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BYU blows out Santa Clara, 89-59

Dec 29, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 9:28 pm | Permalink

Coming out of the break, Mika again came away with the first points of the half, and sophomore Nick Emery then found his first points of the game with a jumper to put the Cougars up 47-26. Leading by 23 at the 13:05 mark, Steven Beo found the basket again for his third 3-pointer of the contest and was quickly followed by Yoeli Childs and Eric Mika layups to push the BYU edge to 30 with just over 12 minutes remaining.

Junior Corbin Kaufusi suited up for the Cougars for the first time this season and checked in with just under nine minutes remaining in the contest. BYU then used points from nearly every athlete on the roster, including 3-pointers from Nick Emery, Payton Dastrup and Colby Leifson to finish the contest.  BYU reached the large lead of the game at 35 points with 3:28 remaining, 84-49, and the Cougars finished off the Broncos with a final score of 89-59.

Three Cougars tallied double-digit scoring. Mika finished with a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds, with Haws and Beo close behind with 17 and 12, respectively. Aytes logged eight points, and Emery and Childs finished with seven each. 

Cougars carry double-digit lead over Broncos at the break

Dec 29, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 7:59 pm | Permalink

Despite the Broncos winning the opening tipoff, Cougar senior Eric Mika came away with the first four points of the game. After two quick fouls on freshman Yoeli Childs, sophomore Braiden Shaw checked into the game. Senior L.J. Rose came away with a three-point play after a takeaway on the other end and the Cougars went up 7-3. BYU went up nine at the 11:54 mark after junior Jamal Aytes came up with a layup, then quickly extended it to 11 with an Eric Mika throw down, 20-9.

Mika reached double digits in points, 10, only nine minutes into the contest, and Aytes had an impressive showing in the first half, going 4-of-4 from the field and finishing with eight points. Freshman Steven Beo drained his second 3-pointer for the Cougars at the 6:20 mark to put them up 21, 35-14. BYU continued to hit from the field including points from freshman TJ Haws, Childs and Mika. The Cougars maintained a comfortable 18-point lead into the locker room, 44-26.

Mika led all scorers with 14 points and also contributed seven rebounds. Haws and Aytes were close behind, with eight points each. Beo finished the half with seven points. Rose had five points, four rebounds and three assists. Childs ended with two points and two rebounds. 

Cougars defeat Roadrunners, 81-71

Dec 22, 2016 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 9:05 pm | Updated: December 22, 2016 9:06 pm | Permalink

Freshman Yoeli Childs scored nine of the Cougars’ first 16 second half points to give BYU a 63-45 lead with 11:33 on the clock. The Roadrunners reduced the Cougars’ 22-point lead to 10 points with 8:08 left to play.

BYU responded with successful trips to the charity stripe throughout the half, shooting 63.6 percent, and extended its lead to 14 points, 77-63, with 2:16 left.

The Cougars finished the night on top, 81-71, as four players scored double digits. Nick Emery led the Cougars with 23 points and Childs had career highs of 19 points and four blocks. TJ Haws added 14 points and five assists while Eric Mika contributed 13 points. Childs and Mika also pulled down 12 and 10 rebounds, respectively.  

Cougars lead CSU Bakersfield, 47-27, at halftime

Dec 22, 2016 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 7:59 pm | Updated: December 22, 2016 8:02 pm | Permalink

The Cougars opened the game on a 14-2 run, beginning with six straight points from sophomore Eric Mika. Freshman TJ Haws and senior L.J. Rose hit back-to-back 3-pointers before freshman Yoeli Childs threw down a dunk with 15:39 on the clock

BYU maintained a double-digit lead for three quarters of the half. In a three-minute span, freshman Steven Beo added six points off the bench, putting the Cougars up 41-21 with 2:25 left in the half. Efficient free-throw shooting from Childs and Haws as well as a Haws jumper gave BYU a comfortable 47-27 lead at halftime.

Emery led all scorers with 14 points, followed by Mika’s eight. The Cougars shot 58.6 percent from the field and outrebounded the Roadrunners 27-17.

Viewing Options: BYU vs. Wyoming

Dec 21, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 2:34 pm | Updated: December 21, 2016 2:53 pm | Permalink

BYU football plays Wyoming in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl tonight at 6 p.m. PST on ESPN in Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

The game will be televised live on ESPN. It will also be streamed online on

Additionally, live television coverage on BYUtv will begin at 5 p.m. PST with the one-hour pregame show, Countdown to Kickoff. Live postgame coverage on BYUtv will follow after the game.

Radio coverage of the game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with the Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins with the pregame show at 4 p.m. PST on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM. It can also be found online at

Visit the gameday page for additional information on the matchup against the Cowboys.

