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Anonymous | Posted: 11 Nov 2008 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Cougars Run Past Georgetown College


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PROVO -- The BYU men’s basketball team eyes the season opener after completing exhibition play with an 80-53 win over Georgetown College at the Marriott Center Tuesday night.

"I'm pleased with how we played tonight," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "We had good energy defensively. The first eight to nine minutes were well executed and set the tone for the rest of the game."

As head coach Dave Rose split time between every player, Cougar fans got a taste of what to expect on both sides of the ball as BYU dominated Georgetown College.

BYU shot 54.4 percent from the field while limiting the Tigers to a 30.8 percentage. The Cougars forced 21 turnovers with 11 blocks, while Georgetown achieved 16 turnovers and no blocks.

Every BYU player who dressed not only saw time but also scored at least two points and pulled down one rebound. Junior Lamont Morgan and sophomore Jackson Emery distributed the ball well, dishing out six assists apiece.

Emery led the Cougars with 16 points, while junior Jonathan Tavernari put up 15 points of his own, falling shy of a double-double with a team-leading eight rebounds.

The Cougars jumped ahead quickly, taking an 8-0 lead before Georgetown College hit a three after 2.5 minutes of play. BYU’s man-to-man defense handcuffed the Tigers, forcing a shot clock violation before Georgetown College was able to make offensive adjustments.

After taking a 15-10 lead, both teams struggled as turnovers and fouls resulted in a three-minute scoring drought. Lee Cummard broke the stand still after a timeout.

Georgetown College pulled within two points of the Cougars when they narrowed the score to 19-17 before freshman Noah Hartsock hit a bank shot and Cummard nailed a three to secure a 24-17 lead.

After a close battle, BYU stretched its lead to 35-21 with a nine-point run. The defense continued to provide a spark as more than a third of the Cougars’ points came off turnovers.

Freshman Charles Abouo added two points off a steal, which he returned down court blasting the first dunk of the night. The Cougars continued to make their run before the end of the period. Tavernari put up free throw after free throw, and Cummard hit his second three-pointer of the night to head into the half with a 43-27 lead.

As the core of the BYU roster started the second period, the Cougar dominance grew. Miles blocked three shots in an 18-second stretch and Morgan and Emery hit back-to-back threes to put BYU up 54-32.

Emery kept the BYU momentum flowing when he stole a Georgetown College pass for a fast break followed by a three to put BYU up 59-35.

Relief came in from the BYU bench without losing intensity for the remainder of the game. The bench totaled 27 points on the night, led by Abouo's 11 points.

Abouo proved his worth on both sides of the ball, coming up with a block before the ball was handed off to MacGregor, who pleased the crowd with a one-handed dunk, putting BYU up 72-46 with just over five minutes left in the game.

The Cougars return to the hardwood for the season opener on Friday when they take on Long Beach State at home. Tipoff for the opener is set for 7 p.m. at the Marriott Center.

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Kyle Chilton | Posted: 10 Nov 2008 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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BYU to Play Final Tune-up on Tuesday


PROVO -- In preparation for Friday’s 2008-09 season opener, BYU men’s basketball will play its final exhibition game on Tuesday when the Cougars host Georgetown College in the Marriott Center at 7:30 p.m.

Georgetown is 3-0 on the season and ranked No. 6 in the NAIA Division I. Last season the Tigers were undefeated in the regular season, made a trip to the NAIA Fab Four and finished 35-1 overall. Senior guard Demetrius Guions and freshman forward Vic Moses lead Georgetown with identical scoring averages of 14.7 points per game. Moses also leads the Tigers in rebounds at 8.0 per game.

On Nov. 1 Georgetown gave Louisville all it could handle in an exhibition contest before falling 74-67 to the Cardinals. The Tigers were within two at 69-67 with 41 seconds remaining but Louisville converted its free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

BYU defeated Concordia University 96-54 on Nov. 6 in its first exhibition game. Sophomore Jimmer Fredette led all scorers with 26 points and captains Lee Cummard and Jonathan Tavernari contributed 15 points apiece.

Tuesday’s game will be broadcast live on BYUTV. KSL Newsradio will stream the game live online at Greg Wrubell will call the play-by-play action with former Cougar player Mark Durrant providing the color commentary.

Tickets are available at the Marriott Center Ticket Office (1-800-322-BYU1 or 422-BYU1) or online at