Keena Young recorded his third double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds against Utah State. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU vs. Utah State
Dec. 16, 2006
- Jimmy Balderson re-entered the starting lineup against Utah State after coming off the bench in BYU's last three games. Rashaun Broadus, Lee Cummard, Keena Young and Trent Plaisted rounded out the Cougar starting five. Young and Cummard have started every game this season.
- Individual Career Highs: Keena Young -- 12 rebounds (tied); Trent Plaisted -- 4 assists (tied).
- Season High Crowd: 10,335
- The Cougars' win over Utah State improved BYU's home victory streak to 19 games, which is tied for the fifth-longest in the nation.
- The win also snapped a four-game BYU losing streak against Utah State dating back to a 66-56 win on Dec. 14, 2002.
- BYU's 13-point (75-62) margin of victory marked the Cougars' fourth double-digit victory of the season. It also marked BYU's largest winning margin over the Aggies since a 76-52 win on Dec. 5, 1995.
- BYU's defense held the Aggies, who entered the game ranked eighth nationally shooting .516 from the field, to a season-low .361 percent shooting (22-for-61). The mark included holding USU's leading shooter Jaycee Carroll, who ranked 22nd in the nation shooting .629, to just .308 shooting (4-for-13) thanks in part to the defensive play of Lee Cummard.
- BYU also held Utah State scoreless from three-point range (0-for-11), marking the first time since Dec. 14, 2002 when Utah State went 0-for-5 that a Cougar opponent has not made a three-pointer.
- With a 38-28 halftime lead, BYU has now led at the break in seven of 10 games, winning six. The Cougars have had a double-digit advantage three times.
- BYU's halftime margin also marks the ninth time in 10 games that the Cougars have scored at last 30 points in the first half with the exception being 25 at Boise State. BYU has held its opponents under 30 points in six games.
- Young recorded his third double-double of the season against Utah State with 12 points and 15 rebounds, surpassing his mark of two last season and bringing his career total to six.
- Young has now scored in double-digits in nine of 10 games this season.
- After playing a season-low six minutes at Lamar, Austin Ainge entered the Utah State contest at the 15:56 mark of the first half and immediately made his presence felt, draining his first three shots to score seven straight points and spark a 20-6 Cougar run to build a 26-12 lead. Ainge finished the half with 11 points, marking the first time this season he has reached double-digits before halftime.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose:
"Defensively, it was a great effort by our players. It took the whole team."
"Our focus defensively was very good tonight, possession to possession to possession."
"Austin (Ainge) did a great job coming off the bench and giving us a lift. If we get him and (Rashaun) Broadus playing well like they did tonight with Trent (Plaisted), we have a chance to be a very good team."
"This is a very competitive group of guys. I have never questioned their competitiveness."
"Lee (Cummard) has been chasing some great players around lately. He was terrific tonight."
"Everything we want to do as a team is still in front of us. It is a long season."
Utah State Head Coach Stew Morrill:
"I've had this happen to me in Provo before. It's not a lot of fun."
"They looked like a Mountain West Conference Tournament contender. Maybe we will start getting a little better. We did not play well."
"Kudos for BYU. Coming off two losses, they were very motivated and played very well."
"We didn't execute very well. Every shot was contested. It wasn't that we weren't trying; we were just taking quick shots. We looked poor."
"Height is a problem. The only thing you can do is get tougher."