POSTGAME - BYU at Wyoming

Lee Cummard scored a team-high 24 points at Wyoming to lead the Cougars to a 78-68 win. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

POSTGAME NOTES

BYU at Wyoming

March 4, 2009

Player Notes

Jonathan Tavernari posted his sixth double-double of the season and eighth of his career with 19 points and 11 rebounds at Wyoming. He hit 7-of-16 from the field and 3-of-6 from downtown and added one block.

Lee Cummard posted 24 points — his 10th 20-point game of the season — and eight rebounds. He hit 13-of-15 from the free throw line — career highs in makes and attempts. He also had one block and one steal.

Jimmer Fredette had 15 points and a career-high eight rebounds while adding two assists. He hit 6-of-6 from the free throw line, tying a career-best for free throw percentage.

Jackson Emery led BYU with six assists as the Cougars had eight as a team.

— For the second-straight game Chris Miles posted eight rebounds, a career-high. He finished the game with four points, eight rebounds, one block and one steal.

Team Notes

— At 11-4 BYU is now tied with New Mexico and Utah for first in the conference. The Cougars will play for at least a share of the title on Saturday against Air Force at 7 p.m. in the Marriott Center. BYU will honor its seniors at the game.

— For the 27th time in 29 games this season, BYU head coach Dave Rose started Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Chris Miles. The Cougars are 21-6 with that starting lineup. Lamont Morgan, Jr., started the first game of the season in place of Jimmer Fredette and Charles Abouo started the Wyoming game in Provo in place of Jackson Emery.

— Trailing 40-35 at Wyoming at the break the Cougars trailed at the half for the fourth-straight game and for the fifth-straight game BYU shot below 40.0 percent in the first half (32.4 percent). The Cougars came back to win for the third-straight game. BYU trailed at UNLV by two at the half but was unable to come all the way back for the win, losing 75-74.

— BYU set a season high with 26 makes from the free throw line. The Cougars hit 26-of-31 and were led by Lee Cummard (13-of-15) while Jimmer Fredette hit 6-of-6.

— At 5-3 on the road in league play the Cougars are the only team in the conference with a winning road record. BYU is 9-3 on the road overall, a conference record for league play.

— With a 78-68 win at Wyoming the Cougars are now 9-0 against Wyoming under BYU head coach Dave Rose. Lee Cummard has been there for every win.

Record Watch

— With 24 points at Wyoming on Wednesday, Lee Cummard now has 495 points this season and 1,508 career points. He needs five points to pass Kresimir Cosic (1,512) for 10th all-time.

— With 19 points at Wyoming on Wednesday, Jonathan Tavernari has 477 points this season and 1,117 for his career. He passed four players on the all-time scorers list and is 30th all-time in scoring at BYU. He is 12 points from passing Steve Schreiner for 29th.

— With three threes at Wyoming Jonathan Tavernari now has 76 threes for the season and 193 for his career. He is 21 from passing Mark Bigelow for first all-time at BYU. Lee Cummard hit one three to give him 150 for his career. He is 14 from moving past Mike Rose for third all-time.

Game Trends

— Trailing 57-60 with 8:13 remaining after two free throws by Brandon Ewing the Cougars went on an 11-0 run. Lee Cummard got things started with seven-straight points on two jumpers and three free throws. Jonathan Tavernari followed with a three and then Cummard hit 1-of-2 from the line to give BYU a 68-60 lead.

— After taking a 2-0 lead BYU did not lead again until the Cougars went on a 6-0 run early in the second half to lead 44-42. The lead changed hands seven times before the Cougars took it back for good on a Lee Cummard jumper at 61-60 with 7:22 remaining.

— BYU opened the game 9-of-9 from the free throw line.

POSTGAME QUOTES

BYU at Wyoming

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

“It’s great to coach guys who really, really compete. I think right now this group is in a position where we can find different ways to win and find different ways to shoot the ball. We were a little more aggressive going to the basket and getting to the free throw line.”

“One of the things about Wyoming that is so difficult to defend is that they have four true scorers. It's difficult to figure out how they are scoring. When you get four scorers that are three-point shooters, it's something that you must shut down."

“Defensively we really clamped down. They just went after players and caused Wyoming a lot of problems near the end.”

“I think that there were certain times during the game when we as coaches had a lot of confidence in Lee and his teammates did as well. JT (Jonathan Tavernari).”

BYU Senior Guard Lee Cummard

“Coach does a great job of giving me looks. If I’m not open it usually opens somebody else up.”

“Any time I get off a screen and get in the lane, any of those guys can knock down a three.”

“Mainly in the second half we did a good job of getting second-chance points for our team – that’s what helped us gain the lead again.”

“Winning the outright MWC title is something that we want to do at BYU – it's something that is expected of us. I am looking forward to Saturday and trying to finish off the season with a win.”

“That’s what we work for every season, to play our best ball game at the end of the season. We are trying to come out hard each game, competing at a high level.”