POSTGAME - BYU vs. TCU

With a 5-for-7 performance from three-point range against TCU, Austin Ainge helped BYU tie a school record for three-pointers made in a game with 14. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

POSTGAME NOTES

BYU vs. TCU

Jan. 10, 2007

- After using the same starting lineup in the last six games, BYU re-inserted Austin Ainge into the starting five at the point guard position, replacing Rashaun Broadus. Jimmy Balderson, Lee Cummard, Keena Young and Trent Plaisted rounded out the starting lineup. Cummard and Young have started in all 16 games this season while Plaisted has started 15, Balderson 13 and Ainge eight.

- Individual Career Highs: Jonathan Tavernari - 18 points.

- Individual Season Highs: Austin Ainge - 20 points, 6 assists (tied).

- Team Season Highs: First-half points against DI opponent -- 48; Largest halftime lead against D1 opponent -- 23; Three-pointers made -- 14; Field-goal percentage - .593.

- BYU's win over TCU extended its home winning streak to 25 games, which is tied for the second-longest active home victory streak in the nation. The Cougars are 11-0 at home this season.

- With seven straight victories over Utah State, Western Oregon, Liberty, Oral Roberts, Seton Hall, SDSU and TCU, the Cougars are enjoying their longest winning streak since winning nine straight games during the 2003-04 season.

- BYU's 24-point win (89-65) marked its largest margin of victory in MWC play since a 29-point win (82-53) on Jan. 17, 2004 against Colorado State.

- During their seven-game win streak, the Cougars are outscoring opponents by an average of 22.0 points per game with six of their seven wins coming by double digits (exception 9 vs. Seton Hall).

- BYU is now 12-1 when scoring at least 70 points in a game and 11-0 when holding opponents under 70 points. The Cougars have reached the 70-point mark in the last eight straight games and have scored 80+ points in their last two games.

- With 14 three-pointers made in the game, BYU tied its program record in makes from beyond the arc. The Cougars also made 14 three-pointers on Dec. 28, 2003 against Southern Utah.

- With a 48-25 halftime advantage, the Cougars led at the break for the 12th time this season, enjoying their sixth double-digit lead. BYU is outscoring its opponents by an average of 5.7 points in the first period of play with a +10.4 point margin during the Cougars' seven-game winning streak. BYU is now 11-1 when leading at the break.

- All 12 of BYU'a active players saw action and scored against TCU.

- Jonathan Tavernari came up big for the Cougars against TCU, making his first six three-point attempts until a miss at the 6:19 mark in the second half. Tavernari scored a career-high 18 points in the win.

- Ainge made an immediate impact in his first start since Dec. 13, scoring eight of BYU's first 17 points on 3-for-3 shooting from the field, including two three-pointers, to help the Cougars jump out to a 17-5 lead. Ainge scored 11 first-half points on 4-for-5 shooting, the second time this season he has reached double digits before the half. Ainge finished the game with a season-high 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field including a 5-for-7 mark from three-point range.

- Vuk Ivanovic's bucket at the 9:21 mark of the first half marked his first points since scoring 10 on Dec. 22 against Western Oregon.

- Ben Murdock also made the most out of his seven first-half minutes, scoring at the 3:28 mark for the first time since Western Oregon.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

"I think our guys responded really well to a unique style of play. We shot the ball really well."

"We got started well. Austin (Ainge) got some big shots and gave us some confidence and a little bit of a lead early on."

"The whole thing with Jonathan (Tavernari) is patience. He really gave our team a lift."

"TCU was really physical, coming at us and contesting our shots. They're playing really well."

"The whole situation in the last day or two was about opportunities, and I think Austin (Ainge) took advantage of his opportunity. I've got a lot of confidence in our players."

"Now well go out and try to initiate some pressure during these next few games."

TCU Head Coach Neil Dougherty

"My hat is off to what they did tonight. They had an unbelievable night offensively."

"I like our guys. We had a lot going on over there on the bench with Kevin (Langford) in foul trouble and Alvardo Parker with the knee trouble combined with a very good BYU team to deal with."

"I know that our team is better. The conference is better. What I don't know yet is if our team has grown as much as the conference, and that is what we are trying to figure out."

"The way they shot we may have had seven fouls apiece and still been up the creek."

"We missed a lot of shots that could have sustained us offensively in the first half. We missed four or five shots around the rim, and that extra eight or ten points would have given us a much-needed boost."

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