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Anonymous | Posted: 27 Sep 2008 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Cougars Win 2006 BYU Holiday Classic


Keena Young Named Tournament MVP, Lee Cummard Named To All-Tournament Team

PROVO -- The Cougar basketball team capped off the BYU Holiday Classic Saturday night beating Seton Hall 77-68 and becoming the 2006 tournament champions. The first game of Saturday's tournament play featured a blowout with Oral Roberts defeating Liberty 90-58.

BYU improves its record to 10-4 on the season with the win, and Seton Hall falls to 8-4. BYU's Keena Young was the tournament's MVP and BYU's Lee Cummard, Seton Hall's Brian Laing, Liberty's Larry Blair and Caleb Green and Ken Tutt of Oral Roberts were selected to the 2006 BYU Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team.

"I think our team grew a lot in the three days," said BYU head coach Dave Rose. "Things are coming together going into league play. "

The Cougars took awhile to find their rhythm early on as they missed their first four shots and turned the ball over three times. Young finally got BYU going when he hit a fade-away baseline jumper to put BYU on the board. Young finished the night with 26 points and nine boards.

Seton Hall started out hot claiming a 12-4 advantage over the Cougars, but guard Jimmy Balderson ignited the team taking a charge at the 14:30 mark. On the next two possessions, BYU hit back-to-back triples by Cummard and Ainge to cut the deficit to 12-10. The Arizona-native guards Cummard and Ainge had career nights with 16 points each and 12 and nine boards, respectively. All of those stats were career or season highs.

Mike Rose and Vuk Ivanovic gave BYU a huge lift off the bench in the first half. Ivanovic had a career-high four blocks, and Rose grabbed a steal and hit a deep three to give BYU its first lead 21-20 with 10 minutes remaining. On the next possession Cummard crashed the boards and slammed home a one-handed dunk off a rebound that had all 10,103 fans in the Marriot Center on their feet screaming.

The Pirates maintained control of the game throughout the half forcing 15 BYU first-half turnovers and scoring 24 points off them. Seton Hall led at the midway mark 43-35. The eight-point deficit marked the first time the Cougars have trailed at half for this season.

"Seton Hall is very athletic and strong," Coach Rose said. "We had to figure out a way to keep them away from the basket."

The Cougars began the second half attacking the basket and forcing the Pirates to commit six fouls before the first media timeout but were only able to cut the deficit to seven. The Pirates had problems all night getting a body on Cummard as he once again grabbed an offensive board and converted a two-point bucket to tie the game at 58 with 7:52. The Cougars then tightened up with a zone defense on Seton Hall and took a six-point lead at 67-61 when Broadus nailed a three with 5:13 remaining.

Plaisted then let the Pirates know how difficult it is to win in the Marriott Center when he got a huge block, ran the entire floor and ended up with a two-handed throw-down to give BYU its largest lead of the game, 71-64.

"They had everything going their way," said Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez. "We needed to hit some big shots at the end and we didn't pull it off."

Down the stretch the Cougars' defense was spectacular as they held Seton Hall to just seven points in the last five and a half minutes of the game. BYU held on to the lead and extended its current win streak to five games as the Cougars beat the Pirates 77-68.

BYU will look to extend its 23-game home winning streak next Saturday when the Cougars open up Mountain West Conference play hosting San Diego State. The game will tipoff at 3:30 p.m. and can be seen on Versus.

Golden Eagles Douse Flames

PROVO -- Caleb Green scored 19 points to lead five Oral Roberts players in double figures as the Golden Eagles cruised to a 90-58 rout over Liberty on the final day of the BYU Holiday Classic Saturday at the Marriott Center.

Oral Roberts finished 2-1 in the tournament to improve its record to 7-7 overall while Liberty finished 0-3 over the three-day Classic to fall to 6-7 on the year.

"Our team came out and played with a lot of energy," Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton said. "I was proud of the energy the players came out with."

The Flames struggled to keep any type of momentum on the night, turning the ball over 21 times resulting in 26 Golden Eagle points.

"The best statistic of the night was that we had 19 assists and only 10 turnovers," Sutton said.

Both teams came out of the gate slow with neither team able to find the bottom of the net for the first 2:20 of play. Oral Roberts took a 21-11 lead behind four three-point buckets from Moses Ehambe. The Golden Eagles built their lead to 39-26 with 3:56 left to play in the half.

Liberty shot 54 percent from the field, and Tony Blair scored 17 points in the half to keep the Flames in the game through the first half of play. Oral Roberts took a 43-32 advantage into the locker room.

