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This Week in the WCC

Dec 30, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 1:51 pm | Updated: December 30, 2014 1:59 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – After the opening weekend of conference play, the Cougars (11-4, 1-1) leave the state of Utah for the first time since returning from the Maui Invitational as they'll take on Santa Clara and San Francisco. Tyler Haws has a shot at passing some more names on career scoring lists, while the entire conference has a hot hand from the outside.


Thursday, January 1

BYU at Santa Clara, 3 p.m. MT, BYUtv

Pacific at LMU, 1 p.m. PT,

Saint Mary's at Pepperdine, 7 p.m. PT,

San Diego at San Francisco, 8 p.m. PT,

Saturday, January 3

Saint Mary's at LMU, 1 p.m. PT, TWC SportsNet, ROOT, CSN,

Pacific at Pepperdine, 5 p.m. PT,

Gonzaga at Portland, 6:30 p.m. PT, ESPN2

San Diego at Santa Clara, 7 p.m. PT,

BYU at San Francisco, 9 p.m. MT, CSN Bay Area, ROOT Rocky Mountain and Northwest,


Standings Conference Overall
1. Gonzaga 2-0 13-1
2. Saint Mary's 2-0 9-3
3. Pepperdine 1-0 8-4
4. BYU 1-1 11-4
5. Portland 1-1 10-4
6. San Francisco 1-1 7-7
7. Santa Clara 1-1 6-7
8. LMU 0-1 4-9
9. Pacific 0-2 8-6
10. San Diego 0-2 7-7

From Downtown:

The West Coast Conference has been a prolific 3-point shooting conference so far this season and currently leads the nation in 3-point shooting percentage. The WCC has three teams in the top 50 in the nation, six in the top 100 and nine of the 10 teams in the top 125 in 3-point shooting percentage. Five teams are in the top 50 in 3-pointers made.

Four players from four different teams (Jared Brownridge, Santa Clara; Kerry Carter, Saint Mary's; Johnny Dee, USD; Chase Fischer, BYU) are ranked in the top 100 in 3-point percentage, while those same four are in the top 100 in attempts and three of the four are in the top 15 in 3-pointers made. 

With all the outside shooting, Pepperdine still leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage defense allowing only 20.7 percent of opponents' 3s to go in, so the Pepperdine game coming up on Jan. 8 for BYU should be interesting.

In the Record Books:

This week, Tyler Haws has a reasonable chance to pass Devin Durrant and Michael Smith on BYU's career scoring list. It would put him third overall behind only Danny Ainge and Jimmer Fredette. He would also be only the fourth Cougar to break the 2,300-point mark. 

Ordering the Pursuit:

With the start of WCC play this past weekend, Haws continues his search for some career scoring records during conference as well. Here are the point milestones he'll be looking to pass from the closest to longest away. Haws currently sits on 2,275 career points and 793 career WCC points.

Player Record Points --
Devin Durrant BYU No. 4 Career Scorer 2,285 10
Michael Smith BYU No. 3 Career Scorer 2,319 44
Bob Florence WCC Only No. 20 Scorer 894 101
Kevin Foster WCC Overall No. 2 Scorer 2,423 148
Danny Ainge BYU No. 2 Career Scorer 2,467 192
Forrest McKenzie WCC Only No. 10 Scorer 986 193
Hank Gathers WCC Overall Scoring Record 2,490 215
Jim McPhee WCC Only No. 5 Scorer 1,031 241
Bill Cartwright WCC Only No. 3 Scorer 1,065 275
Anthony Ireland WCC Only No. 2 Scorer 1,080 290
Jimmer Fredette BYU Career Scoring Record 2,599 324
Hank Gathers WCC Only Scoring Record 1,190 397

WCC Overall Leaders through games of Dec. 29

Scoring Team Points
1. Tyler Haws BYU 22.1
2. Brad Waldow Saint Mary's 21.5
3. Evan Payne LMU 19.7
10. Anson Winder BYU 14.9
13. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 13.6
14. Chase Fischer BYU 13.4
Rebounding School Rebounds
1. Brad Waldow Saint Mary's 10.5
2. Stacy Davis Pepperdine 8.4
3. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 7.8
Assists per game School Assists
1. Chris Anderson San Diego 7.0
2. Emmett Naar Saint Mary's 5.7
3. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 5.6
14. Tyler Haws BYU 2.6
Steals per game School Steals
1. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 2.2
2. Kerry Carter Saint Mary's 1.8
3. Chris Anderson San Diego 1.7
8. Anson Winder BYU 1.3
15. Chase Fischer BYU 1.0
3-pointers Made School 3-pointers
1. Johnny Dee San Diego 3.4
2. Jared Brownridge Santa Clara 3.2
3. Chase Fischer BYU 2.9
10. Tyler Haws BYU 1.8
11. Anson Winder BYU 1.7

Cougars beat Pilots 97-88

Dec 29, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:14 pm | Permalink

The Cougars began the second half strong. Two steals in a row from Kyle Collinsworth and Chase Fischer led to two transition buckets by Tyler Haws and Fischer to give BYU the 50-39 lead with 18:30 left.

