MALIBU, Calif. – Despite a strong second half effort, BYU basketball's comeback fell short as the Cougars lost 80-74 at Pepperdine on Monday at Firestone Fieldhouse. The loss is the fourth-straight for BYU and the Cougars are now 8-7 overall and 0-2 in West Coast Conference play.
"The guys did fight really good to the end," BYU basketball coach Dave Rose. "We had a lot of opportunities and they were creating those opportunities with their aggressive play. Hopefully, we learned a lot in this game as far as just being able to make plays and finish. We got to the free throw line a few times and left some points there and continued to play through that which is a really good sign."
Tyler Haws scored a team-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds, while Kyle Collinsworth filled the stat sheet with 11 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and two blocks. Skyler Halford ended the game with 11 points off the bench, while Eric Mika added 10 points and seven rebounds of his own.
Matt Carlino put the first points on the board on a drive, but that was followed by a 10-5 spurt by the Waves. A baseline drive by Collinsworth and a jumper by Austin got BYU within one point seven minutes in, but BYU was answered again, this time by an 8-0 run by Pepperdine to lead as the Waves jumped to a 22-13. Halford ended Pepperdine’s run on a layup at the 10:18 mark to cut the deficit to 22-15.
A 6-1 run by BYU included layups by Frank Bartley IV and Mika to make it a seven-point game. With seven minutes remaining in the half, a Collinsworth steal led to a Winder layup to cut Pepperdine’s lead to five at 28-23. A putback layup by Mika was followed by a block at the other end with 3:53 left in the half. Josh Sharp came off the bench to score in the post just before the half. The Cougars trailed 40-28 heading into the locker room.
BYU started the second half on a 9-2 run that included a three-point play by Haws and a layup to cut the deficit to 42-37 with 16:19 remaining. A two-hand dunk by Collinsworth was followed by another dunk by Haws after a Halford steal with under 14 minutes left in the game. With 6:16 remaining, the Cougars went on a 10-0 run to make it a three-point game after an offensive rebound and tip in by Nate Austin.
Austin fouled out with more than five minutes remaining, but the Cougars got it back within four points after a two-hand dunk by Collinsworth with 1:14 left in the game. Anson Winder made BYU’s first 3-pointer late in the game, but it was not enough as the Cougars could never come all the way back.
The Cougars narrowly outrebounded the Waves 42-40 and forced 15 turnovers, while finishing with a total of 10 steals.
BYU welcomes San Diego for the conference home opener on Saturday at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be televised on BYUtv and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.
BYU will be looking for its first win of WCC play when it takes on Pepperdine on Monday at Firestone Fieldhouse. Monday's game will be televised live on TWC SportsNet and CSN Bay Area and TheW.tv (out-of-region) and broadcast live on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM and BYUcougars.com.
BYU Cougars (8-6, 0-1 WCC)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose
- Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
- Career Record: 217-72 (9th)
- Record at BYU: Same
Pepperdine Waves (8-5, 1-0 WCC)
Head Coach: Marty Wilson
Alma Mater: Pepperdine, 1999
Division I Career Record: 30-42 (3rd)
Record at Pepperdine: Same
Series Record: BYU leads 8-4
Last Meeting: BYU won 63-61, 1/31/13
- TV: TWC/CSN Bay Area
- TV Talent: Ari Wolfe (play-by-play), Jarron Collins (analyst)
- Live Video: TheW.tv
- 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
|Pepperdine (8-5, 1-0 WCC)|
|BYU Cougars (8-6, 0-1 WCC)|
|*assists per game|
By the numbers
|1.7||Matt Carlino’s career steals average, second all-time in BYU history. His 125 career steals are 11th 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.|
|3||The number of players with double-doubles against North Texas: Matt Carlino (10 rebounds, 11 assists), Eric Mika (17 points, 11 rebounds), Nate Austin (10 points, 13 rebounds). It was the first time since March 15, 1984, that BYU had three players with double-doubles in a single game.|
|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 4.7 assists per game this season and tied his career high with 11 against North Texas.|
|6||The number of career games for Tyler Haws shooting 100 percent from the free throw line with a minimum of 10 attempts, a BYU record. He hit 10 of 10 on Feb. 20, 2010 at Wyoming, 12 of 12 vs. Cal State Northridge on Nov. 24, 2012, 10 of 10 vs. Utah on Dec. 8, 2012, 10 of 10 at Weber State on Dec. 15, 2012, 14 of 14 at Loyola Marymount on March 2, 2013 and 11 of 11 vs. Wichita State on Nov. 26, 2013.|
|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.|
|27||The number of consecutive games Tyler Haws has scored in double figures, a career-best streak.|
|37||The number of 20-point games Haws has in his career at BYU, sixth 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.|
|88.6||Tyler Haws’ career free-throw percentage, first all-time in BYU history. He has hit 373 of 421 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.|
|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.|
|217||Dave Rose (2005 to present) is second all-time in BYU basketball history with 217 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.|
|1,443||The number of points Tyler Haws has scored in his career, good for 16th all-time and 51 from tying Joe Nelson for 15th. Haws holds the BYU record for most points scored during freshman and sophomore seasons combined. With 942 career points, Matt Carlino is on pace to become the next BYU player to reach 1,000 career points.|