Jared Jensen was one of six Cougars who scored in double figures Tuesday night for the first time since 1999. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
BYU vs. Montana State-Billings
Jan. 11, 2005
- Garner Meads made his first start since December 18 against Utah State. Meads was out due to a foot injury
- The Cougars scored 57 first-half points, their largest opening period point total of the season
- 23 combined three-pointers by BYU and MSU-B ties a Marriott Center record
- Six players scored in double figures for the first time since November 24, 1999 against SUU (Jensen-16, Hall-14,
Rose-14, Ainge-10, Young-10. Nashif-10)
- Tonight's game marks the fourth this season in which the Cougars have shot 60 percent or better in a half.
- BYU outscored MSU-B 50-14 in total points in the paint.
- 110 points is the highest point total since Dec. 28, 1995 against Morgan State.
- Garner Meads' 11 rebounds set a Cougar individual season-high
- BYU grabbed 47 rebounds for the second consecutive game, tying its season-high
- The Cougars shot a season-high 62.5 percent from three-point range, marking the first time since March 12, 2004 (vs. Utah in the MWC Tournament) that BYU has shot above 60 percent from beyond the arc
- BYU had a season-high 23 assists
BYU Coach Steve Cleveland:
"Once we started guarding, that made the difference in the game."
"We know this weekend will be a different atmosphere and competition, so we need a few of these games to settle the nerves of the guys."
"We'll get to Colorado State and battle the best we can. We need to play very well."
"Where we are now as a team and in the league is unacceptable; we have to get better."
"We don't have any individual who is going to carry us to the promised land, but collectively we can do this."
"Everybody needs to understand they're responsible for their play and they need to be accountable."
Montana State-Billings Coach Craig Carse:
-"Tremendous compliments to BYU. They play just how they always do."
"We battled very hard in the first bit of the game."
"We didn't have the size or strength that BYU has. They're stronger, older and played like a brick wall."
"We're happy that BYU offered this invitation. We'll take away a lot from this game."