PROVO, Utah – Four players scored in double figures as the BYU men’s basketball team grounded the Portland Pilots 86-72 on Saturday night at the Marriott Center.
"I’m really pleased with how we shared the ball on offense," BYU head coach Dave Rose said. "Our emphasis in the last week was to try to get our guys to compete together as a group on both ends of floor. Defensively we were really together as a group in man and zone. The guys came to play and trusted each other."
BYU (19-8, 9-4) shot 59.6 percent for the game on 34 of 57 shots – the team's best shooting night of the season – while Portland (10-18, 3-10) went 28 of 60 for 46.7 percent.
Former Cougar greats Mel Hutchins and Roland Minson were honored at halftime with a special jersey retirement ceremony. Hutchins was an All-American, NBA Rookie of the Year and with Minson, led the Cougars to the 1951 NIT Championship. Minson was BYU’s all-time leading scorer with 1,407 career points for 22 years until the record was broken in 1973 and was the MVP of the NIT.
BYU opened the game with a 10-6 lead, six points coming from Haws and four from Davies. Cusick added a triple to make it a 13-6 lead with 13:00 to play in the first half.
The trey was part of a 9-3 run that built the Cougar lead to 17-9 over the next two minutes. Cusick added another 3-pointer with 11:10 to go until the break.
A 10-0 Cougar run had the Pilots trailing at 27-12 with 8:20 left until halftime. Portland broke up the run with a made free throw but Haws quickly responded with a long two on the next possession.
Brock Zylstra drilled a three and Haws added a short jumper around the three-minute mark to build the Cougar lead to 41-22.
Down the stretch of the first half, Carlino added one more trey for BYU to push the lead to 46-25 at the break. The Cougars shot over 60 percent for the first half and Haws led with 15 points while Davies added 11.
In the opening minutes of the second half, Cusick drained his third trey of the game to put the Cougars up 52-32.
Davies banked in a jumpshot to make it 60-38 with 13:48 to go but Portland had some fight left, knocking down their sixth 3-pointer to keep the lead under 20. A short 7-2 run by the Pilots made it 62-45 with 11:39 on the clock.
BYU wouldn’t have anything to do with a Pilot comeback however, putting together a 6-0 stretch to push the lead back to 24 at 71-47 with 9:17 to go.
With 4:30 left in the game Portland’s Tanner Riley knocked down a triple but Zylstra answered with a spinning layup on the next trip down for BYU. Riley tried to spark the Pilots with another trey in return but Haws was right back at it with a 3-pointer of his own to make it 82-62. The Cougars would go on to win 86-72.
BYU hosts Utah State on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m MST in the Marriott Center. The game will be televised on BYUtv and broadcast on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.
After a week off, BYU basketball will host Portland in the Marriott Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be broadcast on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM and televised on BYUtv. The jerseys of Cougar legends Mel Hutchins and Roland Minson will be retired at halftime.
BYU Cougars (18-8, 8-4 WCC)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose
- Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
- Division I Career Record: 203-62 (8th)
- Record at BYU: Same
Portland (10-17, 3-9 WCC)
- Head Coach: Eric Reveno
- Alma Mater: Stanford, 1989
- Division I Career Record: 95-122 (7th)
- Record at Portland: Same
- TV: BYUtv
- TV Talent: Dave McCann (play-by-play), Steve Cleveland (analyst), 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 8-0
- Last Meeting: BYU won 85-67, 1/26/13
- H/A/N: 4-0/4-0/0-0
|Portland (9-17, 2-9 WCC)|
|12||Thomas van der Mars||6-11||C||7.2||5.3|
|BYU Cougars (18-8, 8-4 WCC)|
Player and team notes
Dave Rose earned his 200th career victory with a 74-57 win over San Diego on Jan. 19, 2013. Stan Watts is the only other coach in BYU history with 200-plus wins. Watts won his 200th game during his 12th season at the helm on Feb. 2, 1961 at New Mexico. It was his 329th career game (Watts’ career record was 371-254 in 23 seasons). Rose is in his eighth season and earned win number 200 in his 259th game.
Tyler Haws has scored 20-plus points 17 times this season. He opened the year with six-straight 20-point games and later had a streak of seven-consecutive 20-point games.
Matt Carlino has scored in double figures in 11 of 12 WCC games. During that stretch he is averaging 15.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.8 steals. His assist to turnover ratio during that time is 1.97 to 1.
BYU has completed four comebacks after trailing at the half this season. The Cougars trailed Utah and San Francisco by nine at the half and won 61-58 and 80-76. BYU trailed Pepperdine by five at the half at home and came back to win 76-51. The Cougars trailed at Pepperdine 31-20 but bounced back in the second half to win 63-61.
BYU’s 96 points scored against Santa Clara on Feb. 2 are the most scored by the Cougars in a WCC game since joining the league last season. The previous high was 95 in a home game against Santa Clara in 2012. BYU also shot a season-best 58.3 percent against the Broncos while hitting 55.6 percent in the first half and 60.6 percent in the second half.
BYU has been a better shooting team since starting league play. The Cougars are shooting better from the field (.470 in WCC play to .450 in nonconference games) and from three (.363 to .315). BYU has also shown big improvements in the steals category, increasing its per game average from 8.4 per game in non-league games to 9.8 per game in WCC games. At 9.03 steals per game in all games, the Cougars are on pace to set the program record for steals per game and steals in a season.
Tyler Haws has shot 100 percent from the line while attempting at least 10 free throws in three games this season, tied with Russell Larson (1993-94) and Ken Roberts (1994-95) for most perfect days from the line (minimum of 10 attempts). Haws has four such games in his career, tied for the most in BYU history with Jimmer Fredette. Danny Ainge, Lee Cummard, Larson and Roberts are tied for second on the career list with three.