Liberty came out quick to start the second half, hitting five of its first six shots to cut the lead to 51-42 with 15:48 left to play. Liberty was never able to get closer than seven points though, as the Golden Eagles kept up the attack. Ehambe hit his fifth three-point basket with 9:26 left to give Oral Roberts a 69-47 lead. The Golden Eagles never looked back and cruised the rest of the way to the 32-point win.

Oral Roberts shot an even 50 percent from the field, becoming the first team of the season to shoot at least 50 percent against the Flames. Liberty shot 54 percent from the field as a team.

Ken Tutt and Ehambe also scored 17 points apiece, while Marchello Vealy and Shawn King added 16 points and 11 points, respectively, for Oral Roberts. Green also led the Golden Eagles on the glass with five rebounds.

Blair led all scorers with a game-high 26 points to extend his double-digit scoring streak to 33 consecutive games. Alex McLean added 11 points and a game-high six rebounds for Liberty.

"This was a great event for us," Liberty coach Randy Dunton said of the Flames' experience in the tournament. "We played some quality minutes. There are some things we can draw on and teach the players heading into Florida."


BYU vs. Seton Hall Postgame Notes and Quotes.

Oral Roberts vs. Liberty Postgame Notes and Quotes.

Austin Ainge and Jimmy Balderson receive the BYU Holiday Classic Tournament trophy from BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson.

Lee Cummard receives his BYU Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team trophy from BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson.

Keena Young receives his BYU Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team trophy from BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson.

Official Basketball Box Score -- GAME TOTALS -- FINAL STATISTICS

Seton Hall vs BYU

12/30/06 7:35 p.m. at Marriott Center, Provo, Utah


VISITORS: Seton Hall 8-4



14 LAING, Brian........ f 9-16 0-2 1-1 0 5 5 3 19 4 3 0 5 38

23 GAINES, Stan........ f 0-5 0-0 0-0 4 3 7 4 0 0 0 0 1 15

33 BILLMEIER, Grant.... c 3-4 0-0 0-1 1 5 6 4 6 1 1 0 1 23

02 NUTTER, Jamar....... g 6-16 2-9 1-2 0 2 2 4 15 3 3 0 3 33

15 HARVEY, Eugene...... g 7-14 0-1 4-6 2 0 2 0 18 7 3 0 2 37

20 MARSHALL, Carl...... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

21 MESSY, Mani......... 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7

22 GAUSE, Paul......... 1-9 1-7 2-2 0 4 4 3 5 0 0 0 2 29

35 DAVIS, Larry........ 1-8 1-4 2-2 1 1 2 2 5 0 0 0 1 17

TEAM................ 1 5 6

Totals.............. 27-73 4-24 10-14 9 25 34 21 68 15 10 0 15 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 18-39 46.2% 2nd Half: 9-34 26.5% Game: 37.0% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 2-11 18.2% 2nd Half: 2-13 15.4% Game: 16.7% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 5-6 83.3% 2nd Half: 5-8 62.5% Game: 71.4% 2





03 YOUNG, Keena........ f 11-18 0-0 4-4 3 6 9 1 26 3 5 0 0 36

30 CUMMARD, Lee........ f 6-9 2-2 2-2 7 5 12 1 16 0 2 0 0 34

44 PLAISTED, Trent..... c 2-5 0-0 2-8 5 4 9 3 6 5 2 1 1 29

01 BROADUS, Rashaun.... g 2-8 1-5 2-2 0 1 1 2 7 2 3 0 1 21

23 BALDERSON, Jimmy.... g 1-6 0-1 1-2 0 4 4 4 3 1 0 0 1 20

02 ROSE, Mike.......... 1-5 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 2 3 0 0 0 1 13

10 IVANOVIC, Vuk....... 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 0 0 1 1 4 0 11

13 AINGE, Austin....... 4-8 3-6 5-8 0 9 9 1 16 3 4 0 0 27

15 MALAMAN, Fernando... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4

20 BURGESS, Sam........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 2

24 MURDOCK, Ben........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

TEAM................ 1 2 3

Totals.............. 27-63 7-17 16-26 16 39 55 14 77 15 19 5 4 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-35 40.0% 2nd Half: 13-28 46.4% Game: 42.9% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 5-7 71.4% 2nd Half: 2-10 20.0% Game: 41.2% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 2-2 100 % 2nd Half: 14-24 58.3% Game: 61.5% 5


Officials: Scott Thornley, Mike Reed, Brian Shelley

Technical fouls: Seton Hall-None. BYU-None.

