Trent Plaisted hit two big free throws late in the game to help BYU defeat No. 13 Air Force Saturday, the Cougars' first win over a ranked team since Dec. 6, 2003. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU vs. No. 13 Air Force
Jan. 27, 2007
- For the ninth time this season, Austin Ainge, Jimmy Balderson, Lee Cummard, Keena Young and Trent Plaisted received the starting nod from BYU head coach Dave Rose. Cummard and Young have started in all 21 games this season while Plaisted has started 20, Balderson 18 and Ainge 13.
- Team Season Highs: Attendance - 22,700; Fewest points scored -- 61; Largest rebounding advantage - +22.
- BYU's win over Air Force extended its home winning streak to 27 games, which is tied for the second-longest active home victory streak in the nation. The Cougars are 13-0 at home this season.
- The Cougars' victory over No. 13 Air Force marked their first win over a ranked team since defeating then-No. 25 Oklahoma State 76-71 on Dec. 6, 2003 in Salt Lake City. BYU hadn't beaten a ranked team in the Marriott Center since Feb. 1, 1992 with an 80-63 win over No. 19 UTEP. The Cougars' last win over a team ranked as high as No. 13 was Dec. 22, 2001 with an 81-76 win over No. 13 Stanford at the Thomas & Mack Center.
- With a matchup against the No. 13 Falcons, BYU has now faced three ranked teams this season, joining UNLV as the only Mountain West Conference team to do so. The Cougars are 1-2 in those games with a 61-52 win over the Falcons, an 82-69 loss at then-No. 5 UCLA and a 76-61 neutral court loss against then-No. 25 Michigan State. The Rebels are also 1-2, with losses at then-No. 16 Arizona and then-No. 16 Air Force and a win at then-No. 19 Nevada.
- BYU's sellout crowd of 22,700 was a season high and the Cougars' best attendance mark since 22,718 fans watched BYU defeat Utah 70-57 on March 1, 2004. The is the 23rd largest crowd in Marriott Center history (record is 23,106 on March 7, 1981 when BYU defeated Utah 95-76).
- BYU's 61 points against the Falcons snapped a string of 12 straight games in which the Cougars had scored at least 70 points. BYU is now 1-4 when scoring below 70 points and 13-0 when holding opponents below the 70-point threshold.
- BYU's .278 shooting mark from three-point range against the Falcons ended a streak of seven straight games in which the Cougars had shot at least .400 from long range.
- With a 42-20 rebounding advantage against the Falcons, their largest of the season, the Cougars are now 14-0 when winning the battle of the boards. BYU has outrebounded its opponents by more than 10 boards nine times.
- Leading 31-21 against Air Force, BYU went into the locker room with a halftime lead for the 16th time this season, including its seventh game with a double-digit lead. The Cougars have held opponents under 30 points in the first half 12 times this year, including 21 first-half points scored by the Falcons, the fewest BYU has allowed all year. The Cougars are now 14-2 when leading at the break. BYU is also 14-0 when leading at the five-minute mark and 14-0 when leading at the one-minute mark.
- With 22 points against Air Force, Trent Plaisted reached the 20-point mark for the fourth time this season and the seventh in his career.
- Plaisted also knocked down two big free throws with 35 seconds left to play to give BYU a 56-51 lead. Plaisted is 3-for-5 on the year from the free-throw line with under two minutes to play.
- With 17 points against the Falcons, Keena Young has now scored in double figures in 18 of 21 games.
- Trailing 10-4 early, the Cougars used a 16-2 run to take a 20-12 lead during which they held the Falcons scoreless from the floor for increments of 4:50 and 3:37.
- After starting the first half 1-for-6 (.167) from the field and 0-for-3 (.000) from three-point range, BYU finished the first period 11-for-21 (.524) from the floor and 4-for-6 (.667) from long range. In total, BYU shot 12-for-27 (.444) from the field and 4-for-9 (.444) from behind the arc in the first half.
- Trent Plaisted opened the second half with back-to-back dunks and added a third midway through the period, bringing his season total to 25 and his career mark to 57. Plaisted has posted multiple throwdowns in six games this year.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose:
"I thought this was a great college basketball game. I thought it was a great crowd. It was a great atmosphere."
"I thought our guys just made some big plays. We made our free throws and hit some big shots late. It was a big win for us."
"There have been games in my career here that have been loud and your ears ring for three or four hours after the game, and this was loud. My ears are ringing."
"Rebounding is a big factor for our team to be successful."
"We'll enjoy this win for an hour or two and get ready for the next one."
Air Force Head Coach Jeff Bzdelik:
"There are three things that didn't really help us in this game. We got outrebounded, we had some bad turnovers and we had some great shots go in and out."
"It was a good game from the stand point that these are two good teams."
"(Trent) Plaisted was tougher than our guys today. That comes from a strong will and a desire to win."
"BYU is a good team. Everybody in this conference is playing good basketball. Give them credit. They're tough at home, and we're tough at home. I've said from the start, and I'll say it again, that this is going to be a great race."