Senior point guard Ben Murdock recorded a career-high 8 assists against Jackson State on Friday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU VS. Jackson State
Nov. 16, 2007
- BYU head coach Dave Rose has used the same starting lineup in BYU's first three games, calling on Ben Murdock, Sam Burgess, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Trent Plaisted to begin the game.
- Individual Career Highs: Ben Murdock -- 8 assists; Vuk Ivanovic -- 10 points (tied); Chris Collinsworth -- 10 rebounds; Michael Loyd Jr. -- 4 rebounds
- Loyd's 15 points were his first as a BYU Cougar.
- The 100-61 Cougar victory extended BYU's home win streak to 33 games dating back to Nov. 18, 2005. The streak is the second-longest active home win streak in the nation.
- Friday marks the first time BYU has reached the 100-point mark since Dec. 22, 2006 against Western Oregon, and the first time against a Division I opponent since Feb. 22, 2006 against SDSU.
- With a 39-point win against Jackson State, BYU has posted a +33.3 average margin of victory in its first three games this season.
- BYU is now 3-0 when scoring at least 70 points this season and 3-0 when holding opponents under the 70-point mark while averaging 88 points per game and allowing just 54.7 ppg.
- In the win against Jackson State, five Cougars scored in double figures, marking the second time this has happened in as many games.
- BYU trailed for the first time all season at the 19:24 mark in the first half after a field goal by Jackson State's Grant Maxey.
- Jackson State went on an 8-0 run to begin the game, the longest run against the Cougars so far this season. Lee Cummard's three-pointer ended the run with 17:55 to play in the first half.
- Plaisted's 21 points against Jackson State topped the 20-point mark for the first time this season. He has reached the mark 10 times in his career, including 6 times in the 2006-2007 season.
- Plaisted was the first Cougar in double figures as he scored his 10th point of the game from the charity stripe with 3:57 left to play in the first half. Plaisted was the high scorer at the half on 5-for-7 shooting from the field, including a 3-for-4 mark from the free throw line. Tavernari joined him in double figures with a field goal to open the second half of play.
- Down 24-26 in the first half, Plaisted contributed four points of an eventual nine-point run to give the Cougars a 33-26 lead, it's first of the game.
- With a 12-point advantage at the break against Jackson State (41-29), BYU has led by double digits at the half in all three of its games this season going 3-0. 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.
- Between 10:06 and 8:29 in the second half, BYU's lineup consisted of four true-freshman (Fredette, Loyd, Chris Collinsworth and Nick Martineau) and one sophomore (Chris Miles). BYU went on a 9-2 run during this time.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
"For the most part, we did a good job competing on every play. Jackson State came out strong, and their quickness and ability to make plays surprised us. But we did a good job limiting their defensive boards."
"Trent [Plaisted] came in and controlled the lower post both offensively and defensively. It allowed us to start our break, and it helped our energy and confidence."
"Jackson State came out and was really good. They made a lot of plays and had a lot of energy, and it seemed they wore out as the night went on."
Jackson State Head Coach Tevester Anderson
"We were defeated tonight by a very fine team in BYU. They run the ball as well as anyone I've seen. They shoot well and rebound well too."
"We executed well and made shots early on. I was proud of the way our guys played the first 15 minutes of the game. I think we got fatigued, and the elevation is always an issue for teams from the South."
"Now we've got to go to Louisville on Sunday and play another team in the top five. They have a different style and do a lot of things well, but I'll think we'll have a little more gas in Kentucky."