POSTGAME - BYU vs. SDSU

Lee Cummard posted 16 points and 10 rebounds against the Aztecs Saturday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

POSTGAME NOTES

BYU vs. SDSU

Jan. 24, 2009

Player Notes

Lee Cummard led the Cougars the entire game, posting his second season and eighth career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Cummard also posted 10 points in the first half, the most of any Cougar.

Lamont Morgan, Jr. has made 8-for-10 of his shots dating back to the New Mexico game. He scored seven points in the first half and came out with 12 points on the night, tying his game points career high.

James Anderson had the first dunk of his career at the 2:15 mark of the first half, also giving him a first half career-high four points.

— The Cougars had three players in double figures led by Lee Cummard and Jonathan Tavernari with 16 apiece and Lamont Morgan, Jr. adding 12 points.

Team Notes

— For the 18th-straight game, BYU head coach Dave Rose started Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Chris Miles. The Cougars are 14-4 with that starting lineup.

— BYU shot at 59.3 percent in the first half, the second-highest shooting percentage this season (Portland 69.6 percent). The Cougars have shot 50 percent or better in the first half in 11 games this season and are 9-2 when shooting 50 percent or better in the first half.

— The Cougars have won four-straight against San Diego State in the Marriott Center, dating back to a 100-90 win in 2006.

Record Watch

— With 16 points against SDSU on Saturday, Lee Cummard now has 323 points this season and 1,336 career points. He is two points from passing Marty Haws (1,337).

Jonathan Tavernari had one steal to give him 101 career takeaways. He is 11th all-time in BYU history and two from breaking into the top-10.

Jonathan Tavernari hit four three-pointers against SDSU to bring his career total to 169. He is now 45 threes from passing Mark Bigelow (213) for first. He has 52 threes this season.

Jonathan Tavernari scored 16 points against UNLV to bring his career total to 970. He needs 30 points to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career.

Game Trends

— To start off the game the Cougars had an 8-0 run starting at the 17:21 mark and ending at the 15:52 mark. That run put BYU up by five points in the first five minutes of play.

— For the 11th game this season, the Cougars have scored 40 or more points in the first half. They scored 41 points going into the locker room.

— The only lead the Aztecs had in the game was at the 17:32 mark in the first half at 6-5. The Cougars went on to beat SDSU 77-71.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU vs. SDSU

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

“We played a full, consistent game tonight. We played together at a higher level for a full 40 minutes and relied on each other a little better than we did Wednesday. For us to be the team we want to be we have to play together.”

“Players make plays. Our guys were put in a pretty tough spot where they had to win. I’m proud of them.”

“Probably the difference in the game was going down and getting only one shot on each possession. Our number one priority tonight was rebounding.”

SDSU Head Coach Steve Fisher

“BYU shot the ball very well. Their shots were mostly contested, but we were a little late on our switches and they made the big shots.”

“Tonight BYU was the team that their fans are used to seeing. They made difficult shots. They went 11-for-22 from 3-point range, made their free throws and they run like crazy. Lamont Morgan, Jr. also had a career high.”

“We missed a critical free throw with just a few minutes left and then they went down and scored on us. We fought back, but didn’t make the shots when we needed them.”

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