Keena Young topped the 20-point mark for the fifth time in six games with 24 points against Colorado State. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
The following are postgame notes and quotes following No. 21 BYU's 76-67 win over Colorado State Wednesday night in the Marriott Center.
No. 21 BYU vs. Colorado State
Feb. 21, 2007
- For the 15th time this season and the 12th straight game, 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 27 games this season while Plaisted has started 26, Balderson 24 and Ainge 19.
- Individual Career Highs: Lee Cummard -- 20 points (tied), 1.000 free-throw percentage (10-for-10); Austin Ainge - 8 assists (tied).
- Team Season Highs/Lows: Lowest three-point percentage - .118 (2-for-17).
- BYU's win over Colorado State extended its home winning streak to 30 games, which is currently tied for the longest active home victory streak in the nation. The Cougars are 16-0 at home this season and 402-116 (.776) all-time in the Marriott Center.
- At 11-2 in the MWC, BYU is now just one win away from clinching at least a share of the MWC regular-season crown. The Cougars would win the title outright with two more victories.
- BYU has now won its last eight straight games, its longest winning streak since 2003-04.
- BYU is now 21-6 on the season, becoming just the 16th team in program history to record at least 21 regular-season wins. Since the NCAA Tournament became the premiere national championship tournament, all 13 Cougar squads that reached the 21-win mark before the end of the regular season have received NCAA Tournament invitations.
- With the win against CSU, BYU has now avenged both of its conference losses this season (also UNLV).
- BYU is now 20-3 when scoring at least 70 points and 17-0 when holding opponents under the 70-point threshold.
- With a 31-29 rebounding advantage against the Rams, the Cougars are now 20-0 when winning the battle of the boards.
- With a 36-34 edge in points in the paint and a 15-10 advantage in second-chance points against the Rams, BYU remained undefeated this season when winning those two statistical categories, improving to 16-0 and 18-0, respectively.
- With a 37-28 advantage at the break, the Cougars enjoyed their 21st halftime lead of the season. Overall, the Cougars are 19-2 when leading at the break, 2-3 when trailing and 0-1 when tied this season.
- Three Cougars scored in double figures against Colorado State, led by Keena Young's 24 points. BYU is 10-2 when led by Young and 10-3 when three players score in double figures. The Cougars are also 18-5 when Young scores in double figures, 8-1 when Austin Ainge scores in double digits (13 points) and 10-2 when Lee Cummard reaches double digits (20 points). BYU is undefeated (5-0) in league play when Ainge reaches double digits.
- With 24 points against Colorado State, Young has now scored in double figures in 23 of 27 games this season including nine outings -- and five of the last six -- with at least 20 points. BYU is 18-5 when he scores in double figures. After scoring eight points in the first half, Young scored nine of BYU's first 11 points of the second period.
- With a 10-for-10 night from the free-throw line, Lee Cummard became the first Cougar to go perfect from the charity stripe with a minimum of eight attempts since Keena Young was 8-for-8 on Feb. 8, 2006.
- BYU's post players, Trent Plaisted and Keena Young, combined to score the Cougars' first 10 points of the game, contributing 6 and 4 points, respectively, until Austin Ainge hit BYU's first three-pointer of the night at the 10:22 mark of the first half.
- Ainge followed that bomb with back-to-back layins, one on the reverse and the second on a fastbreak opportunity, to score seven straight points for the Cougars and turn a 10-10 tie into a 17-12 BYU lead while sparking a 14-5 Cougar run.
No. 21 BYU vs. Colorado State
Feb. 21, 2007
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose:
"I thought it was a good team win. We defended well, rebounded well and got a good win despite not shooting the ball that well."
"Every game takes on its own personality. Tonight was a grind-it-out type of game."
"A lot has happened since we last played Colorado State. Being able to fight through this and win a complete game is good for our team."
"Lee (Cummard) gets himself in position to make big plays. He hit some big free throws in the second half."
"Colorado State is a talented team. They are big, make plays and hit the glass well. Their guards are a handful."
"You can see improvement in Keena (Young). He is a hard worker. He knows how to attack bigger guys. At times tonight he made some great moves."
Colorado State Head Coach Dale Layer:
"It was a hard fought game. They're a good team."
"Turnovers really killed us. You can't give BYU twenty extra possessions and win here in the Marriott Center."
"We had chances, just not enough."
"We're close at pulling these out; that's the good thing about it and the frustrating thing about it."