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BYU basketball comes up short against No. 8 Gonzaga, despite Collinsworth's triple-double

BYU forward Kyle Collinsworth recorded his second triple-double of the season, putting up 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 87-80 loss to the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Saturday night.

Tyler Haws and Anson Winder each chipped in 17 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Cougars dropped their first conference game of the season. They also fell to 10-4 on the season, while Gonzaga improved to 12-1.

And despite playing during the Winter break and two days after Christmas, 20,900 fans showed up to see the Cougars play. The fans made their presence known the entire night, too.

“It was the first league game and I think you could feel it,” BYU head coach Dave Rose said. “You could tell that it had some real emotion and urgency and tension to it.”

BYU quickly fell behind at the start of…

Memphis, BYU, American Athletic Conference pledge review of fight

The president of the University of Memphis says he has asked the school’s athletic director to work with coach Justin Fuente in investigating the postgame fight that broke out between BYU and the Tigers after the Miami Beach Bowl.

“We will provide another statement after the completion of that inquiry,” Memphis president M. David Rudd said in a statement issued Tuesday. “We have the highest expectations of sportsmanship for all of our student-athletes at the University of Memphis. I am ve…

Oregon's Marcus Mariota named AP Player of the Year

The only thing left for Marcus Mariota to win at Oregon is the national championship.
The Ducks’ star quarterback is The Associated Press college football player of the year, adding yet another honor to his spectacular season.
Mariota won the AP vote in the same landslide fashion he won the Heisman Trophy. He received 49 of the 54 votes submitted by the AP Top 25 media panel. Alabama receiver Amari Cooper drew three votes. Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Florida State quarterback Ja…

BYU squeaks past UMass in overtime

Anson Winder scored a career-high 25 points while Kyle Collinsworth added 18 as the Cougars escaped the Marriott Center with a 77-71 overtime win over UMass.

“This was a real team victory for us,” coach Dave Rose said. “From top to bottom, our guys battled through a game that was really difficult for us to get into any kind of rhythm.”

The Minutemen didn’t make it easy on the home crowd, trading the lead 18 times with the Cougars before seeing BYU cling to a one-point lead with 2.4 sec…

BYU football: Miami Beach Bowl ends in brawl with Memphis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUxCDGG-RDQ

A little shove, punch and heartbreak is the final word on BYU’s underwhelming football season.

BYU’s comeback bid late in its 55-48 double-overtime loss to Memphis in the inaugural game of the Miami Beach Bowl Monday afternoon in Miami was chippy from the beginning, and will leave Cougar fans scratching their heads for a good long while.

Memphis’ DeShaughn Terry intercepted Christian Stewart shy of the end zone to steal it from the Cougars…

Memphis, BYU, American Athletic Conference pledge review of fight

The president of the University of Memphis says he has asked the school’s athletic director to work with coach Justin Fuente in investigating the postgame fight that broke out between BYU and the Tigers after the Miami Beach Bowl.

“We will provide another statement after the completion of that inquiry,” Memphis president M. David Rudd said in a statement issued Tuesday. “We have the highest expectations of sportsmanship for all of our student-athletes at the University of Memphis. I am very confident in (athletic director) Tom Bowen and Coach Fuente’s leadership and know that working to…

Oregon's Marcus Mariota named AP Player of the Year

The only thing left for Marcus Mariota to win at Oregon is the national championship.
The Ducks’ star quarterback is The Associated Press college football player of the year, adding yet another honor to his spectacular season.
Mariota won the AP vote in the same landslide fashion he won the Heisman Trophy. He received 49 of the 54 votes submitted by the AP Top 25 media panel. Alabama receiver Amari Cooper drew three votes. Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston had one vote each.
Mariota is the first Oregon player to win AP player of the year, wh…

BYU football: Miami Beach Bowl ends in brawl with Memphis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUxCDGG-RDQ

A little shove, punch and heartbreak is the final word on BYU’s underwhelming football season.

BYU’s comeback bid late in its 55-48 double-overtime loss to Memphis in the inaugural game of the Miami Beach Bowl Monday afternoon in Miami was chippy from the beginning, and will leave Cougar fans scratching their heads for a good long while.

