Sam Burgess pulled down a career-high eight rebounds against Utah to help BYU record its program-record 45th straight win in the Marriott Center.
BYU vs. Utah
Feb. 20, 2008
- Jonathan Tavernari made his 20th 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.
- Individual Season Highs: Jonathan Tavernari -- 3 steals.
- Individual Career Highs: Sam Burgess -- 8 rebounds; Ben Murdock -- 4 steals
- With the 67-59 win, BYU improved its Marriott Center win streak to 45 games, setting a new program record, (old was 44 from Feb. 19, 2000 to Jan. 16, 2003). The Cougars have won 23 straight nonconference games and 22 games against MWC opponents dating back to an 83-71 setback against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 18, 2005. That game was also Dave Rose's head-coaching debut, meaning Rose has gone 45-1 in the Marriott Center as a head coach. BYU's current streak of 45 straight home wins is the second-longest active home court victory streak in the nation behind No. 1 Memphis. The BYU football team has won 12 straight home games with its last home loss coming on Nov. 19, 2005, the day after BYU's last home basketball defeat.
- At 10-1 in Mountain West Conference play, the Cougars are off to their best league start since going 14-1 in 1993 when BYU still played in the Western Athletic Conference.
- BYU has now won four straight games against Utah, including season sweeps in the last two years. Prior to the current streak, the Cougars had not won four straight against Utah since the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons and had not swept the Utes in back-to-back years since the 1978-79 and 1979-80 seasons.
- The Cougars' nine straight wins (@ Utah, San Diego State, New Mexico, @ Air Force, @ Wyoming, TCU, @ CSU, UNLV, Utah) marks their longest winning streak since 2003-04 when BYU also recorded nine straight wins. BYU has won at least six straight MWC games in each of Dave Rose's three seasons at the helm.
- The Cougar defense held the Utes in check while recording the 67-59 win. Utah entered the game leading the MWC shooting 48.8 percent from the field but shot just 37.3 percent against BYU. The Utes were also ranked sixth nationally with a 40.9 percent three-point shooting mark but shot just 30.0 percent from behind the arc against the Cougars.
- With a 33-26 advantage after the first 20 minutes of play, BYU recorded its 22nd halftime lead of the season. The Cougars are now 20-2 when leading at the break. BYU has scored at least 30 points in the first half of 22 games while holding opponents under 30 points in the first half of 17 contests.
- BYU has had at least one player top the 20-point mark in each of the last seven games and has had two players score at least 20 points in the same game in three of the last six contests. Tavernari scored 20 against Utah.
- With three three-pointers against Utah, Tavernari is now just seven short of the single-season BYU record of 74 set by Andy Toolson in 1990. Tavernari's 67 treys this season is tied for fourth in Cougar history.
- Tavernari has contributed more than just points for the Cougars as of late. Tavernari recorded 18 assists in the first 20 games of the season (0.9 apg) but has dished out 18 assists in the last six contests (3.0 apg).
- With 14 points and 11 rebounds, Cummard recorded his third double-double of the season and the sixth of his career.
- BYU's big three of Plaisted (7), Cummard (6) and Tavernari (12) scored the exact same number of points (25) in the first half of Wednesday's game as they did in the entire contest in the first meeting between the two teams on Jan. 19.
- True freshman Jimmer Fredette showed why he was the preseason MWC Freshman of the Year as he scored 14 points against Utah, his highest scoring outing in league play.
BYU Coach Dave Rose:
"It was two good teams playing tonight, and because of that it came down to the end."
"I think it was great. The game came down to a couple of key plays. It wasn't about one particular player. It was two good teams battling each other."
"For a game where every shot and every rebound were contested, it was definitely a well-played game."
Utah Coach Jim Boylen:
"My team battled out there tonight, and I am very proud of my guys. I am proud to be a Ute."
"I thought we did a great job controlling Lee Cummard this time with rebounds. He is great at rebounding, and we did what we could."
"BYU is a good team, and they have a great coach. They made the plays that they needed to win."