Freshman Chris Collinsworth recorded his first career double-double with a personal-best 12 points along with 10 rebounds against Colorado State. He also added a career-high three assists. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
No. 23 BYU vs. Colorado State
March 13, 2008
- Jonathan Tavernari made his 26th start of the year, joining Ben Murdock, Sam Burgess, Lee Cummard and Trent Plaisted in the starting five. The latter four have started every game this season. The game marked the first Mountain West Conference Tournament start for Tavernari, Murdock and Burgess.
- Individual Career Highs: Chris Collinsworth -- 12 points; 3 assists; first career double-double.
- Team Season Highs/Lows: .652 field-goal percentage.
- BYU Team Records: 266 three-pointers made in a season
- MWC Tournament Records: Largest margin of victory -- 27 points; field-goal percentage - .652; 12 three-pointers is tied for third; .600 three-point percentage is tied for fourth.
- MWC Tournament History -- With the win, BYU is now 10-7 all-time in the Mountain West Conference Tournament, including a 3-1 record as the event's top seed and a 9-4 mark in Las Vegas. The Cougars have advanced to the semifinals in six of nine years, earning a 6-3 quarterfinal record and a 3-2 semifinal record.
- The Cougars are now 10-6 away from the Marriott Center this season, including an 8-4 road record and a 2-2 mark on neutral floors. BYU has won seven of its last eight games away from home.
- BYU is now 22-1 when scoring at least 70 points this year and 22-2 when holding opponents under the 70-point mark. The Cougars are also 10-0 when scoring over 80 points.
- With 12 three-pointers against the Rams, the Cougars improved their season trey total to 266, setting a new program record (old was 256 set last year). Chris Collinsworth made the record-setting three with 6:12 left in the first half, just his fifth three-point make of the year. The game marked the 11th time this season BYU has posted double-digit triples.
- Jonathan Tavernari added to his school and MWC sophomore record for threes in a season with two against the Rams, bringing his total to 80.
- With 13 points against Colorado State, senior co-captain Burgess scored in double figures for the 15th time this season, including five of the last six games. Burgess is averaging 11.8 ppg during that stretch.
- With a 40-34 advantage after the first 20 minutes of play, BYU recorded its 26th halftime lead of the season. The Cougars are now 24-2 when leading at the break. BYU has scored at least 30 points in the first half of 26 games and topped 40 points in 10 contests. The Cougars' 56.5 percent first-half shooting percentage marked the 10th game this year has shot above 50 percent in the first period of play.
- CSU's 9-8 lead with 15:26 left in the first half marked the first time this season the Cougars have trailed the Rams.
- Colorado State used the three-pointer to stay with the Cougars for much of the first half. Five of the Ram's first eight makes in the game came from behind the arc as CSU went 11:19 without making a two-point shot but made five treys during that span to keep the game tied at 25-25.
- After making seven of their first 15 shots, the Cougars then made 14 of their next 16. Clinging to a 34-32 lead, BYU made 10 straight shots spanning halftime to open up a 60-40 advantage with 14:24 remaining. The Cougars finished the game shooting a season-high 65.2 percent.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
"It was a very competitive game, especially the first half. I thought that CSU came out and played with a lot of confidence. They ran good sets and were able to get themselves good looks at the basket."
"I thought we did a better job of getting to their shooters in the second half, which allowed us to contest shots. Then we were able to get out on the break and score some baskets in transition. We were able to play with a lot more confidence, I think in the second half."
"Our biggest concern in that first half was the fact they were 6-of-11 from the three-point line. Our team's pretty good defending the three-point line traditionally, so we made a couple adjustments as far as switching out on a couple of flare screens that they were setting. But we wanted to get to the shooter on the catch and contest the shot. I believe that that's what really kind of ignited our offense, was the fact that we got some misses early and were able to get some contested shots, get some rebounds and then get out in transition."
"This team does a really good job of sharing the ball in transition. We've got post guys who can run and demand attention down at the basket in transition, and that kind of leaves a guy or two open on the perimeter. When we're playing with confidence and sharing the ball, these guys can really go."
Senior Guard Sam Burgess
"This win feels good, especially after they had a good first half and everything they were throwing up was going in. We knew we always have big runs in the game, and it was just a matter of time before we hit ours. Once we get going in transition, we can make big runs at a time. So it was good to see that."
"I think our team does a good job of taking shots that are there. In the first half, we just didn't have as many open looks. The fact that our transition game really opened up, opened up the floor for everybody. The way we were playing in the second half with our transition opened up those shots."
Junior Guard Lee Cummard
"We took good shots today. I think the reason for that was because we were making extra passes and being unselfish. It's not very hard to shoot a wide open shot because your teammate passes up a shot for a better shot."
"They kind of put it on us in the first half more than we would have liked. We came out with the right mindset and just got in a stance and were better defensively. That led to a nice little run."
"Our freshmen played well today, especially Chris (Collinsworth). He just brings a lot of energy. He generally can hit some big shots at key moments. Michael Loyd was a spark as well off the bench."
Colorado State Head Coach Tim Miles
"Well, I've said this before, and I'm sticking with it, I mean, you've got to use your imagination in this a little bit, but those guys remind me, BYU reminds me of the Harlem Globetrotters. I mean, they pass, they cut, they make shots. Oddly enough didn't the Washington Generals wear green and gold (CSU's colors)? I mean, it just looked to me like the way they play and the way they move the ball, you know, they had 23 assists ... they really look like a marquee team to me."
"I was very impressed with BYU. And to our team's credit I thought we battled for most of the first half. We just turned it over a few times and allowed transition. You can't allow transition for BYU or they'll get away from you."
"So credit to BYU. I'm proud of our kids. I thought they battled. They never gave up all year. That's more difficult to do than you think it is. But at the end of the day, they played with great heart and soul, and I just appreciate that."