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BYU Athletics Blog | January 2016

Cougars end losing streak to Waves with 88-77 victory

Jan 30, 2016 - Posted by Blake Dorton at 10:11 pm | Permalink

The Waves started the second half the same way they did the first, on a 6-0 run to pull within two. Collinsworth put an end to the run with a steal and ensuing dunk at the other end. At the first timeout at 15:56, the Cougars led 58-56.

BYU regained a comfortable advantage at 71-58 over the next four minutes thanks to scores from Collinsworth and Fischer, and four Pepperdine turnovers. The Cougars went just one for its next five attempts, but were able to maintain a 10-point lead of 75-65 with 8:58 to go.

At the final media timeout in regulation at 3:26, BYU led 82-73 with Fischer scoring the Cougars' last seven points. The Waves would not threaten again as they struggled to score, finishing the night making only two of their final 14 shot attempts from the field.

Collinsworth jumped into first place on the BYU all-time rebounding list with his board at the 0:54 mark.

BYU beat Pepperdine by a score of 88-77. Collinsworth led all scorers on the night with 24 points to go along with 10 assists and four rebounds. Emery chipped in 17 points and Fischer had 15. Davis scored 11 points and had eight boards, Kaufusi had 10 points and six rebounds, and Hartsock finished with nine points and four boards.

BYU leads Pepperdine 53-45 at the half

Jan 30, 2016 - Posted by Blake Dorton at 9:00 pm | Permalink

Pepperdine started off the game on a 6-0 run before Kyle Collinsworth got BYU on the board with a driving layup. Collinsworth accounted for each of the Cougars' first seven points on the night. Kyle Davis also chipped in a 3-pointer as the Waves had a 14-10 advantage at the first media timeout, 15:21.

Corbin Kaufusi threw down a nice dunk soon after the timeout, and he knocked down a pair of free throws to give BYU its first lead of the game, 19-17 with 13:16 to play in the first half. Collinsworth shook his man with a crossover down the lane for a score to put the Cougars up five, 25-20 with 11:12 left. BYU made nine straight shots, including all of its free throws, from the 19:26 mark until a Nick Emery missed 3-pointer at the 11:02 mark.

Noah Hartsock sunk threes on back-to-back offensive trips to extend the lead to eight, 31-23, at the 9:26 mark. He made his third in as many tries two possessions later. BYU held a 36-28 lead with 7:10 to play.

BYU went on another hot shooting streaking, making seven straight field goals over the next five minutes, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Chase Fischer and a layup from Jordan Chatman. The Cougars led 50-39 with 2:19 left. At the half, BYU led 53-45.

Collinsworth paced the Cougars on offense with 13 points along with eight assists and a rebound. Emery had 10 points, Hartsock had nine points and Davis had eight points and four rebounds. BYU shot 63 percent from the field in the half.

BYU beats LMU 87-62

Jan 28, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 10:58 pm | Updated: January 28, 2016 11:00 pm | Permalink

Chase Fischer opened up the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the lead to 44-24 after just one minute of play. BYU went on an 8-0 run over two minutes to make the lead 52-32 with 15:06 to play. Kyle Davis scored six of the eight points in that run.

Corbin Kaufusi scored three baskets in a row for the Cougars, including a breakaway dunk and a three-point play that made the lead 70-50 with 7:53 left in the game.

Kyle Collinsworth followed up his first half dunk with a breakaway slam at the 7:30 mark that aided in eight unanswered points for BYU, making it 75-50. After the Lions scored a basket, the Cougars answered with another 6-0 run to hold them at bay.

A layup with less than a minute to go from Davin Guinn sealed the 87-62 win.

Five BYU players scored in double figures in this win. Davis led the team with 19 points with Fischer right behind him with 17 points, four assists and a career-high six rebounds. Kaufusi added 12 points and two blocks coming off the bench, going a perfect 5 for 5 from the field. Collinsworth had 11 points, eight assists and five rebounds, while Nick Emery had 10 points and four assists.

Cougars lead LMU 38-24 at the half

Jan 28, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:50 pm | Updated: January 28, 2016 9:54 pm | Permalink

BYU got off to a slow start, allowing Loyola Marymount to score eight unanswered points, including two dunks. A tough layup made by Kyle Davis at the 17:24 mark ended the run. Chase Fischer drilled a three to close in on the lead, 8-5.

A three from Jakob Hartsock tied the game at 15-15. Another 3-pointer, this time from Nick Emery, gave BYU its first lead, 18-15, with 9:09 to go in the half.

The Cougars went on an 18-2 run to push their lead to 30-17. The run was highlighted by a huge dunk from Kyle Collinsworth that drew the foul for the three-point play.

BYU closed out the half on a 6-2 run that included two perfect trips to the charity stripe from Fischer and Collinsworth. The Cougars have a 38-24 lead going into the break.