Attendance: 10103

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

Seton Hall.................... 43 25 - 68

BYU........................... 35 42 - 77

BYU Holiday Classic

Points in the paint-SHU 28,BY 30. Points off turnovers-SHU 26,BY 11.

2nd chance points-SHU 7,BY 15. Fast break points-SHU 12,BY 0.

Bench points-SHU 10,BY 19. Score tied-4 times. Lead changes-3 times.

Official Basketball Box Score -- GAME TOTALS -- FINAL STATISTICS

Oral Roberts vs Liberty Flames

12/30/06 5:05 p.m. at Marriott Center, Provo, Utah


VISITORS: Oral Roberts 6-7



03 OGUNOYE, Yemi....... f 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 9

10 VEALY, Marchello.... f 6-9 2-2 2-2 1 3 4 3 16 1 2 0 1 29

30 GREEN, Caleb........ f 5-10 0-0 9-11 3 2 5 4 19 4 1 0 1 29

01 TUTT, Ken........... g 5-13 4-7 3-5 0 4 4 2 17 6 1 0 1 34

11 LIBERTY, Adam....... g 0-4 0-1 1-2 0 4 4 0 1 5 1 0 4 32

05 SANGO, Kelvin....... 1-3 0-1 1-2 1 0 1 4 3 0 0 0 0 14

13 EHAMBE, Moses....... 6-7 5-6 0-0 0 3 3 3 17 2 1 0 1 24

23 JORDAN, Daren....... 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 3

32 HAYNES, Ben......... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3

33 KING, Shawn......... 5-6 0-0 1-1 0 4 4 0 11 2 1 3 0 20

42 SPICER, Sylvester... 1-1 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 0 0 3

TEAM................ 1 2 3

Totals.............. 29-53 11-17 21-27 6 24 30 16 90 20 10 3 10 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-32 50.0% 2nd Half: 13-21 61.9% Game: 54.7% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 6-12 50.0% 2nd Half: 5-5 100 % Game: 64.7% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 5-7 71.4% 2nd Half: 16-20 80.0% Game: 77.8% 3


HOME TEAM: Liberty Flames 6-6



11 HUBBARD, Damien..... f 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 3 4 0 1 0 0 13

21 McLEAN, Alex........ f 5-9 0-0 1-2 2 4 6 0 11 1 4 1 0 26

05 SMITH, Anthony...... g 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 4 0 0 1 0 1 18

22 BLAIR, Larry........ g 10-17 4-7 2-2 0 5 5 1 26 2 4 0 0 35

24 BREWINGTON, Dwight.. g 3-8 0-1 0-0 0 4 4 2 6 4 5 0 0 27

01 HOLLAND, Justin..... 0-3 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 2 0 2 1 0 0 17

02 JENKINS, B.J........ 2-2 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 1 6 1 2 0 3 15

03 BAKER, Tyler........ 0-3 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 15

23 JONES, Dominique.... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

25 OHMAN, Kyle......... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3

30 MONROE, Russell..... 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 4 2 0 0 0 0 6

33 PORTER, Rell........ 1-3 1-3 0-1 0 2 2 2 3 0 0 1 1 16

44 JONES, Armon........ 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 7


Totals.............. 24-53 5-14 5-8 7 21 28 24 58 10 21 2 5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-24 54.2% 2nd Half: 11-29 37.9% Game: 45.3% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 4-9 44.4% 2nd Half: 1-5 20.0% Game: 35.7% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 2-3 66.7% 2nd Half: 3-5 60.0% Game: 62.5% 1


Officials: Mike Littlewood, Mike Giarratano, Duane Allen

Technical fouls: Oral Roberts-None. Liberty Flames-None.


Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

Oral Roberts.................. 43 47 - 90

Liberty Flames................ 32 26 - 58

BYU Holiday Classic

Points in the paint-ORU 28,LIB 24. Points off turnovers-ORU 26,LIB 12.

2nd chance points-ORU 9,LIB 0. Fast break points-ORU 4,LIB 6.

Bench points-ORU 37,LIB 11. Score tied-1 time. Lead changes-0 times.