Cougars down Bengals 84-58

Dec 20, 2016 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 8:45 pm | Updated: December 20, 2016 8:54 pm | Permalink

Four minutes into the second half, BYU extended it's lead over Idaho State to 12, 49-37, on a Braiden Shaw wrap-around layup. Eric Mika sank two free throws to give him 17 points with 13:53 to go. Mika finished the game with a game-high 19 points, going 8 of 13 from the field.

The Bengals cut into the Cougars' 16-point lead hitting two back-to-back treys to make the score 57-47. At the 9:24 mark, TJ Haws helped BYU increase its lead to 17, 66-49, as he made a pair of free throws. Haws tallied 17 points for the game on 5 of 9 shooting.

On a fast break pass from Haws with 4:34 to go, Yoeli Childs hammered down his third-straight dunk to give him 11 points for the game. Childs ended the contest with 13 points and added 14 rebounds to finish the game with a double-double.

A Colby Leifson 3-pointer extended the Cougar lead to 26, 82-56, before BYU eventually won 84-58.

Cougars take 39-31 lead over Idaho State into halftime

Dec 20, 2016 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 7:48 pm | Updated: December 20, 2016 7:53 pm | Permalink

Fueled by eight quick points by Eric Mika, the Cougars started out the game on a 10-3 run. At the 11:08 mark, Steven Beo completed the 3-point play to put BYU up 17-8 after a three-minute scoring drought.

With 4:08 to go in the first half of play, L.J. Rose extended the Cougar lead to 16, 35-19, after converting three-straight 3-point field goals.

Mika led all scorers going into the break with 10 points, while Rose added nine. Yoeli Childs pulled down a game-high eight rebounds and also had a team-high three assists at the break.

BYU shot 41 percent from the field to Idaho State's 36 percent. The Cougars outrebounded the Bengals 22 to 16 in the first 20 minutes of play.

BYU comes away with victory over Colorado, 79-71

Dec 10, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 10:18 pm | Permalink

Eric Mika and TJ Haws combined for five points in the first minute of the second half, and Haws found the basket for another 3-pointer to put the Cougars up 48-42.  A steal from Nick Emery and a layup from Yoeli Childs extended the edge to ten for the Cougars by the 15-minute mark and forced Colorado into the first timeout of the half. Colorado quickly got back into it, going on a 10-1 run, and forcing BYU to call a timeout at 11:43, only up one, 53-52.

The Buffaloes continued their run, scoring two free throws out of the break to take the lead for the first time since the opening minute of the contest. Haws fed a cutting Emery a pass into the lane for a layup, giving edge back to BYU, 55-54. The two teams then began to trade leads, as well as back-to-back 3-pointers. Steven Beo came up with a steal before BYU turned it over on their end as well, but Mika came up with a huge block back on defense with got the crowd roaring and forced the Buffaloes to call a timeout. 

Following a small run, the Cougars found themselves up by seven with five minutes remaining and legthened it to nine with just under four to go. Again, Colorago threatened the lead, but BYU was able to keep them away long enough and get stops on defense to come away with the victory over the Buffaloes, 79-71.

Four Cougars finished in double figures in points. Emery totaled the game-high 22 points, with Childs recording a double-double, 11 points and 12 rebounds. Mika finished with 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists, and Haws ended with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. 

Cougars carry slim advantage over Colorado into halftime

Dec 10, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 9:06 pm | Updated: December 10, 2016 9:08 pm | Permalink

Freshman Yoeli Childs logged the first points of the game a quick 15 seconds after the opening tipoff. Childs also found himself wide open for a dunk before sophomore Nick Emery hit a trey and a layup to give BYU a 9-3 lead in the opening minutes. With 12 minutes remaining they extended their lead to eight, 21-13, but Colorado got back in the contest with a 3-pointer.

An and-one basket from sophomore Eric Mika with 9:23 remaining got the crowd to its feet, but the Buffaloes continued to pressure the Cougars. They cut the BYU lead to only four when Emery answered with two 3-pointers. The Buffaloes continued to chip away at the Cougar advantage until BYU only led by one with one minute remaining.

An L.J. Rose jumper extended the lead to three, but Colorado tied it up with 40 seconds left. Mika found the basket for a jumper to give the Cougars a 40-38 advantage heading into the locker room.

Emery led all BYU scorers with 13 points, the only Cougar to reach double figure before halftime. Childs tallied eight points and seven rebounds, just ahead of Mika, who had seven points and three rebounds. Rose ended with five points, ahead of Davis and TJ Haws with four and three, respectively.