Eastern New Mexico University
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Brigham Young University
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Anonymous | Posted: 18 Dec 2012 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

BYU bench shines in win over Eastern New Mexico


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PROVO, Utah – Leading a solid performance by the BYU bench, Agustin Ambrosino scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help the Cougars to a 95-62 victory over Eastern New Mexico at the Marriott Center Tuesday night.

BYU (8-3) shot 53 percent from the field while holding ENMU (5-6) to 36 percent shooting. A solid team effort on defense amounted to 12 steals and four blocked shots for the Cougars.

“It was a good win for our team," BYU head coach Dave Rose said. "I think our guys consistently played well throughout the game. Number 22 (Jordan Romero) got away from us a couple times in the first half and made some big shots but I’m happy for some of the bench guys who got in and had big nights. It’ll help their confidence and it’ll help our team as well.”

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Tyler Haws led BYU in scoring with 19 points, shooting 9 of 15 from the field. Brandon Davies chipped in 17 points in 21 minutes, shooting 60 percent from the field and making 4 of 5 free throws.

Matt Carlino scored first for the Cougars on a 3-pointer assisted by Davies. Consecutive baskets by Haws put the Cougars up 7-4, but ENMU's Dennis Hardwell tied it on the next possession with a 3-pointer of his own.

About four minutes into the first half, Davies drove right from the top of the perimeter and found the defense collapsing on him. He scooped the ball around the help defender to find Ambrosino cutting along the baseline for a bucket and the foul to make the score 16-11. Along with his 17 points, Davies chipped in six boards, three assists, two blocks and a steal.

After a stop on the next defensive possession, Craig Cusick found Davies again at the top of the perimeter. This time Davies pulled up and swished the shot from long distance for a 19-11 lead.

With 11:30 to play in the first, Raul Delgado carefully lobbed the ball to Davies on the left block who then pump faked and went up for a reverse slam. Two possessions later, Delgado picked off a pass on the left sideline and beat the Greyhound defense up the court for a two-handed dunk. Delgado had six rebounds, three assists and two steals to go along with his four points off the bench.

Jordan Romero kept the Greyhounds in the game with a personal 9-0 run over a two-minute span. All nine points during the run came from behind the arc, pulling ENMU within five points at 27-22 with 8:30 to play in the half.

With about three minutes remaining in the half, Davies showed great help defense and picked up his second block of the game. ENMU's Romero, however, recovered the blocked shot in the left corner and pulled up to make his fourth 3-pointer of the half.

Haws's layup with six seconds to play in the half gave BYU its largest lead to that point at 44-29. Cusick, who recorded his season high with six dimes on the night, assisted on the play just before halftime.

The Cougars opened the second half with a solid defensive stop as sophomore Nate Austin dove on the floor at midcourt to secure a steal. On the following offensive possession, Austin dumped the ball into Davies from the high post for an easy layup.

A floater by Cusick and mid-range jumper from Haws pushed the BYU lead to 19. After McFarland put home a dunk in transition for the Greyhounds, the Cougars responded with back-to-back 3-pointers from Austin and Haws to go up 56-33 with 16:46 to play.

BYU's defense continued to play well, forcing four turnovers in the first four minutes of the second half. The Cougars had trouble finishing at the rim, however, missing several opportunities in the paint before Josh Sharp scored on an up-and-under with 14:17 remaining, putting BYU up 58-35.

Sharp scored again less than a minute later on an alley-oop in transition after BYU forced another turnover. He finished the night with six points and three rebounds in 13 minutes.

A short jumper from Ambrosino with 10:42 to play put the home team up by 31 points at 69-38. Ambrosino played a season-high 22 minutes and totaled 14 points, eight rebounds and two assists on the night, shooting 6 of 13 from the field.

With the game well in hand and BYU's starters on the bench, freshman point guard Cory Calvert scored 10 points in the final eight minutes on four consecutive shots, including two from downtown. Calvert finished the game with 10 points and two assists in 16 minutes off the bench.

The Cougars head to Waco, Texas, to face Baylor on Friday. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. CST. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and broadcast on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.

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Kyle Chilton | Posted: 17 Dec 2012 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Kyle Chilton

Cougars vs. Greyhounds on Tuesday


Game notes: BYU vs. Eastern New Mexico

BYU basketball will host Eastern New Mexico on Tuesday at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be broadcast on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM and televised on BYUtv.