The Pilots cut the lead to four, but the Cougars answered with a 16-2 run to push the lead up to 70-52 with 12:14 remaining. The run was capped off by two 3-pointers in a row from Skyler Halford.

Seven points in a row from Anson Winder, including a trey, made the score 85-70 with 4:48 left in the game. Portland answered back with a 10-2 run to cut BYU’s lead to 89-82 with less than two minutes left despite two of its players fouling out of the game. BYU closed out the game by making its free throws down the stretch, defeating Portland 97-88.

Haws led BYU with 24 points, six assists and five rebounds. Collinsworth grabbed eight rebounds to go with his 21 points. Winder added 22 points and Halford had 12 points and six assists.

BYU leads Portland 43-37 at the half

Dec 29, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 7:57 pm | Permalink

BYU opened up the game with a steal by Anson Winder that led to a 3-pointer from Tyler Haws to take the early 3-0 lead. Winder nailed another three to go up 10-6 with 16:55 remaining in the first half.

Portland answered back with a  trey of its own from Alec Wintering to take the 11-10 lead. A shot from beyond the arc by Chase Fischer pushed BYU back up by one. Skyler Halford found Winder under the basket for a quick layup and the 18-15 lead with 11:46 left.

Haws scored six points in a row for the Cougars, putting them up 31-28 over the Pilots with less than five minutes left. With 2:45 left in the first half, Fischer nailed another three to give BYU the 41-32 lead, its largest lead of the night. Free throws from Fischer sealed the Cougars’ 43-37 lead over the Pilots going into halftime.

Haws leads BYU with 16 points and three assists. Fischer has 12 points and three rebounds.

Gonzaga wins 87-80

Dec 27, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 6:21 pm | Permalink

BYU took its first lead of the game on three free throws from Tyler Haws to start the second half. The teams exchanged buckets with BYU keeping the advantage until Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos scored off a turnover to tie the score at 49.

Moments later, Corbin Kaufusi dunked the ball to break the tie. Kyle Collinsworth laid the ball in over the top of Gonzaga’s Byron Wesley for the largest Cougar lead of the game at 55-49.

A pair of 3-pointers and a free throw cut down BYU’s lead to 57-56. Pangos tied the score at 57 on another free throw, but Chase Fischer recovered for BYU with his own made free throws. The lead changed hands four more times before Gonzaga pulled ahead 67-64. With just over six minutes to play, Gonzaga made back-to-back 3-pointers for a 75-67 Zags lead.

BYU cut the lead back to three, 80-77, on free throws, but turnovers proved costly as time wound down. Gonzaga held onto the lead, finishing the game 87-80.

Kyle Collinsworth finished the game with his second triple-double, scoring 13 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Haws and Anson Winder led the team with 17 points each.

BYU and Gonzaga tied at halftime

Dec 27, 2014 - Posted by Rachel Hawks at 5:03 pm | Permalink

The Zags hit first with back-to-back baskets from Kyle Wiltjer. BYU tied the score at four on free throws by Worthington, but Gonzaga answered with a 12-0 run.

BYU wouldn’t score another field goal until the 12-minute mark. Tyler Haws threw down a field goal, which Skyler Halford followed with a 3-pointer.

Another run, this time 6-0, gave the Bulldogs a 31-15 lead, BYU's largest deficit of the season. Kyle Collinsworth’s layup with 8:48 until halftime launched a 9-0 run that got the Cougars back in the game.

Frank Bartley IV drained a 3-pointer with the clock at 5:25, and Anson Winder followed with a layup that brought the crowd to its feet and cut the gap to 35-31.

A Fischer trey and Collinsworth jumper pushed the score within one at 39-38. Collinsworth tied the score 43-43 going into halftime with a buzzer beater from beyond the arc.

Haws led the team with 10 points, while Collinsworth led in rebounding with five and assists with five. He also had nine points.

BYU defeats UMass in overtime, 77-71

Dec 23, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 2:25 pm | Permalink

UMass jumped out to a 67-63 lead at the 3:42 mark of overtime. A jumper by Kyle Collinsworth and two free throws by Anson Winder gave BYU its first lead of overtime, 69-68.

