Jonathan Tavernari scored 15 points in the first half on 5-for-8 shooting from three-point range. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU vs. No. 1 North Carolina
Nov. 24, 2007
- BYU head coach Dave Rose has used the same starting lineup in BYU's first six games, calling on Ben Murdock, Sam Burgess, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Trent Plaisted to begin the game.
- Tavernari and Plaisted were named to the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational All-Tournament Team.
- Individual Season Highs: Trent Plaisted - 24 points, 17 rebounds.
- The Cougars have now faced the nation's top-ranked team four times in program history, including an 84-64 loss vs. No. 1 Kentucky (Dec. 28, 1951), a 91-73 loss vs. No. 1 UCLA (March 18, 1971) and an 89-66 loss vs. No. 1 Duke (Dec. 23, 1992) in addition to Saturday's 73-63 loss against No. 1 North Carolina. Overall, BYU is now 50-110 all-time against teams ranked in the Associated Press Poll.
- BYU took its first lead of the game at 16-15 on a jumper from Plaisted with 12:25 left in the first half. The Cougars' last lead came at 59-58 with 6:27 left in the game. BYU trailed 62-61 with four minutes left until the Tar Heels scored 11 of the game's final 13 points.
- Plaisted has scored in double figures in every game this season, including a season-high 24 points against North Carolina. He has topped the 20-point mark in three of the last four games and 12 times overall in his career.
- Plaisted posted double-doubles in both of BYU's games in Las Vegas, recording 21 points and 12 rebounds in the Cougars' win over No. 6 Louisville and 24 points and 17 boards against No. 1 North Carolina. He has now tallied 11 double-doubles in his career.
- Plaisted's 17 rebounds marked the first time since March 11, 2006 a player has had at least 15 boards against the Tar Heels.
- After going just 2-for-8 in the first half for six points, Plaisted scored eight of the first 10 Cougars points in the second half while making his first four shots. Plaisted scored 18 points in the second half.
- BYU began the second half on fire, outscoring UNC 13-4 to retake the lead at 44-42 with 16:08 left in the game. Including a buzzer-beater three-pointer from Tavernari to end the first half, the Cougars outscored the Tar Heels 16-4 over the break.
- The second-half battle between the two teams featured six lead changes and three ties.
- The Cougars did not give up a three-pointer until the 12:25 mark in the second half as UNC missed its first nine shots from long range. BYU entered the game allowing opponents to shoot just 30.3 percent from beyond the arc while making 43.3 percent of its own shots from three-point range.
- BYU has held all six of its opponents this season under 40 points in the first half, allowing 38 against North Carolina.
- North Carolina is the first team this season to post a halftime lead on the Cougars as the Tar Heels led 38-31 at the break.
- Tavernari scored the first six points of the game for BYU with two three-pointers. He finished the first half with 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting from three-point range, including a buzzer-beater to cut UNC's lead to seven points going into the locker room.
- With a 31-321 lead at the 6:30 mark of the first half, North Carolina became the first team this season to post a double-digit lead on the Cougars. The largest lead prior to that was an eight-point advantage by Jackson State.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
"We competed, we fought hard and we battled. We played as well as we needed to play. We just did not execute down the stretch like we needed to."
"All of the shots that we missed down the stretch were shots that we were capable of making. The one thing that I think that we could have done better down the stretch was rebounding. There were a few defensive rebounds that got out of our hands late."
"What I am really impressed with this group is how competitive they are, and this weekend was no exception. They played hard, and that is one thing that I am really proud of with this group."
North Carolina Head Coach Roy Williams
"You saw cupcakes and ice cream yesterday, and tonight was tough as all get out. The toughness is something that I enjoy though because it is something we need to work on.
"BYU is a big time basketball team. For a while we were playing football under our basket and the same under theirs. It was a hard-fought game all around."
"I think our depth was important. I think they missed some threes late in the game because their legs were tired, but at the same time our players were tired at the end of the game too."
"Plaisted was sensational in the second half. Our plan coming out of the locker room was not to double team in the post because he is a good passer too, but he took it to us with a superb second half."
I told both Tavernari and Plaisted that they are big time players. I can admire the way that Tavernari plays. You look at Plaisted's numbers, 24 and 17, those are big time numbers."
"BYU is very sound fundamentally. They were able to box out on the board just as well as anyone we have seen so far."