Jonathan Tavernari gave BYU its first lead of the game with a three-pointer with three seconds left in the first half against Wyoming. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU vs. Wyoming
Jan. 16, 2007
- For the sixth time this season, Austin Ainge, Jimmy Balderson, Lee Cummard, Keena Young and Trent Plaisted received the starting nod from BYU head coach Dave Rose. Cummard and Young have started in all 18 games this season while Plaisted has started 17, Balderson 15 and Ainge 10.
- Individual Career Highs: Keena Young - 29 points; Lee Cummard -- 3 blocks.
- Individual Season Highs: Mike Rose -- 3 assists, 2 steals (tied); Keena Young -- 2 steals.
- Team Season Highs: 52 points in a half; 12,817 attendance.
- BYU's win over Wyoming extended its home winning streak to 26 games, which the second-longest active home victory streak in the nation. The Cougars are 12-0 at home this season.
- The Cougars are now 13-2 when scoring at least 70 points with losses at Lamar and at UNLV and 1-5 when allowing opponents to score at least 70 points. The Cougars have scored at least 70 points in 10 straight games.
- With a .412 (7-for-17) three-point shooting percentage against Wyoming, BYU has now shot above .400 percent from behind the arc in five straight games and nine on the season.
- With a 44-38 rebounding advantage against Wyoming, the Cougars are now 12-0 this season when outrebounding their opponents and 1-5 when losing the battle of the boards.
- Leading 37-35 against Wyoming, BYU went into the locker room with a halftime lead for the 13th time this season. The Cougars are now 12-1 when leading at the half, 1-3 when trailing and 0-1 when tied.
- BYU put together two very different halves against Wyoming, starting the game 2-for-11 (.182) while shooting 14-for-38 (.368) in the first half. In the second half, BYU started 8-for-11 (.727) while cruising to a season high 52 second-half points on a 13-for-24 (.542) shooting mark, the 10th time this year the Cougars have scored at least 40 points in the second half. BYU shot 27-for-62 (.435) for the game.
- After Wyoming's Joseph Taylor was whistled for a technical foul at the 14:58 mark with the game tied at 45-45, BYU went on a 17-0 run thanks in part to nine points from Keena Young and five points from Mike Rose.
- After scoring 16 second-half points at UNLV, Keena Young once again put together another impressive offensive performance against Wyoming, scoring a career-high 29 points on 9-for-16 (.563) shooting, marking the 16th time in 18 games he has scored in double figures and the fourth time he has posted 20+ points. His 29 points is the most scored by a Cougar since Rafael Araujo scored 32 points against then-No. 25 Oklahoma State on Dec. 6, 2003 at the Delta Center.
- Young added 10 rebounds against the Cowboys to record his fifth double-double of the season and the eighth of his career.
- With an 11-for-12 performance from the free-throw line, Young also became the first Cougar since Mike Hall on Feb. 7, 2004 to make double-digit free throws in a game.
- With a three-point make at the 12:21 mark of the second half, Mike Rose has now made a three-pointer in 10 straight games, tying his career record. Rose has come on strong for BYU as of late, scoring 77 points in the last 10 games (7.7 ppg), including nine against Wyoming, after scoring just 11 points in the first eight games (1.4 ppg).
- Lee Cummard recorded a career-high three blocks in the game, marking the ninth game this year he has recorded at least one rejection. Cummard entered the game ranked 15th in the MWC averaging 0.65 bpg.
- Jimmy Balderson gave the Cougars their first tie of the night at 34-34 on a three-pointer with 1:34 left to play in the first half. Jonathan Tavernari then gave BYU its first lead at 37-35 on another three-pointer with three seconds remaining in the half. Wyoming led by as many as 10 points (16-6) in the first period of play.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
"It was a physical game. Our guys responded well to that. All of the conference games will be physical. The teams are evenly matched so it will be a fight."
"The first eight minutes of the game, Wyoming was really good and active."
"When we rebound the ball well we seem to have success."
"Wyoming guards are very involved. They get the posts involved by penetration. In the second half we did a much better job of filling the lanes so the guards had to create shots."
"During the timeouts we talked about staying out of the emotion. When teams are used to winning, the games will get physical."
"The defense sparked the 17-0 run. We got stops on defense and attacked them in transition."
"At the beginning of the game the energy level from our guys was suspect. That's why Jonathan Tavernari came in to give us a lift."
"Jonathan Tavernari's playing with a lot of confidence. He works really hard, has a great attitude and right now he is really helping our team."
Wyoming Head Coach Steve McClain
"I thought it was a great game. We got off to a great start. We did what we wanted to do. We are proud of our kids. We got it close but didn't get it."
"We go in at the half and feel like we are right there, and then we just missed shots. BYU did a good job defensively."
"I think our kids got frustrated by something they couldn't control. But I think that they really kept their composure."
"The difference from Air Force and BYU and us is that they are all playing seniors while we are playing freshmen and we are still there."