POSTGAME - BYU vs. UNLV

Jonathan Tavernari had his fifth career double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds against UNLV Wednesday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

POSTGAME NOTES

BYU vs. UNLV

Jan. 21, 2009

Player Notes

Jonathan Tavernari posted his third double-double of the season with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the game. This is Tavernari’s fifth career double-double. In the first half he tallied nine rebounds, 11 points and three steals to help put the Cougars up by 13 (43-30) points at the half. The 13 rebounds are a career high and he tied a career high with five steals.

— The Cougars had four players in double figures with Jonathan Tavernari leading with 21, Jimmer Fredette adding 19 points, Jackson Emery with 11 and Lee Cummard with 10.

— Tavernari led the team with a game total of 21 points, followed by Jimmer Fredette’s 19 points.

Team Notes

— For the 17th-straight game, BYU head coach Dave Rose started Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Chris Miles. The Cougars are 13-4 with that starting lineup.

— For the 10th time this season and for the third time in four games the Cougars shot 50 percent or better in the first half. They shot 51.4 percent in the first half against the Runnin’ Rebels.

Record Watch

Jonathan Tavernari hit three three-pointers against UNLV to bring his career total to 165. He passed Mike Rose (163) during Wednesday’s game, putting him second in BYU history. He is now 49 threes from passing Mark Bigelow (213) for first. He has 48 threes this season.

— With 10 points against UNLV on Wednesday, Lee Cummard now has 307 points this season and 1,320 career points. During the game he passed Joe Nelson (1,317), putting him 16th in all-time scoring for BYU.

Jonathan Tavernari scored 21 points against UNLV to bring his career total to 954. He needs 46 points to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career.

Game Trends

—The first 27 points of the game for BYU were scored by only three players; Jonathan Tavernari (nine), Lee Cummard (eight) and Jimmer Fredette (10). Those three Cougars posted double figures in the first half to lead the Runnin’ Rebels 43-30 at the break (Tavernari 11, Cummard 10, Fredette, 15).

Jimmer Fredette hit a three at the halftime buzzer to put the Cougars up 13 points going into the locker room. He posted 15 points in the first half and 19 total points on the night.

— For the 10th game this season, the Cougars have scored 40 or more points in the first half. They scored 43 points going into the locker room.

— A 9-0 run starting at the 17:07 mark of the first half put the Cougars up 15-9, maintaining that lead for the remainder of the first half.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU vs. UNLV

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

“I thought we came out and got off to a good start. We had a nice lead at the half.”

“UNLV did a much better job at rebounding in the second half and getting second-chance shots.”

“They put more pressure on us in the second half, but for the most part it was a good game.”

“We started to rush in the second half.”

“They guarded Lee hard and ran at him. We didn’t shoot the ball with a lot of confidence in the second half.”

“We need to do a better job at getting the ball inside and then kicking it out—once we do that we can settle down. We are more comfortable when we work the ball inside.”

“Wink is a tough cover. He played with a lot of confidence tonight. They were pretty clutched down at the end—we have to come together and regroup.”

UNLV Head Coach Lon Kruger

“Wink was terrific tonight. The shot Wink made before the shot clock went off was huge putting us up by six with just a few minutes left. “

“As a team, we really picked it up in the second half and came out with better results.”

“We came away with another good win tonight. Now we need to get ourselves ready for a good Utah team on Saturday.”

BYU Forward Lee Cummard

“They were playing great defense. Our offense got stagnant in the second half.”

“We need to do a better job of moving the ball, swinging it, penetrating and dishing it out.”

“Jackson for the most part did a good job on Wink—he made him work for his shots.”

BYU Guard Jimmer Fredette

“They did a good job of pressuring and getting us out of our rhythm.”

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