POSTGAME - BYU vs. Hartford

Lee Cummard has scored in double figures in all four games this season. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

POSTGAME NOTES

BYU vs. Hartford

Nov. 20, 2007

- BYU head coach Dave Rose has used the same starting lineup in BYU's first four games, calling on Ben Murdock, Sam Burgess, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Trent Plaisted to begin the game.

- Individual Career Highs: Jimmer Fredette - 19 points; Sam Burgess - 5 rebounds (tied); Trent Plaisted - 5 assists (tied), 8 free-throws made (tied).

- Individual Season Highs: Lee Cummard - 20 points.

- The 97-73 Cougar victory extended BYU's home win streak to 34 games dating back to Nov. 18, 2005. The streak is the second-longest active home win streak in the nation, one game behind No. 3 Memphis at 35.

- At 4-0 this season, BYU is off to its best start since beginning the 2002-03 season 5-0.

- With a 24-point win against Hartford, BYU has posted a +31.0 average margin of victory in its first four games this season.

- BYU is now 4-0 when scoring at least 70 points this season while averaging 90.3 points per game and allowing just 59.3 ppg. BYU has scored at least 90 points in each of the last three contests.

- BYU has shot above 50 percent from the field in each of the last three games, including a season-high 60.4 percent (29-for-48) mark against Hartford.

- The Cougars have outrebounded their opponents in all four games this season, including a +19 margin (38-19) against Hartford.

- Five Cougars scored in double figures against Hartford, marking the third time in as many games and already equaling last year's mark of three games in which at least five players posted double digits.

- Cummard and Plaisted have scored in double figures in every game this season, including a season-high 20 for Cummard against Hartford and 16 for Plaisted.

- True freshman Jimmer Fredette posted a career-high 19 points against Hartford. He made 6-of-7 from the field including 4-of-5 from three-point range while going 3-for-3 from the free-throw line.

- With a 24-point advantage at the break against Hartford (46-22), BYU has led by double digits at the half in all four of its games this season, going 4-0. BYU also led by 24 at Long Beach State while posting a 19-point advantage at the break against Idaho State and a 12-point lead against Jackson State, outscoring opponents by an average of 19.8 points in the first half this season. The Cougars have held opponents under 30 first-half points in all four games this year. BYU held a double-digit lead at halftime in 14 games last year, going 13-1 in those games while going 22-4 in games BYU led at the half by any margin.

- With a 46-point first half and a 51-point second half against Hartford, BYU has now posted at least 40 points in every half of play in the last three games. The Cougars have also shot above 50 percent in each of the last six halves, including 57.7 percent (15-for-26) in the first half and 63.6 percent (14-for-22) in the second half against the Hawks.

- After trailing 7-5 early in the game, BYU went on a 22-4 run with scores from Murdock, Plaisted, Burgess, Jimmer Fredette, Tavernari and Cummard while making nine of 10 shots after a 2-for-7 start.

- The Cougars struggled offensively to begin the second half, missing their first four shots from the field while going 7-for-10 from the free-throw line. Cummard ended the scoring drought with a fast-break dunk at the 14:08 mark, his first of the year and 15th of his career.

- Plaisted added his fourth dunk of the year and 75th of his career with 8:30 left to play.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

"I am pleased with the way we came out tonight and played. We did an excellent job executing the zone. We were able to hit some shots early on, which gave us some space offensively."

"Hartford is a tough team to guard. They have five permanent players that can hit three-pointers consecutively."

"The second half we got a little flat. Hartford mixed things up, and that got us a little out of sync. Once we were able to settle down we were able to perform a lot better, especially toward the end."

Hartford Head Coach Dan Leibovitz

"BYU is a very good team. They have a lot of weapons. They shoot the ball well. They are big. It is very hard to stop them. They have a veteran team, which is tough to compete against."

"Our second-half press was somewhat effective, but as we got within 12 points they started to make the shots they needed to win the game."

Comparison of Louisville and BYU:

"Both teams shot the ball very well. Both teams are well coached. Both teams push the ball very effectively. It will be a good game."

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