Anonymous | Posted: 31 Dec 2006 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

GAME 14 - BYU vs. Seton Hall, BYU Holiday Classic



BYU COUGARS (9-4, 0-0 MWC)


Seton Hall Pirates (8-3, 0-0 Big East)

Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006

Marriott Center (22,700)

Provo, Utah

7:35 p.m. MT


BYU, Dave Rose (29-13 in second season; same overall)

SHU, Bobby Gonzalez (8-3 in first season; 137-80 in eight years overall)


Series tied 1-1 with Seton Hall winning the last meeting in the series, 82-80 (OT) on Dec. 29, 1958




KSL Newsradio (102.7 FM/1160 AM) and the Cougar Sports Network (6:30 p.m. MT pregame show -- Greg Wrubell, play-by-play; Mark Durrant, game analysis)


Live audio and live stats links are available on the basketball schedule page at


Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006

5 p.m. Oral Roberts 76, Seton Hall 74

7:30 p.m. BYU 73, Liberty 59

Friday, Dec. 29, 2006

5 p.m. Seton Hall 85, Liberty 81

7:30 p.m. BYU 72, Oral Roberts 62

Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006

5 p.m. Liberty vs. Oral Roberts

7:30 p.m. BYU vs. Seton Hall


The BYU men's basketball team sought and got its second win of the BYU Holiday Classic against Oral Roberts Friday at the Marriott Center as the Cougars clipped the Golden Eagles wings, 72-62. Friday's action also saw Seton Hall emerge victorious with an 85-81 win over Liberty. BYU improves to 9-4 on the season with the win and Oral Roberts falls to 6-7 with the loss. Seton Hall is now 8-3, while Liberty is 6-6. Saturday's games pit Oral Roberts against Liberty at 5 p.m. MT and Seton Hall vs. BYU at 7:30 p.m. MT to close out the tournament in the Marriott Center.


The BYU men's basketball team sought and got its second win of the BYU Holiday Classic against Oral Roberts Friday at the Marriott Center as the Cougars clipped the Golden Eagles wings, 72-62. "Every game takes on its own feel," BYU head coach Dave Rose said. "It was that way from the start tonight." The Cougars struggled in the first two minutes of the game as they went down 6-0, missing their first three shots and turning the ball over twice. Keena Young broke BYU's opening drought with a tough shot in the lane followed by a Trent Plaisted put-back to take the score to 6-4 before the Golden Eagles went on a run of their own to go up 12-4. Oral Roberts' Caleb Green led the way for the Golden Eagles in the opening minutes of the game, scoring eight points in seven minutes. Momentum shifted the Cougars' way when Young hit a turn-around 15-footer over Green to pull the blue and white within six. The following two possessions for the Cougars spelled dunks for Plaisted and Lee Cummard, respectively, to pull within two. Fernando Malaman completed the Cougar comeback with a triple from the top of the arc to give BYU its first lead of the game at 17-16. BYU's run went to 11-0 with a Mike Rose jumper to give the Cougars a three-point lead at 19-16 with just over 11 minutes to go in the game. After a circus-esque melee at center court with both teams scrambling for the ball, BYU's Jimmy Balderson came away with the leather and was fouled hitting a lay-up. He hit his free throw, and the Cougar run went to 14-0 with the score at 22-16. Oral Roberts' Ken Tutt scooped a lay-up at the front of the rim to end the scoreless drought and try to stop the bleeding. Plaisted kept the wound fresh, though, answering with a right-handed scoop of his own at the opposite end of the floor. With 7:30 to go in the first half Tutt pulled up from behind the arc to pull the Golden Eagles within four, and Green hit another high-percentage shot to pull them within one. BYU's Austin Ainge hit a three of his own to go up 27-23. At 27-25, Tutt continued the shootout and dropped another triple from the wing to give his team the lead again at 28-27. A three by ORU's Adam Liberty gave the Golden Eagles another one-point lead at 33-32 with just over a minute to go in the half, but BYU's Mike Rose wouldn't be left out of the action as he responded with a three of his own from the corner. Cummard scored a fast-break lay-up with eight seconds to go, and the Cougars took a 37-33 lead into the locker room at the break. Malaman blocked one of Green's shots on the next possession, and Green fouled him as he pulled away; Malaman hit both free throws to take a 29-28 lead. Ainge then stole the ball from Green and dished it to Jimmy Balderson, taking the Cougars to a 31-28 lead with four minutes to go in the first half, a lead which they would extend to 37-33 at the break. Tutt came out of the break on a mission, scoring six points by hitting a big shot from down town, getting a steal and completing another three-point play from the free throw line to put ORU up two in the first minute of the second half. Green followed with a tip-in. The 8-0 Golden Eagle run was stopped by a Keena Young fade-away, but the Cougars were still down two at 41-39. Shooting woes haunted the Cougars at the start of the second half just as they did at the start of the first, going 1-8 in the first five minutes of the second half, and the Golden Eagles took an eight-point lead at 47-39, matching their biggest lead of the first half. After ORU went up 10 at 49-39, the Cougars decided they had had enough and Cummard hit a runner, Rose hit another three and Young dropped one from the middle of the lane to pull the Cougars within three at 49-46. Tutt did not let BYU's scoring drive last long as he pulled up from two feet behind the arc and knocked down his fourth three of the game. With just under 12 minutes to go in the game, Cummard fed a bounce pass to Young in the lane through three defenders, and Young took the ball hard to the rim to hit the bucket and draw the foul. He drained it, and BYU's deficit was reduced to three, 52-49. Following that impressive performance, Young tipped in one of his own shots and brought the Cougars within one and the crowd went wild. Young then became the hero of an entire Marriott Center crowd as he hit another lay-up, gave his team the lead again and took a charge at the other end of the floor. Balderson stole the ball on the next Golden Eagle possession and hit two free throws after being stopped in the lane to put the Cougars on top by three, 55-52. After a quiet start to the second half, Green got to the hole and brought ORU within one before Plaisted rocked his second dunk of the night to the cheers of the mob. With just over six minutes left in the game, Tutt scored his 22nd point of the game on a free throw and tied the game at 57. Plaisted answered with a lay-up, and BYU went up by two again. On the ensuing possession, as Green was battling for possession underneath his own basket, he was called for his fifth foul. He left the game with 21 points and 13 rebounds. ORU's Marchello Vealy followed Green off the court with his fifth foul with just under four minutes to go. As he left the court Vealy was charged with a technical foul, and Young hit two of the four free throws to push BYU's lead to four at 61-57. Cummard hit his only three-pointer of the night from the corner, and the Cougars went up seven. After ORU's Liberty responded with a triple of his own, Cummard took the rock to the rim and hit a lay-up. Tutt then hit two more free throws to pull within four. Young got an offensive board at the other end and put it away to go up 68-62 with two minutes to go. Balderson followed with a fast-break lay-up and Cummard followed him with a steal and dunk of his own. With a 10-point deficit entering the final minute of the game, ORU's fate was sealed. "To win a game like that was great," Rose said. "We played hard, and we competed well. I'm proud of our guys... Sometimes when you win certain games, you can take a step forward. I hope this was one of those games." Young led the Cougars with 21 points and sixteen rebounds, recording his fourth double-double of the season. Plaisted also recorded a double-double with 12 and 11, respectively. Cummard was only one rebound away from one of his own with 13 and nine, respectively. Oral Roberts' Tutt led all scorers with 24.


