Trent Plaisted posted his first double-double of the year with 21 points and 12 rebounds to help BYU defeat No. 6 Louisville. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU vs. No. 6 Louisville
Nov. 23, 2007
- BYU head coach Dave Rose has used the same starting lineup in BYU's first five games, calling on Ben Murdock, Sam Burgess, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Trent Plaisted to begin the game.
- Individual Career Highs: Jonathan Tavernari - 29 points.
- Individual Season Highs: Trent Plaisted - 21 points (tied); 12 rebounds.
- BYU is now 50-109 all-time against teams ranked in the Associated Press Poll, including a 1-3 record against sixth-ranked opponents. The Cougars' last win over a team ranked as high as No. 6 was Dec. 21, 1965 with a 103-83 victory over No. 2 St. Joseph's. BYU's last neutral court victory over a ranked team prior to Louisville came on Dec. 6, 2003 with a 76-71 win over No. 25 Oklahoma State in Salt Lake City.
- At 5-0 this season, BYU is off to its best start since beginning the 2002-03 season 5-0.
- BYU is now 5-0 when scoring at least 70 points this season while averaging 87.8 points per game and allowing just 62.6 ppg.
- Tavernari smashed his previous career high of 18 points with 29 points against the Cardinals on 10-for-22 shooting from the field, including a 5-for-11 mark from three-point range.
- Plaisted has scored in double figures in every game this season, including a tying his season high with 21 points against Louisville.
- Plaisted also posted his first double-double of the season and 10th of his career with 12 rebounds.
- With a four-point advantage at the break against Louisville (41-37), BYU has led at the half in all five of its games this season, going 5-0. Louisville was the first team to trail by just single digits at the break and the first to score at least 30 first-half points against BYU. 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.
- BYU's 39.4 percent first-half shooting percentage marked the first time in the last seven halves that the Cougars did not shoot at least 50 percent.
- Louisville took its first lead since 11-9 at 49-48 with 14:38 left to play in the game during an 8-0 run.
- Trailing 51-48, Plaisted single-handedly brought the Cougars back with six straight points and then put the Cougars in front 62-57 with a one-handed dunk off a behind-the-back pass from Tavernari. Plaisted scored 14 points in the second half, finishing the game with 21.
- True freshman Chris Collinsworth recorded the first dunk of his career with 4:51 left in the game to put BYU up 69-61.
Dave Rose, BYU Head Coach
"I told our players in the locker room after the game that it was a big win for us and to enjoy it for an hour. I told them that we don't want this to be the high point of the season. We need to stay focused on our goals for the season."
"Our players were backing off a little the first three or four minutes of the second half, so I just wanted to make sure they weren't backing off too much. I just called the early timeout because I wanted to make sure that we were pushing the ball and banging the boards to keep the pressure on them.
Jonathan Tavernari, BYU Forward
"I have a lot of confidence, and I feel that I can make every shot that I take. In the second half I told Trent (Plaisted) that it was his game, and we needed him right now. Ben (Murdock) did a great job too for us, and we had numerous guys come off the bench and do good for us so really this was a whole team effort."
Rick Pitino, Louisville Head Coach
"BYU, without question, deserved the victory. We turned the ball over too much. We shot 70 percent in the first half, but give BYU credit. They shot the ball very well."
"Tavernari was terrific. He takes a lot of challenged shots. If you have a guy making big shots like that, it is a big help."
"BYU is a very good team. We were looking forward to play UNC too, but I think that BYU is a better team. Carolina plays the same way that they do so it should be an interesting game."