A dunk by Corbin Kaufusi assisted by Frank Bartley extended the Cougar lead to 71-68 with 56 seconds left. The BYU defense clamped down in the final minute and Skyler Halford converted on four straight free throws as the Cougars defeated the Minutemen, 77-71.

Winder scored a career-high 23 points on 7 of 13 shooting from the field. Kyle Collinsworth contributed 18 points and 15 rebounds. 

BYU and UMass head to overtime

Dec 23, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 2:06 pm | Permalink

The second half went much like the first half with BYU holding a small lead until a 9-0 run by UMass midway through the half put the Minutemen up by four points, 45-41.

A 3-pointer by Anson Winder gave the Cougars a two-point lead with 6:05 left in the second half but UMass responded on the next possession to tie it up, 55-55.

The last seven points of the second half for BYU were free throws. Leading 62-60 with under 30 seconds left, a Cougar foul with 2.4 seconds left sent UMass to the line for two free throws. Both free throws were made and the game was sent to overtime. 

Winder scored 20 points in regulation. Kyle Collinsworth recorded a double-double wih 16 points and 13 rebounds. 

BYU leads UMass 32-30 at the half

Dec 23, 2014 - Posted by Nicholas Henderson at 12:49 pm | Permalink

The Cougars started quick with a Chase Fischer 3-pointer and held an early 9-4 lead after the first three minutes of play. The Minutemen responded with a 12-0 run to take a 16-9 lead.

After a scoring drought of almost five minutes, BYU went on a 7-0 run thanks to seven quick points off the bench from Anson Winder and Skyler Halford.

Both teams traded buckets the remainder of the half with the Cougars holding a 32-30 advantage at the half.

Kyle Collinsworth led all players with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Winder added 7 points in the first half. As a team BYU shot 38 percent from the field. 

BYU visits children's hospital, conducts team fireside Sunday

Dec 21, 2014 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 10:26 pm | Updated: December 21, 2014 11:32 pm | Permalink

The focus of practice and activities turned to service and worship on Sunday in the final lead-up to the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl pitting BYU vs. Memphis at Marlins Park on Monday (2 p.m. ET/ESPN).

Sunday morning representatives from both BYU and Memphis made a special visit to patients at Baptist Children's Hospital in Miami. The visit was designed to help wish the children and their families a Happy Holiday season.

Players, cheerleaders and team mascots from both teams spent time with the children, taking pictures, signing autographs and providing memorabilia and gifts from the bowl and their respective teams. BYU players Taysom Hill, Jamaal Williams, Craig Bills and Brock Stringham were joined by BYU cheerleaders and Cosmo to represent BYU during the visit. 

"I have been to a couple of bowls before and Miami certainly hasn't disappointed," Hill said. "It has been a great opportunity to come to the hospital and give back and add a little perspective to each of our lives."

According to hospital staff, several other teams had visited the hospital in past years, but this was the first time that two opposing teams came together on the same day with the common goal of bringing cheer to the children's lives during their difficult period.

"We're very fortunate to be in a position to give back to our community and specifically children at Baptist Children's Hospital," said Miami Beach Bowl Executive Director Carlos Padilla II. "The Miami Beach Bowl participants enjoyed spending time with these children and their families in hopes of creating a positive experience that brings smiles to faces."

The BYU football team and travel party also participated in a Sacrament service at the hotel Sunday morning and later Sunday evening more than 900 people attended the team fireside devotional at Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Phillip Amone, Travis Frey, Hayden Griffitts and Tim Duran each spoke at the fireside along with offensive line coach Garett Tujague and head coach Bronco Mendenhall. The team also sang a musical number together.

The nightcap to the day was a team visit to Marlins Park Sunday evening to see the locker room and field before returning Monday morning for the game. 

Check out the photos below.

BYU holds on to 79-77 victory over Stanford

Dec 20, 2014 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 11:15 pm | Permalink

The two teams kept it close early in the second half, trading points back and forth. Anson Winder hit a three with 14:35 left to put BYU up 48-44. Winder went coast-to-coast through the defenders to make a layup, but Stanford answered back by scoring on two straight possessions.

BYU took control of the game after going on a 7-0 run capped off by a scramble for the offensive rebound and a layup from Chase Fischer to push the lead to 72-59. A 3-pointer from Fischer extended the lead to 13 points and forced a Stanford timeout with 3:35 left in the game.

Stanford forced itself back into the game with tough backcourt defense. The Cardinals made two buckets off of two steals in a row. A three from Chasson Randle with 54 seconds left made the Cougars’ lead just two, 79-77. The comeback wasn’t enough, however, as BYU held on to earn the 79-77 victory.

Four Cougars scored in double figures in the win over Stanford, led by Tyler Haws’ game-high 24 points. Kyle Collinsworth had a double-double after scoring 15 points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds.