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Kenny Cox | Posted: 9 Nov 2012 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Kenny Cox

Haws, Davies and Zylstra power 81-66 win


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PROVO, Utah - Led by its three captains, the BYU men’s basketball team won the 2012-13 season opener 81-66 over Tennessee State in the first game of the Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Marriott Center on Friday night.

“I thought it was a really hard-fought game tonight," said BYU head coach Dave Rose. "Coach Williams and his team are going to win a lot of games. I’m really impressed. They’re tough, they play hard and they compete together. This was a really good win for our team and I think it will prove to be a great one before the season’s over. I’m happy with our guys. I thought we did a lot of things really well.”

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Sophomore Tyler Haws led all scorers with 22 points on 7 of 15 shooting and had four rebounds and one assist. Haws’ school-record streak of 50-consecutive free throws without a miss came to an end with a miss in the second half. He made his first two before missing and then hit his last six attempts to finish 8 of 9 from the charity stripe.

“I thought Tyler was great tonight," Rose said. "You could just see him as the game went on get more and more confident. He got a little tired in the second half. It was a really physical game and he took a couple shots, but finished the game really well. We’ll give him a little rest and then get ready for Tuesday night.”

Seniors Brandon Davies and Brock Zylstra also scored in double digits, picking up 16 and 11 points, respectively. Davies blocked a career-best four shots and had seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Zylstra made 2 of 4 3-pointers and grabbed four boards.

Sophomore Matt Carlino just missed a double-double, logging 10 assists to go along with nine points on a night where BYU (1-0) assisted on 20 of 30 makes. The Cougars shot 54.5 percent for the game and held the Tigers (0-1) to 33.8 percent shooting.

The first five minutes of the game started with a quick pace, both teams trading baskets to an 11-11 tie. Tennessee State took advantage of the 3-point line, making three from downtown while BYU favored the dunk with Davies, Haws and Josh Sharp all getting in on the action at the rim.

Tennessee State took an 18-13 advantage with its fourth-made trey of the game but hustle from Nate Austin kept the Tigers in check. The sophomore forward got back to block a shot and later picked up a score for himself. Another jumper from Haws helped the Cougars claw back at 19-19 with 9:23 to go until the break. Austin finished the game with four points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

Neither team could put together much of a run, trading baskets with the score tied 25-25 with just over four minutes to go in the first half. Newcomer Agustin Ambrosino checked in and knocked down his first shot, a long three to give BYU a 28-25 lead, igniting the crowd.

The score was part of a 9-0 Cougar run that propelled the home team to a 32-25 lead, but Tennessee State hung around, trailing 34-28 at halftime.

Sharp opened the second half hot, scoring the first bucket out of the gate before swatting away a shot on defense. The block led to a fast-break layup from Haws, giving BYU a 38-30 lead in the opening minutes of the second half. Sharp set a new career high with two blocks in the game and scored seven points.

A triple-teamed Davies down low found freshman Cory Calvert for an open 3-pointer, his first collegiate points, giving the Cougars a 43-34 lead with 13:58 on the clock.

Zylstra snagged a rebound, sprinted the floor coast-to-coast and laid in a bucket while getting fouled. The senior captain completed the three-point play to give BYU its first double-digit lead of the contest at 49-38 with 12:14 remaining in the game. Zylstra picked up three more on a trey two minutes later to stretch the lead to 54-40.

Carlino scored his first points of the game at the 7:36 mark on a layup assisted by senior Craig Cusick. Tennessee State answered with a jumper on the other end to keep pace.

After making two earlier in the game, Haws’ school-record streak of 50 made free throws ended with a miss on the first of two shots with under six minutes to go in the game. Haws quickly started a new streak, making the second and on the next possession picked up an and-one play to push BYU’s lead to 63-48.

In a scary moment, Tennessee State’s Jordan Cyphers connected on a high-flying dunk with 3:46 left but came down hard on his head and remained down for several minutes. Cyphers got up to his feet with a standing ovation but had to leave the game with his team trailing 69-58.

The Cougars went on an 8-0 run down the home stretch to push the lead to 79-60. The run featured two buckets by Carlino and a one-handed slam by Davies to help close the door on the Tigers as BYU rolled to an 81-66 opening-night victory.

In game two of the Acura Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, the Cougars take on Georgia State on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. MST in the Marriott Center. The game will be televised live on BYUtv and BYUtvsports.com and broadcast live on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM and KSL.com.

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Kyle Chilton | Posted: 7 Nov 2012 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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Season opens with Tennessee State


Game Notes: BYU vs. Tennessee State

BYU men's basketball will host Tennessee State of the Ohio Valley Conference in the 2012-13 season opener for both teams on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. MST. The game is part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic and will be televised live on BYUtv and BYUtvsports.com and broadcast live on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM and KSL.com.

