Trent Plaisted scored a game-high 19 points against Michigan State on Saturday.
The following are postgame notes and quotes from BYU's 68-61 loss against No. 9 Michigan State on Saturday at EnergySolutions Arena.
No. 20 BYU vs. No. 9 Michigan State
Dec. 8, 2007
- BYU head coach Dave Rose has used the same starting lineup in BYU's first nine games, calling on Ben Murdock, Sam Burgess, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Trent Plaisted to begin the game.
- With the loss, BYU is now 133-56 all-time as a ranked team, including a 5-4 mark under head coach Dave Rose.
- Sophomore Jonathan Tavernari hit his second three-pointer of the game at the 3:23 mark in the first half. Tavernari, who leads BYU in three-point field goals attempted and made, has drained at least two shots from downtown in each game this season.
- With 17 points, Trent Plaisted remains the only Cougar to score in double figures in every game this season.
- As a team, BYU connected on nine three-pointers. The Cougars have nailed at least six from behind the arc in each game this season.
- With the 68-61 loss, BYU drops to 5-1 when holding its opponents under the 70-point mark.
- For just the second time this season the Cougars were outrebounded (29-37). BYU falls to 1-1 on the season when the opponent grabs more boards.
- Including Saturday's game against Michigan State the Cougars have led at halftime in eight of nine games this year, going 7-1 in those contests and outscoring opponents by an average of 16.0 points in the first half. BYU's 35-25 lead against MSU marked the Cougars' seventh double-digit halftime lead this season.
- BYU has held all nine of its opponents this year under 40 points in the first half. The 25 points scored by Michigan State in the first half is the sixth time this season the Cougars have given up 25 points or less in the opening half and the third consecutive.
-The Spartans' 25 first-half points marked a season-low for Michigan State.
- Saturday's game against MSU also marked the ninth time out of nine games BYU has scored at least 31 points in the first half.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
"It was a very competitive game with two teams that really battled and competed well. They were a bit more physical than we were, and a lot of credit goes to Michigan State and Coach Izzo."
"What I am real pleased with is how our team battled. We had a lot of opportunities, and they just slipped away. If we could have executed better we could have won this game."
"They came out a lot more physical and aggressive in the second half, and we seemed to play like we were in a hurry."
BYU Forward/Center Trent Plaisted
"The beginning of the second half was a really tough stretch for our team, but we left it all out there on the court. Michigan State is a really good team, and they earned their win."
Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo
"That was big game. In the first half we got totally outplayed. I am very impressed with BYU. We had a tough stretch of play in the first half, and they went through a tough stretch in the second half. It was two good teams battling it out."
"They were taking us out of our plays early in the game, so the fact that we were able to do so well on the offensive boards really kept us in the game."
"This was a good road win versus a very quality opponent that I fully expect to be in the NCAA tournament. This is a very good BYU team. I think they can go a long way, and I am sure they will."
Michigan State Guard Drew Neitzel
"This was a total team win in a tough atmosphere against a very good team. We are happy to walk away with this win. Things weren't going well for us in the first half, and we felt fortunate that we were only down by 10 going into the locker room."