POSTGAME - BYU vs. Western Oregon

Charles Abouo had his first career dunk and posted four points on the night. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

POSTGAME NOTES

BYU vs. Western Oregon

Jan. 6, 2009

Player Notes

Charles Abouo had the first dunk of his career at the 8:10 mark of the first half to extend the Cougar lead to four points.

Archie Rose tallied a first half career-high of six points, making 4-for-4 free throws and 1-for-1 field goal, shooting 100 percent in the first half. Rose finished out the night with a career-high 11 points. He also tied his career high of made threes with one and set a career high in made free throws, connecting on all six of his free throw attempts.

Noah Hartsock came off the bench to post a career high in points (seven) and tie his career high in rebounds (four) against the Wolves.

Jonathan Tavernari led the Cougars with 10 points and three rebounds in the first half. He hit his seventh 20-point game this season and fifth in the last seven games, scoring 22 points on the night.

—Lamont Morgan Jr. chalked up 12 points on the night, a new career high.

Team Notes

— The BYU bench scored 22 of the 42 points in the first half, a season high for the first half. The bench ended up with 34 points on the night, another season high.

— For the 13th-straight game, BYU head coach Dave Rose started Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Chris Miles. The Cougars are 11-2 with that starting lineup.

— Five Cougars scored in double figures led by Jonathan Tavernari’s 22 points, Lee Cummard netting 12, Jimmer Fredette scoring 13 points, Archie Rose with 11 and Lamont Morgan, Jr. with 12. Rose and Morgan, Jr. came off the bench to score in double figures.

Record Watch

Jonathan Tavernari hit two three-pointers against Tulsa to bring his career total to 156. He is third in BYU history and is now eight threes away from passing Mike Rose (163) for second. He has 39 threes this season.

— With 12 points against Western Oregon on Tuesday, Lee Cummard now has 1,263 career points. He is 22 points from passing Alan Tayor (1,284) for 19th.

Game Trends

— The Wolves went on an 11-0 run to start the contest, tallying the Cougar’s biggest deficit of the season. BYU went 0-9 shooting until Jonathan Tavernari made a free throw at the 15:35 mark, followed by the first field goal of the night by Noah Hartsock, coming off the bench.

— The Cougars followed the 11-0 Western Oregon run with a 9-0 run to put the Cougars within two. Jonathan Tavernari scored seven of the first nine points for the Cougars.

— The first lead of the game for the Cougars came at the 8:42 mark when Lamont Morgan, Jr. stole the ball to make a layup, giving BYU its first lead at 27-25. The Cougars didn’t lose the lead for the rest of the night.

— Tuesday’s game marks the eighth game of the season where the Cougars have scored at least 80 points.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU vs. Western Oregon

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose:

“There was a lot of good that came out of this game for us. We have a lot of games on Saturdays and Tuesdays and that turnaround can be a challenge.”

“Western Oregon did a good job—we were looking to expand our defense and they took advantage of that.”

“This game got us in the right mindset for the upcoming conference play”

“We tried to give our bench guys good quality minutes that they have not previously had. We need to expand. Lamont and Archie got a chance to score points and gain confidence.”

“Giving a consistent effort was our biggest challenge. Tonight the effort adjusted according to the score. I would have liked a more consistent effort. But they still played at the level that they needed to in order to do well.”

“Missing the first six, seven, eight shots, that affects you. It’s hard to find energy to over come that. The way our offense played there in the beginning, it’s not like us.”

Western Oregon Head Coach Craig Stanger

“It’s always fun to play here in the Marriott Center environment. This is a great organization and a great team to go up against.”

“Whenever you can shut down a team in the first few minutes of a game it’s a good thing, but unfortunately we couldn’t make it last. They were just missing some easy shots. We knew they would come back and start getting their shots, and that’s what they did here tonight.

“We were focusing on shutting down their three-point shooters. If we could keep the ball in the post then we would be able to keep the ball out of the hands of Tavernari, Fredette and Cummard. That was our main goal defensively and I think we did a good job with that tonight.”

BYU Guard Lamont Morgan, Jr.

“We started very slowly. All we needed to do was come together in unity and pull it together.”

“We just need to play hard. The rest will take care of itself.”

“We are only getting better day by day. Every game we get better. We just need to make sure that every game we all come together and help out others struggling in certain areas.”

BYU Forward Archie Rose:

“Anytime you can help out the team when things are not going well it makes you feel important.”

“When you get minutes like that it is a big thing.”

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