Lee Cummard was named to the BYU Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team after recording the first double-double of his career against Seton Hall. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU vs. Seton Hall
Dec. 30, 2006
- BYU Holiday Classic Results: BYU -- 3-0 (Champion), Oral Roberts -- 2-1, Seton Hall -- 1-2, Liberty -- 0-3.
- BYU Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team: Keena Young -- BYU (MVP), Lee Cummard -- BYU, Caleb Green -- Oral Roberts, Ken Tutt -- Oral Roberts, Brian Laing -- Seton Hall, Larry Blair -- Liberty.
- BYU head coach Dave Rose has used the same starting lineup in the last five games, giving Rashaun Broadus, Lee Cummard, Jimmy Balderson, Keena Young and Trent Plaisted the starting nod. The group also started the first two games of the season. BYU is 6-1 on those games (lone loss at current No. 1 UCLA).
- Individual Career Highs: Lee Cummard - 16 points, 12 rebounds; Austin Ainge - 9 rebounds; Trent Plaisted - 5 assists; Vuk Ivanovic - 4 blocks.
- Individual Season Highs: Austin Ainge -- 16 points; Keena Young - 3 assists.
- Team Season Highs: 54 rebounds.
- BYU's win over Seton Hall extended its home winning streak to 23 games, which is tied for the third-longest active home victory streak in the nation. The Cougars are 9-0 at home this season. BYU has won 15 straight games over nonconference opponents in the Marriott Center.
- With five straight victories over Utah State, Western Oregon, Liberty, Oral Roberts and Seton Hall, the Cougars are enjoying their longest winning streak of the season. BYU could tie its longest winning streak of last season at six games with a victory in its next game on Jan. 6 against San Diego State.
- BYU is now 10-1 when scoring at least 70 points in a game and 9-0 when holding opponents under 70 points.
- The Cougars are also 10-0 this season when outrebounding their opponents, posting a 55-34 advantage against the Pirates on the glass.
- BYU's 43-35 halftime deficit against Seton Hall marked just the fourth time this season the Cougars have trailed at the half and the first time they have trailed at the break at home. BYU entered the game 0-3 when trailing at the half.
- With 26 points against the Pirates, Young has now scored in double figures in 13 of 14 games, including three outings with at least 20 points. He averaged 21.3 points per game during the BYU Holiday Classic.
- Cummard recorded the first double-double of his career in the game with 16 points and 12 rebounds, both career highs. Cummard's career-high setting bucket came at the 7:52 mark in the second half to tie the game 58-58 for the first time since BYU led 23-22 at the 8:44 mark in the first period. Cummard's 11 first-half points marked the first time this season he has reached double-digits before the break.
- Austin Ainge recorded his fourth double-digit scoring outing of the year with a season-high 16 points.
- Vuk Ivanovic saw his first action since the Western Oregon game with 11:41 left in the first half against Seton Hall, recording a blocked shot and an assist in his first minute of play. He finished the game with four rebounds and four blocks.
- Ben Murdock also saw his first action since Western Oregon at the 7:45 mark of the first half.
- Seton Hall scored the first eight points of the game until a basket by Young at the 16:43 mark got the Cougars on the board.
- Trailing 12-4, BYU put together a 10-2 run to tie the game at 14-14, thanks in part to back-to-back three-pointers from Cummard and Austin Ainge and five total points from Cummard.
- Three minutes later, Cummard gave BYU its first lead of the game at 21-20 with a putback bucket at the 9:59 mark. He followed that basket with a one-handed dunk off a miss from Young, his fifth slam of the year.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose:
"I have been involved in a lot of three-night tournaments. This reminded me of that. You had a lot of guys gassed out there and leaving it out there on the court. Our guys did a great job of pulling it out."
"We rebounded the ball well and forced a lot of turnovers."
"I think our team grew a lot in the last three days. Things are coming together going into league play."
"Seton Hall is very athletic and strong. We had to figure out a way to keep them away from the basket. The last three minutes of the game we did that."
"One of the keys for this team will be not how the players respond to the minutes they get, but it will be how they respond to the minutes they don't get."
"The strength of this team is not one player. It is that we have a lot of guys that play hard and play together."
Seton Hall Head Coach Bobby Gonzalez:
"They had everything going their way. We needed to hit some big shots at the end, and we didn't pull it off."
"I'm not trying to make excuses for our kids. We just didn't have enough at the end. We battled hard."
"Brian Laing had a double-double two nights in a row, and I really feel he was our best player overall in the tournament."
"It takes courage for team to come play these three games in three days against tough teams on a neutral court. We will try to learn from this trip, go home and recover and get ready for the Big East."
"These kids deserve a following. They played three great games, and this is going to be a great team to watch."
"I am proud of these kids. They fought hard, and they gave everything they had. Our post defense was exceptional considering what we faced."