PROVO, Utah – The BYU men's basketball team rode a night of career highs to a 93-78 victory over the Buffalo Bulls at the Marriott Center on Tuesday night.
Junior Brock Zylstra scored a career-high 26 points and freshmen Anson Winder and Matt Carlino had career nights. Winder scored a career-high 20 points on 7 of 8 shooting, including six 3-pointers and 17 of his 20 coming in the first half. Carlino picked up his first career double-double in just his second collegiate game with 10 points and a career-best 11 assists. He also added career highs of seven rebounds and three steals.
It was the tale of two halfs for the Cougars who got strong performances from all over the floor in each half.
After a sluggish first few minutes, head coach Dave Rose subbed in Winder who caught fire. Winder hit 3s from everywhere on the court, bringing the crowd to its feet numerous as he drilled each of his five 3-point attempts of the half.
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“I give credit to our guys, especially those that didn’t start the game," Rose said. "They came off the bench and scored to get us back in the game."
In just his first five minutes on the floor Winder tied a career high of 11 points, finishing with 17 in the half on perfect 6 of 6 shooting.
"What I look at tonight is our team got better and we built confidence as we played," Rose said. "I think our game didn’t start the way we wanted but eventually we got it to the pace we wanted.”
The night belonged to Zylstra, however, who made shots at clutch moments when the Cougars needed it. The guard finished with a career-high 26 points on 9 of 16 shooting.
Buffalo came out hot, taking a 14-3 lead in the opening minutes.
Freshman Nate Austin brought instant energy with hustle plays, and Winder supported from the outside, hitting from all over the court. The BYU bench outscored the Buffalo bench 27-5 in the first half, pushing BYU’s halftime lead to 47-39
Out of the break the Cougars continued to roll. The crowd was brought to its feet as Davies swatted a reverse layup that Carlino took coast-to-coast for a bucket.
But the highlight of the night belonged to Abouo. Deep into the half the Marriott Center erupted as Abouo took the ball in deep and posterized Buffalo’s 6-foot-10 Mitchell Watts with an emphatic dunk right over the top of him as the Cougars cruised on to the 93-78 victory.
The Cougars return to the Marriott Center on Thursday, Dec. 22, when they play UC Santa Barbara. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MST and the game will be televised live on BYUtv.
BYU basketball will take on Buffalo on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m MST in the Marriott Center.
BYU Cougars (8-3, 0-0 WCC)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose (Houston, 1983)
- Career Record: 167-48 (7th season)
- Record at BYU: Same
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Buffalo (6-2, 0-0 Mid American)
- Head Coach: Reggie Witherspoon (Empire State, 1995)
- Career Record: 170-199 (13th season)
- Record at Buffalo: Same
- Series: BYU leads 1-0
- Last Meeting: BYU won 90-82, 12/30/10
- Provo: 0-0
- Buffalo: 1-0
- Neutral: 0-0
- Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 • 7 p.m. MST
- Provo, Utah • Marriott Center (22,700)
- TV: BYUtv
- TV Talent: Dave McCann (play-by-play) and Blaine Fowler (analyst)
- Live Video: BYUtv.org
- Radio: KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM
- BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143
- Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play) and Mark Durrant (analyst)
- Live Audio: KSL.com
- Live Stats: BYUcougars.com
BYU will host UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, Dec. 22, in the Marriott Center at 7 p.m. MST. Listen live on the radio beginning with the pregame show at 11 a.m. MST on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM or via the Internet at KSL.com. The game will be televised live on BYUtv and BYUtv.org.
- Senior Noah Hartsock has been BYU’s most consistent contributor this season, averaging 17.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.5 blocks per game. He is shooting .558 from the field, .400 from three and .844 from the free throw line, has scored in double figures in every game this season and has posted two double-doubles.
- Freshman guard Matt Carlino made his collegiate debut in BYU’s 86-83 loss to No. 6 Baylor. He tied for team-high honors with 18 points, hit four threes and added two assists, one block and one steal.
- Against Baylor Brandon Davies have one of his best games of the season, posting a double-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds — including five on the offensive glass — and one assist, one block and one steal. The front court of Davies, Noah Hartsock and Charles Abouo combined to score 50 points, grab 27 rebounds and post three blocks and four steals.
- As of 12/13/11, BYU leads the West Coast Conference in four categories (scoring offense, FG %, 3-Pt FG %, blocks), is second in the league in seven (scoring margin, FG % defense, rebounding offense, assists, turnover margin, assist/turnover ratio, defensive rebounds) and third in three (scoring defense, 3-Pt FG made, rebounding margin). BYU is top three in 14 of 21 categories.
- Dave Rose is one of the most successful coaches in the history of BYU basketball. He is second in program history in wins (167), first in winning percentage (.777) and has led the Cougars to five-straight NCAA Tournament berths and four conference titles. He also earned three Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year awards.