Trent Plaisted tied his career high with 18 rebounds against Pepperdine and is the only Cougar to have scored in double figures in every game this season. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
No. 25 BYU vs. Pepperdine
Dec. 15, 2007
- True freshman Chris Collinsworth made the second start of his Cougar career Saturday against Pepperdine. He received the starting nod for the second straight game along with Ben Murdock, Sam Burgess, Lee Cummard and Trent Plaisted, who have each started all 11 games for BYU this season.
- Individual Career Highs: Trent Plaisted - 18 rebounds (tied); Sam Burgess - 5 assists (tied); Lee Cummard - 4 blocks.
- Team Season Highs: 62.1 first-half shooting percentage; 9 blocks.
- With the win, BYU gained sole possession of the nation's longest active home victory streak at 37 games, surpassing Memphis. The Cougars have not lost at home since Nov. 18, 2005, a 73-81 loss to Loyola Marymount.
- BYU led wire-to-wire against the Waves, marking the fifth time this year the Cougars have never trailed in a game.
- With the win, BYU is now 135-56 all-time as a ranked team, including a 7-4 mark under head coach Dave Rose.
- With the 19-point win, BYU is now outscoring its opponents by 17.2 points on the year. That margin jumps to 22.9 points in the Cougars' nine wins.
- BYU is now 9-0 when scoring at least 70 points in a game and 7-1 when holding opponents under the 70-point mark. The Cougars are also now 5-0 when scoring at least 80 points.
- With 18 points, Plaisted remains the only Cougar to score in double figures in every game this season. Plaisted reached double figures in the first half as he posted 10 points and seven rebounds in the first 20 minutes of the game.
- Plaisted also recorded his fourth double-double of the year and 13th of his career with a career-high-tying 18 rebounds to go along with 18 points. On the year, Plaisted leads the Mountain West Conference in both scoring and rebounding.
- With 21 points on 10-for-12 shooting, Cummard has now scored at least 20 points in three games on the year and five in his career. Including a season-high 27 points Wednesday against Lamar, Cummard averaged 24.0 points in two games this week.
- As a team, BYU connected on seven three-pointers. The Cougars have nailed at least six from behind the arc in each game this season.
- With a 40-33 halftime lead against Pepperdine, the Cougars have now led at halftime in 10 of 11 games this year, going 9-1 in those contests and outscoring opponents by an average of 12.7 points in the first half.
- BYU has held all 10 of its opponents this year under 40 points in the first half. BYU has scored at least 30 first-half points in every game this season and has topped 40 points in seven games.
- The Cougars made seven of their first nine shots from the field to open up a 15-5 early lead. Overall, BYU shot a first-half season-high 62.1 percent from the field in the opening period.
- After going 4-for-5 for nine points in the first half, Cummard scored the first six points of the second half for BYU, including his third dunk of the night and sixth of the season.
BYU Coach Dave Rose:
"I am proud of our players for how they rallied around each other after how many turnovers we made. We made some adjustments at the half that helped us with avoiding turnovers in their press. Overall it was a good game for us."
"The heart and soul of our team has a lot of experience in finding the best shot possible. When they pass up a good shot for a better shot, it becomes contagious throughout the whole team. That helped us out a lot tonight."
Pepperdine Coach Vance Walberg:
"They're a better team, smarter and more experienced. They're a top-25 team and have a lot more experience than us."
"We turned the ball over 24 times. We're not going to beat anyone by doing that. When we create turnovers we need to take advantage of them on the other end of the floor, and tonight we didn't do that."
"This team has little experience. We have a long way to go, but we're going to get better. When all five players on our defense are where they're supposed to be and are doing their jobs good things can happen."
"For us to have any success we can't beat ourselves. Tonight we beat ourselves."