BYU head coach Dave Rose has 50-straight home wins, the longest active home winning streak in the nation. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
POSTGAME NOTES - BYU vs. Rice
Nov. 21, 2008
-BYU chalks up the 50th-straight win at home against the Rice Owls, the longest active home victory streak in the nation. Prior to the current streak, BYU’s longest homecourt victory was 44 games from Feb. 19, 2000 to Jan. 16, 2003. The last time the Cougars lost at home was the first game of the 2005-06 season to Loyola Marymount on Nov. 18, 2005 — Dave Rose's first game as the head coach.
-Friday’s win marks the 26th-straight home victory against a non-conference opponent.
-The Cougars are off to a 4-0 start on the season for the third season in a row with another victory over Houston’s own, Rice University (83-52). BYU improves its series record against Rice to 5-2, with a home record of 4-1. It marks the longest win streak with the third-straight victory over the Owls since 2000.
-Four Cougars posted double figures on the night, with Tavernari leading the way with 18 points, Cummard and Fredette had 13 points apiece and Lamont Morgan, Jr. posted a career-high of 10 points.
-Coach Dave Rose once again started the fearsome fivesome of Jackson Emery, Jimmer Fredette, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Chris Miles for the third game in a row.
- BYU’s defense has held its last three opponents to an average of 18.7 points in the first half.
-The 43-23 score at the half is the highest-scoring half of the season for the Cougars.
-Tavernari went 3-for-3 on three-pointers in the first four minutes to give the Cougars an early 10-point lead (13-3).
-The Brazilian sensation, Tavernari, has now officially passed Terrell Lyday in career three pointers with 130, ranking him fourth in BYU’s all-time three-point field goals made. With 12 more threes he will pass Andy Toolson (141).
-Jonathan Tavernari also had a season-high 14 points in the first half.
-The Cougars posted a season-best 12 threes on the night. In the 2007 season the Cougars had a season-high of 13 three-pointers.
-Lee Cummard scored 13 points for the 51st double figure game of his career.
-Jimmer Fredette played the role of facilitator with five assists and three steals on the night.
-Lamont Morgan, Jr. played the best game of his career tallying 10 points and four assists for the Cougars.
-All 11 Cougars who dressed saw action on the court, 10 making point contributions.
-Charles Abouo tied his career-best of nine points on the night.
-Lee Cummard went 1-for-1 from the stripe, making him a perfect 11-for-11 on free throws for the season and extending his streak to 21 attempts from the line without a miss.
-Tavernari extends his three-pointer game streak to 20 straight. He needs one more game with a trey to equal the single-season record held by Terrell Lyday (21) and two to tie the career mark of 22 games held by Mark Bigelow.
-From the 8:53 mark to the 5:04 mark in the first half, the Cougars posted a 16-0 run against the Owls.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
“What I was most impressed with tonight was that we played with focus defensively. We played with intensity for longer stretches. I think it’s a sign of a team that’s progressing when we can reach the goals we’ve aimed to accomplish. I’m proud of our players and for how they won the game tonight.”
“One of our philosophies is that we’re not trying to turn people over; we’re trying to make them attempt tough shots. We did a better job rebounding the ball, attacking and playing intense defense.”
“We did a much better job tonight with knowing what shot was coming. When everyone knows when the shot is coming, not only do we have a better shooting percentage, but we’re ready for what’s next. We did better at not surprising each other with our shots tonight and I was happy with that.”
Rice Head Coach Ben Braun
“I thought BYU did a really good job with transition, spacing and how they got the ball down the floor—they exploited that on us. They converted and made us pay in the first half.”
“I want to give BYU credit. They played with a lot of confidence and took away some of our confidence. They shot well.”
“Tavernari played really well. He was a big difference in the first half. He can take you at the perimeter and he can take you to the rim. The guys coming off the bench for BYU did well tonight.”
“To break the [home-winning] streak, you’ve got to remember you’re playing the team not the crowd. Today the players were tougher than the crowd. It’s a great place to play. It’s a fun place to play.”
Cal Poly Head Coach Kevin Bromley
“I think the team came out and we played really hard. We had a terrific first half and we did a good job on defense. The second half was harder, we had to work a little bit more, but I thought the team did a good job.”
“It’s still early in the season and I feel the team learned a lot from last night and I feel like the team is learning and getting better.”
North Florida Head Coach Matt Kilcullen
“This team was as athletic as ever. We didn’t defend them well enough, but we have a young team who knows they are young.”
“Everyone has players that make it happen, and they just had a lot more of those players.”
“We need to do a better job as coaches—to be more meticulous on offense and to slow down the game.”