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Cougars dominate Tigers 91-62

Jan 07, 2017 - Posted by Sydney Jorgensen at 9:04 pm | Permalink

Yoeli Childs dunked for the Cougars’ first points of the second half. An L.J. Rose 3-pointer extended BYU’s advantage 54-33 with 18:39 on the clock. Back-to-back dunks by Eric Mika then gave the Cougars a 25-point lead. The Tigers made their first 3-pointer of the night with 14 minutes to go to counter BYU’s 67-42 advantage.

Both teams went cold from the field for over three minutes before Nick Emery brought BYU back into action with a basket from 3-point range. Pacific answered with 3-pointer of its own, but it wasn’t enough the spark the Tiger offense. Freshman Colby Leifson checked into the game and hit a shot from the arc for an 83-52 lead with seven minutes to go. The Cougars led by a game-high 34 points as Leifson hit another 3-pointer with 2:54 left in the game. 

Elijah Bryant scored a total of 17 points while Erik Mika tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. The Cougars outshot the Tigers 42 percent to 19 percent from beyond the arc as BYU's bench contributed 30 points in the victory. 

Three Cougars with double-digit points give BYU 47-29 first half advantage over Pacific

Jan 07, 2017 - Posted by Sydney Jorgensen at 8:01 pm | Permalink

Freshman TJ Haws opened the West Coast Conference matchup with a basket from the top of the arc. After two and a half minutes of play, Nick Emery capped the Cougars’ 8-1 opening run with a 3-pointer.

A trip to the charity stripe by Elijah Bryant increased BYU’s lead 13-8 before the Tigers countered with a jump shot to bring the score within three. The Cougars continued to fuel their offense as another pair of Bryant free throws gave BYU its first double-digit advantage of the game, 25-14, with ten minutes to go.

The Cougars built a 15-point lead as BYU held Pacific to a two minute scoring drought. The Tigers struggled to get back into rhythm as Haws fired another 3-pointer to put BYU up 38-23 with 4:34 left on the clock. The Cougars led by 18 going into halftime on a Bryant shot from the arc.

Bryant led BYU with 13 points while Haws and Eric Mika added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Mika also tallied nine rebounds in the first half. The Cougars shot 43 percent from the field as they held the Tigers to 32 percent shooting and 0-8 from 3-point range.

Getting to Know: Shannon Hortman and Natasha Trejo

Jan 04, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 1:04 pm | Updated: January 4, 2017 2:43 pm | Permalink

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What is your favorite movie?

“She’s the Man.”

What is your favorite app?

Google Maps—I’d be lost without it.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?

The Blue Hole in Jamaica.

Who is your celebrity lookalike?

Sleeping Beauty.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?

“Nobody’s Perfect” by Hannah Montana

What are two things you must have on road trips?

Hot fries and a pillow.

Natasha Trejo, sophomore

What are your favorite movies?

“What About Bob?” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”

If they made a movie about your life, who would you be played by?

Emma Watson.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?


What are you secretly good at?

Playing and piano and guitar.

What kind of music do you like?

Jazz music: Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé. 

What is your favorite saying?

“Be someone who makes everyone feel like a somebody.”

BYU blows out Santa Clara, 89-59

Dec 29, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 9:28 pm | Permalink

Coming out of the break, Mika again came away with the first points of the half, and sophomore Nick Emery then found his first points of the game with a jumper to put the Cougars up 47-26. Leading by 23 at the 13:05 mark, Steven Beo found the basket again for his third 3-pointer of the contest and was quickly followed by Yoeli Childs and Eric Mika layups to push the BYU edge to 30 with just over 12 minutes remaining.

Junior Corbin Kaufusi suited up for the Cougars for the first time this season and checked in with just under nine minutes remaining in the contest. BYU then used points from nearly every athlete on the roster, including 3-pointers from Nick Emery, Payton Dastrup and Colby Leifson to finish the contest.  BYU reached the large lead of the game at 35 points with 3:28 remaining, 84-49, and the Cougars finished off the Broncos with a final score of 89-59.

Three Cougars tallied double-digit scoring. Mika finished with a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds, with Haws and Beo close behind with 17 and 12, respectively. Aytes logged eight points, and Emery and Childs finished with seven each. 

Cougars carry double-digit lead over Broncos at the break

Dec 29, 2016 - Posted by Caitlan Wrubell at 7:59 pm | Permalink

Despite the Broncos winning the opening tipoff, Cougar senior Eric Mika came away with the first four points of the game. After two quick fouls on freshman Yoeli Childs, sophomore Braiden Shaw checked into the game. Senior L.J. Rose came away with a three-point play after a takeaway on the other end and the Cougars went up 7-3. BYU went up nine at the 11:54 mark after junior Jamal Aytes came up with a layup, then quickly extended it to 11 with an Eric Mika throw down, 20-9.