The 8-3 Seton Hall Pirates wore their home whites for the first time in the 2006 BYU Holiday Classic in an 85-81 victory against the 6-6 Liberty Flames Friday at the Marriott Center as the Pirates played their second close game in as many nights. "I like that we won a game in the 80's," said Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez. "We needed to win a high-scoring game. We needed to close and we came through." Seton Hall came out swinging with a full-court-defense in response to its two-point loss to Oral Roberts in Thursday's opening match of the Holiday Classic, a game in which the Pirates found themselves down by 12 early, leading by eight in the second half and tied at 74 with three seconds left before Oral Roberts hit two free throws to push the Pirates off the plank. However, Liberty was not about to go down easily as it jumped out to and early 10-7 lead and allowed only one Seton Hall field goal in the first five minutes of the game. Five of the Pirates' first seven points came from a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. In the first nine minutes of the game, with a 13-11 score in Liberty's favor, the Flames were shooting 62.5 percent from the field and had held the Pirates to just 25 percent. Free throws and steals kept Seton Hall in the game despite the shooting woes as the Pirates took a 16-13 lead with 10:36 to go after hitting two more from the line and a fast break lay-up on a Jamar-Nutter steal. After starting the game 3-for-12 from the field and a perfect 7-for-7 from the line, the Pirates went five for the next 10 and added to the team's nine steals and 14 points off of turnovers for the game to take a 25-18 lead. Seton Hall took its largest lead of the half into the locker room at the break at 42-31. By halftime the surging Pirates had improved their field-goal percentage to 39 percent and had racked up 12 steals. The Flames' field-goal percentage had dropped to 53 percent, and they had accumulated 14 turnovers. Seton Hall extended the largest lead of the game to 46-31 in the first minute of the second half with an 18-foot jumper from Nutter and two free throws from Paul Gause. Liberty's Alex McLean answered with a tough shot inside, but Seton Hall's Stan Gaines hit two more free throws on the other end hoping to stifle any hope of reversing the momentum and cut the lead back to 15. The largest lead of the game for either team came with 18 minutes to go in the game at 50-33 for Seton Hall. The momentum was reversed, though, as the Flames lowered their deficit to eight with 16 minutes to go in the game with a deep three from Anthony Smith in the corner. The lead went to six at 50-44 with a B.J. Jenkins steal and transition lay-up. Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez called time-out and told his team that the game was far from over before his team turned the ball over on the ensuing possession Liberty's McLean hit another lay-up inside to take the score to 50-46. With a 56-53 lead and 11 minutes to go in the game, the Pirates turned the ball over and gave the Flames an opportunity to pull within one or tie the game. Seton Hall responded by forcing a jump ball to get the ball back only to air ball a wide open three and give the Flames another shot. Both teams traded the next five possessions without scoring before Seton Hall's Gause was fouled on a running one-hander from the base line, made his free throw to complete the three-point play and pushed the lead back to six at 59-53. With seven minutes to go, the Flames' Larry Blair hit a turn-around one-hander to tie the game at 65 for the first tie of the game. A dunk by Seton Hall's Brian Laing gave his team the lead again and hit two free throws on the next possession, and the Pirates took a 69-65 lead. Blair proved he truly is a Flame on fire, hitting a turn-around, 20-foot jumper from the baseline as he fell to the ground to bring the game back to within two. The game was tied four more times after that, at 71,75, 77 and 79, but Liberty could never take the lead back. Laing was the Pirate that doused the Liberty's flame as he hit a tough shot in the lane, drew a foul and knocked down the free throw to take an 82-79 lead with 37.7 seconds to go in the contest. Gause extinguished the fire with a steal on Liberty's next possession and hit one of two free throws to create a two-possession game at 83-79 with 28.2 seconds to go. Another Laing lay-up in transition took the game to 85-79, and Liberty could only hit one more shot before the final buzzer, losing the heart-breaker, 85-81. In the end, Seton Hall forced a total of 20 turnovers and only gave up 10. Laing was the leading scorer of the game with 23 points and 11 rebounds, pacing four Pirates in double figures for the game. Liberty's leading scorer was Blair with 22. The Flames also had four players in double figures.


