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PROVO, Utah - Senior Noah Hartsock scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and led the Blue Team to a 74-71 victory over the White Team in the Cougar Tipoff on Wednesday Night at the Marriott Center.
"We have a lot of work to do but all in all it was a good day," head coach Dave Rose said. "We'll evaluate the film and come back to practice tomorrow and try to get better."
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The White Team went on 11-0 run and tied the score 65-65 with 1:41 left but the Blue Team had more down the stretch and went on to pick up the three-point win.
The 2011-12 Cougar team was divided into two squads, seeing a pretty even matchup with three players on each team scoring in double figures.
Shooting almost even, both teams kept it close throughout. The Blue Team held a slight advantage, shooting 48 percent for the game to the White Team's 46 percent.
"Right now we are really concerned about our group and our first game," Rose said. "We are trying to figure out who will be the best guys to play together."
The White Team jumped out to a 4-0 lead but the Blue Team battled back to take a 13-5 lead with 12:26 left in the first half. Harrison hit the first three-pointer of the game to help fuel the comeback.
Rogers and Zylstra hit back-to-back threes to cut the Blue Team’s lead to 21-17 with just under five minutes remaining until the break.
Rogers led the White Team with 10 points in the first half, but trailed the Blue Team 32-22 at halftime. Abouo led the Blue Team with 10 points of his own.
Both teams traded baskets to start the second half and the White team kept hanging around with Davies providing easy baskets down low, including back-to-back layups. Abouo kept leading the charge for the Blue Team however, throwing down two dunks in a row to keep the Blue Team out front 40-32 with 16:32 on the clock.
The White Team hustled around and cut the lead to just three points at 47-44 with over 11 minutes remaining on a long-two from Davies and another layup from freshman Josh Sharp.
Harrison kept the pushing for the Blue Team, picking up steals and finding his way to the free throw line to stretch his squad’s lead to 59-48 with 5:28 left in the game.
Rogers and Zylstra hit back-to-back threes for the second time of the game as part of the White Team's 11-0 run to tie the game at 65-65 with 1:41 to play.
Hartsock scored and was fouled at the basket with 35 seconds left in the game and made the free throw to complete the three-point play, giving the Blue Team a 71-67 lead. After Hartsock pulled down a rebound and was fouled with 9.4 seconds left, the senior iced the game with two made free throws and put the game away.
The BYU basketball team will play an exhibition game against Midwestern State at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday night at 7 p.m. MT and will be televised live on BYUtv.
Cougar Tipoff on Wednesday
PROVO, Utah – Cougar fans will have a chance to preview the 2011-12 BYU men’s basketball team on Wednesday at the annual Cougar Tipoff in the Marriott Center. The event is free to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. MT with doors opening at 6 p.m.
For the first time ever, the Tipoff will be broadcast live online at BYUtv.org. Jarom Jordan and former BYU coach Steve Cleveland will call the action.
The Tipoff features a full-length scrimmage and a meet-the-team autograph signing with free posters. Gifts and prizes will be awarded during the event.
Schedule of Events
6:00 – Doors Open
7:00 – Lights Out Introductions
7:07 – Tipoff
Papa John’s and Mad Dog Cycle will give away prizes at halftime. Players will be available for autographs following the Tipoff.
The Cougars set a program record with 32 wins last season and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1981. BYU returns three starters this season — Charles Abouo, Brandon Davies and Noah Hartsock.
BYU plays exhibitions in the Marriott Center on Oct. 29 vs. Midwestern State and Nov. 4 vs. Dixie State. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on BYUtv and BYUtv.org. The 2011-12 season will tipoff at Utah State on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. MT in the Spectrum.
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