BYU vs. Colorado School of Mines Notes and Quotes
Tyler Haws led the team with a game-high 29 points. Haws made his first bucket of the game on a layup at the 16:43 mark to tie the game at 7. The senior finished with 10 points at the half and opened the second half scoring BYU’s first eight points.
Chase Fischer finished with 13 points and five assists. He scored the first BYU points of the game at the 18:32 mark and had three rebounds and two assists before any other Cougar recorded one. Fischer reached double-figures in the first half to finish with a game-high 12 points at halftime.
Freshman Dalton Nixon went on a solo 5-0 run to give BYU its first lead of the game, 12-7. Nixon finished with 10 points, going 2 of 4 from beyond the arc, and a game-high three blocks.
After a slow start, the Cougars went on a 15-2 run over 5:29 to extend their lead 17-9. BYU took its first double-digit lead on Fischer’s jumper at the 2:28 mark to lead 39-28. The Cougars led the Orediggers 44-35 at the half. BYU finished the half shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from deep.
In the second half, BYU went on a 12-0 run, going 6 of 6 from the field to extend its lead to 76-54.
Defensively, the Cougars held the Orediggers to 40.7 percent shooting from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the 3-point line.
Thirteen players saw the court with 11 players on the court for 10 minutes or more. Haws and Fischer played a team-high 25 minutes.
Coach Dave Rose:
I'm pleased with what took place tonight. I think there's so many different places that you could start as far as things that we can improve on, but we did a lot of things really well. We got a lot of new guys some time in a game setting, which I think is good. I think we can have a really good week of practice this week and learn from this game. Learn the positive things, learn some things that we really need to improve on and take the next step in this process of getting ready for Long Beach State.
There's something about turning the lights on. It affects everybody a little bit differently. You're watching a guy or two who hasn't played for a year or two because of a mission. You're watching a player or two that sat out last year and didn't have a chance to play. I think there's a lot of things you do in practice everyday where you get into habits and it becomes really comfortable for you. Then you try and transfer that into a game and it takes a little bit of time.
It felt great. You beat up on each other enough during practices and scrimmages. It was fun to get a look in front of a different team. We didn't play that well coming out. It took us a minute to find our rhythm but we got it going.
Every game's different. You kind of have to figure out how guys are playing you and what you're doing. Find ways to beat their defense. I thought our guys shared the ball really well. We got up and defended guys, got out in transition. It was fun.