BROOKLYN, New York — Despite Tyler Haws and Brandon Davies combining for 42 points, BYU men’s basketball fell 88-70 to Florida State in the Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Friday at the Barclays Center.
"I thought Florida State played really, really well tonight," said BYU head coach Dave Rose. "Watching them on film it’s hard to get a real feel for how skilled of a team they are. We battled the whole game though – I thought our effort was good tonight. When you come away with 20-plus offensive rebounds it tells you that your guys are really working hard. Now we just learn from our mistakes and move forward. We still have a lot of basketball to play."
Haws led BYU (2-1) with a season-high 23 points — including the team's first 11 points to start the game — and added team highs of nine rebounds and five assists. Brandon Davies also scored 19 points while Brock Zylstra and Craig Cusick each added 10.
FSU (2-1) was led by Okara White who scored 17 points while Michael Snaer (16), Ian Miller (15) and Devon Bookert (15) also scored in double figures. The hot-shooting Seminoles shot 58.0 percent from the field and 55.0 percent from the free throw line.
FSU scored the game's first six points before Haws hit a 15-foot jump shot at the 16:37 mark to put the Cougars on the board. Haws scored the next nine points for the Cougars, highlighted by a 3-point shot and a break-away layup. With Haws as BYU's lone scorer early on, the Cougars trailed 23-11.
Zylstra scored his first points of the game on a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 10:15 left in the first half and then Nate Austin followed with a 3-point play of his own after being fouled under the basket. Cusick added to the BYU run with a 3-point shot while Zylstra sank two free throws to cut the FSU lead to five at 27-22.
Davies scored his first points of the game with 7:45 to go before halftime after grabbing an offensive rebound and finishing at the basket. He then scored the next four points for the Cougars to cut the Seminole lead to three (31-28), its smallest lead since the 15:26 mark. Haws tallied the next four points to put BYU within two (34-32).
At the 4:09 mark, Zylstra hit a jumper to bring the game to a 34-34 tie. FSU quickly responded and with a 10-1 run to end the half and went into the locker room up 44-35.
Davies started the second half with a commanding dunk and then ran the floor to finish on an easy layup and give BYU four quick points. However, FSU kept the pressure on BYU and hit two 3-pointers to grab a 15-point lead with 15 minutes remaining in the half.
Less than six minutes into the second half Davies was whistled for his fourth foul and went to the bench. FSU took advantage and went on a 13-0 run to extend its lead to 20 at 63-43. Zylstra ended the run at the 13:47 mark with a 3-pointer, but the Seminoles answered that shot with an 8-2 run to take their biggest lead of the game, 75-48.
The Cougars continued to fight and put together a 12-0 run to cut the FSU lead to 14 at 80-66. Davies scored six points during the run and Cory Calvert hit his second shot of the night for a new career high in points with four.
FSU ended the BYU run at 4:35 and held onto its double-digit lead to hand BYU its first loss of the season with a score of 88-70.
BYU will play the winner of Notre Dame and St. Joseph's Saturday at the Barclays Center at 7 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast live on truTV and will be aired live on KSL News Radio 102.7 FM/1160 AM and BYU Radio. Check the BYU men's basketball schedule for updated information.
After sweeping the first two games of the season at the Marriott Center, BYU men’s basketball will take on Florida State in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in the Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. EST. The game will be televised live on truTV and broadcast live on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM and KSL.com.
BYU Cougars (2-0, 0-0 WCC)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose
- Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
- Career Record: 187-54 (8th)
- Record at BYU: Same
Florida State Seminoles (1-1, 0-0 ACC)
- Head Coach: Leonard Hamilton
- Alma Mater: Tennessee-Martin, 1971
- Career Record: 380-338 (25th)
- Record at Florida State: 180-128 (11th)
- Series Record: BYU leads 1-0
- Last Meeting: BYU won 80-77, 12/29/72
- H/A/N: 0-0/0-0/1-0
- TV truTV
- TV Talent Brian Anderson (play-by-play)
- Greg Anthony and Steve Smith (analysts)
- Craig Sager (reporter)
- Live Video none
- Radio KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM
- BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143
- Radio Talent Greg Wrubell (play-by-play)
- Mark Durrant (analyst)
- Live Audio KSL.com
- Live Stats BYUcougars.com
|Florida State Seminoles (1-1, 0-0 ACC)|
|BYU Cougars (2-0, 0-0 WCC)|
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Regular season tournament success
With BYU’s 80-62 win over Georgia State in the second game of the Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, BYU is now 22-2 under Dave Rose in regular season tournaments. Under Rose, the Cougars have won four regular season tournament titles and taken second twice. BYU continues in the CVC Classic with a home game vs. Georgia State on Nov. 13 before heading to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., for games on Nov. 16 and 17 against Florida State and then either Notre Dame or St. Joseph’s.
Welcome back Tyler Haws
Tyler Haws scored 22 points vs. Tennessee State, his first game since serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines. He followed that with another 22-point game against Georgia State. The two games mark his 22nd and 23rd career games scoring in double figures and fifth and sixth 20-point games. As a freshman in 2009-10 he averaged 11.3 points and 4.2 rebounds while shooting .498 from the field, .368 from three and .917 from the free throw line.
Davies does it all
Brandon Davies stuffed the stat sheet against Tennessee State, tallying 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks and 2 steals while drawing 3 charges. He did it again vs. Georgia State with 28 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals to give him two-game averages of 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals, 3.5 blocks and 2.0 steals. Last season he became the second Cougar in history to average at least one of everything (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks). Russell Larson is the only other BYU player to produce a ‘one of everything’ season and did so twice, in 1993-94 and 1994-95 (blocks and steals were not tracked until the 1977-78 season).
Brandon Davies drew three charges in the season opener vs. Tennessee State. Last season Brandon Davies made the opposition pay when they drove to the basket, taking 31 charges. Nate Austin took his fair share of charges as well with a total of 29 last season. He and Brock Zylstra both took a charge in the season opener.
Brandon Davies (4), Josh Sharp (2) and Nate Austin (2) combined to block eight shots vs. Tennessee State in the opener. The eight blocks is the sixth-highest total in a game by a BYU team. Against Georgia State the Cougars had six blocks, including three from Davies and two from Austin. Last season the single-game high was nine vs. Weber State. The program record is 15 vs. Eastern Kentucky in 1990 when Shawn Bradley had 14.
The Cougars jumped out to a huge lead against Georgia State in large part due to BYU’s hot shooting. The starters hit 13 of 16 from the field and 5 of 5 from three to establish a 31-2 lead with 1:31 to go in the first half.