Seton Hall (South Orange, N.J.) is off to a 7-2 start this season. The Pirates return eight lettermen and three starters from last year's 18-12 team that earned an NCAA invitation out of the Big East Conference. The Pirates are 6-1 at home this year and 1-1 in away games, including a neutral-court loss to Virginia Tech on Dec. 21. Seton Hall's wins include victories over Penn State, St. Mary's and Pennsylvania. The Pirates have four players averaging double figures in points, led by guard Eugene Harvey at 15.8 ppg. Forward Brian Laing adds 14.8, followed by guards Jamar Nutter at 12.2 and Paul Gause at 10.3. Laing pulls down a team-high 6.8 rebounds. The Pirates are scoring 80.6 points while allowing 67.3.



With four straight wins against Utah State, Western Oregon, Liberty and Oral Roberts, the Cougars are currently enjoying their longest winning streak of the season. Earlier this year with wins against Idaho State, Portland and Southern Utah, the Cougars put together a three-game win streak, which ended with a loss at Boise State. BYU had several winning streaks last season, including its longest since the 2003-04 season at six straight victories. That streak was tied for the seventh-longest active winning streak in the nation. The Cougars' prior victory streaks last year included one four-game streak, two three-game streaks and two two-game streaks. BYU won 10 of its last 13 games last year.


BYU's win at Weber State marked the Cougars' first road win of the season. BYU is now 1-3 on the road this year with a season-opening loss at current No. 1 UCLA, a Nov. 29 setback at Boise State and an overtime defeat at Lamar. The Cougars lost their only neutral court so far this season with a loss against No. 25 Michigan State at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. The victory over the Wildcats snapped a three-game road losing streak dating back to last year's season-ending defeat at Houston in the NIT and a five-game nonconference road losing streak since defeating Washington State last year in Spokane Arena on Nov. 22, 2005. BYU finished last year 6-8 away from home, including a 4-4 mark during MWC play.


The Cougars' back-to-back losses vs. then-No. 25 Michigan State and at Lamar marked the first time since the 2004-05 season BYU has lost consecutive regular-season games. Prior to the Lamar loss, BYU had bounced back from each of its two losses this season with wins, including back-to-back victories after their loss at Boise State on Nov. 29. BYU recovered from its season-opening loss at then No. 5 UCLA (now ranked No. 1 in the polls) with three straight wins. Last year with its 20-9 overall record, BYU suffered consecutive defeats only once -- against Utah in the Mountain West Conference Tournament and at Houston in the NIT in the last two games of the year, having bounced back from each prior loss with a victory.


