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White Beats Blue at Cougar Tipoff
PROVO -- Fans got their first official taste of the 2008-09 BYU Men’s Basketball team Wednesday as the White team beat the Blue team 59-51 during the Cougar Tipoff at the Marriott Center.
“I was really pleased with our progress from the first half to the second half,” said BYU head coach Dave Rose. “I thought we settled in and played a lot more like we are going to play.”
The night featured the annual Blue/White game between players and showcased the team to fans.
The White team held the Blue team scoreless through the first 13 minutes and jumped out to an 11-0 lead before the first timeout of the game at 15:12.
Jonathan Tavernari led all scorers with 23 points on 9-15 shooting. Senior forward Lee Cummard, the 2007-08 MWC Co-Player of the Year had 11 points. Freshmen Charles Abouo and Matt Pinegar also contributed with 11 points each.
Tavernari and freshman guard Jackson Emery led all rebounders with eight apiece.
Both teams shot above 70 percent from the free-throw line, with the Blue team shooting 75 percent and the White team shooting 73.3 percent.
The game featured some exciting moments. The end of the first half was punctuated with a shot by guard Jackson Emery, who then stole the inbounds pass and dished the ball behind his back to Jimmer Fredette, who laid the ball in the hoop, but the shot was called off because the halftime buzzer had already sounded.
Just three minutes into the second half, Emery passed the ball forward to senior center Gavin McGregor who drove down the lane for a one-handed dunk.
“I think the talent level of this group is good,” said Rose. Our athleticism is improved and we have good strength. Hopefully that will help us defensively and allow us to be more diverse offensively.”
BYU fans can next catch the Cougars at the Marriott Center when they face Concordia University in an exhibition game Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. MT. BYU will then face Georgetown College on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m..
Both games will be broadcast live on BYUTV and by KSL Radio via its x-stream on the KSL.com.
Regular season action begins Friday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m., when the Cougars host Long Beach State.
Wednesday's Cougar Tipoff Free to Fans
First Look at Cougar Basketball Wednesday in the Marriott Center
PROVO -- Cougar fans can get their first look at this season's BYU men's basketball team Wednesday at the Papa John’s Cougar Tipoff. The event is free to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Marriott Center with doors opening at 6 p.m.
"This is a great opportunity for fans to have some fun, see the men's team play and hear from Coach Rose," BYU Marketing Director David Almodova said. "The doors open at 6 p.m., and the event is general admission so everyone has an equal chance at getting the best seats in the house. We're looking forward to having a great atmosphere in the Marriott Center."
Cougar Tipoff features a full-length men's team scrimmage, introduction of the BYU women’s basketball team, a two-ball shooting contest and meet-the-team autograph signings with both the men’s and women’s teams with free team posters. Gifts and prizes will be awarded during the night.
"Our guys are working hard to prepare for the season," BYU men's basketball coach Dave Rose said. "I believe our fans will enjoy watching this team play. We will be aggressive and play with a lot of passion."
See the schedule of events below:
Papa John’s Flyaway
At halftime of the scrimmage, fans will have the opportunity to make the paper airplane that could potentially win the Papa John’s Pizza Flyaway and a free pizza. One lucky fan will win a round trip for two to Phoenix, Ariz., to see the Cougars play Arizona State on Dec. 20th.
Mad Dog Cycle Two-Ball Shoot
A few lucky fans will have the opportunity to shoot hoops with members of the men’s basketball team for the chance to win a bicycle from Mad Dog Cycle.
Immediately following the game, the team will line up on the floor to sign autographs. Team posters will be available.
Student All-Sport Pass Card
Students that have purchased the Student All-Sport pass but have not picked up the card will be able to do so at the Tipoff by visiting the Marriott Center Ticket office. The All-Sport Card allows students admission to all BYU men’s basketball games.
6:00 – Doors Open
7:00 – Lights Out Introductions
7:05 – First Half – Blue vs. White
7:25 – Halftime/Introduction of women’s team/Two-ball shooting contest
7:35 – Second Half – Blue vs. White
7:55 – Game Ends
8:00 – Autographs on Court