his career-best mark for second-half scoring.

— BYU had four players in double figures including Lee Cummard with 23 points, Chris Miles with 14, Jimmer Fredette with 21 and Jonathan Tavernari with 14.

— With two threes against Utah, Tavernari has made a three in 15-straight games and in 19-of-20 games this season.

Jimmer Fredette posted his first double-double of his career with 21 points and a career-best 10 assists.

Team Notes

— For the 19th-straight game, BYU head coach Dave Rose started Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Chris Miles. The Cougars are 14-5 with that starting lineup.

— For the 12th time this season BYU shot 50.0 percent or better in the first half. The Cougars hit 59.3 percent (16-27) in the first frame against Utah, tying the second-best first half shooting percentage of the season, set against San Diego State. The Cougars are 9-3 when shooting 50 percent or better in the first half.

— The Cougars went into the locker rooms with a one-point lead at 40-39. BYU has led at the half in 17 games this season.

Record Watch

— With 23 points against Utah on Saturday, Lee Cummard now has 346 points this season and 1,359 career points. During the game he passed Marty Haws (1,337) and needs 14 points to pass Trent Plaisted (1,372) who is 14th in all-time career points.

Jonathan Tavernari had one steal against the Utes to give him 102 career takeaways. He is tied with Justin Weidauer for 10th all-time in BYU history. Lee Cummard's three steals against Utah give him 118 for his career, tying him for seventh all-time with Randy Reid. He is seven from passing Matt Montague for sixth.

Jonathan Tavernari hit two three-pointers against Utah to bring his career total to 171. He is now 43 threes from passing Mark Bigelow (213) for first. He has 54 threes this season.

Lee Cummard hit three treys at Utah to give him 25 for the season and 142 for his career. He passed Andy Toolston (141) during the game and is now fourth all-time and 22 from passing Mike Rose for third.

Jonathan Tavernari scored 14 points against Utah to bring his career total to 984. He needs 16 points to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career.

Game Trends

Lee Cummard’s jumper with two seconds before the half time buzzer gave BYU a 40-39 lead going into the break. The Cougars have led at the half in 17 games.

— With a back-and-forth battle the entire night, BYU finished off the overtime game with a 94-88 loss. This was the first overtime game of the season. The last time BYU played in OT was Feb. 26, 2008 at New Mexico, winning 70-69.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU at Utah

Jan. 27. 2009

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

“We played a hard and competitive game. We have to give a lot of credit to our guys who played well in a hard-fought battle.”

“We had a tough time making our free throws and had some tough match-ups on the floor."

“Utah spread us out, drove the ball and kicked it back out, making it difficult to guard them.”

“We had some good plays and good leads, but neither team could keep the lead—we just battled back and forth.”

“They guarded Lee really well. Offensively Lee gives us a good push and I’m proud of the way he played tonight.”

“We need to be more consistent and not have scoring droughts to win in this league.”

Chris Miles is playing with a lot more confidence and he will keep getting better.”