SALT LAKE CITY – The BYU men’s basketball team, led by senior Brandon Davies’ double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, defeated the Montana Grizzlies, 85-60 at the EnergySolutions Arena Wednesday night.
Davies also tied his career high with six assists and notched a season high with four steals. Sophomore Tyler Haws scored 18 points and dished out three assists while Josh Sharp chipped in a career-high 13 points and eight rebounds, including five offensive boards, in the win.
The Cougars improve to 5-2 on the season and 11-4 when playing at EnergySolutions Arena.
"I thought we played well," BYU head coach Dave Rose said. "I was really pleased with the start of the game. Defensively we got out to a great start and challenged every shot. Offensively, we had open shots, we hit them and got off to a nice lead."
The game began with Haws hitting a fadeaway jumper to put BYU up 2-0. The Cougars never lost that lead through the full 40 minutes.
With 16:45 left in the first half, Davies fed the ball to a cutting Sharp for a quick layup to put the Cougars on top, 11-2. BYU increased its lead to 14-2 on a three by Craig Cusick before the Grizzlies scored again.
The Cougars went up by doubles digits again on a Haws 3-pointer at 28-17 with just under 10 minutes to play. The next points came from junior Raul Delgado as he hit a three, then a double-teamed Davies found Sharp again for an easy two to put BYU ahead, 33-19.
With 4:22 remaining in the half, Davies hit a short hook to put the Cougars up by 11 at 38-27. The two teams traded baskets for the last four minutes and ended the half with BYU ahead 42-31.
Through the first half, the Cougars shot 62.5 percent (15 of 24) from the field, including 60 percent (6 of 10) from beyond the arc. Davies led the team with 10 points and five assists and Haws added nine more points on 3 of 4 shooting from the field and 2 of 2 from the charity stripe.
BYU took advantage of its six first-half steals by scoring 20 points off turnovers.
Four minutes into the second half, BYU added to its double-digit lead. Davies blocked a fast-break layup then ran the length of the floor to score on a left-handed hook shot to put the Cougars up 48-34.
Montana continued to chip away, coming within eight at the 14:16 mark. But a 3-pointer from senior guard Craig Cusick, a bucket from Davies and free throws from sophomore Matt Carlino and Haws provided a 9-2 run midway through the second period. The run gave the Cougars a 15-point lead, 60-45.
Haws missed a 3-pointer on a fast break with about six minutes remaining but Davies was there to tip-in the miss. The senior forward then stole the ball, grabbed an offensive rebound, got fouled and made two free throws to give BYU a 71-52 advantage.
"This was a great team win," Davies said. "Both halves, we played solid, and the second half we came out and played even stronger. I thought we shared the ball pretty well. Everyone was finishing plays and playing on the attack. When we play like that, we are hard to beat."
Two possessions later, Cusick faked a shot to free up Zylstra for a 3-pointer in the corner for the first 20-point BYU margin, 75-54.
The Cougars ended the game on a 14-6 run to seal the victory. The BYU defense held Montana to just 29 percent shooting from the field in the second half.
BYU will travel to play Iowa State on Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. CST. The game will be aired on KSL Newsradio 102.7FM/1160 AM.
BYU basketball will play Montana on Wednesday at EnergySolutions Arena at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be televised on BYUtv and broadcast on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.
BYU Cougars (4-2, 0-0 WCC)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose
- Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
- Division I Career Record: 189-56 (8th)
- Record at BYU: Same
Montana Grizzlies (3-1, 0-0 Big Sky)
- Head Coach: Wayne Tinkle
- Alma Mater: Montana, 2005
- Division I Career Record: 119-72 (7th)
- Record at Montana: Same
- TV: BYUtv
- TV: Talent Dave McCann (play-by-play), Blaine Fowler (analysts), Robbie Bullough (reporter)
- Live Video: byutvsports.com
- 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
- Series Record : BYU leads 23-10
Last Meeting: Montana won 76-72, 12/9/77
|Montana Grizzlies (3-1, 0-0 Big Sky)|
|BYU Cougars (4-2, 0-0 WCC)|
- Tyler Haws is ranked in the top 15 in 11 of the 13 statistical categories tracked by the West Coast Conference. He is the only player in the WCC among the top 15 in all of the following categories: scoring, rebounding, assists, assist/turnover ratio, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and 3-point field goals made.
- Craig Cusick and Agustin Ambrosino made their first starts of the season, replacing Matt Carlino and Josh Sharp in the starting five. For Cusick it was his fourth career start and for Ambrosino his first. Dave Rose had started the same five the first five games of the season (Carlino, Zylstra, Haws, Sharp and Davies).
- Tyler Haws’s 32 points against Cal State Northridge are the most points by a BYU player since Jimmer Fredette scored 32 vs. Florida in the NCAA Tournament on March 24, 2011. The only other Cougar to score 30 or more since Fredette was Matt Carlino, who scored 30 at San Francisco last season on Feb. 16, 2012.
Fast start for Tyler Haws
Tyler Haws is off to one of the best starts to a season in the history of BYU basketball. With 32 points against Cal State Northridge, he has scored 20-plus points in the first six games to start the 2012-13 season, the second best such streak in program history. Only Devin Durrant started a season with more consecutive 20-point games, seven in 1983-84. Haws has a chance to tie the record on Wednesday vs. Montana. What makes Haws’s start even more impressive is that he’s the only sophomore on the list and he returned in April from a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines.
|Name||Class||Season||Consecutive 20-Point Games (point totals)|
|Devin Durrant||Senior||1983-84||7 (28, 35, 20, 35, 23, 33, 27)|
|Tyler Haws||Sophomore||2012-13||6 (22, 22, 23, 21, 32)|
|Danny Ainge||Senior||1980-81||5 (24, 22, 22, 29, 29)|
|Kresimir Cosic||Junior||1971-72||5 (30, 31, 33, 23, 30)|
|Michael Smith||Senior||1988-89||5 (24, 29, 30, 33, 20)|
Davies does it all
Brandon Davies stuffed the stat sheet in the opener 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. Through six games he is averaging 18.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.8 blocks and 0.8 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).
BYU head coach Dave Rose has led BYU to its most successful eight-year run since taking over in 2005. His career record of 189-56 ranks him second in BYU history in total victories and first in winning percentage (.771). Rose has been named conference coach of the year three times, district coach of the year twice and has guided the Cougars to four conference titles, six NCAA Tournament appearances and six 25-win seasons. In 2010 he led BYU to its first NCAA Tournament win in 17 years and the Cougars have also won at least one tournament game in the two seasons since, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2011.