POSTGAME - BYU vs. Loyola Marymount

Trent Plaisted is the only Cougar to score in double figures in every game this season.


BYU vs. Loyola Marymount

Jan. 3, 2008

- Ben Murdock, Sam Burgess, Lee Cummard and Trent Plaisted have each started all 14 games for BYU this season. Jonathan Tavernari started the first nine games while Chris Collinsworth has received the starting nod in the last five contests.

Individual Career Highs: Nick Martineau -- 6 points; 4 assists.

Team Season Highs: Three-point field goals attempted -- 33 (tied program record).

- With the win, BYU improved its Marriott Center win streak to 39 games, tied for the longest active home court victory streak in the nation.

- With the 29-point win, BYU is now outscoring its opponents by 16.5 points on the year. That margin jumps to 22.7 points in the Cougars' 11 wins.

- With the 91-62 win, BYU is now 11-1 when scoring at least 70 points in a game and 8-1 when holding opponents under the 70-point mark. The Cougars are also 6-0 when scoring at least 80 points.

- Including a game-high lead of 34 points against the Lions, the Cougars have posted a double-digit lead in 13 of 14 games and have led by more than 20 points in nine games and more than 30 points in three contests. The lone exception to the double-digit leads came against No. 1 North Carolina when the game-high BYU lead was two points.

- Including 12 three-point makes against Loyola Marymount, BYU has made double-digit treys in four games this year. The Cougars have made at least six threes in every games this season except against SUU when they made five. With (120) makes from long range already this year and at least 18 games left to play, BYU is on pace to break the single-season three-point record the Cougars set last year with 256.

- The Cougars tied the program record with 33 three-point attempts against Loyola Marymount. BYU also shot 33 three-pointers at UNLV in 1998 and against Louisiana State in 1992.

- With 12 points against Loyola Marymount, Plaisted remains the only Cougar to score in double figures in every game this season. Cummard has posted double-digit points in 12 of 14 games.

- With a 35-26 halftime lead against Loyola Marymount, the Cougars have now led at halftime in 13 of 14 games this year, including 10 double-digit leads. The Cougars are now 11-2 when holding a halftime advantage while outscoring opponents by an average of 12.2 points in the first half.

- BYU has held all 14 of its opponents this year under 40 points in the first half while holding foes under 30 points in the first period of 10 games. BYU has scored at least 30 first-half points in every game this season.

- Cummard scored in double figures for the 12th time this season and the 28th time in his career with a game-high 12 points in the first half. Cummard finished the game with 18 points.

- With a 4-for-4 performance from the free-throw line, Cummard improved his efficiency from the charity stripe to 89.7 percent (35-of-39) on the year. Cummard has been perfect from the line in seven of the 10 games in which he has attempted free throws.


BYU Coach Dave Rose:

"I was pleased with two things tonight. I thought we shared the ball well. We got 21 assists and had opportunities for a lot more with good shots that we didn't convert. Defensively, the intensity was a lot more consistent throughout the game than we had the other night against Boise State."

"I just wanted to make sure we were getting the best shots we could. We played a little conservative until we broke it open in the second half. Then the guys loosened up a little, and we played even better."

"I am pleased with the win tonight. We have three or four players that were here when they beat us here last time. It is something we discussed before the game but not something we dwelled upon."

"I haven't seen a lot of Wake Forest this year. Just the tradition and history of where we're going to play will get our guys excited. You don't go beat an ACC team on the road without that excitement and intensity."

Loyola Marymount Coach Rodney Tention:

"The better team by far won tonight. BYU is a great team, and we give them a lot of credit."

"I thought we got better for about 25 minutes, but we couldn't maintain it. A team like BYU is going to take advantage of you when you make mistakes... I don't see any reason why they're not a top 25 team."

"I think in the first half we really competed because we took care of the ball. We executed well in the first half as well, but the game is 40 minutes long and we need to figure out a way to sustain ourselves the entire game."

"Our guys just have to stay positive. We're getting there. I don't believe we're too far off where we need to be entering conference play. Our young guys are making progress, but we need more guys to step up."

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