Freshman Jimmer Fredette tied a career high with six field goals at Wake Forest Tuesday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
BYU at Wake Forest
Jan. 8, 2008
- Ben Murdock, Sam Burgess, Lee Cummard and Trent Plaisted have each started all 15 games for BYU this season. Jonathan Tavernari started the first nine games and started again Tuesday after Chris Collinsworth received the starting nod in the previous five contests.
- Individual Career Highs: Chris Miles - four assists; Jimmer Fredette - six field goals (tied).
- Including 10 three-point makes against the Demon Deacons, BYU has made double-digit treys in five games this year. The Cougars have made at least six threes in every game this season except against SUU when they made five. With 130 makes from long range already this year and at least 17 games left to play, BYU is on pace to break the single-season three-point record the Cougars set last year with 256.
- BYU has scored at least 30 first-half points in every game this season.
- Cummard scored in double figures for the 13th time this season and the 29th time in his career with a team-high 15 points (tied with Fredette).
- Cummard has now drained at last one three-pointer in the last nine games and 14 of 15 contests on the year. Tavernari has also hit a trey in 14 of 15 games while Sam Burgess has hit from long range in 12 contests.
- Plaisted's 10 boards mark the fifth time this season the junior has reached double figures in that category. Plaisted's eight points marked the first time this year he has not scored in double figures.
- Fredette's 15-point performance is his fifth double-digit scoring outing this season and is his second-highest point total of the year. His career high was a 19-point game at Hartford.
- Wake Forest's 79 points and 51.7 percent shooting from the field marked the highest totals in both categories by a BYU opponent this season.
- After shooting above 50 percent in four of the first seven games this season, BYU has topped 50 percent jsut twice in the last eight games after a season-low 35.9 percent shooting mark against Wake Forest.
- BYU outrebounded the Demon Deacons 38-35 on the night, the 12th game this year the Cougars have bested opponents in that category.
- Wake Forest is only the second team this season to shoot better than 50 percent from the floor against the Cougars this season. Louisville was the other team (50.9 percent).
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
"I was obviously very disappointed. I thought the game would be a lot more competitive. I haven't seen that game from this team this season. Early in the game we got intimidated, we were getting beat in the post, and we didn't get into a rhythm."
"It's a battle. You don't plan on having nights where you don't score, but you hope you can adjust and make things happen, but we didn't do that."
"We got ourselves back in the first half after a slump, but then we turned the ball over and it got away from us. We played against some good athletes with some good anticipation. It just seemed like they did things to keep us from getting into a rhythm."
"I just think that when you're not shooting the ball well, there are still a lot of opportunities for you to win a game. You can still win with 62 points if you're smart enough and if you're tough enough. Right now a lot of our intensity is based on how we're playing offense. We have to have another way to fight back on off nights."
Freshman guard Jimmer Fredette
"Coach just wanted us to be focused on getting back into practice when we get back. Wake Forest took us out of our comfort zone, but we're getting into conference play and we need to focus on that."
"I think at the end of the first half we allowed too many open shots. They hit a lot of threes and got up to a 17-point lead. We tried really hard to get out and break down on those shooters, but we weren't able to do that as much and they opened up the lead."
"Wake Forest played extremely well tonight. That was one of the best performances from a team we've seen this year. The hometown crowd really helped them out, and they are definitely one of the best teams we've played. We're excited for them to come out to Provo next year and see what we can do against them on our court."