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Cougars top Chippewas 98-85

Dec 18, 2015 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 8:52 pm | Updated: December 18, 2015 8:55 pm | Permalink

Teams traded baskets through the first part of the second half making the score 54-54 at the 14:21 mark. BYU then pulled ahead 65-57 behind three 3-pointers and a layup by Zac Seljaas.

With 10 minutes to go in the second half, Central Michigan's Josh Kozinski hit his sixth 3-point field goal of the game to bring the Chippewas within five, 65-60. Seljaas responded with his sixth 3-pointer on the night to go up 70-60, giving Seljaas a career-high 20 points for the game.

The Chippewas cut the Cougar lead to five, 77-72, with six minutes to go. BYU extended its lead to nine, 81-72 behind a pair of free throws by Chase Fischer.

The Cougars went up by 11 on a made free throw by Collinsworth at the 2:40 mark. BYU then extended its lead to 13 on a layup by Seljaas with under two minutes to go.

Five Cougars finished the game in double figures with Seljaas leading all scorers with a career- and game-high 25. Seljaas finished the game shooting 7 of 9 from the 3-point line. Collinsworth recorded his eighth career triple-double and his second of the season finishing the contest with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Chase Fischer added 23 points, while Nick Emery chipped in 12. Kyle Davis scored a BYU career- and season-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists.

The Cougars dished out 26 assists to the Chippewas 18, and BYU pulled down 37 rebounds, while Central Michigan recorded 34. BYU turned the ball over just six times, while Central Michigan gave the ball away 11 times.

Cougars and Chippewas tied 44-44 at break

Dec 18, 2015 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 7:50 pm | Updated: December 18, 2015 8:00 pm | Permalink

BYU opened up the game on a 4-0 run behind a 15-foot jumper by Kyle Collinsworth and two made free throws by sophomore center Corbin Kaufusi. After two Chippewa baskets, the Cougars extended their lead to eight, 13-5, on a 3-point field goal by Chase Fischer.

At the 10:44 mark, Central Michigan cut the lead to two, 18-16, on a made 3-point basket by John Simons. BYU then extended its lead back to five, 21-16, on a 3-point field goal of its own by Zac Seljaas.

Behind a Nick Emery layup and another Seljaas trey, the Cougars pulled ahead 26-18 with seven minutes to go in the half.  Central Michigan then went on a 9-3 run, making three 3-pointers on three straight possessions, to cut the deficit to two, with the score 29-27 in BYU's favor.

With three minutes to go in the half, the Chippewas tied the game at 35-all and then took their first lead of the contest, 38-36. Teams went into the break tied at 44-44.

After 20 minutes of play, 18 3-point field goals were made between both teams, with the Chippewas shooting 50 percent and the Cougars 44.4 from behind the arc. Emery led all BYU scorers with 12 points at the break, while Collinsworth finished the first half with five points, a game-high seven rebounds and a team-high five assists.

Three Cougars named to 2016 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American teams

Dec 10, 2015 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 2:36 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Three BYU men's volleyball players were named to the 2016 Off the Block/Sprinbak, Inc. Preseason All-American teams, the site announced Thursday.

An 18-member voting committee, comprised of head men's volleyball coaches and volleyball reporters, selected 21 players to the first and second teams - including Ben Patch on the first team and Jake Langlois and Brenden Sander on the second team.

The annual preseason teams recognize the NCAA Division I-II men's volleyball players projected to be the best in the nation in the upcoming season.

BYU, along with Loyola-Chicago and Hawai'i, have a nation-best three players on the list. 

