Abouo Leads BYU Against Longwood
PROVO, Utah -- Charles Abouo posted BYU’s first double-double of the season with 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in the Cougars 92-60 victory over Longwood Friday night in the Marriott Center. The game was the opener of the Chicago Invitational Challenge for both teams.
“The 16 boards were very impressive and something that we really needed from Charles," head coach Dave Rose said. "Charles is a guy who has great athletic ability and we’re playing him in a different role that he’s used to and tonight he really broke out and felt comfortable as a player in the role that we need him to perform in.”
As a team, BYU posted 15 three-pointers, just one shy of the Marriott Center record, with eight different Cougars hitting from deep and Stephen Rogers and Damarcus Harrison leading the way with three apiece.
“I think we took a lot of steps tonight. We had a lot of players in the game that played well," Rose said. "We’re talking about a lot of new guys who haven’t played in a couple of years and who have been involved with practice and game preparation. I was really pleased with the amount of players that played and their execution."
Noah Hartsock started the night with a dunk off an assist from Brandon Davies.
Following Hartsock’s dunk, the Lancers went on a 10-2 run to pull ahead by six, but a jumper from Hartsock started the Cougars on a run of their own. BYU took over the lead and extended it to as much as six, leading to a halftime score of 35-29.
The Cougars finished the first half shooting 6 of 10 from 3-point range, with six different Cougars posting 3-pointers.
BYU’s momentum carried into the second half, as every player that entered the game for the Cougars contributed points.
The Cougars shot an impressive 57.7 percent from three and 55.2 percent from the field. BYU limited Longwood to 41.1 percent shooting from the field and out-rebounded the Lancers 42-24.
In addition to Abouo's double-double, Hartsock added 18 points and five rebounds. The Cougars also saw strong play from their bench, with Rogers and Damarcus Harrison posting 17 and 11 points, respectively, and Nate Austin drawing three charges.
Freshman Anson Winder also scored his first career points and finished with eight points, two 3-pointers and five assists. Fellow freshman Damarcus Harrison had his best game as a Cougar, finishing with 11 points and three 3-pointers.
Antwan Carter led Longwood with 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting.
BYU's game on Tuesday against Prairie View A&M will be televised live on BYUtv at 7 p.m. MST.
BYU Cougars (1-1)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose (Houston, 1983)
- Career Record: 160-46 (7th season)
- Record at BYU: Same
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Longwood Lancers (1-2)
- Head Coach: Mike Gillian (North Adams State, 1986)
- Career Record: 76-170 (9th season)
- Record at Longwood: Same
- Friday, Nov. 18, 2011• 7:05 p.m. MT
- Provo, Utah • Marriott Center (22,700)
- TV: BYUtv
- TV Talent: Dave McCann (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 Info
- 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.
- Noah Hartsock and Brandon Davies both approached double-doubles and filled the stat sheet on Tuesday against BYU-Hawaii. Hartsock posted 14 points, nine boards, five assists, two blocks and two steals. Davies scored a career-high 25 points to go with nine boards, three assists, two blocks and one steal. Combined the shot 14 of 20 from the field.
- With the 73-52 win against BYU-Hawaii Dave Rose is 6-1 in home openers at BYU. Including the win over the Seasiders, the Cougars have won six-straight home openers. 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 (160), first in winning percentage (.777) 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 second of two home games in the Chicago Invitational on Tuesday, Nov. 22 against Prarie View A&M. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. MST 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 or via the Internet at KSL.com. The game will be televised live on BYUtv and BYUtv.org.
By the Numbers
|6||The number of 20-win seasons for BYU head coach Dave Rose. He is the second coach in BYU history to begin his career with six-straight 20-win seasons. Rose is tied with Reid and Stan Watts for the most 20-win seasons in BYU history. Rose also has five 25-win seasons, a program record.|
|13||The number of points BYU scored to open the game against BYU-Hawaii before the Seasiders scored. After BYU-Hawaii’s first basketball, the Cougars followed with a 10-0 run.|
|17||The number of points BYU allowed in the first half against BYU-Hawaii, the fewest since Mississippi Valley State scored 10 in the first half on Nov. 23, 2010.|
|51||The number of rebounds for BYU against BYU-Hawaii, the most by a Cougar squad since posting 57 vs. Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 23, 2010.|
|66.7||The percetnage of field goals BYU has assisted on this season (32 assists on 48 field goals).|
|125||The number of career blocks for senior Noah Hartsock, fourth all-time in program history.|
|160||BYU head coach Dave Rose’s win total. He is second all-time in career wins at BYU behind Stan Watts, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.|