PROVO, Utah – Junior Brandon Davies scored a career-high 25 points and the BYU men’s basketball team cruised to a 73-52 victory in the season home-opener over visiting BYU-Hawaii, Tuesday night in the Marriott Center.
"I was really pleased with how we came out and started the game," head coach Dave Rose said. "I thought that defensively we were aggressive not only individually — each guy was playing with energy — but as a team I thought we helped pretty well."
With three minutes to play, Davies passed his previous career-high 24 points off a spin-move and basket to give him 25 points on the night. He led all players in points on 10-13 shooting from the field while also adding nine rebounds.
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BYU shot 49.1 percent from the field and Noah Hartsock helped Davies out with 14 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals. The Cougars held BYU-Hawaii to just 30.9 percent shooting and 25 percent from behind the arc.
"We contested shots, we were active and that’s really pleasing to a staff," Rose said. "When you have a group of new guys and you wonder how they're going to respond. I really thought that the first 15 minutes of the game were very, very good for us. Hopefully we can build on that."
It took either team almost three minutes after the game started to get any points on the board but, with a bucket from Davies to kick off the scoring, BYU took control.
A Stephen Rogers block in the next possession kept momentum going and Davies finished on the other end with two more points.
BYU-Hawaii’s Bracken Funk broke up the13-point run from the Cougars with a three pointer, only to see BYU go on another 9-0 run before another Seasider would score.
The Cougars continued the onslaught and took their largest lead of the half, 26 points, with just 48 seconds before the break after a 3-pointer from Damarcus Harrison.
Tsung-Hsien Chang led the charge for the Seasiders in the first half with a team-high five points and finished the game with 12, again, to lead his team.
Funk put BYU-Hawaii on the scoreboard first in the second half on a quick two points but Davies was quick to respond for the Cougars with a basket of his own.
Back-and-forth scoring highlighted the first 10 minutes of the second half but consecutive possessions for the Seasiders put five points on the board to cut the lead to 15. A 3-pointer from Rogers, however, silenced the Seasiders and BYU continued on a 4-0 run before the back-and-forth game continued.
BYU-Hawaii’s SeQuan Lawrence put the final two points on the board in the game with a minute to play. Lawrence’s points finished the Seasiders’ 21-point loss.
Up next for the men is another home game against Longwood on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. MT as part of the 2011 Chicago Invitational Challenge and will be broadcast live on BYUtv.
BYU Cougars (0-1)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose (Houston, 1983)
- Career Record: 159-46 (7th season)
- Record at BYU: Same
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BYU-Hawaii Seasiders (0-0)
- Head Coach: Ken Wagner (BYU, 1979)
- Career Record: 414-189 (22nd season)
- Record at BYU-Hawaii: Same
- Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011• 7:05 p.m. MT
- Provo, Utah • Marriott Center (22,700)
- TV: BYUtv
- TV Talent: Jarom Jordan (play-by-play) and Steve Cleveland (analyst)
- Live Video: BYUtv.org
- Radio: KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM • BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play) and Mark Durrant (analyst)
- Live Audio: KSL.com
- Live Stats: BYUcougars.com
- Series: First regular season meeting
- 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. ESPN2 and ESPNU will broadcast a total of eight BYU games and BYUtv is currently scheduled to televise 18 games.
- Three Cougars scored in double figures in BYU’s season-opening loss at Utah State, led by Noah Hartsock with 18 and followed by Charles Abouo (16) and Brandon Davies (13).
- Two Cougars made their first career starts in the season opener at Utah State. Stephen Rogers started at guard and scored seven points and Brock Zylstra started at point guard and had two points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal.
- Under Dave Rose, BYU is 5-1 in home openers, including a streak of five-straight seasons winning the home opener. Last season, BYU defeated Fresno State 83-56 in the home opener.
- Dave Rose is one of the most successful coaches in the history of BYU basketball. He is second in program history in wins (159), first in winning percentage (.776) and has led the Cougars to five-straight NCAA Tournament berths and four conference titles. He also earned three Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year awards.
- 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 first of two home games as part of the Chicago Invitational on Friday, Nov. 18 against Longwood. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. MST tip in the Marriott Center. 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. MST 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.