Davis leads BYU in scoring with 10 points. Zac Seljaas and Nate Austin each have five rebounds to lead the Cougars. Collinsworth has nine points, three rebounds and four assists.

January Baseball Blog

Jan 19, 2016 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 10:26 am | Updated: January 19, 2016 10:43 am | Permalink

NEW COUGARS:  Left-handed pitchers Bo Burrup and Rhett Parkinson officially joined the team when classes began the first day of this month.  Both are recently returned from serving church missions to Baltimore, Maryland and Salem, Oregon, respectively.  Burrup signed with BYU before his mission and Parkinson signed with BYU several years ago before enrolling at Salt Lake Community College.

COLE WILSTEAD GONE: First baseman Cole Wilstead is still a Cougar, just not for the BYU baseball team.  The former all-state football player from St. George is on the BYU football team.  His younger brother Kody is a quarterback for BYU football, but is currently serving a church mission to Argentina.

BID FAREWELL:  We bid farewell to former BYU baseball player Cal Crump who passed away this month.  Crump played for BYU in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  He stopped by our office last year to give us several articles regarding that era.

MORE MARRIED PLAYERS: Junior right-handers Keaton Cenatiempo  and Connor Williams got married to their wives last month. Other married players on BYU’s team are Hayden NielsenHayden RogersMichael Rucker and Eric Urry.  At this point, one other engaged Cougar is Tanner Chauncey, whose fiancée  is in law school at the University of Utah and they plan to get married after the season.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH: Current Cougars celebrating birthdays this month are Bryan Call, Keaton Cenatiempo, Keaton Kringlen and Daniel Schneemann.

GREEN SCREEN SHOTS: BYU’s baseball players got their green screen pictures taken at the BYUtv building earlier this month. Those photos will be used for introductory lineups for the 10 games televised by BYUtv and one by the Pac-12 Network this season. In addition to having their photos taken, a couple players including Eric Urry, Tanner Chauncey  and Maverik Buffo recorded sound bites to be used in promoting shows on BYUtv. Chauncey's sound bite had an unusual twist with him growling like a Cougar and Buffo wears six ball caps atop his head in rally-cap fashion.

DR. FIFE NOW ELDER FIFE:  Among the 28 former players and coaches attending the First Pitch Dinner earlier this month was Dr. Tom Fife (BYU 1962-67), who entered the MTC a couple days afterward bound for a missionary medical assignment with his wife, Karen, in Minnesota.

ONLY SHOW IN TOWN:  While there are many shows playing all the time in Las Vegas, BYU's four-game season opener against Saint Louis University at Cashman Field in Las Vegas is the only collegiate baseball game that weekend.  The UNLV Rebels are on the road in a three-game series at the University of Texas during that time.

COUGARS RETURN TO LAS VEGAS:  BYU's baseball team won one of a four-game series at Cashman Field last year against Oklahoma after the series was moved there on short notice because of bad weather in the midwest.  BYU's men's and women's basketball teams return to Las Vegas on March 3-8.

51's SEASON OPENER:  The Las Vegas 51's, the triple A affiliate of the New York Mets, and residents of Cashman Field open their home season on April 7-10 against Fresno.

RADIO BROADCASTS:  Veteran radio broadcaster Brent Norton will call the play-by-play again this season, starting next month  when BYU plays Utah.  Joining Norton in the radio booth on more occasions than in the past is former Cougar Cameron Coughlan (BYU 2000-02) who moved from his Disneyland job in California to work for the Utah Jazz in corporate relations. Other former Cougars whom you might hear on the air this year include Jeff Bills (BYU 1972-75) and Marc Oslund (BYU 2009-13).

Cougars down Dons 102-92

Jan 09, 2016 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 9:02 pm | Updated: January 9, 2016 9:08 pm | Permalink

Three early fouls for the Dons gave the Cougars six quick points, putting them up 57-47 in the first minute of second half play.

Tim Derksen's 3-pointer brought the Dons within seven, but Nick Emery hit a 3 from the left corner and Chase Fischer added a breakaway layup to give the Cougars a 62-50 lead with 15:57 to play.

San Francisco's 3-point play brought them within nine, but Fischer's 3-pointer with 15 minutes to play gave them a 12-point advantage again. The two teams traded baskets for the next four minutes, until the Dons scored two straight layups to cut BYU's lead to nine with 11:21 to play. Derksen hit a 3-pointer from the right side to bring San Francisco within six, but Jordan Chatman's 3-pointer took the Cougars' lead to 75-66 with 9:30 to play. 

Zac Seljaas' 3-pointer put the Cougars up 78-68 with 8:30 to play in the game. San Francisco responded with two straight layups to bring the lead within six, but a Kyle Davis layup and a Fischer 3-pointer gave BYU an 83-74 advantage with 6:45 to play.