Memphis’ DeShaughn Terry intercepted Christian Stewart shy of the end zone to steal it from the Cougars in the second of two overtimes, after which a large scuffle occurred between several BYU and Memphi…

BYU sports 2014 timeline

Jan. 23: Tyler Haws scores 48 points in a triple-overtime loss to Portland on the road. It was Haws’ highest-scoring game of his career and the third-highest individual scoring output in BYU basketball history, only behind Jimmer Fredette.

Feb. 2: BYU football gets a wave of football transfers, including Jordan Leslie, Nick Kurtz and Devon Blackmon.

Feb. 10: BYU student Kate Hansen takes 10th place overall in the women’s luge in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Feb. 16: BYU running back Jamaal Williams is arrested for underage drinking. He was later suspended for the first ga…

The highs and the lows of BYU sports in 2014: A year to remember

Cross Country teams excelled in 2014
by Kensey Berry

Over the past four months, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams excelled and exceeded expectations for the Cougars. The two teams represented pride and tenacity for BYU throughout the 2014 cross country season.

The men’s team ended the season with a 16th place finish at the national meet in a year coach Ed Eyestone believed was a rebuilding season for the team.

“Any program is going to go through kind of a rebuild, and I think it’ll hopefully lead towards good things for 2015,” Eyestone said, reflecting on the men’s c…

BYU basketball comes up short against No. 8 Gonzaga, despite Collinsworth's triple-double

BYU forward Kyle Collinsworth recorded his second triple-double of the season, putting up 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 87-80 loss to the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Saturday night.

Tyler Haws and Anson Winder each chipped in 17 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Cougars dropped their first conference game of the season. They also fell to 10-4 on the season, while Gonzaga improved to 12-1.

And despite playing during the Winter break and two days after Christmas, 20,900 fans showed up to see the Cougars play. The fans made their presence known the entire night, too.

“It was the first league game and I think you could feel it,” BYU head coach Dave Rose said. “You could tell that it had some real emotion and urgency and tension to it.”

BYU quickly fell behind at the start of…

BYU squeaks past UMass in overtime

Anson Winder scored a career-high 25 points while Kyle Collinsworth added 18 as the Cougars escaped the Marriott Center with a 77-71 overtime win over UMass.

“This was a real team victory for us,” coach Dave Rose said. “From top to bottom, our guys battled through a game that was really difficult for us to get into any kind of rhythm.”

The Minutemen didn’t make it easy on the home crowd, trading the lead 18 times with the Cougars before seeing BYU cling to a one-point lead with 2.4 seconds left in regulation. Minuteman senior forward Maxie Esho’s drive to the basket drew a shooting f…

Cougars' comeback falls short against Utah

Delon Wright and the No. 13 ranked Utah Utes beat the Cougars 65-61 before a soldout crowd Wednesday night, winning in the Marriott Center for the first time since 2005.

Wright paced the Utes with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and added 2 blocks and 2 steals to cap his impressive night. Tyler Haws scored 23 points on 9-of-22 shooting to lead the Cougars, who suffered their third loss on the season.

“We just didn’t make buckets,” a deflated Haws said. “They slow the game down and kind of take the air out of the ball a little bit. We just didn’t make shots when we needed to.”

Th…

Rivalry Edition: BYU's Tyler Haws vs Utah's Delon Wright

 

The argument for Tyler Haws, by Alex Clark:
@alclark35

The BYU-Utah rivalry is fast slipping out of our reach, which is why this year’s increasingly rare matchup between the Cougars and Utes serves as a special treat to fans starved for the endangered rivalry. Adding extra sizzle to the game are two of the nation’s top senior guards: BYU’s Tyler Haws and the Utes’ Delon Wright.

But who really has the patience to wait until Dec. 10 to find out which team is better? Why not start off the rivalry hype by comparing the state’s two best guards?

I’ll start off by admitting th…

Eaton's big game pushes BYU past Colorado State

BYU women’s basketball defeated Colorado State 69-58 in Salt Lake City Saturday behind a monster game from Lexi Eaton.

The Cougars came into the game riding high after a big win against UNLV in the Smith Fieldhouse. The team started the game hot but ended the first half poorly, shooting only 13-for-32 through the first 20 minutes of play. BYU turned things on in the second half, as the bench came up big with 15 second-half points.

