Gavin MacGregor gave BYU a big lift off the bench with seven points against Utah State. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU vs. Utah State
Energy Solutions Arena
Dec. 6, 2008
-Senior center, Gavin MacGregor had the best game of his career chalking up seven points. He also tied three of his career highs with two blocks, one steal and two rebounds.
-Jonathan Tavernari led the Cougars at the half with 12 points and also led in rebounds with four. He finished off the night with 24 points and nine rebounds and four steals, a season high.
-Jimmer Fredette started the game with rapid-fire shooting, making his first 3-for-4 shots taken. He totaled 4-for-7 shots from the field, draining three three-pointers in the first half. He finished with the second-most points for the Cougars with 16.
-Junior center, Chris Miles played strong in the post for the Cougars, shooting a perfect 100.0 percent from the field (3-for-3) with six points.
-Reigning Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, Lee Cummard, led the Cougars in assists with six.
-BYU scored three points on each of their first three possessions, with Cummard opening with a three-point play and Fredette following with back-to-back threes.
-For the seventh-straight game, BYU head coach Dave Rose started the fearsome five-some of Jackson Emery, Jimmer Fredette, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Chris Miles. The Cougars are 7-0 with that starting lineup.
-With a 68-63 victory over the Utah State Aggies at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, BYU is now 4-0 away from the Marriott Center (3-0 in road games and 1-0 in neutral games) and an 8-0 overall start for the first time since the 1987-88 season.
-All 10 Cougars who suited up for Saturday’s game saw action, six scoring.
-For the eighth-straight game BYU outshot its opponent. The Cougars hit 41.5 percent from the field while holding the Aggies to 40.4 percent shooting from the field. Utah State came into the game as the nation’s leader in field goal percentage at 56.6 percent.
-Lee Cummard scored six points and now has 1,163 points for his career. He is now three points from tying Randy Reid for 23rd in career scoring in BYU school history.
-At 8-0 BYU is off to its best start since the 1987-88 season.
-Saturday’s game was the 225th meeting between BYU and Utah State, a series that dates back to February 23, 1906. BYU now leads the series 135-90, with two wins in a row.
-The BYU win marked the first game in the series at a neutral site (Energy Solutions Arena). The teams have played 115 times in Provo and 109 times in Logan, but have never met on neutral ground.
-This win marks coach Dave Rose’s second win over the Aggies. His record is now 2-1.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
"The game was exactly as we thought it would be, a very hard-fought game. It came down to a couple plays at the end of the game. I am proud of our players for the way we executed down the stretch. It was a good win."
"I think a lot of times players can grow up in different ways. This is a pretty young team as far as being battle-tested. This is a great environment. We had some other players besides Lee Cummard make some big plays in the game. I think that is critical for chemistry and for how we will play as a team down the road."
Utah State Head Coach Stew Morrill
"The pace of the game was what we needed to have a chance to win. The game was in the 60s and that's where we wanted it."
"They did a really good job defensively. We didn't get clean looks at the basket and we shot it very poorly from three."
"BYU is a good team, even though the style was to our liking and the pace of the game was to our liking, they just played along. They had a little cushion the whole way and we couldn't quite get ahead in the game."
Senior Forward Lee Cummard
"It was great for the team. They played excellent. We had a big game from Gavin MacGregor. There is nothing like playing college basketball in this environment, it doesn't get better."
"It was a good week for us. To win two in-state games, especially one like this with a lot of energy, is big. For us to come out and play well when I wasn't, was big."
"I haven't had a good game here yet. I love the environment. Both fans are crazy. Their fans are crazy; our fans are better. I am glad we got the victory. Their fans have a lot of mean things to say and our team didn't let it bother us today."
Sophomore Guard Jimmer Fredette
"It is a big in-state rivalry. The Utah State fans were here before the game doing their thing. Our fans came out great cheering us on, and it was just a great environment."