BYU head coach Dave Rose has coached BYU to back-to-back MWC titles. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
No. 24 BYU vs. Wyoming
March 5, 2008
- Jonathan Tavernari made his 24th start of the year, joining Ben Murdock, Sam Burgess, Lee Cummard and Trent Plaisted in the starting five. The latter four have started every game this season.
- Individual Career Highs: Jonathan Tavernari - 5 steals.
- Individual Season Highs: Jonathan Tavernari - 18 first-half points.
- Individual Records: Jonathan Tavernari -- 76 three-pointers (single season BYU record).
- BYU's victory over Wyoming secured the outright Mountain West Conference title for the Cougars, their second straight. BYU is the only team in league history to win two outright league crowns. Prior to their current run, the last time the Cougars won back-to-back outright league titles was in the 1978-79 and 1979-80 seasons. With four total MWC titles (two outright and two shared), BYU has tied Utah (one outright, three shared) for the most MWC crowns.
- With a 24-6 overall record, this year's Cougars have tied the BYU record for regular-season victories (24 in 1987-88, 1979-80, 1950-51). This year's squad will have a chance to set the record with a win on Saturday at TCU. The BYU record for overall wins in a season is 28 set by the 1950-51 team that finished the year 28-9.
- BYU said good-bye to three seniors prior to Wednesday's final home game of the season as Sam Burgess, Vuk Ivanovic and Ben Murdock were honored for their contributions to the program. Burgess has played three seasons for BYU and redshirted one while Ivanovic played two years and redshirted one and Murdock played two seasons.
- With the 78-61 win, BYU improved its Marriott Center win streak to 47 games, improving on its program record. The Cougars have won 23 straight nonconference games and 24 games against MWC opponents dating back to an 83-71 setback against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 18, 2005. That game was also Dave Rose's head-coaching debut, meaning Rose has gone 47-1 in the Marriott Center as a head coach. BYU's current streak of 47 straight home wins is the longest active home court victory streak in the nation. The BYU football team has won 12 straight home games with its last home loss coming on Nov. 19, 2005, the day after BYU's last home basketball defeat. Both the football and basketball teams have now recorded back-to-back undefeated home seasons over the last two years with football going 6-0 in each season and basketball going 17-0 last year and 16-0 this season.
- With the 78-61 win, BYU is now 20-1 when scoring at least 70 points and 20-1 when holding opponents under 70 points.
- With a 38-27 advantage after the first 20 minutes of play, BYU recorded its 24th halftime lead of the season, including 14 by double-digits. The Cougars are now 22-2 when leading at the break. BYU has scored at least 30 points in the first half of 24 games while holding opponents under 30 points in the first half of 20 contests, including five of the last six contests.
- With 23 points against the Cowboys, Plaisted has scored at least 20 points in six of the last eight games. BYU has had at least one player top the 20-point mark in each of the last 11 games.
- Plaisted added 11 rebounds in the game to record his eighth double-double of the year and 17th of his career.
- With a trey at the 12:07 mark in the first half, Tavernari set the single season BYU record for three-pointers made with 75. The previous record of 74 was set by Andy Toolson in 1990. Tavernari made his first four shots from the field and first three treys while finishing the first half with 18 points. He drained four treys in the game to improve his season total to 76.
BYU Coach Dave Rose:
"I thought we did a good job establishing ourselves down low early on in the game. Trent was very aggressive which helped open up other shots for us, and Jonathan came out shooting well for us too."
"Although we had a few slower spots on the offensive end of the court, I thought we were defensively pretty solid the whole night."
"This was a good win for our team, and we are ready to move on to the next game."
"It was a special thing to win the Mountain West Conference title on your home court. This title has come through great leadership and hard work. These players deserve this title after how hard they have worked all season long."
Wyoming Coach Heath Schroyer:
"They're really good. You don't become a top-25 team without good players, a good coach and a great home court. I'm happy for Dave [Rose] and congratulate him on winning the conference championship. They're the best team in this league."
"Plaisted kind of had his way with us during the first half. Our emphasis was on taking away the three, but we didn't do that."
"When you play a team this good you have to execute on both sides of the ball. We did some decent things but not enough to win in this building."