PROVO, Utah – Three Cougars finished with double-doubles to lead the BYU men’s basketball team past North Texas in a 97-67 win on Tuesday.
"It was a really competitive game in the first half," BYU basketball coach Dave Rose said. "Both teams really liked to push the ball and so it was fast-paced. I really think our guys did a good job in the second half taking advantage of opportunities in transition that came from the way we rebounded the basketball. It was one of our better nights of the season as far as the way we rebounded the basketball."
Eric Mika finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds and Nate Austin added 10 points and 13 rebounds. Matt Carlino ended the night with a career-high 10 rebounds, 11 assists, five points and three steals.
Tyler Haws passed his father, Marty Haws, to place 20th in BYU’s all-time scoring list with 23 points on the game. Kyle Collinsworth finished with a career-high 17 points, five rebounds and six assists, while Skyler Halford added a career-high 16 points off the bench with three 3-pointers.
BYU crashed the boards, outrebounding North Texas 60-38 and held the Mean Green to 35 percent shooting. The Cougars continued their up-tempo offense with 26 fast break points to North Texas’ two and dominated in the paint 58-30.
The Cougars went back and forth in the first half with Mika putting up the first BYU points one minute into the half. Carlino assisted Mika for a dunk in transition and then fed Collinsworth for a layup to go up 6-5. With 13:32 remaining in the half, a Frank Bartley IV steal led to a Haws layup to take back a one-point lead. Collinsworth got his first dunk of the game on a drive to the rim to extend the lead to 21-18 with 12:09 left on the clock.
After North Texas took a 27-25 lead, Haws responded with a 3-pointer at the 7:24 mark to put BYU up 28-27. With 4:27 left, Carlino stole the ball and sent an outlet pass to Haws to extend the lead to five. Mika recorded his first block of the game at the 4:10 mark, which was followed by a 3-pointer by Halford. With just under three minutes left, a baseline jumper from Haws gave BYU its largest lead of the half at 40-31. Mika then went for a two-hand dunk on the next possession and the Cougars ended the half up 42-35.
Haws led the team at the half with 15 points, while Mika added 11 points and six rebounds of his own. Carlino finished with five points, six rebounds and seven assists to end the half.
BYU started to pull away when Austin sparked a 7-0 run to start the second half with a three-point play and a layup to extend the lead to 47-35. A deflection by Austin led to another Mika dunk from Collinsworth to cap the run with 18:57 remaining. Carlino’s ninth assist led to a big two-handed dunk down the lane by Collinsworth to keep BYU up 53-38.
Halford’s floater started a 6-0 BYU run that included a block by Austin to lead to Bartley’s dunk in transition and a Haws layup to extend the lead to 67-51 at the 11:50 mark. With a layup with 11:50 to go, Haws passed his father, Marty Haws, to place 20th in BYU’s all-time scoring list. After going on a 7-0 run, Collinsworth recorded another dunk with the pass from Anson Winder. The Cougars outscored North Texas 55-32 in the second half for a final score of 97-67.
"I think it’s something to build on," Haws said. "We’re coming off a great win against a great team in Utah State. It was a challenge for us tonight. We got off to a slow start. Not a lot of energy in the building. It was a challenge to get going, but it was definitely something to build on. I think a lot of guys played well. We just have to continue to build on it and build our confidence. I think things are going in the right direction."
BYU will hit the road to play UMass for the Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. EST. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.
BYU is set to take on North Texas on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. MT in the Marriott Center. The Cougars are coming off three-straight neutral site games, including two in Kansas City as part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic and Saturday’s 85-74 win over Utah State at EnergySolutions Arena. BYU last played in the Marriott Center on Nov. 20 against Iowa State. Tuesday's game will be televised live on BYUtv and broadcast live on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.
BYU Cougars (6-2, 0-0 WCC)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose
- Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
- Career Record: 215-68 (9th)
- Record at BYU: Same
North Texas (5-3, 0-0 Conference USA)
Head Coach: Tony Benford
Alma Mater: Texas Tech
Division I Career Record: 15-23 (2nd)
Record at North Texas: Same
Series Record: BYU leads 2-0
Last Meeting: BYU won 97-68, 12/8/89
- TV: BYUtv
- TV Talent: Dave McCann (play-by-play), Blaine Fowler (analyst), Spencer Linton (sideline)
- Live Video: BYUtvsports.com
- Radio: Cougar IMG Sports Network, KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM, BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
- Live Audio/Stats: BYUcougars.com
|North Texas (5-3, 0-0 Conference USA)|
|BYU Cougars (6-2, 0-0 WCC)|
|*assists per game|
By the numbers
|1.7||Matt Carlino’s career steals average, second all-time in BYU history. His 116 steals are tied for 13th all-time and the 64 he totaled in 2012-13 as a sophomore are the fourth most in team history.|
|2||The number of players in BYU history to reach 1,000 career points as a sophomore. Danny Ainge was the first to do so and had 1,130 points in 57 games by the end of his sophomore season (1978-79). Sophomore Tyler Haws joined Ainge when he reached the 1,000 career point mark at Saint Mary’s on Feb. 21, 2013.|
|4||With three NIT wins last postseason, BYU has won a postseason game for four-straight years, a program record. The Cougars defeated Florida 99-92 in double overtime in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and in 2011 BYU advanced to the Sweet 16 with wins over Wofford and Gonzaga. In 2011-12, the Cougars overcame a 25-point deficit to defeat Iona in the First Four in Dayton. It marked the largest deficit overcome in the history of the NCAA Tournament.|