Seljaas hit another 3 to put BYU up by 10 with six minutes to play. The Dons hung with the Cougars for the next two minutes, but Emery's 3-pointer from the left corner put the Cougars up 93-80 with four minutes to play. A combination of strong defense and offense for the next four minutes allowed them to close the game out 102-92. 

Fischer led all scorers with 25 points and Seljaas ended the night with 20 points and five rebounds from the bench. Emery had 21 points and five rebounds and Kyle Collinsworth had 13 points, seven assists and four rebounds. Davis also added 14 points and nine rebounds to BYU's winning efforts. 

Cougars hold 51-45 lead over Dons at break

Jan 09, 2016 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 7:51 pm | Updated: January 9, 2016 7:54 pm | Permalink

Teams traded baskets to open up the first half of play with the Cougars tying the game at 5-all on a driving layup by Nick Emery. With 15 minutes to go in the half, Chase Fischer and Emery hit back-to-back 3-point field goals to give BYU the 16-13 advantage.

At the 9:07 mark, USF garnered its largest lead of the game so far, 28-23, off of a layup by Nate Renfro. The Cougars then went on an 8-3 run fueled by two Zac Seljaas 3-point baskets. With 4:13 to go in the half, BYU took the 40-37 lead forcing a San Francisco timeout after two consecutive fastbreak layups by Kyle Collinsworth.

With 2:14 to go, Collinsworth stole the ball in the USF backcourt for the dunk to give BYU the 47-44 lead. The Cougars took a six-point lead into the halftime break.

Seljaas led all scorers going into the break with 14 points, going 5 of 7 from the field. Nate Austin had a game-high five rebounds, and Fischer and Collinsworth both dished out three assists apiece.

BYU overwhelms Santa Clara 97-61

Jan 07, 2016 - Posted by Blake Dorton at 11:04 pm | Updated: January 8, 2016 12:11 am | Permalink

BYU started off the half hot with six straight points in the paint and an Emery 3-pointer to take its biggest lead of the game to that point, 57-38. Out of the first media timeout, the Cougars went on a quick 6-1 run thanks to a Collinsworth bucket and free throw and an Emery 3-pointer to go up 67-43 with 14:29 to play.

The Cougars would add to the lead little by little over the next few minutes despite neither team shooting the ball particularly well. At the media timeout with 7:29 left, BYU found itself up big, 77-49. At that point, much of the focus among fans at the Marriott Center shifted to Collinsworth's pursuit to extend his NCAA record for career triple-doubles to nine. He had 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to that point.

The moment came at the 3:37 mark as Collinsworth fed freshman Braiden Shaw in the paint who finished the play to give Collinsworth his tenth assist on the game. BYU would win the game with by a score of 97-61.

Five Cougars finished the game scoring in double figures. Collinsworth notched his ninth career triple-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to extend his NCAA career record. Emery led the Cougars in scoring with 23 points while Fischer added 13 points of his own. Seljaas also had 14 points and seven rebounds. Davis had 10 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists. BYU outshot Santa Clara from the field 47% to just 34%. The Cougars dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Broncos 52-33. BYU also won the assists battle 19-10. The Cougars had seven steals while the Broncos had none.

Cougars lead Broncos 48-34 at the half

Jan 07, 2016 - Posted by Blake Dorton at 10:10 pm | Updated: January 8, 2016 12:14 am | Permalink

BYU opened up the game with a 7-2 lead over Santa Clara behind a Chase Fischer 3-pointer from the corner and buckets by Kyle Davis and Kyle Collinsworth. Both teams traded missed jumpers until Collinsworth extended the Cougars' lead to 12-5 with a basket off glass after he secured two consecutive offensive rebounds off his own misses.

Collinsworth replicated the offensive rebound feat at the 14:23 mark to give BYU a 14-6 advantage. The Cougars went on a 7-0 run capped by a triple from freshman 3-point sensation Zac Seljaas to go up 21-9 with 12:14 to play in the half.

Both teams went through another dry spell from the floor over the next four minutes. BYU scored just two points prior to the next media timeout at 7:34 as Santa Clara cut the deficit to eight points, 23-15. Two quick triples from Fischer and Nick Emery, along with a free throw from Davis within the first minute after the timeout quickly gave BYU a more comfortable lead at 30-18. 

BYU maintained the lead the rest of the first period and it ended on an Emery layup at the buzzer to take a 48-34 lead into the break.

After 20 minutes of play, the Cougars were shooting 42 percent from the field, while the Broncos shot 36 percent. Collinsworth and Brownridge were tied for the game-high lead in points with 14 apiece, while Collinsworth added eight rebounds and four assists. Emery added 12 points and Fischer tallied 11 points. Matt Hubbard and Nate Kratch were the next highest scorers for Santa Clara with six points each.