The Cougars set a BYU record with a 62-point win Friday night against Western Oregon in the Marriott Center. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU vs. Western Oregon
Dec. 22, 2006
- BYU head coach Dave Rose once again started Rashaun Broadus, Lee Cummard, Jimmy Balderson, Keena Young and Trent Plaisted for the second straight game and the fourth overall this season. Cummard and Young have started every game this year.
- Individual Career Highs: Vuk Ivanovic - 10 points; Jonathan Tavernari - 17 points, 2 rebounds (tied), 3 assists; Ben Murdock - 9 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds; Lee Cummard -- 14 points (tied).
- Team Season Highs: 102 points, 16 steals, +28 halftime scoring margin, 51 points in a half.
- With the win, the Cougars' improved their home winning streak to 20 straight victories in the Marriott Center, which ranks fourth in the nation.
- The 102-40 victory set a BYU record for winning margin, surpassing the old mark of 51 (108-57) set against St. Mary's on Dec. 10, 1966. The last time BYU won by as many as 50 points was a 50-point victory (128-78) over Sacramento State on Feb. 25, 1993.
- The point total also marked the first time the Cougars have scored 100 points in a game since Feb. 22, 2006 when BYU defeated San Diego State 100-90.
- The Cougars are now 7-1 when scoring 70+ points and 6-0 when holding opponents to under 70 points. BYU is also 7-0 when outrebounding its opponents with a 43-25 margin on the glass against Western Oregon.
- BYU's 51-23 halftime lead marked the first time since Dec. 27, 2005 that the Cougars scored at least 50 points in the first half (53 vs. Eastern Washington). WOU's 17 second-half points marked the first time since Jan. 8, 2005 a BYU opponent scored less than 20 points in a half.
- The 28-point halftime advantage marked the Cougars' largest halftime lead of the season and their largest since a 52-23 advantage over Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Jan. 6, 2001.
- BYU is now 7-1 when leading at the break and has had a double-digit advantage four times.
- Jonathan Tavernari had a career high with 17 points, two rebounds (tied) and three assists in a personal-best 10 minutes. Tavernari entered the game having made just three three-pointers on the season but drained three against Western Oregon.
- Plaisted recorded his eighth dunk of the year on the second basket of the game, bringing his career total to 41. Balderson added his second slam of the season less than three minutes into the second half, bringing his career mark to five. Lee Cummard also pounded one home with 14:56 left in the game, his second dunk of the season and ninth of his career.
- With a bucket at the 9:17 mark of the first half, Vuk Ivanovic scored for the first time since Dec. 2 when he posted four points at Weber State. Ivanovic scored six straight upon entering the game at the 10:30 mark and finished with 10 points against Western Oregon.
- Trailing 11-10 at the 13:43 mark of the first half, BYU put together a 41-10 run to end the half with a 51-23 lead. The Wolves made just three shots in the final 13:42 of the half and went 6-for-8 from the free-throw line.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
"This game was really good for the confidence of our guys. Tonight was one of those nights where a lot of players got a lot of time and almost everyone who went in there had a good game."
"It's an important time for any college basketball team as you get into that first week of January and league play starts. The success of your season is really determined by how you start out in league play. If you can get on a roll and win some games, it can really make a difference in the success of your season."
"A couple big plays to start the second half was where we put the game away defensively and scored in transition... Every guy we played gave us a good lift."
"We ran the offense well and got the ball where we wanted."
"Jonathan Tavernari played well, executing and hitting shots. He has matured in decision-making."
"Yesterday in practice we still had two players who had to take finals. We feel a real sense of relief now that academics are done for 12 or 13 days."
BYU Guard Ben Murdock
"It's always nice to get some minutes and get some shots in against someone other than your own guys like you do in practice. I was excited to play and hoping to provide a spark to get us going in the first half."
"I like to get up and down the court and run up and down, and I love that Coach Rose lets us do it."
"Coach Rose doesn't play favorites -- he just wants whoever is willing to play hard and get after it out there on the court."
"Our goal coming off the bench is to make sure that there's not a drop off between us and the starters. We want to give the team a spark."
"As a team, we try to make the extra pass and work the ball around. That's how we beat teams is by playing as a team offensively and defensively."
Western Oregon Head Coach Craig Stanger
"Coach Rose and his team did a nice job. They kept after us and did a nice job. They shot the three-ball and ran their transition offense really well."
"My biggest disappointment is that we didn't come to compete. When BYU started to get physical with us, we backed down and didn't execute as well as we should have. I'm a bit embarrassed that we didn't compete better, but we can learn a lot from this game."
"We knew BYU was a very talented team. We didn't really come to play offensively. We turned the ball over. You can't turn the ball over against teams like BYU."
"Credit Coach Rose's bunch. They were well prepared and they executed well."
"I don't expect our guys to win every night, but I do expect them to work hard and play hard, and we did not do that."