Setter: Peter Hutz, Loyola
Setter: Jonah Seif, UC Santa Barbara
Opposite: Tamir Hershko, UC Irvine
Opposite: Ben Patch, BYU
Outside attacker: Nicolas Szerszen, Ohio State
Outside attacker: Sinisa Zarkovic, Hawai’i
Middle attacker: Jason Agopian, UC Irvine
Middle attacker: Jeff Jendryk, Loyola
Middle attacker: Bobby Walsh, Lewis
Libero: Kolby Kanetake, Hawai’i

Setter: Scott Fifer, Lewis
Setter: Jennings Franciskovic, Hawai’i
Setter: James Shaw, Stanford
Opposite: Matt Tarantino, Pepperdine
Outside attacker: JT Hatch, UCLA
Outside attacker: Jake Langlois, BYU
Outside attacker: Brenden Sander, BYU
Middle attacker: Andy Benesh, USC
Middle attacker: Conrad Kaminski, Stanford
Middle attacker: Nick Olson, Loyola
Libero: Andrew Sato, Long Beach State

Others receiving votes:TJ DeFalco, Long Beach State; Taylor Gregory, Long Beach State; Andy Sellan, IPFW; Michael Michelau, Erskine; Miles Johnson, Ohio State; Kyle Russell, UC Irvine; Michael Hatch, BYU; Mitch Stahl, UCLA; Matt Walsh, Ball State; Jake Arnitz, UCLA; Luis Bertran, IPFW; Hayden Boehle, UC Santa Barbara; Artur Cabral, Coker; Jabarry Goodridge, NJIT; Micah Ma’a, UCLA; Leshon Alexander, Coker; Christopher DeLucie, Sacred Heart; Matt Douglas, USC; Nick Drooker, King; Jacob Duckworth, Lindenwood; Liam Flaherty, Coker; Luke Grupe, Coker; Driss Guessous, Ohio State; Ryan Hardy, UC Santa Barbara; Brian Negron, George Mason; Ryan Mather, Grand Canyon; Joao Victor Santos, Coker; Alex Slaught, USC; Matt Underwood, BYU; Austin Arcala, Sacred Heart; Joshua Ayzenberg, Sacred Heart; Andrew Benz, UC Irvine; Christy Blough, Ohio State; Kyle Cazarez, Holy Names; Evan Chang, BYU; Branden Clemens, Harvard; Tanner Compton, Holy Names; Fabio Diniz, Pfeiffer; Josh Donahue, Mount Olive Doug Dzema, Sacred Heart; Jack Gamache, Quincy; Taylor Hammond, Penn State; Alex Harthaller, IPFW; TJ Jurko, NJIT; Matt Marsh, UC Santa Barbara; Mike Marshman, St. Francis; Ryan Moore, Lindenwood; Luke Motoyama, Holy Names; Christopher Nugent, Penn State; Wyatt Patterson, McKendree; Mitch Penning, Pepperdine; Jalen Penrose, Penn State; Ben Plaisted, Loyola; Radoslav Popov, George Mason; Jacob Schmiegelt, Lewis; Michael Schneck, Erskine; Brooks Varni, USC; Ryan Vorderer, Lindenwood; Eduardo Zardo, Sacred Heart 


Women's volleyball prepares for Nebraska

Dec 10, 2015 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 12:24 pm | Updated: December 10, 2015 2:08 pm | Permalink

No. 13 seed BYU women's volleyball spent Thursday morning working on homework, studying for finals and studying film on No. 4 seed Nebraska. Before practice head coach Heather Olmstead, Amy Boswell, Alexa Gray and Ciara Parker fielded questions from the media in a press conference. Immediately after, the team took to Memorial Coliseum for the first time to practice on the unfamiliar court. The players then went to a team dinner spent the rest of the day resting and working on homework. 

Cougars up on Aggies 39-24 at halftime

Dec 09, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 7:53 pm | Permalink

The Aggies opened up the game with back-to-back 3-pointers, and Kyle Davis responded with back-to-back layups to make it 6-4. A block from Corbin Kaufusi and a layup by Jake Toolson tied the game at 6-6 with 17 minutes to play.

The teams traded layups for the next two minutes, keeping things even throughout. Kaufusi's layup at 14:30 gave BYU its first lead of the night, 12-10. The Aggies quickly tied it back up with a layup of their own. 

