SALT LAKE CITY –The BYU men’s basketball team flew past the Oregon Ducks, 79-65 at Energy Solutions Arena behind a career day from forward Noah Hartsock on Saturday.
The Ducks had no answer for Hartsock who set a career high with 23 points and grabbed a season best 12 rebounds, recording his first double-double of the season and fourth of his career.
“I think that we had a few guys step up and really play at a high level for us and other guys maybe didn’t have their best game but we all played really hard together,” head coach Dave Rose said. “That’s a step forward for us and I’m really happy for the guys and I look forward to next game.”
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Three players scored in double figures with Hartsock leading the way with his 23 points and Stephen Rogers added 16 with Anson Winder chipping in 10 points. BYU finished the game shooting 39.4 percent and made 10 three-pointers. The Cougars tied a season-low with just 10 turnovers.
It was a game of streaks as the Cougars made several runs throughout the game that proved to be the demise of Oregon.
After a lackluster first minute of the second half, the Cougars caught fire. Guard Charles Abouo hit a quick three and Zylstra capped off a 14-0 run with a three-pointer of his own, pushing BYU’s lead to 51-33, prompting an Oregon timeout. The Ducks posed little threat throughout the rest of the half, cutting the lead to 14, but not being able to do further damage.
Oregon tried to add pressure with a full court press, but that did not fluster the Cougars. Point guard Anson Winder broke down the full court press flying right past the Ducks defense time after time. At one time Winder raced right by Oregon and dished to Brandon Davies who threw down an emphatic dunk.
While BYU cruised to an easy win, the Cougars struggled mightily in the opening minutes of the game.
Oregon started out red-hot jumping out to an 8-0 lead. The Cougars had several open shots but struggled to connect from anywhere on the floor.
The first points for BYU went to Davies who caught the ball in low and made a nice move to the bucket. After Stephen Rogers was fouled hitting a three from the corner, he put in the free throw to cap a 14-1 run, pushing BYU ahead 16-11.
The first half was a half of runs as the Cougars added two 8-0 runs after grabbing the lead at 12-11.
Reserve forward Nate Austin continued to be a contributor with nine points in the first half. Austin hit from everywhere on the court, up close, mid-range jumpers, and a deep three.
The Cougars return to action on Dec. 7 at the Marriott Center when they face in-state rival Weber State.
BYU will take on Oregon at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday at 3 p.m. MST in Salt Lake City.
BYU Cougars (5-2, 0-0 WCC)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose (Houston, 1983)
- Career Record: 164-47 (7th season)
- Record at BYU: Same
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Oregon Ducks (4-1, 0-0 Pac 12)
- Head Coach: Dana Altman (Eastern New Mexico, 1980)
- Career Record: 435-261 (23rd season)
- Record at Oregon: 25-19 (2nd season)
- Oregon leads 12-8
- Last Meeting: Oregon won 93-62, 12/5/98
- Provo: 6-4
- Eugene: 1-6
- Neutral: 1-2
- Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 • 3:05 p.m. MST
- Salt Lake City • EnergySolutions Arena (19,911)
- TV: ESPNU
- TV Talent: Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Miles Simon (analyst)
- Live Video: ESPN3.com
- Radio: KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM
- BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play)
- Live Audio: KSL.com
- Live Stats: BYUcougars.com
BYU will play in the Marriott Center for the first time since Nov. 22 when the Cougars host Weber State on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. MST. 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.
- Senior Noah Hartsock has been BYU’s most consistent contributor this season, averaging 16.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. He is shooting .579 from the field, .455 from three and .792 from the free throw line and is the only BYU player to score in double figures in every game so far this season.
- Freshman Anson Winder has seen significant playing time at point guard the last five games, including starts in the last three. In those five games Winder has averaged 6.2 points, 5.0 assists and has an assist/turnover ratio of 2.8 to 1, first in the West Coast Conference. He posted a career-best nine assists vs. Northern Arizona in the Lumberjack Classic in Prescott, Arizona.
- As of 11/29/11, BYU leads the West Coast Conference in four categories (FG %, 3-Pt FG %, blocks, assists) and is second in the league in five (scoring offense, scoring defense, 3-Pt FG % def, rebounding defense, defensive rebounds).
- Junior Brock Zylstra caught fire against Norhern Arizona, hitting 8 of 10 from the field and 5 of 6 from three for a career-high 23 points. Zylstra is shooting .414 (12 of 29) from downtown.
- Seniors Noah Hartsock and Charles Abouo led BYU against Nevada. Hartsock tied his career high with 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting and Abouo hit 8 of 12 from the field and 4 of 5 from three for 22 points.
- Dave Rose is one of the most successful coaches in the history of BYU basketball. He is second in program history in wins (164), 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.