BYU Cougars (0-0, 0-0 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Dave Rose
  • Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
  • Career Record: 185-54 (8th)
  • Record at BYU: Same

Tennessee State (0-0, 0-0 OVC)

  • Head Coach: Travis Williams
  • Alma Mater: Georgia State, 1995
  • Career Record: 0-0 (1st)
  • Record at Tennessee State: Same

Series Information

  • Friday's game will be the first meeting between BYU and Tennessee State

Game Information

  • TV: BYUtv
  • TV Talent: Dave McCann (play-by-play), Steve Cleveland (analyst), Robbie Bullough (sideline)
  • Live Video: BYUtvsports.com
  • Radio: KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM and BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
  • Live Audio: KSL.com
  • Live Stats: BYUcougars.com

Projected starters

Tennessee State Tigers
No. Name Ht. Pos. Ppg Rpg
2 Patrick Miller 6-1 G 10.8 3.6
45 Jordan Cyphers 6-4 G 8.0 1.7
4 M.J. Rhett 6-8 F 3.9 4.5
1 Kellen Thornton 6-8 F 9.1 4.5
33 Robert Covington 6-9 F 17.8 7.9
BYU Cougars
No. Name Ht. Pos. Ppg Rpg
10 Matt Carlino 6-2 G 12.2 3.0
13 Brock Zylstra 6-6 G 8.3 4.3
3 Tyler Haws 6-5 G 11.3 4.2
33 Nate Austin 6-11 F 4.1 3.8
0 Brandon Davies 6-9 F 15.2 7.7

2011-12 review

Last season BYU finished 26-9 overall and 12-4 in the WCC. The Cougars received an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament where BYU recorded the largest comeback in the tournament’s history by overcoming a 25-point deficit to defeat Iona 78-72 in the First Four. The Cougars were eliminated by Marquette in the second round. BYU has won a tournament game in three-straight season, a program record.

In regular season tournaments

With a second-place finish in the Chicago Invitational Challenge last season, Dave Rose has finished first in four regular season tournaments and second in two. Under Rose, BYU is 20-2 in regular season tournaments. This season BYU plays in the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The first two games against Tennessee State and Georgia State will be held at the Marriott Center on Nov. 9 and 13 with the next two being held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 16 and 17. BYU will face Florida State on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. and either Notre Dame or St. Joseph's on Nov. 17. Both games in Brooklyn will be televised on truTV.

Rose in season and home openers

Under Dave Rose, BYU basketball is 4-3 in season openers and 6-1 in home openers. After dropping his first two season openers in 2005 and 2006, Rose led BYU to four-straight season-opening wins before falling 69-62 at Utah State last season. Rose lost his first home opener (also the season opener in 2005) but has since won the last six home openers.

Return of Tyler Haws

The 2012-13 season marks the return of sophomore guard Tyler Haws, who spent the last two years serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines. As a freshman in 2009-10 he averaged 11.3 points and 4.2 rebounds while shooting .498 from the field, .368 from three and .917 from the free throw line. Haws earned third-team All-MWC honors on a BYU team that went 30-6 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He also owns a BYU-record streak of 48 free throw attempts without a miss that is still current.

Davies’ double-doubles

Brandon Davies posted nine double-doubles in 2011-12, the most by a BYU player since Rafael Araujo had 16 in 2003-04. He finished the season with consecutive double-doubles in the NCAA Tournament. The nine double-doubles also include BYU’s first 20-20 game since 1975 when he posted 21 points and 22 rebounds vs. San Diego.

I’ll have one of everything

In 2011-12, Brandon Davies became the second Cougar in history to average at least one of everything (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks). Davies averaged 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.5 steals. Russell Larson was the only other BYU player to produce a ‘one of everything’ season and did so twice, in 1993-94 and 1994-95 (blocks and steals were not tracked until the 1977-78 season).

BYU’s newcomers

This season’s roster includes four newcomers and two returning redshirt freshmen. The newcomers include Cooper Ainge (son of BYU legend Danny Ainge and brother of former Cougar point guard Austin Ainge), Agustin Ambrosino (transfer from Salt Lake Community College), Cory Calvert (2012 5A MVP in the state of Colorado) and Raul Delgado (transfer from Western Nebraska Community College). The returning redshirt freshmen include Ian Harward (redshirt in 2011-12) and Kyle Rose (redshirt in 2009-10 prior to serving a mission in Salt Lake City). Here are some of the highlights for the newcomers.

  • Ainge averaged 13.8 points, 4.8 boards, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a senior at Wellesley High
  • Ambrosino averaged 9.6 points and 5.3 boards while shooting .498 from the field and .438 from three for a Salt Lake Community College team that went 22-9 in 2011-12
  • Calvert led Chaparral High School to the 2012 5A state title, a 25-3 record and was named the 5A MVP and all-state while averaging 22.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists
  • Delgado led WNCC to a 26-7 record, was named the Nebraska JC MVP and averaged 18.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game while shooting .485 from the field and .433 from three.

Record streaks

The Cougars will be looking to keep several program-record streaks intact during 2012-13. Coming into the season,  Dave Rose has led the Cougars to seven-straight 20-win seasons, six-straight 25-win seasons, seven-straight postseason appearances, six-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, seven-straight seasons with 12-plus conference victories and three-straight seasons with a postseason victory.

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