Postgame - BYU vs. Seattle Pacific

Austin Ainge recorded eight assists and only one turnover against Seattle Pacific.

POSTGAME NOTES

- Both of the Cougars' exhibition games showcased rising stars as two freshmen led the team in scoring. Trent Plaisted led BYU against Seattle Pacific with 27 points while Lee Cummard paced the Cougars with 23 points against Victoria.

- With 27 points and 12 rebounds, Trent Plaisted became the first Cougar to record a double-double since Derek Dawes had 14 points and 10 rebounds against New Mexico on Jan 24, 2005.

- Austin Ainge recorded eight assists on the night with only one turnover, which came with 16 seconds left in the game.

- The Cougars scored 53 points in the second half, their highest point output in a half since Dec. 31, 2004 when they scored 59 in the second half against Santa Clara.

- BYU recorded six blocks in each of its two exhibition games. The Cougars only reached that mark once all of last season with seven against Utah State.

- BYU's Mike Rose did not play due to a laceration to his lip suffered last week. Rose did not play in either of BYU's exhibition games while recovering from his injury.

- After using 18 different starting lineups in 2005, BYU has used the same starting lineup in both exhibition games, starting Austin Ainge, Jimmy Balderson, Lee Cummard, Keena Young and Trent Plaisted.

- Austin Ainge got the Cougars started 37 seconds into the game with a three-pointer, but BYU was cold for the next 2:51, allowing Seattle Pacific to go on a 13-0 run while building a 15-3 lead.

- Both teams struggled in the middle of the first half as 3:48 went by without a made field goal by either team.

- BYU regained the lead at 21-20 with 6:19 left in the first half on a pair of free throws by Jackson Emery. It was the first Cougar lead since 3-2 at 19:37.

- BYU trailed 33-35 at halftime against Seattle Pacific. The Cougars had not trailed at halftime of an exhibition game since Nov. 5, 2002 when they trailed 37-38 against EA Sports. BYU came back to win that game 89-84.

- The Cougars put on a dunk exhibition in the first half with high-flying buckets from Trent Plaisted, Lee Cummard and Keena Young, comprising three of BYU's nine two-point makes in the half.

- Seattle Pacific opened the second half with a 12-2 run. Down 47-35, however, the Cougars put together a 14-1 run of their own, taking a 49-48 lead on a Trent Plaisted free throw at the 13:37 mark. It was the Cougars' first lead since 32-30 with 1:52 left in the first half.

- David Burgess made an immediate impact upon entering the game for the first time with just over 10 minutes to play in the second half. With the Cougars clinging to a 54-53 lead, Burgess put one in from underneath the basket and was fouled on the way up, converting the three-point play and sparking a 17-5 BYU run. Burgess recorded six points in six minutes of playing time.

- Seattle Pacific's Jared Moultrie, a West Point, Utah, native who played at Clearfield High School and Salt Lake Community College, finished with three points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

On falling behind early in the first half:

"It's indicative of a young team playing against an experienced team. It changed the mindset of everybody. I thought our guys came together. We were impatient in the first half but I thought we came together in the second and were much better. It was a good experience for our team. I think we'll learn from it."

On the play of Trent Plaisted:

"I was really pleased with Trent. You want to have young guys have big breakout games. The key to having a really good team is being consistent. Trent has been consistent in both exhibition games. He really bailed us out. He got a good matchup inside and took advantage of it."

"I think that as a coach, you never can really evaluate or determine the experience factor. It's based on individuals. I don't know what the personality of this team is yet."

"One thing that I'm pleased with is our team's conditioning. We got stronger as the game went on. I was happy to see that we were still able to put pressure on them late in the game and execute the way we did."

"I believe the most important thing you want to happen is for guys to make plays to build their confidence."

Seattle Pacific Head Coach Jeff Hironaka

"It was a game of spurts. We had some good ones that got us the momentum early but theirs were better and that's why they won."

"We have to learn to play together and share the ball. If we can find a good balance we are pretty good."

"We came in here and wanted to try to make them work, and I hope we did that."

On Plaisted:

"He's got good mobility, and he's very tough around the basket. He had a good matchup down low and exposed us well."

"They're a similar team to us. They have to play together."

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