POSTGAME - BYU vs. Tulsa

Jonathan Tavernari scored 20 points at Tulsa, his fourth 20-point game in the last five. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

POSTGAME NOTES

BYU at Tulsa

Dec. 30, 2008

Player Notes

Jonathan Tavernari scored 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting against Tulsa, hit sixth 20-point game this season and fourth in the last five games.

Jonathan Tavernari finished the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds, his second double-double this season and the fourth of his career.

— After scoring just two points in the first half Jimmer Fredette came through in the second half with 11 points for a total of 13 points. He has scored in double figures in nine of 12 games this season.

— Against Tulsa Lee Cummard led BYU with 26 points, his fifth 20-point game this season. He hit 9-of-13 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw line.

— Charle Abouo (6) set a career high in rebounds while Chris Mile (7), Jonathan Tavernari (10) and Jackson Emery (6) tied their career highs on the glass. Three of Miles’ boards were on the offensive end.

Team Notes

— With a 74-68 victory at Tulsa, BYU is now 10-1 when scoring at least 70 points. The win also ended Tulsa’s 18-game home winning streak, previously the ninth longest current streak in the nation.

— With a 74-68 win at Tulsa BYU avoided losing back-to-back games. Under BYU head coach Dave Rose the Cougars have only lost back-to-back regular season games once under. During the 2006-07 season lost to No. 25 Michigan State 76-61 at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Dec. 9, 2006 and then at Lamar 86-77 in overtime on Dec. 13, 2006.

— For the 11th-straight game, BYU head coach Dave Rose started Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Chris Miles. The Cougars are 10-1 with that starting lineup.

— Shooting 52.8 percent in BYU’s 74-68 win at Tulsa the Cougars hit 50.0 percent or better for the 10th time this season. BYU hit 57.7 percent in the second half, tying its second-best shooting half this season.

— Three Cougars scored in double figures led by Lee Cummard’s 26 points and Jonathan Tavernari netting 20 and Jimmer Fredette scoring 13 points. BYU is 2-1 when three players score in double figures.

— The Cougars are now 4-0 on the road this season and 5-1 away from the Marriott Center.

Record Watch

Jonathan Tavernari hit two three-pointers against Tulsa to bring his career total to 150. He is third in BYU history and is now 14 threes away from passing Mike Rose (163) for second. He has 33 threes this season.

— With 26 points against Tulsa on Tuesday, Lee Cummard now has 1,234 career points. He passed Doug Richards (1,218) during the game and is now 19th all-time in school history. He is 51 points from passing Alan Tayor (1,284) for 19th.

Game Trends

— Trailing 53-52 with 10:44 remaining against Tulsa the Cougars went on a 13-3 run to go ahead 65-56. Jimmer Fredette speared the run with seven points, including a three-point play to put BYU up 55-53.

— Tulsa went on a 9-0 run in the first half, the largest run by a BYU opponent this season. Tulsa also led by eight in the first half at 32-24, the largest lead by a BYU opponent this season. The game is also the first time the Cougars did not lead by at least 10 points at some point.

— With BYU leading 67-61 Lee Cummard hit a jumper with 3:21 remaining and then hit 5-of-6 from the line.

Of Note

Approximately 2,000 tickets remain for the game against Wake Forest on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.byutickets.com or the BYU Ticket Office. The ticket office is closed until Saturday at noon. Fans are encouraged to get tickets as soon as possible to avoid long lines around game time. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU at Tulsa

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

“It was a great college basketball game. It had the feel of a January or February conference game, and though we could have played better, we made enough plays to win the game.”

“Tulsa is built on getting rebounds and wearing you down over the stretch of the game. Luckily we got to the free throw line enough times and we stayed competitive. We played at our pace and got them out of their rhythm.”

“We are excited to play Wake Forest. We don’t get many opportunities to play teams like this on our home court and we hope to make the most of the experience. They’re a talented team, but our guys will be ready to play another big game.”