|4.7||Matt Carlino’s career assist average, first all-time in BYU history. As a freshman in 2011-12, he averaged 4.6 assists and in 2012-13, he averaged 4.8. His 171 assists last season are the third most in team history. Carlino is averaging 4.6 assists per game this season and had a season-high 8 assists in BYU’s 108-76 win against Mount St. Mary’s.|
|7||Haws’ rank among NCAA scoring leaders in 2012-13 with a 21.7 scoring average. He joins Danny Ainge, Jimmer Fredette, Michael Smith and Devin Durrant as the only Cougars to finish among the nation’s top 10 scoring leaders and is the only BYU sophomore to achieve the mark. His 780 points are the fourth-most scored at BYU in a season and his 21.7 average is 10th best in team history.|
|8||With a bid to the 2013 NIT, Dave Rose and the Cougars reached the postseason for a BYU record eighth-straight season. In his first year as head coach, Rose and the Cougars went to the 2006 NIT. That was followed by six-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament and last season’s NIT bid. BYU has also won 20-plus games in each of Rose’s eight seasons.|
|23||Tyler Haws’ point total in the second half vs. Texas, a career high for points after halftime for the junior guard. Haws scored just two points in the first half but took over in the second. Starting with a jumper with 10:45 to go, he scored 21 of BYU’s last 25 points and finished the game with 25 points.|
|29||BYU’s starting guards combined for 29 of BYU’s 46 rebounds against Weber State. Tyler Haws set a career high with 13, Kyle Collinsworth had 10 boards and Matt Carlino had 6.|
|34||The number of 20-point games Haws has in his career at BYU, tied for seventh all-time in team history. He had 25 20-point games in 2012-13, fourth all-time in a single season.|
|83.3||BYU’s 3-point percentage against Texas (10 of 12), a BYU single-game record (minimum 10 3-pointers attempted). Matt Carlino hit 5 of 7, Frank Bartley IV hit 3 of 3 and Tyler Haws hit 2 of 2.|
|88.5||Tyler Haws’ career free-throw percentage, first all-time in BYU history. He has hit 348 of 393 from the line in his career.|
|90.0||Eric Mika’s shooting percentage against Mount St. Mary’s, tied for the BYU freshman record for field goal percentage in a game (minimum 10 attempts). The freshman from Alpine, Utah, hit 9 of 10 from the field and scored 20 points. He shares the record with Fred Roberts, who also hit 9 of 10 vs. Utah State on Dec. 6, 1978.|
|97.2||Tyler Haws’ free throw percentage since missing his first attempt against Iowa State. He hit his last seven against the Cyclones, 9 of 10 vs. Texas, 11 of 11 vs. Wichita State and 8 of 8 vs. Utah State for a total of 35 of 36.|
|112||BYU’s point total against Stanford, a 112-103 road win. The point total is the most by a BYU team under Dave Rose and the most since Feb. 25, 1993, when the Cougars scored 128 at home against Sacramento State. It also marked a BYU record for points scored against a Pac-12 team.|
|215||Dave Rose (2005 to present) is second all-time in BYU basketball history with 215 career victories, behind only the great Stan Watts, who coached the Cougars to 371 wins from 1949 to 1972 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986.|
|1,319||The number of points Tyler Haws has scored in his career, good for 21st all-time and 18 from tying his father Marty Haws for 20th. Haws holds the BYU record for most points scored during freshman and sophomore seasons combined. With 872 career points, Matt Carlino is on pace to become the next BYU player to reach 1,000 career points.|
BYU head coach Dave Rose has led BYU to one of the most successful runs in program history since taking over in 2005. His career record of 215-68 ranks him second in BYU history in total victories and first in winning percentage (.760). Rose has been named conference coach of the year three times, district coach of the year twice, led the Cougars to four conference titles, six NCAA Tournament appearances, two NIT appearances, six 25-win seasons and eight 20-win seasons. In 2010, he led BYU to its first NCAA Tournament win in 17 years and the Cougars have also won at least one postseason game in the three seasons since, including a spot in the Sweet 16 in 2011 and a trip to the NIT semifinals in 2013.
Return of Kyle Collinsworth
The 2013-14 season marks the return of sophomore guard Kyle Collinsworth, who spent the last two years serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Russia. As a freshman in 2010-11 he averaged 5.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals while shooting .481 from the field. Collinsworth started 27 games on a BYU team that won a team record 32 games and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Collinsworth is averaging 11.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.6 steals this season.
The Cougars will be looking to keep several program-record streaks intact during 2013-14. Coming into the season, Dave Rose has led the Cougars to eight-straight 20-win seasons and eight-straight postseason appearances, eight-straight seasons with 10-plus conference victories and four-straight seasons with a postseason victory.
This season’s roster includes five newcomers – three freshmen, a junior college transfer and an NCAA Division I transfer. The freshmen are Frank Bartley IV from Baton Rouge, La., Eric Mika from Alpine, Utah, and Luke Worthington from Mequon, Wis. Skyler Halford comes to BYU from Salt Lake Community College and Chase Fischer is a transfer from Wake Forest.
- Bartley prepped last season at Future College Prep in California last season and averaged 19.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 3.3 steals and 1.0 blocks while leading his team to the West Coast Prep title.
- Mika earned third-team All-America honors last season while leading Lone Peak to the MaxPreps.com national title and the 5A Utah state title. He averaged 16.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.
- Worthington averaged 13.6 points and 10.0 rebounds while leading Homestead High School to a 13-7 record. He was named first-team All-North Shore Conference and all-state honorable mention.
- Halford was a first-team NJCAA All-American and averaged 17.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.6 steals at SLCC. He led SLCC to the SWAC and Region 18 titles.
- Fischer played two season at Wake Forest after a successful prep career at Ripley High in Ripley, W.Va. He averaged 4.5 points and 1.1 rebounds and shot .422 from three last season.