Chris Miles posted 13 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and a steal in BYU's win over Utah. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
BYU vs. Utah
Feb. 28. 2009
Deseret First Duel
— BYU won the 2008-09 men’s basketball Deseret First Duel, defeating the Utes 63-50 in the Marriott Center Saturday. This is men’s basketball’s second award in a row. Utah won the first game 94-88 in overtime in Salt Lake. The tiebreaker was decided by point differential.
— Utah now leads the all-time series between the Cougars and Utes 125-123. BYU has won five-of-six and four-straight in the Marriott Center.
— Jimmer Fredette posted his ninth-straight game in double figures on the season with 25 total points. Fredette has scored in double digits in 22 of the last 23 games; Saturday marked his 24th on the season. He also posted his seventh 20-point game of the season on Saturday. Fredette shot 8-for-16 from the field, draining one three pointer and shooting 8-of-9 from the stripe. He also had two steals on the afternoon.
— With three players in double figures, the Cougars defeated the Utes at home 63-50. Fredette led with 25 points, Lee Cummard posted 16 and Chris Miles had 13.
— Jonathan Tavernari and Chris Miles led their Cougars in rebounds on the afternoon, both posting eight apiece.
— For the 26th time in 28 games this season, BYU head coach Dave Rose started Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Lee Cummard, Jonathan Tavernari and Chris Miles. The Cougars are 20-6 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.
— The Cougars posted 26.7 percent shooting in the first half while the Utes tallied 33.3 percent. The percentage of 3-point field goals in the first half was 33.3 for the Cougars and 31.3 for the Utes. BYU went 9-for-11 from the stripe at 81.8 percent while Utah posted 75 percent free throw shooting.
— The second half proved to be a different team for BYU, shooting 50.0 percent from the field, 40.0 from treyville and 90.0 from the charity stripe. The Utes only shot 25.8 percent from the field in the second half.
— With the 63-50 victory over Utah, Lee Cummard and Dave Rose are now 6-3 against the Utes.
— With 16 points vs. Utah on Saturday, Lee Cummard now has 471 points this season and 1,484 career points. He needs 29 points to pass Kresimir Cosic (1,512) for 10th all-time.
— After remaining scoreless for five minutes, Jimmer Fredette made a three-point play at the 9:34 mark, followed by two made free throws at the 8:38 mark to knot the score at 11.
— The Cougars posted 26.7 percent shooting in the first half while the Ute tallied 33.3 percent. The percentage of 3-point field goals in the first half was 33.3 for the Cougars and 31.3 for the Utes. BYU went 9-for-11 from the stripe at 81.8 percent while Utah posted 75 percent free throw shooting.
— With a fast break in the second minute of the second half, Chris Miles found himself in the paint to make a jumper – to put the Cougars up 32-30, their first lead of the game since 4-2.
— Tying the score at 36 with a bucket by Lee Cummard at the 15:19 mark sparked a 15-2 Cougar run with steals and a shot clock violation on the other end of the court. This 15-2 run gave the Cougars a 12-point lead on the Utes with 8:28 left in the game.
BYU vs. Utah
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
“This was a good game. Our guys played really hard defensively today. In this type of game where both teams are familiar with each other, I was really happy for our players, especially after a difficult week.”
“ I thought both teams played hard. Jimmer has been terrific the last month or so and he continues to get more experience. He’s making better decisions.”
“In this game we actually got stops that allowed opportunity breaks. We got some separation and that gave us the confidence we needed.”
“The last three or four wins we’ve won differently than we have before. We broke some patterns and we’re finding new ways to win. This shows a lot of growth and maturity and depth for our team.”
“Chris played a great game from start to finish. He really stepped in and got the job done tonight.”
Utah Head Coach Jim Boylen
“I’ve got to give Dave Rose and his team credit. They played hard and very physical. Fredette and Miles were terrific.”
“I thought our defense at times was unbelievable. I’m proud of our team, but BYU’s defense was good too.”
“I want to win, I want to be great here and we will be great here, but it’s also about the kids.”
On the BYU/Utah Rivalry:
“It’s a good rivalry and it’s going to be that way for a long time.”
“They’ve got a good team, we’ve got a good team and it’s what you want in a rivalry.”
On Luke Nevill’s performance:
“Our spacing was bad at times and he got worn down. It’s safe to say it wasn’t his best day. He is a heck of a player.”