Eaton recorded her fifth straight game scoring in double figures, tallying 30 points on 10-of-18 from the field, including five 3-pointers on the game. The…

Penn St. defeats BYU for volleyball national championship

Megan Courtney and Aiyana Whitney each had 11 kills, and Penn State defeated Brigham Young 25-21, 26-24, 25-14 Saturday to win their second consecutive NCAA women’s volleyball championship.

Members of the Penn State Nittany Lions, including Micha Hancock, second from left, pose for a ph…

BYU women's volleyball team advances to championship with win over Texas

BYU defeated the No. 2 Texas Longhorns in four sets (25-23, 25-16, 17-25, 26-24) to advance to the NCAA women’s volleyball national championship game.

“I’m just enjoying every minute with these kids,” coach Shawn Olmstead said. “There’s a few of them that don’t want this season to end. I’ll k…

BYU volleyball upsets Texas in four set thriller, reaches NCAA final

OKLAHOMA CITY — Jennifer Hamson had 22 kills and Alexa Gray added 19 to help BYU beat Texas 25-23, 25-16, 17-25, 26-24 in the NCAA women’s volleyball semifinals Thursday night.

The unseeded Cougars (30-4) hadn’t been to the semifinals since 1993, and they advanced to the final for the first time….

BYU women's volleyball faces No. 2 Texas in the Final Four, three Cougars honored

The No. 12 ranked BYU women’s volleyball team’s magical season continues Thursday night vs. No. 2 seeded Texas in Oklahoma City, OK.

BYU won its first four games of the NCAA Tournament to reach this point, defeating Seton Hall, Arizona, Florida St. and Nebraska. Over the course of those four …

BYU heads to Final Four after wins over Florida State and Nebraska

The BYU women’s volleyball team continued its impressive run in the NCAA tournament by defeating Florida State in the Sweet 16 in four sets (25-20, 25-19, 19-25, 26-24) and sweeping Nebraska in the Elite Eight (25-21, 25-20, 25-21).

“First of all, hats off to Nebraska for an outstanding seaso…

Eight great moments from the 2014 women's soccer season

The BYU women’s soccer season came do a disappointing end a couple weeks ago, losing to Colorado in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. However, it was the end to a terrific and exciting season for the Cougars. Here’s a look back some of their finest moments this season, ordered by date.

(1) Sept. 13. BYU snaps a three-game losing streak by taking down ranked Long Beach State 2-0. This win was the first of a 13-game unbeaten streak for the Cougars, and a crucial game in the complete turn-around of the season for BYU.

(2) Sept. 20. Niki Fernandes scored a beautiful header goal to record her first goal of her season. Fernandes went on to score a career-high two goals as BYU beat …

BYU sports 2014 timeline

Jan. 23: Tyler Haws scores 48 points in a triple-overtime loss to Portland on the road. It was Haws’ highest-scoring game of his career and the third-highest individual scoring output in BYU basketball history, only behind Jimmer Fredette.

Feb. 2: BYU football gets a wave of football transfer…

The highs and the lows of BYU sports in 2014: A year to remember

Cross Country teams excelled in 2014
by Kensey Berry

Over the past four months, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams excelled and exceeded expectations for the Cougars. The two teams represented pride and tenacity for BYU throughout the 2014 cross country season.

The men’s team …

BYU soccer offense powered a winning season

High-intensity, high-scoring and powerful are all accurate descriptions of the offense of the 2014 BYU women’s soccer team. The Cougars scored an impressive 47 goals this season in 21 games. They also averaged 2.24 goals scored and 19.3 shots per game and led the conference in goals scored.

S…

BYU women's soccer season recap: Defense

The BYU women’s soccer team experienced an early loss in the NCAA tournament, and the season ended earlier than expected, leaving the team to look back on the highlights and positive points of the year. Here are some of those highlights and things to know as the team heads into its preparation for n…

The highs and the lows of BYU sports in 2014: A year to remember

Cross Country teams excelled in 2014
by Kensey Berry

Over the past four months, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams excelled and exceeded expectations for the Cougars. The two teams represented pride and tenacity for BYU throughout the 2014 cross country season.