Chase Fischer hit two 3-pointers to give the Cougars a 18-14 lead with 12 minutes to go. Nate Austin and Kyle Collinsworth both had blocks for BYU as defenses kept either team from scoring for three minutes. Nick Emery's 3-pointer ended the scoreless drought and put the Cougars up 21-16 with 9:30 to play in the first half. Davis added a layup to make the score 23-16 before an Aggie timeout.

Collinsworth hit a fade-away jumper to extend BYU's lead to nine. Jalen Moore ended the Aggie's four-minute scoring drought with a 3-pointer. Twenty seconds later, Emery hit a 3 from the left corner, making the score 28-19. Collinsworth blocked an attempted Aggie layup with seven minutes to play, keeping BYU's lead at nine points.

Fischer's 3 with 5:40 to go gave BYU its largest lead to that point, 31-20. Utah State hit a pair of free-throws and a layup to bring itself within seven with five minutes to go. 

Collinsworth hit a layup and added a free-throw to take the Cougars lead to 12, 36-24. 

The Aggies went 0 for 10 over the last two minutes, while the Cougars added three free-throws to go into halftime with a 39-24 lead.

Davis had 10 points and seven rebounds, leading all players in both categories. Fischer had nine points and Emery had six points. Collinsworth had eight points, six rebounds and three assists going into halftime. BYU shot 50 percent from beyond the arc and its defense had six blocks. Lew Evans led all Aggies in scoring with seven points.

Cougars travel to Kentucky to prepare for Sweet Sixteen match against Nebraska

Dec 09, 2015 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 7:45 pm | Permalink

No. 13 seed BYU women's volleyball traveled to Lexington, Kentucky, Wednesday to prepare for its Sweet Sixteen match against No. 4 seed Nebraska. The Cougars woke up before dawn to head to Salt Lake City International Airport. The team then spent a layover in Chicago working on homework and studying for finals. Following a flight to Louisville and a bus ride to Lexington, the BYU squad checked into its hotel after a 13 hour travel journey.

Cougars beat Wildcats 73-68

Dec 05, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 2:51 pm | Permalink

BYU got off to a hot start in the second half, going on a 9-2 run to push its lead to 48-39 after a breakaway layup by Jake Toolson. Nate Austin drilled a jump shot with 14:48 on the clock to give the Cougars their first double-digit lead of the game, 53-42.

A putback layup from Austin ended a scoring drought of over two minutes for BYU, making it 61-49 with 8:40 to play in the game. Fischer ended another drought of over two minutes with a 3-pointer, keeping Weber State at bay.

Kyle Collinsworth scored five points for the Cougars over the span of three minutes, but the Wildcats were able to claw their way back into the game. With 0:51 left, Zac Seljaas made one free throw to make it 70-63. 

Collinsworth sealed the win with two free throws with 10 seconds left, making the final score 73-68.

Fischer had a career-high four steals to go along with his team-high 21 points (3 treys). Collinsworth had his third double-double of the year with 13 points and 10 assists. He also grabbed four boards. Kyle Davis had 15 points and 7 rebounds in the contest.

BYU leads Weber State 39-37 at half

Dec 05, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 1:46 pm | Permalink

For the first four minutes of the game, the two teams traded points bucket for bucket, neither team able to go on a run. With 15:48 on the clock, a 3-pointer from Jake Toolson sparked the team to go on a 9-0 run. A baseline-layup from Chase Fischer capped off the run, extending BYU’s lead to 18-12.

Weber State got back in the game, going on a 7-0 run to take back the lead at 24-22. Kyle Davis muscled his way for a bucket in the paint to tie it back up at 24-24 with just under nine minutes to play.

Fischer drilled another trey to close in on the Wildcats’ lead, making it 35-31 with 4:23 on the clock. With 1:26 left in the half, the Cougars took back the lead after Fischer stole the ball and drove for a layup.

Both Fischer and Davis had 10 points in the game, leading all scorers. Kyle Collinsworth has six points and seven assists. Davis leads all rebounders with five.