Lee Cummard became the first Cougar to record a double-double this season with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Idaho State. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU vs. Idaho State
Nov. 14, 2007
- BYU head coach Dave Rose has used the same starting lineup in BYU's first two games, calling on Ben Murdock, Sam Burgess, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Trent Plaisted to begin the game.
- Individual Career Highs: Sam Burgess - 18 points, 5 assists (tied), 6 field goals made, 4 three-point field goals made; Ben Murdock - 5 assists (tied); Jimmer Fredette -- 10 points.
- The 90-69 Cougar victory extended BYU's home win streak to 32 games dating back to Nov. 18, 2005. The streak is the second-longest active home win streak in the nation.
- With a 21-point win against Idaho State and a 40-point victory Saturday at Long Beach State, BYU has posted a +30.5 average margin of victory in its first two games this season.
- The Cougars finished the game 12-for-25 (.500) from three-point range, marking just the 14th time in school history a BYU team has made at least 12 three-pointers in a game. BYU set a school record with 256 threes made last year, including a program-record 15 against No. 25 UNLV, while ranking fifth in the nation shooting 41.5 percent from downtown.
- Cummard became the first Cougar to record a double-double this season with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the game, the fourth double-double of his career.
- Tavernari was the first Cougar in double figures as he scored his 10th point of the game with a free throw at the 7:35 mark in the first half. Burgess joined him in double figures with a make from the charity stripe with 4:16 remaining in the half. Burgess was the high scorer at the half as he topped his career high with 16 points in the first 20 minutes of play on 5-for-7 shooting from the field, including a 4-for-4 mark from three-point range.
- With a 19-point advantage at the break against Idaho State (44-25), BYU has led by double digits at the half in both of its games this season (36-12 at Long Beach State), going 2-0. The Cougars 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.
- The Cougars' 44-25 halftime lead marked the first time this season BYU topped the 40-point mark in a half.
- The Cougars also put together another solid first half defensively as BYU held its opponent under 30 percent shooting, under 30 points and under 10 field goals made in the first half for the second time this year.
- BYU held the Bengals scoreless for the first 4:22 of the game as Idaho State missed its first five shots from the field before forward Chron Tatum scored at the 15:38 mark.
- After missing their first two three-point attempts of the game, the Cougars made five of their next six, including two from Burgess to spark a 10-0 Cougar run, one from Murdock and two from Tavernari to put BYU up 26-8.
- Tavernari scored seven of BYU's first 11 points in the second half, helping maintain a 19-point Cougar lead through the first five minutes.
- Plaisted recorded his second dunk of the season and the 73rd of his career to put BYU up 62-41 with 11:14 left in the game. He added his second of the game with 2:46 remaining.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
"As a staff, what we were pleased with the most tonight was the way our players shared the ball. I felt that the intensity of the game early on was good because we came out early and defensively put on a good presence."
"We are impressed by our freshmen players. We have a lot of confidence in them. This is a new experience for them. How they deal with that and how they come along will largely determine how well we do as a team. We're excited to have them as a part of it."
Idaho State Head Coach Joe O'Brien
"We played against a very aggressive defense tonight. They're good. There's a reason they were chosen to be No. 1 in their conference. I have a lot of respect for them."
"Their 10-point lead in the first half quickly turned into an 18-point lead before we collected ourselves. We have no depth inside. When I wanted to go man-to-man, everyone had two fouls and was sitting on the bench."
"I think BYU is a better team right now than Iowa. They have a very solid defense, and on offense they spread you so much inside and outside."
"Plaisted is their go-to-guy. You have to respect him."