The men’s team …

BYU racquetball a well-oiled machine

Coach Paul Snyder can’t remember a time in the past 20 years when the BYU racquetball team didn’t place in the top five teams at nationals.

The coed team and women’s team have combined to take 13 national championships since 1995. To say BYU racquetball carries a tradition of excellence would be …

BYU women's golfer Lea Garner named WCC Player of the Month

Junior BYU golfer Lea Garner was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Month for October last week.

She finished in the top 10 in the two tournaments that the women’s golf team played last month. The Cougars finished the October tournaments in sixth and fourth place, with Garner leading the squad with a scoring average of 71.83 in October. This is the first time she has won WCC Player of the Month.

The first tournament was the New Mexico Aggie Invitational, in which Garner shot a 69 in the first two rounds and a 72 in the third. She took fourth place at the NM Invitational. The Cougars finished with their lowest total team score of the season with a 877.

Garner shot a 69 in …

How hockey saved the life of a young man

Jared Bussell starts in the BYU hockey season opener against Weber State as goaltender. As he hears the crowd cheering, he thinks back on his life and realizes how grateful he is to still be playing the game he loves and representing the university he has always wanted to represent.

Looking a…

BYU men's golf finishes fourth in final tournament of fall season

STOCKTON, California – The BYU men’s golf team took fourth place at the Stockton Pacific Invitational on Saturday. Senior Cole Ogden also finished in fourth place as an individual in the tournament.

“Cole came in and had a pretty good tournament,” BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. “For him to finish fourth the we he hit the ball today, kudos to him. Now that it’s the offseason, the guys have to go to work. I think we’re capable, but we’re going to have to figure some stuff out in the next few months.”

This was the last tournament of the fall. BYU shot four-over-par as a team. Washington State took won the tournament (-11).
Ogden took took fifth place shooting a season-low of a 209….

BYU sports 2014 timeline

Jan. 23: Tyler Haws scores 48 points in a triple-overtime loss to Portland on the road. It was Haws’ highest-scoring game of his career and the third-highest individual scoring output in BYU basketball history, only behind Jimmer Fredette.

Feb. 2: BYU football gets a wave of football transfers, including Jordan Leslie, Nick Kurtz and Devon Blackmon.

Feb. 10: BYU student Kate Hansen takes 10th place overall in the women’s luge in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Feb. 16: BYU running back Jamaal Williams is arrested for underage drinking. He was later suspended for the first ga…

The highs and the lows of BYU sports in 2014: A year to remember

Cross Country teams excelled in 2014
by Kensey Berry

Over the past four months, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams excelled and exceeded expectations for the Cougars. The two teams represented pride and tenacity for BYU throughout the 2014 cross country season.

The men’s team ended the season with a 16th place finish at the national meet in a year coach Ed Eyestone believed was a rebuilding season for the team.

“Any program is going to go through kind of a rebuild, and I think it’ll hopefully lead towards good things for 2015,” Eyestone said, reflecting on the men’s c…

BYU swimmers to compete at upcoming Texas Invite

A select group of swimmers from the BYU men’s and women’s swim team will compete in the Texas Invite Dec. 4–6, while another group will compete in the Colorado Mesa Invite.

“We’re expecting season-best, if not lifetime-best, times from a few of our swimmers,” head coach John Brooks said. “They’re prepared and rested for the meet. We want as many people swimming at night, and we want people to p…

IOC opens door to joint bids and new sports events

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Breaking from the tradition of awarding the Olympics only to a single host city, the IOC is opening the door to possible wider bids – including bids from an entire country, joint bids from more than one city and even the possibility of events held in more than one country.

The possibility of new types of bids was among the 40 recommendations released Tuesday as part of International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach’s reform agenda, his drive to make the bidding process and the games themselves more attractive and less costly.
“We want to create more…

BYU women's swim looking to win

The BYU women’s swim and dive team will be in Northern California this weekend taking on the UC Davis Aggies in a dual meet.

“It should be a tough meet. They were the conference champions last year, and they’re the team to beat,” head coach John Brooks said. “We are swimming outdoors, and we had a rough time adjusting to that in Santa Barbara because it’s a little different environment.”