POSTGAME - BYU vs. Wake Forest

Jackson Emery had 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals against Wake Forest. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

POSTGAME NOTES

BYU vs. Wake Forest

Jan. 3, 2009

Player Notes

Jimmer Fredette led the Cougars in scoring with 18 points in the first half, a season high for the first half. He also tied his career high in scoring with 23 total points on the night. He also led the Cougars in assists chalking up nine, also a career high.

Charles Abouo scored a season high for a first half with six points, and a career-high 10 points for the game. He also posted a career-high five rebounds.

Jackson Emery had his 11th-straight game with a trey. He drained two threes and had 13 points on the night, along with four offensive rebounds.

- Gavin MacGregor posted a career-high five rebounds against the Demon Deacons as well as four points.

Jonathan Tavernari scored 18 points and grabbed nine boards on the night.

— Against Wake Forest Lee Cummard had 17 points and eight rebounds. He hit 5-for-7 from the free throw line.

Team Notes

— For the seventh time this season the Cougars have scored more than 40 points in the first half. The 48 first half points is the most BYU has scored in the first half this season.

— For the third game this season BYU had five Cougars in double figures. Charles Abouo (10), Jackson Emery (13), Lee Cummard (17), Jimmer Fredette (23) and Jonathan Tavernari (18).

— Three Cougars fouled out against the Demon Deacons, Charles Abouo, Gavin MacGregor, and Chris Miles. The last time three or more players fouled out was at Lamar on Dec. 13, 2006.

— For the 12th-straight game, BYU head coach Dave Rose started Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Chris Miles. The Cougars are 10-2 with that starting lineup.

— BYU shot 75 percent (15-of-20) at the free throw line compared to the 69.4 percent (25-0f-36) shot by Wake Forest.

Record Watch

— With only 11 people shy of beating the Marriott Center attendance record (23,106 vs. Utah, Mar. 7, 1981), Cougar fans came out even though school is not yet in session. With 23,096 in attendance at Saturday’s game, it surpassed the number two spot of 23,084 vs. Utah on Jan. 12, 1980.

Jonathan Tavernari hit four three-pointers against Wake Forest to bring his career total to 154. He is third in BYU history and is now 10 threes away from passing Mike Rose (163) for second. He has 37 threes this season.

— With 17 points against Wake Forest on Saturday, Lee Cummard now has 1,251 career points. He is 34 points from passing Alan Tayor (1,284) for 19th.

Game Trends

— After being down by their biggest deficit of the season (nine points), the Cougars went on a 15-0 run to put them up 20-14.

— BYU’s largest lead of the game came in the second half (eight points) with 14:37 left. Wake Forest’s largest lead of the game was in the first half (nine points) at the 16:47 mark.

— The Demon Deacons stopped the nation’s longest active and BYU’s all-time longest home winning streak at 53 games.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU vs. Wake Forest

Jan. 3, 2009

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose:

“I thought it was a hard fight between two competitive teams. We had a lot of opportunities but just could not convert. We had some good looks but just could not get the ball to go in.”

“The atmosphere was great, the fans were into the game. We have a great home court advantage and great fans.”

“Our players are playing hard trying to make things happen. Wake Forest played some great defense late in the game and that gave us trouble.”

“It was a difficult game for both teams. The fouls caused some issues with our substitution patterns.”

“I was proud of how our guys fought. They played hard and battled hard.”

Wake Forest Head Coach Dino Gaudio:

“I thought it was a great college basketball game in an unbelievable environment. That parallels anything you’ll see in the ACC. I told my team that was not a good win tonight, that was a great win against a great team.”

“We came in for shoot around and all the kids were lined up. That is tremendous what coach Rose has done getting the students involved.”

“Johnson did a great job in the second half and got some tough rebounds.”

Lee Cummard:

“We battled really hard tonight and we just didn’t hit shots that we usually make here at the Marriott Center.”

“When this team starts making shots and plays when they count in the stretch, that’s when we’ll be the team we want to be and can be.”

“We fully expected to win here tonight. There were a lot of fans here tonight that I’m sure are disappointed and we are disappointed as well.”

Jimmer Fredette:

“Obviously we had a lot of guys with foul trouble here tonight.”

“Wake Forest’s speed and quickness is off the charts and they really proved that here tonight.”

“I thought we really fought hard here tonight, we just needed to keep the flow of the game going—we didn’t do that at the end. They made more shots than we did and we just weren’t making the shots we usually make here at the Marriott Center.”

Wake Forest’s James Johnson:

“BYU is a great team and they play hard. They are very organized, they’re disciplined and yet they still run. I’ve never played a team like that except North Carolina.”

“Tonight we saw how tough our guys are; who wants to win and who wants to play.”