LOGAN, Utah – In the first game of the 2011-12 season, the BYU men’s basketball team lost to in-state rival Utah State 69-62 Friday night on the road at the Spectrum.
The Cougars shot 46.8% (22-47) from the field but hit just 3-14 (21.4%) from three-point range and 15-22 (68.2%) from the free throw line. The BYU bench struggled to score throughout the game, shooting 2 of 7 and scoring six total points. BYU also picked up 26 team fouls in the game, 13 per half, and had six players with at least three fouls.
BYU took the first lead of the game when Abouo hit a quick three before the Aggies responded and tied the game at 4-4. The lead changed six times over the following 11 minutes before Utah State went up 16-15 and held the lead for the remainder of the half.
The Cougars struggled from deep range in the first half, missing six straight threes following Abouo’s opening make. BYU finished the half 2-8 from beyond the arc but shot 11 of 22 from the field.
BYU also struggled with fouls early, as the team racked up 13 in the half and four players had two apiece. Hartsock led BYU in the first half with eight points while Abouo and Stephen Rogers contributed seven each. With the combined 22 points from the three forwards, BYU went into the locker room trailing the Aggies 30-28.
Hartsock led BYU out of the locker room with four quick points that helped BYU take their first lead since the 9:48 mark in the first half. The Aggies responded with a 5-0 run to retake the lead before BYU went back up 42-38.
After the Cougars stretched the lead to four, Utah State went on the biggest run of the game, an 11-0 stretch that lasted from the 10:38 mark until Davies broke it up with 6:02 remaining. The Aggies then went on another short 6-0 run to build up the biggest lead of the game at 55-44 at the 4:06 mark.
The Aggies maintained the lead for the remainder of the game, as BYU never managed to cut it from 11 to 5 with under one minute to go but couldn't get any closer.
The 62 points scored by BYU marks the lowest total for the Cougars since San Diego State topped BYU 64-62 on March 13, 2009 in the Mountain West tournament.
BYU returns to the Marriott Center for the home-opener against BYU-Hawaii on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. MST. The game can be heard on KSL Radio and will be broadcast live on BYUtv.
BYU basketball will open the 2011-12 season at Utah State on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. MST. The Cougars are coming off trip to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament and a program-record 32 victories.
BYU Cougars (0-0)
Head Coach: Dave Rose (Houston, 1983)
Career Record: 159-45 (7th season)
Record at BYU: Same
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Utah State Aggies (0-0)
Head Coach: Stew Morrill (Gonzaga, 1974)
Career Record: 542-241 (26th season)
Record at Utah State: 324-103 (14th)
- Friday, Nov. 11, 2011• 7:05 p.m. MT
- Logan, Utah • Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
- TV: KCSG
- TV Talent: TBA
- Live Video: ESPN3.com
- Radio: KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM • BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play) and Mark Durrant (analyst)
- Live Video: TBA
- Live Audio: KSL.com
- Live Stats: BYUcougars.com
- Series: BYU leads 136-91
- Last Meeting: BYU won 78-72 in Provo
- Provo: BYU leads, 84-31
- Logan: USU leads, 51-59
- Neutral: BYU leads, 1-0
- The 2011-12 season marks BYU’s first as a member of the West Coast Conference and a new television partnership with BYUtv and ESPN that will give fans unprecedented access to BYU basketball. ESPN will broadcast eight BYU games and BYUtv is currently scheduled to televise 17 games.
- Under Dave Rose, BYU is 4-2 in its season openers, including wins in it’s last four openers: 74-34 at Long Beach State in 2007, 75-65 vs. Long Beach State in 2008, 70-60 vs. Bradley in 2009 and 83-56 vs. Fresno State in 2010.
- Under Dave Rose, BYU is 5-1 in its road openers, including wins in the last four seasons. Last season, BYU defeated Creighton 77-65 in its first true road game. The Cougars also won two neutral site games before the Creighton game.
- The Cougars return three starters from last season’s 32-5 team, including Brandon Davies (11.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg), Noah Hartsock (8.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and Charles Abouo (7.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg).
- BYU basketball coach Dave Rose has led the Cougars to their most successful six-year stretch in program history. He is second in program history in wins (159), first in winning percentage (.779) and has led the Cougars to five-straight NCAA Tournament berths and four conference titles in the last five seasons.
- BYU — along with Butler, Kansas and Pittsburgh — is one of only four NCAA Division I programs that has won at least 25 games in each of the last five seasons. Only eight teams have acheived the mark in each of the last four seasons, including BYU and WCC foes Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s.
BYU will play its 2011-12 home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 15, against BYU-Hawaii. Follow the game live via GameTracker on www.byucougars.com and listen live on the radio beginning with the pregame show at 6 p.m. MT on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM out of Salt Lake City or via the Internet at KSL.com. The game will be televised live on BYUtv and BYUtv.org.
- WCC Second Place – Athlon Sports
- WCC Third Place – Sporting News, Lindy’s Sports, CBSSports.com, WCC Preseason Poll
- NCAA Tournament No. 10 seed – Athlon Sports
- NCAA Tournament No. 12 seed – Sporting News
- Top 5 Breakout Team – Doug Gottlieb, ESPN.com Insider
- Brandon Davies All-WCC First Team – Athlon Sports, Lindy’s Sports, Rivals.com, WCC Preseason Poll
- Brandon Davies All-WCC Second Team – CBSSports.com
- Brandon Davies No. 24 Power Forward in the NCAA – Lindy’s Sports
- Brandon Davies Top 30 Big Men – CBSSports.com
- Matt Carlino Top 50 Key Transfer – Athlon Sports
- Matt Carlino Top 25 Transfers – CBSSports.com
- Noah Hartsock All-WCC Second Team – Lindy’s Sports
- Brandon Davies WCC Top Rebounder Honor Roll – Lindy’s Sports
- Charles Abouo WCC Top Defender Honor Roll – Lindy’s Sports
- Brock Zylstra WCC Breakthrough Player of the Year – CBSSports.com