HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois – Seniors Charles Abouo and Noah Hartsock led the BYU men’s basketball team to a 76-55 victory over the Nevada Wolfpack on Friday to move on to the Chicago Invitational Challenge championship game.
"That’s a good win," head coach Dave Rose said. "Trying to get your first win out of your building every year is always a real challenge so I am really proud of our guys.”
Abouo led the Cougars with 22 points and eight rebounds while tying his career high with four three-pointers. He shooting 8 of 12 from the field, including 4 of 5 from three, and did not miss a shot in the second half. Hartsock tied his career high with 21 points and hit 9 of his 12 shots in the game.
"I thought Noah did a great job calling for the ball and making some big shots for us," Rose said. "All you need is a basket every once in a while to give you some confidence and keep attacking."
Junior Brandon Davies scored 10 points to make it three Cougars in double figures. The win is the fourth consecutive 20-point win for BYU since losing the season opening game at Utah State and pushes its record to 4-1.
Rose started his third different lineup in five games this season and the team got off to a rousing start. BYU jumped out to a 24-6 lead in the first 8:31 of the game largely due to 17 points off 13 first half Nevada turnovers.
The lead faded progressively as the first half went on as Nevada switched to a zone defense and slowed down the BYU offense. BYU managed just 10 points during the final 11:29 of the half and went into the locker room up 34-27.
Hartsock led BYU with 11 first half points, while first time starter Anson Winder, Abouo and Davies each added six first half points. The Cougars went into the locker room with no points from the bench.
The teams exchanged baskets to start the second half as the BYU lead stayed in single digits. Abouo helped BYU extend the lead back to double digits with two 3s in a two-minute span, the second coming with just over 10 minutes remaining and making the score 55-43.
Junior Stephen Rogers scored the first bench points for BYU on a fast break layup with 9:30 remaining to put BYU up 57-43. Nevada countered and brought the game back within single digits before the Cougars put the game away with a 21-7 run.
Niether Abouo nor Hartsock missed a shot in the second half, going 6 of 6 and 4 of 4 from the field, respectively.
BYU will play in the championship of the Chicago Invitational Challenge Saturday at 7 p.m. CST against the winner of the Bradley vs. Wisconsin game that will take place Friday night.
BYU Cougars (3-1)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose (Houston, 1983)
- Career Record: 162-46 (7th season)
- Record at BYU: Same
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Nevada Wolfpack (3-2)
- Head Coach: David Carter (Saint Mary’s, 1989)
- Career Record: 37-34 (3rd season)
- Record at Nevada: Same
- BYU leads 12-6
- Last Meeting: BYU won 110-104, 12/22/09 in Las Vegas
- In Provo: 5-1
- In Reno: 2-5
- Neutral: 5-0
The winner of BYU vs. Nevada will play the winner of Wisconsin vs. Bradley (Friday at 7:30 p.m. CST) on Saturday at 7 p.m. CST. The losing teams from each matchup will play eachother on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. CST. If BYU plays Bradley on Saturday, the game will be broadcast live on BYUtv. If BYU plays Wisconsin, the game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
- After hitting just 7 of 27 3-pointers in the first two games of the season, BYU has caught first from downtown, hitting 27 of 48 the last two games (15 of 26 vs. Longwood, 12 of 22 vs. Prairie View A&M). The 27 3s over a two-game stretch are a program record.
- Stephen Rogers has set career highs in scoring in back-to-back games with 17 points (7 of 9 FGs, 3 of 5 3s) vs. Longwood and 18 points (6 of 9 FGs, 3 of 5 3s) vs. Prairie View A&M.
- Against Longwood, Charles Abouo had one of the best performances of his career, posting 19 points on 6 of 9 shooting to go with a career-high 16 rebounds. It marked the second double-double of his career. Abouo also added four assists and two blocks.
- Noah Hartsock and Brandon Davies both approached double-doubles and filled the stat sheet 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 they shot 14 of 20 from the field.
- Dave Rose is one of the most successful coaches in the history of BYU basketball. He is second in program history in wins (162), first in winning percentage (.779) 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 achieved the mark in each of the last four seasons, including BYU and WCC foes Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s.
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 Roger Reid and Stan Watts for the most 20-win seasons in BYU history. Rose also has five 25-win seasons, a program record.|
|15||The number of 3-pointers BYU made against Longwood (15 of 26, 57.7 percent). The 15 threes ties the BYU single-game record, set previously against UNLV in 2007 and at Air Force in 2011.|
|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.|
|17.5||Stephen Roger’s scoring average the past two games (Longwood and Prairie View A&M), the best two-game stretch of his career. Coming off the bench, Rogers has hit 13 of 18 from the field and 6 of 10 from three.|
|27||The number of 3-pointers BYU has hit in the last two games (vs. Longwood and Prairie View A&M) after hitting just seven in the first two games. The 27 3s are a BYU record for most 3s in a two-game stretch. The Cougars shot .563 (27 of 48) from three during the two games.|
|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.|
|56, 57||BYU’s point totals in the second halves vs. Prairie View A&M and Longwood, respectively. The Cougars hit 21 of 33 (.636) from the field and 9 of 16 from three (.563) in the second half vs. Longwood and 19 of 28 (.679) from the field and 8 of 12 from three (.667) in the second half vs. Prairie View A&M.|
|58.3||The combined field goal percentage of BYU’s top-five scorers: Noah Hartsock (15.5 ppg, 60.0 percent), Brandon Davies (13.3, 55.9), Charles Abouo (13.0, 60.0), Stephen Rogers (11.8, 60.0) and Anson Winder (6.3, 50.0).|
|68.8||The percentage of field goals BYU has assisted on this season (75 assists on 109 field goals). Against Longwood BYU had assists on a season-best 71.9 percent of its field goals (23 assists on 32 field goals).|
|129||The number of career blocks for senior Noah Hartsock, fourth all-time in program history. Hartsock had a season-best three blocks vs. Prairie View A&M. Greg Kite is first with 208 blocks, Shawn Bradley is second with 177 and Russell Larson is third with 166.|
|162||BYU head coach Dave Rose’s win total. He is second all-time in career wins at BYU behind Stan Watts (371 victories from 1949-72), a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.|