BYU jump starts b-ball season with tipoff

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    By Jeff Jordan

    If you are easily annoyed by sick dunks, free scooters, and hot hoop action, you would have hated the Cougar Tipoff.

    BYU fans got a sneak peak of their men”s and women”s basketball teams as they put on a show for students and fans on Saturday night, Nov. 1, at the Marriott Center.

    “We need to win every ball game here and we need you to make that happen for us,” head coach Steve Cleveland told an anxious crowd of more than five thousand.

    The crowd was treated to a variety of games and giveaways, followed by men”s and women”s team introductions, a game of two ball, a dunk exhibition and a 40-minute scrimmage by the men”s team.

    Dixie State transfer Mike “The Beast” Hall showed the crowd how he got his nickname during the dunk exhibition. Hall struck fear into the hearts of backboards everywhere with an array of rim-rocking jams, including a ridiculous reverse flush off an alley-oop pass from guard Kevin Woodberry.

    “We”ve been practicing really hard for the past three weeks,” Rose said. “It was great to get out there in front of the fans.”

    Rose also made his presence felt during the scrimmage scoring 13 points, including three from behind the arc.

    Senior Luis Lemes, guard, led all scorers with 16 points, followed by senior Raphael Araujo, 14, and junior Mike Hall, 13.

    Senior Mark Bigelow, guard, said Cougar fans should expect to see a good show at the Marriot Center this season.

    “We”re veteran team with a lot of experience,” he said. “We have high expectations.”

    Bigelow nearly missed his chance to show fans why he was nominated preseason first team all-MWC. Just before the game, he was accompanying his wife, BYU women”s soccer player Terra Bigelow, during her team”s senior night at South Field.

    “I went out to the field with my ankles already taped, got here a few minutes before, put my stuff on and took off,” he said.

    The Cougars will take to the hardwood this Thursday at 7 p.m. in the season”s first exhibition game against the EA Sports All-Star Team.

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