POSTGAME - BYU at Wyoming

Jonathan Tavernari recorded the first double-double of his career with 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds at Wyoming. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

POSTGAME NOTES

BYU at Wyoming

Feb. 2, 2008

- Jonathan Tavernari made his 16th 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 - 10 rebounds.

- The BYU coaching staff participated in the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, sporting suits and sneakers against the Cowboys. Coaches vs. Cancer is a joint effort by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches that empowers basketball coaches, schools and communities nationwide to help fight cancer.

- At 6-1 in Mountain West Conference play, the Cougars are off to their best league start since the 2002-03 season when they also began 6-1 through the first seven games. BYU finished the 2002-03 season tied for first in the conference at 11-3.

- BYU picked up its third straight MWC road win with the victory at Wyoming, moving to 3-1 on the road in league play and 5-3 overall. BYU won five of its last seven road games last season and was the only MWC team with a winning road record in league play at 5-3.

- The Cougars' five straight wins ties their longest win streak of the season (@ LBSU, Idaho State, Jackson State, Hartford, vs. No. 6 Louisville).

- BYU head coach Dave Rose is now 6-0 against Wyoming.

- With the 73-63 win, BYU is now 14-1 when scoring at least 70 points and 14-1 when holding opponents under 70 points.

- With a game-high lead of 12 points, the Cougars have now held a double-digit lead in 17 of 22 games in the year.

- Wyoming went 0-for-15 from three-point range in the game, marking the first time since Dec. 16, 2006 when Utah State went 0-for-11 that BYU has held its opponent without a trey,

- With a 37-35 advantage after the first 20 minutes of play, BYU recorded its 18th halftime lead of the season. The Cougars are now 16-2 when leading at the break.

- Plaisted's 7-for-11 performance at the free-throw line at Wyoming marked the most free throws he has made in a game since going 8-for-16 on Dec. 8 against No. 9 Michigan State.

- For the first time this season, two Cougars recorded double-doubles. Plaisted posted his seventh double-double of the year and 16th of his career with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Tavernari tallied the first of his career with 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.

- Murdock dished out five assists at Wyoming, marking the eighth time this year and the third time in league play he has posted at least five assists.

- Including 25 points at Wyoming, Cummard has now scored at least 20 points in the last three straight games (21 at Air Force, 20 against New Mexico). Cummard has recorded at least 20 points in seven games overall this season and nine in his career.

- With 12 first-half points at Wyoming, Cummard has now scored in double digits in the first 20 minutes of play eight times this season, including three of the last five games overall and the last three road games.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU Guard Lee Cummard

"This was a great win for us. It was a struggle. They were with us until the end. They have good players that keep them in games. They're especially good up here and they always play us tough."

"One of our keys to the game was getting transition stops and not letting them get easy buckets. We also wanted to control Brad Jones and Brandon Ewing. They're really good players. Ben (Murdock) and Sam (Burgess) did an exceptional job tonight and limited everything they did. Our big guys also did a good job getting out on the ball screen."

"We were tough down the stretch and got stops. That was the difference in the game. We played tough defense and knocked down shots. Trent (Plaisted) was tremendous from the free-throw line tonight. That was huge and will help him the rest of the season."

"You definitely have to win on the road and win close games to win the conference championship. We've done a good job of that over the last few games. Our two wins on the road this week put a little pressure on the rest of the conference. We're happy to be heading home to our arena."

"We're playing pretty good basketball right now. We didn't come out very tough in the first half, but we changed that in the second half and got more aggressive. The UNLV game kind of shook us and woke us up and let us know there's a target on our back and people want to beat us. We've played well since."

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

"I'm really proud of our players. They battled well and had to just to an interesting flow in the game. Lee (Cummard) and Trent (Plaisted) did a really good job of keeping themselves on the floor and in a position where they could help our team."

On coaching against friend and former Cougar assistant Heath Schroyer:

"It was really different before and after the game, but during the game it's really similar. I have a lot of respect for Heath. We developed a lot of our philosophies together. There were a lot of times tonight where we were just going at each other, knowing what each was going to do."

"Our players have really been able to get themselves in a position to make plays and then make them. Lee (Cummard) has been terrific leading the group. Trent (Plaisted) has been rebounding well and was great for us tonight defensively and at the free-throw line. Sam (Burgess) gave us a great night defensively on Brad Jones. Ben (Murdock) did a terrific job of guarding Brandon Ewing and contesting his shots."

"When you look at how our team is progressing right now, the improvement is coming from consistent play from our starters. The play from our bench is getting better and better. We're getting really solid minutes when they come in."

"I thought we did a really good job of closing them down in the zone. A lot of credit goes to our coaching staff -- Terry Nashif, Dave Rice and John Wardenburg. They spend so much time watching film and breaking things down. They made a good game plan for us, and they were right on. It was really effective for us."

"We had a really interesting couple of days after UNLV, and I think our players really recommitted to just going one game at a time. We were getting distracted and really needed to break this thing down to just game-to-game. Our players have done a terrific job of being consistent in our preparation and taking each game individually."

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