James Anderson registered his first career points while blocking three shots. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU vs. North Florida
Nov. 20, 2008
-For the second season in a row the Cougars are off to a 3-0 start with a 74-41 victory over the North Florida Ospreys in their first meeting ever.
-For the second game in a row, Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Chris Miles have started the Cougars off to a good start with Tavernari scoring the first points on the night.
-Tavernari, the Brazilian sensation, had 13 points in nine minutes in the first half. He made 5-of-10 threes to extend his streak with a triple to 19-straight games. He needs two more games with a trey to equal the single-season record held by Terrell Lyday (21) and three to tie the career mark of 22 games held by Mark Bigelow.
-All 11 Cougars who dressed saw action against North Florida with 10 different players scoring.
-The Cougars held the Ospreys to only 12 points in the first half (35-10), the fewest points allowed by the Cougars in the first half since holding Long Beach State to 12 points in last year’s season opener. BYU led 36-12 at the half at Long Beach State. Holding the opponent to 12 points is just two points off the BYU record of 10 points that Air Force scored on Feb. 3, 2003, where BYU won that game 65-33.
-BYU held UNF scoreless for three minutes in the second half, with a 9-0 run, giving them a lead of 52-24 at the 14:45 mark.
-Tavernari had five three-pointers on the night to add to his 127 career threes to tie for fourth with Terrell Lyday in career three-pointers career leader.
-Fredette tied his career high of six assists on the night, adding three steals and four points.
-Lee Cummard posted 12 rebounds on the night, just one short of his career record. He scored all seven of his points in the first half.
-Matt Pinegar, Lamont Morgan, Jr. and James Anderson all chalked up their first career points at BYU. Morgan, Jr. had four points on the night while Pinegar and Anderson had 2 points apiece.
-Charles Abouo tied his career high of nine points, shooting 4-for-6 from the field and posting four rebounds on the night.
-Noah Hartsock shot 2-for-3 from the field, along with posting two offensive and two defensive rebounds.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
“ I was pleased with the end result of this game. Defensively we were pretty good at executing our assignments.”
“Our challenge is to be more consistent over the course of the 40 minutes. Our stats show that we played well but we have areas where we still need to improve.”
“In the first half of the first half we were terrific in executing our game plan on the defensive end. But hopefully we’ll be able to improve and make more of our shots. That would help us be even better.”
“I hope we can get ourselves in a position to get better at executing what we want to do with our first five players, and the next five, etc.”
North Florida Head Coach Matt Kilcullen
“I think they’re going to be a top-20 team when all is said and done.”
“I was impressed by how well BYU runs its offense. They’re multi-faceted, they’ve got a lot of tools and they read each other well.”
“We did a pretty good job defensively with Cummard but then Tavernari comes to life. That’s a sign of a well-coached team. That’s the sign of a disciplined team. You take one thing away and they’ll use another.”
“They’re talented, but they play hard. They play hard every time they’re on the court.”
“We broke down too many things on the defensive end. We’ve got to do a better job defensively.”