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PROVO, Utah -- The BYU men's basketball team held its annual Cougar Tipoff scrimmage Wednesday night at the Marriott Center, with the blue team winning 84-70.
"I thought this was really good for our guys to go through practices, which have been extremely competitive, and change things up tonight with a scrimmage," said BYU head coach Dave Rose. "There are a lot of things that stand out on the stat sheet but I’ll wait for a true evaluation until we watch film."
Recently returned from a mission, Tyler Haws led all scorers with 26 points for the winning side. Matt Carlino added 19 for the blue squad while Brandon Davies led the white team in scoring with 20 points.
"It’s really good to get back in the Marriott Center and be back in this atmosphere again," Haws said. "It was really exciting to get out there, and run up and down the floor. It’s good to be back."
Although he didn't play in the second period, the first half belonged to Davies. Showing great footwork in the paint and a good eye for the open man, Davies finished the half with 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 18 minutes of play. Despite Davies' strong performance, his team trailed 47-42.
Haws and Carlino, also impressive in the first period, scored 16 and 14 points, respectively. The sophomore duo showed impressive mid-range games and scored 17 of the team's final 21 first-half points.
Josh Sharp got the crowd roaring with a hammer dunk over Ambrosino halfway through the second period. About a minute later, Cusick flipped a pass over his shoulder to Sharp on a fast break for another slam. The play was part of a 15-0 run for the blue squad.
It didn't count towards his streak of 48-straight made free throws, but Haws was six-for-six in the scrimmage.
The Cougars have a home exhibition game Friday versus Southeastern Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. MDT.
Papa John's Cougar Tipoff on Wednesday
PROVO, Utah – Cougar fans will have a chance to preview the 2012-13 BYU men’s basketball team on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the annual Papa John’s Cougar Tipoff in the Marriott Center. The event is free to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. MT with doors opening at 6 p.m.
For the second-straight season, the Tipoff will be broadcast live online at BYUtvsports.com. Robbie Bullough and former BYU coach Steve Cleveland will call the action.
The Tipoff features a full-length scrimmage, giveaways and a meet-the-team autograph signing with free posters.
Schedule of Events
6:00 – Doors Open
7:00 – Lights Out Introductions
7:05 – Tipoff
Papa John’s will give away prizes at halftime and throughout the event. Players will be available for autographs following the Tipoff.
The Cougars return three starters in seniors Brandon Davies and Brock Zylstra, and sophomore Matt Carlino from the 2011-12 squad that won 26 games and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Sophomore Tyler Haws, who started 33 games in 2009-10, returns after serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines. Rose also has five other players with starting experience and a talented recruiting class to help ease the burden of replacing All-WCC honoree Noah Hartsock and BYU’s iron man Charles Abouo, mainstays in the Cougar lineup the past four seasons.
BYU plays exhibitions in the Marriott Center on Oct. 26 vs. Southeastern Oklahoma State and Nov. 3 vs. Findlay. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on BYUtv and BYUtvsports.com. The 2012-13 season will tipoff at home with Tennessee State on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. MT.
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