POSTGAME - BYU vs. Colorado State

James Anderson posted 16 points and seven rebounds against the Rams, both season highs. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

POSTGAME NOTES

BYU vs. Colorado State

Feb. 11, 2009

Player Notes

James Anderson posted a career-high 16 points against the Rams, four of his points coming from back-to-back dunks in the first six minutes. He also posted seven rebounds, tying his career high, as well as posting two blocks and one steal on the night.

— Hitting 5-for-5 threes in Wednesday’s game, Jonathan Tavernari has hit a three in the last 18 games and in 22-of-23 games this season. He is four games from passing Terrell Lyday (21) to take possession of the single-season record for consecutive games with a three with 22.

— Tavernari posted his fourth double-double of the season and the sixth of his career with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Charles Abouo had a career-high 11 points against the Rams, as well as tying his career high for rebounds with six.

— With five players in double figures, the Cougars held the Rams to a final score of 94-60. Players in double digits included Jonathan Tavernari with 21, James Anderson with 16, Jimmer Fredette with 15, Lee Cummard with 14 and Charles Abouo with 11.

Team Notes

— The Cougars posted a 72.4 shooting percentage in the opening half, their best first-half percentage of the season. The previous season-high was achieved against Portland, shooting 69.6 percent.

— For the 20th game in 22 games this season, BYU head coach Dave Rose started Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Chris Miles. The Cougars are 16-5 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 51-27 halftime lead against Colorado State, BYU has led at the half in 20 games this season. The Cougars are 16-4 when leading at the half.

— BYU posted 17 assists in the first half and 28 assists for the game—both season highs. The most first-half assists the Cougars posted previously this season was against Rice with 13 in the first half and the most overall this year was 22 against Rice and San Diego State.

— BYU shot 50 percent or better for the game (64.9) for the 16th time this season. The Cougars are 14-2 when shooting 50 percent or better for the game. BYU shot 57.1 percent in the second half.

Record Watch

— With 14 points against CSU on Wednesday, Lee Cummard now has 389 points this season and 1,402 career points. During the game he passed Andy Toolson (1,388) for 12th all-time in scoring at BYU. He needs seven points to pass Jay Cheesman for 11th all-time.

Jonathan Tavernari scored 21 points against the Rams to give him 1,027 points for his career. Tavernari passed Dave Eastis (1,015) for 38th place in all-time scoring and now needs five points to pass Bernie Fryer (1,031) for 37th.

Jonathan Tavernari hit five three-pointers against Colorado State to bring his career total to 178. He is now 36 threes from passing Mark Bigelow (213) for first. He has 61 threes this season.

Game Trends

— BYU got off to a hot start making 10-for-13 from the field and 3-for-4 treys during the first nine and a half minutes of the game. The Cougars worked together well as a team, assisting nine of their first 10 made shots, including Jonathan Tavernari and Jackson Emery with three apiece. BYU assisted 13 of its first 14 shots.

— A team effort by Miles, Tavernari, Emery and Hartsock, the Cougars posted a 10-0 run, sparked at the 10:25 mark to put give them a 17-point lead at 33-16.

— BYU led 81-51 with five minutes remaining. The Cougars are 18-2 when leading with five minutes to go. The Cougars are 18-0 when holding the lead at the 1:00 mark.

— BYU tied the season high of 94 total points scored. The last time the Cougars posted 94 points was against Boise State.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU vs. Colorado State

Feb. 11, 2009

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

“We came out in the first half and were focused offensively. We guarded and rebounded well. The most impressive thing about the first half was how we shared, how we shared in transition, and in our half court offense.”

‘Rebounds and assists are really big for this team. We did those two things well in the first half and were able to close out the game in the second.”

“James (Anderson) went in and gave us a good look defensively. It was a good lift for our team to have him go in and play well defensively and have him shoot the way he did.”

“In the first ten minutes, Jonathan played as well as he has in a few weeks. It was his concentration-he rebounded, he was engaged in talking to other players, he shot the ball well and shared with his teammates.”

Colorado State Head Coach Tim Miles:

“We just couldn’t keep them under control tonight.”

“The biggest thing we needed to do tonight was get back to basic basketball fundamentals – guard the ball. We jus didn’t do that tonight.”

“BYU is a great team. They are great with guarding the ball, transitioning and we couldn’t break that.”

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