Rashaun Broadus scored in double figures for the third time this season with 10 points against Liberty. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU vs. Liberty
Dec. 28, 2006
- BYU head coach Dave Rose has used the same starting lineup in the last three games, giving Rashaun Broadus, Lee Cummard, Jimmy Balderson, Keena Young and Trent Plaisted the starting nod. The group also started the first two games of the season.
- Individual Career Highs: Jonathan Tavernari - 7 rebounds; Lee Cummard -- 5 assists (tied); Sam Burgess -- 3 rebounds (tied).
- Individual Season Highs: Fernando Malaman -- 2 blocks (tied).
- Team Season Highs: 9 blocks; 9 turnovers (tied lowest mark).
- BYU's win over Liberty extended its home winning streak to 21 games, which is tied for the fourth-longest active home victory streak in the nation. The Cougars are 7-0 at home this season.
- With three straight victories over Utah State, Western Oregon and Liberty, the Cougars have equaled their longest winning streak of the season.
- The 14-point win is BYU's sixth double-digit victory of the season.
- BYU is now 8-1 when scoring at least 70 points in a game and 7-0 when holding opponents under 70 points.
- The Cougars are also 8-0 this season when outrebounding their opponents, posting a 40-29 advantage against the Flames on the glass.
- With a 29-25 advantage against Liberty, BYU led at the half for the ninth time this season in 12 games.
- The Cougars' 29-point first half marked just the second time this season BYU has not reached the 30-point threshold before the break (25 at Boise State).
- With 10 points against Liberty, Broadus reached double figures for the third time this season and the first time since Dec. 6 when he recorded 10 points against San Jose State.
- Young also scored in double digits with a team-high 17 points, including 13 after halftime, against the Flames, marking the 11th time in 12 games he has done so. Young led the Cougars in scoring for the fourth time this year.
- Plaisted also scored in double figures with 11 points, all of which he scored after halftime. He came one rebound away from his second double-double of the season with nine boards.
- BYU used a 13-2 run out of halftime to build a 42-27 lead with 13:53 left to play in the game. The Cougars held the Flames scoreless for the first 3:22 of the half.
- Plaisted recorded two dunks in the second half, bringing his season total to 10 and his career mark to 43.
- Liberty has now lost 18 straight road games dating back to the 2005-06 season.
- Liberty forward Alex McLean recorded his fifth double-double of the season and his second in a row with 14 points and 10 rebounds against BYU.
- With 12 points against BYU, Flames guard Larry Blair moved into fourth place on both the Liberty and Big South Conference all-time scoring lists, bringing his career total to 1,783 points.
- Blair has now scored in double figures in 31 straight games and 44 of the last 45.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose:
"I think we did a great job defensively and on the boards. Give the credit to Liberty. We watched a lot of film, and they had a different game plan than we were expecting. They ran the shot clock and then came after us. For whatever reason we were a little rushed and didn't make many shots in the first half."
"Our key to success is how players respond to the minutes they get and how players respond to the minutes they don't get."
"We got better shots coming out of half time. Keena (Young) and Trent (Plaisted) got the ball down low. Perimeter shooting is mental, and it's easier to make those shots when you have a bit of a cushion."
"Matchups have determined minutes this year, and Sam (Burgess) was doing a great job defensively; then he just played really well and hit some shots. Every night it has been someone different and that might be the strength of our team instead of our weakness."
"I'd rather have nine charges than nine blocks because that means we're anticipating and getting where we need to be, but I think our length caused them problems, especially on the weak side."
Liberty Head Coach Randy Dunton:
"They were strong in the second half. We couldn't get our guys going tonight. Blair was 4-for-16 and was struggling to find any rhythm."
"I saw some of our kids fight hard tonight. Games like this and these types of environments help us get better, and tonight we got a lot better."
"I don't like to lose and don't like the taste of it but games like this make us better. We go to tournaments and games like these to get better and to work on things."
"I liked our defense in the first half. I like the group we got, and our team is fine."
"We need to play the post-feed offense better."
"We did a good job early on their big guy. I felt like we gave him some looks that he wasn't use to."