Mika reached double digits in points, 10, only nine minutes into the contest, and Aytes had an impressive showing in the first half, going 4-of-4 from the field and finishing with eight points. Freshman Steven Beo drained his second 3-pointer for the Cougars at the 6:20 mark to put them up 21, 35-14. BYU continued to hit from the field including points from freshman TJ Haws, Childs and Mika. The Cougars maintained a comfortable 18-point lead into the locker room, 44-26.

Mika led all scorers with 14 points and also contributed seven rebounds. Haws and Aytes were close behind, with eight points each. Beo finished the half with seven points. Rose had five points, four rebounds and three assists. Childs ended with two points and two rebounds. 

Cougars defeat Roadrunners, 81-71

Dec 22, 2016 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 9:05 pm | Updated: December 22, 2016 9:06 pm | Permalink

Freshman Yoeli Childs scored nine of the Cougars’ first 16 second half points to give BYU a 63-45 lead with 11:33 on the clock. The Roadrunners reduced the Cougars’ 22-point lead to 10 points with 8:08 left to play.

BYU responded with successful trips to the charity stripe throughout the half, shooting 63.6 percent, and extended its lead to 14 points, 77-63, with 2:16 left.

The Cougars finished the night on top, 81-71, as four players scored double digits. Nick Emery led the Cougars with 23 points and Childs had career highs of 19 points and four blocks. TJ Haws added 14 points and five assists while Eric Mika contributed 13 points. Childs and Mika also pulled down 12 and 10 rebounds, respectively.  

Cougars lead CSU Bakersfield, 47-27, at halftime

Dec 22, 2016 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 7:59 pm | Updated: December 22, 2016 8:02 pm | Permalink

The Cougars opened the game on a 14-2 run, beginning with six straight points from sophomore Eric Mika. Freshman TJ Haws and senior L.J. Rose hit back-to-back 3-pointers before freshman Yoeli Childs threw down a dunk with 15:39 on the clock

BYU maintained a double-digit lead for three quarters of the half. In a three-minute span, freshman Steven Beo added six points off the bench, putting the Cougars up 41-21 with 2:25 left in the half. Efficient free-throw shooting from Childs and Haws as well as a Haws jumper gave BYU a comfortable 47-27 lead at halftime.

Emery led all scorers with 14 points, followed by Mika’s eight. The Cougars shot 58.6 percent from the field and outrebounded the Roadrunners 27-17.

Viewing Options: BYU vs. Wyoming

Dec 21, 2016 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 2:34 pm | Updated: December 21, 2016 2:53 pm | Permalink

BYU football plays Wyoming in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl tonight at 6 p.m. PST on ESPN in Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

The game will be televised live on ESPN. It will also be streamed online on

Additionally, live television coverage on BYUtv will begin at 5 p.m. PST with the one-hour pregame show, Countdown to Kickoff. Live postgame coverage on BYUtv will follow after the game.

Radio coverage of the game can be heard on the Cougar IMG Sports Network with the Voice of the Cougars Greg Wrubell. The broadcast begins with the pregame show at 4 p.m. PST on KSL 1160 AM and 102.7 FM. It can also be found online at

Visit the gameday page for additional information on the matchup against the Cowboys.

Cougars down Bengals 84-58

Dec 20, 2016 - Posted by Alexa Anderson at 8:45 pm | Updated: December 20, 2016 8:54 pm | Permalink

Four minutes into the second half, BYU extended it's lead over Idaho State to 12, 49-37, on a Braiden Shaw wrap-around layup. Eric Mika sank two free throws to give him 17 points with 13:53 to go. Mika finished the game with a game-high 19 points, going 8 of 13 from the field.

The Bengals cut into the Cougars' 16-point lead hitting two back-to-back treys to make the score 57-47. At the 9:24 mark, TJ Haws helped BYU increase its lead to 17, 66-49, as he made a pair of free throws. Haws tallied 17 points for the game on 5 of 9 shooting.

On a fast break pass from Haws with 4:34 to go, Yoeli Childs hammered down his third-straight dunk to give him 11 points for the game. Childs ended the contest with 13 points and added 14 rebounds to finish the game with a double-double.

A Colby Leifson 3-pointer extended the Cougar lead to 26, 82-56, before BYU eventually won 84-58.