BYU Cougars (7-3, 0-0 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Dave Rose
  • Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
  • Division I Career Record: 192-57 (8th)
  • Record at BYU: Same

Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds (5-5, 0-0 Lone Star)

  • Head Coach: Andrew Helton
  • Alma Mater: Miami, 1992
  • Division II Career Record: 28-35 (7th)
  • Record at Eastern New Mexico: Same

Game Information

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

Series Information

  • Series Record: BYU leads 1-0
  • Last Meeting: BYU won 95-49, 1/2/10
  • H/A/N: 1-0/0-0/0-0

Projected starters

Eastern New Mexico (5-5, 0-0 Lone Star)
No. Name Ht. Pos. Ppg Rpg
1 Rodney Blackmon 5-11 G 17.3 2.6
4 Rafael Love 6-4 G 14.1 7.4
10 Kyle Lantz 6-2 G 5.6 2.9
11 Dennis Hardwell 6-5 F 10.4 6.4
20 Greg McFarland 6-8 C 4.5 1.5
BYU Cougars (7-3, 0-0 WCC)
No. Name Ht. Pos. Ppg Rpg
10 Matt Carlino 6-2 G 7.3 3.0
2 Craig Cusick 6-2 G 5.2 2.9
3 Tyler Haws 6-5 G 20.4 5.6
12 Josh Sharp 6-7 F 5.0 4.9
0 Brandon Davies 6-9 F 19.4 7.4

Player notes

  • Craig Cusick and Agustin Ambrosino made their first starts of the season against Cal State Northridge, replacing Matt Carlino and Josh Sharp in the starting five. For Cusick it was his fourth career start and for Ambrosino his first. Cusick has remained a starter while Sharp has returned to the lineup. Carlino returned to the starting lineup at Weber State, replacing Brock Zylstra. BYU coach Dave Rose has used four different starting lineups this season.
  • BYU defeated Utah despite shooting just 31.1 percent (19 of 61) from the field. The Cougars have shot 31.1 percent or worse 27 times since the 1960-61 season and won just three of those games. In addition to the Utah win, BYU defeated UC Santa Barbara 57-48 on Dec. 29, 1999 while shooting 29.6 percent (16 of 54) and Air Force 68-60 on Feb. 13, 1992 while shooting 30.4 percent (17 of 56).
  • Tyler Haws hit 10 of 10 from the free throw line vs. Weber State, his second-consecutive game shooting 100 percent from the line while attempting at least 10 free throws and his third this season. Haws has four such games in his career, tied for the most in BYU history with Jimmer Fredette. Haws is tied with Russell Larson (1993-94) and Roberts (1994-95) for most perfect days from the line (minimum of 10 attempts) in a season with three. Danny Ainge, Lee Cummard, Larson and Roberts are tied for second on the career list with three.

Rose vs. the state

BYU basketball coach Dave Rose has compiled a record of 26-6 vs. instate opponents since taking over in 2005-06. He has the best winning percentage (.813) of any coach vs. in-state teams during that time and the second-most wins (Utah State’s Stew Morrill is 27-8 vs. in-state teams since 2005-06 for a .771 winning percentage). BYU hosts Utah State on Feb. 19.

Haws the closer

Tyler Haws has played some of his best basketball in the final five minutes of games this season. Against Cal State Northridge, BYU trailed 74-73 with less than four minutes remaining. Haws hit a jumper with 3:44 to go to give BYU the lead and had 10 of the Cougars’ final 14 points to help secure the 87-75 win. Against Utah BYU trailed 58-56 before Haws completed a three-point play with 2:47 to go. He added two free throws with 16 seconds remaining to secure the 61-58 win. After struggling from the field the first 35 minutes at Weber State, Haws scored nine points in the last five minutes on 3 of 3 shooting from the field and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. For the season, Haws is 12 of 15 from the field, 2 of 3 from three and 11 of 12 from the free throw line in the last five minutes of games.

Davies does it all

Brandon Davies stuffed the stat sheet in the opener against Tennessee State, tallying 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks and 2 steals while drawing 3 charges. He did it again vs. Georgia State with 28 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals. Davies had maybe his most complete game against Montana with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks and 4 steals. Through 10 games he is averaging 19.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.3 steals. Last season he became the second Cougar in history to average at least one of everything (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks). Russell Larson is 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). 

Dave Rose

BYU head coach Dave Rose has led BYU to its most successful eight-year run since taking over in 2005. His career record of 192-57 ranks him second in BYU history in total victories and first in winning percentage (.771). Rose has been named conference coach of the year three times, district coach of the year twice and has guided the Cougars to four conference titles, six NCAA Tournament appearances and six 25-win seasons. In 2010 he led BYU to its first NCAA Tournament win in 17 years and the Cougars have also won at least one tournament game in the two seasons since, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2011.

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