This year the Cougars are scoring 76.5 points and allowing 66.6 points. BYU is 8-0 when opponents score less than 70 points this year and 1-4 when they score 70 or more. BYU is 9-1 when it scores 70 or more points (exception at Lamar) and 0-3 when scoring less than 70. Last year BYU was 12-0 when holding opponents under 70 points and 8-9 when allowing opponents to surpass the 70-point threshold. Cougar foes averaged 71.7 points per game last year. BYU was also 17-4 when scoring 70 or more points and 3-5 when falling below the 70-point mark. The Cougars led the MWC in scoring last year, averaging 76.2 ppg, and scored 100 points in conference play for the first time since Feb. 10, 1994 in their home game against league-champion San Diego State.


BYU is 9-0 this season when outrebounding its opponents and 0-4 when losing the battle of the boards. Sophomore Trent Plaisted leads BYU with 7.1 rpg, followed by senior Keena Young at 6.8 rpg.


The Cougars have already played three overtime games this season, losing 86-77 at Lamar and winning 84-78 against Idaho State on Nov. 18 and 73-69 at Weber State on Dec. 2. This is the first season since 2001-02 that BYU has played multiple extra period games in one year (BYU was 0-3 in overtime that season). The Cougars' loss at Lamar ended a five-game overtime winning streak dating back to March 14, 2003, an 86-80 setback against Colorado State at the MWC Tournament. BYU is 50-45 (.526) all-time when playing past regulation.


BYU has faced two ranked opponents this season. The Cougars lost 76-61 to then-No. 25 Michigan State at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. BYU suffered a season-opening (82-69) loss at then-No. 5 UCLA on Nov. 15. BYU's last win over a ranked team came at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City on Dec. 6, 2003 with a 76-71 victory vs. 25th-ranked Oklahoma State, who advanced to the Final Four that season.


BYU men's basketball coach Dave Rose announced Nov. 23 that 6-foot-6 freshman forward Jonathan Tavernari would not redshirt this season. Tavernari saw his first action on Nov. 24 when the Cougars hosted Southern Utah in the Marriott Center. A native of Sao Bernardo, Brazil, Tavernari did not play in BYU's first three regular-season games as a potential redshirt while a review of his two years of high school in the United States was being conducted by the NCAA. Freshmen swingmen Jordan Cameron and Brock Zylstra are expected to redshirt this season.


Coach Rose and the Cougar coaching staff have announced this year's team captains, calling upon seniors Austin Ainge, Jimmy Balderson and Keena Young to lead this year's team. "I'm proud of the way these three players have developed and of their dedication to our team," said BYU head coach Dave Rose. "They are totally commitment to this program and have earned the respect and confidence of their teammates. They will provide us with good leadership as we work together as a team to achieve our goals." Ainge, a co-captain of last season's team, proved a valuable asset off the bench in 2005-06 after starting at the point guard spot and receiving All-Mountain West Conference honorable mention as a sophomore. Last season he ranked 11th in the MWC in assists while helping BYU lead the league in both scoring and assists. Balderson also provided a spark off the bench for the Cougars last season as he scored in double figures in 11 of the last 13 games and was the only player in the conference averaging more than 10 points per game off the bench with a 10.2 scoring average. Young led BYU in rebounding as a sophomore before becoming an All-MWC Third Team pick last year after starting the last 14 games of the year and ranking second on the team in rebounding (5.8 rpg) and third in scoring (10.3 ppg).


BYU's most consistent player this year has been senior forward Keena Young, who has scored in double figures in 12 out of 13 games. He leads BYU in scoring (15.8) and is second in rebouding (6.8). The senior co-captain has led BYU in scoring five times and rebounding six times, including his career-high 16-rebound performance against Oral Roberts for his fourth double-double of the season (21 points). His 27 points at Weber State is the most by a Cougar since Dec. 13, 2003 (Rafael Araujo - 28).


Senior Austin Ainge is averaging a team-best 3.6 assists and is second on the team in three-pointers (15). He scored 11 points off the bench-- all in the first half -- to give BYU early control of the game against Utah State. His 14 points -- all in the second half -- against Boise State fueled BYU's furious comeback attempt. Ainge has started seven games at the point and come off the bench in six outings.


