Junior guard Lee Cummard was named to the MWC All-Tournament Team. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
No. 23 BYU at UNLV
March 15, 2008
- Jonathan Tavernari made his 28th start of the year, joining Ben Murdock, Sam Burgess, Lee Cummard and Trent Plaisted in the starting five. The latter four have started every game this season. Cummard and Plaisted also started last year's MWC championship game vs. UNLV.
- Individual Career Highs: Jimmer Fredette - 6 free throws made, 7 free throws attempted.
- MWC Records: 1,326 rebounds in a season.
- MWC Tournament History -- With the loss, BYU is now 11-8 all-time in the Mountain West Conference Tournament, including a 4-2 record as the event's top seed and a 10-5 mark in Las Vegas. The Cougars are 1-3 in MWC Championship games with all three losses coming at UNLV in the Thomas & Mack Center (2000, 2007, 2008).
- BYU's 27-7 record this season is tied for the best 34-game record in program history with the 1950-51 team that also posted a 27-7 record through 34 games before finishing the year 28-9.
- The Cougars are now 11-7 away from the Marriott Center this season, including an 8-5 road record and a 3-2 mark on neutral floors. BYU has won eight of its last 10 games away from home.
- The loss to UNLV snaps a six-game Cougar winning streak. BYU has won 15 of its last 17 games.
- The Cougars added to their school-record season three-point total with seven treys against the Rebels, bringing their season mark to 278. BYU has hit at least five treys in 32 of 34 games this year.
- Jonathan Tavernari added to his school and MWC sophomore record for threes in a season with two against the Rebels, bringing his total to 85. Tavernari has hit at least two treys in 27 games this season. Tavernari and Cummard have each made at least one three-pointer in 31 of 34 games.
- With a 37-33 advantage after the first 20 minutes of play, BYU recorded its 28th halftime lead of the season. The Cougars are now 25-3 when leading at the break. BYU has scored at least 30 first-half points in 27 contests.
- The Cougars' 60 percent first-half shooting mark against the Rebels marked just the second time this year BYU has shot at least 60 percent in the first half (62.1 percent vs. Pepperdine).
- With a game-high lead of 11 points against UNLV, BYU has now led by double-digits in 26 of 34 games. The loss marks just the third time this season the Cougars have seen a double-digit lead slip away (led by 14 vs. Michigan State, led by 12 at Boise State). BYU also led the Rebels by 14 points in last year's MWC Championship game in the Thomas & Mack Center before losing 78-70.
- With 17 points, Jimmer Ferdette scored in double figures for the 12th time this season, posting the second-highest scoring output of his career (19 vs. Hartford). Fredette has led BYU in scoring twice (15 at Wake Forest).
- Cummard has now scored in double figures in 31 of 34 games this season.
- Tavernari scored the first eight Cougar points in the game with two treys and a scoop in front of the basket. He then assisted the first bucket scored by a teammate, a three-pointer from Burgess.
- The Cougars came out firing to begin the game, going 8-for-11 (.727) from the field in the first 10 minutes and making their first five three-pointers.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
"I thought it was a hard fought game. Both teams played well. They played with a lot of energy in the second half. They played really great and deserved to win."
"Wink (Adams) put in a lot of hard work in the summertime. He's one of the best players in our league. We made a few defensive mistakes, but for the most part he was just making big plays in a big-time game."
"We shot the ball very well in the first half. Our effort was really terrific in the first half. I thought the second half the game was a lot more physical. It was tougher for us to get the ball where we're more comfortable."
"I think the feeling I have right now is similar to last year. It's tough to lose. This is a very competitive group. What we need to do is get home and get back out on the practice court and get after it."
"They do what they do. They're extremely aggressive defensively. They're an active, athletic defensive team. They don't allow you to get open catches and open shots. You have to create things. I thought we did a good job of that for the most part, but in the end it kind of wore us out."
"It's frustrating, but I'm very proud of our players because we battled and competed. We came up a little bit short, but it's because UNLV is a great team. We give the credit to them."
Junior Forward Lee Cummard
"We didn't play with enough energy. Congrats to UNLV."
"We know we're a good team. We're actually a really good team. We know this won't have any affect on us next week, and we look forward to playing in the NCAA Tournament."
Freshman Guard Jimmer Fredette
"It's not like we weren't playing defense, but they were just hitting big shots."
"We were just pushing the ball up the floor as much as we could. We tried to dribble penetrate and play our game."
"It's a live and die situation. All the teams come out to try to get into the tournament, so they play with a lot more intensity. I'll be ready for that next year."