Lee Cummard contributes across the box score and on the defensive end of the floor for BYU. In the BYU Holiday Classic, he is averaging 9.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists. He came one rebound away from the first double-double of his career against Oral Roberts with 13 points and a career-high 9 rebounds to go along with 5 assists. He equaled his career-best 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting in BYU's win over Western Oregon. He added six rebounds for his the third straight game with at least six boards and contributed a game-best four assists (along with fellow Cougar Jimmy Balderson) to total at least three assists in five straight contests. He also came up with three steals in his 20 minutes on the floor. He has had at least one steal in 10 straight games. On the year, Cummard averages 9.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.5 blocks while shooting .517 from the floor, .436 on threes and .833 from the line. One of his defensively highlights was helping hold Utah State's leading shooter Jaycee Carroll, who ranked 22nd in the nation shooting .629, to just .308 shooting (4-for-13) and seven points below his average.


After a slow start, partially the result of an ankle injury, Trent Plaisted has started to come on strong for the Cougars. The 2006 Freshman All-American is second on the team in scoring (11.8) and is the team's top rebounder (7.1). In the last seven games, he is averaging 14.0 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Cougars. He has scored 20 or more points in five games overall during his career, including two outings this year. Plaisted had game highs of 20 points and eight rebounds on 8-of-13 shooting to lead BYU to a win over San Jose State and followed that performance with a career-high 23 points against No. 25 Michigan State in The Palace at Auburn Hills. Plaisted did not miss a shot until the 10:28 mark in the second half, making his first eight shots from the floor. His 14 first-half points marked his highest scoring output in a half this season. "Trent (Plaisted) is really working hard," said BYU head coach Dave Rose. "He suffered a setback with that sprained ankle, but his effort is improving. Trent's got a lot of different things on his mind; he wants to play the best he can, and he wants to do what he can to help our team win. As long as he keeps playing hard, things will work out well for him."


BYU's next televised game will be on Jan. 6 when BYU hosts reigning MWC champion San Diego State to open conference play. The game will be aired nationally on VERSUS. The Mountain West Conference's 2006-07 men's basketball television schedule features an unprecedented 99 games on national and regional television, including 65 of the 72 conference contests and all eight MWC Championship matchups. The television coverage provided by the MWC broadcast partners in 2006-07 is more than triple the national and regional telecasts MWC men's basketball has received in previous years. Seventy-five games will be shown on the MountainWest Sports Network (the mtn.), with 17 to be broadcast nationally on College Sports Television (CSTV) and seven on VERSUS (formerly OLN). BYU will have 18 regular-season games televised as part of the 2006-07 MWC television schedule, including three games on CSTV, one on VERSUS and 14 on the mtn. With the exception of a road game at TCU, BYU's entire conference schedule will be televised in 2007. BYU's nonconference games featured in the MWC broadcast schedule include home dates with Southern Utah (Nov. 24, 8 p.m. MT), San Jose State (Dec. 6, 7 p.m. MT) and Utah State (Dec. 16, 4 p.m. MT). While not part of the MWC television package, BYU's regular-season opener at 2006 NCAA runner-up UCLA on Nov. 15 was televised on Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket, while the BYU-Michigan State matchup on Dec. 9 at The Palace at Auburn Hills was carried on ESPN2. BYU's game at Boise State on Nov. 29 was aired on KTVB in Boise and the matchup with Weber State was carried in Utah on KJZZ-TV.


With 22 straight wins in the Marriott Center, the Cougars currently own the fourth-longest active home victory streak in the nation. BYU has won its first eight home games this season after going 14-1 at home last year including wins in their last 14 straight home contests.

Active Homecourt Winning Streaks (As of Saturday Dec. 30, 2006)

Wins Team This year Next home game

45 Gonzaga 5-0 Jan. 6 vs. Loyola Marymount

30 Connecticut 11-0 Jan. 2 vs. South Florida

23 Air Force 6-0 Jan. 6 vs. UNLV

22 BYU 8-0 Saturday vs. Seton Hall

21 Memphis 8-0 Jan. 4 vs. Cincinnati

19 George Washington 4-0 Jan. 3 vs. Fordham

18 Northwestern St. 4-0 Jan. 11 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi


BYU has led at the half in 10 of the team's first 13 games. The Cougars' 82-69 loss at UCLA after leading 39-36 at the half marked the first time since the 2004-05 season that BYU has lost when leading at the half. The Cougars are now 9-1 when leading at the half and 0-3 when trailing this season and have had a double-digit lead at the break four times. Last year, BYU was 14-0 when leading at the half, 5-9 when trailing and 1-0 when tied. Of the 14 games in which they led at the half, the Cougars led by double digits six times.