PROVO, Utah – Jimmer Fredette and Tyler Haws helped Brigham Young burn through a 33-0 run early in the game as the Cougars overpowered Eastern Washington 91-34 on Saturday night in the second round of the HoopTV Las Vegas Classic.
The pair combined for 21 of those 33 points and allowed the Cougars (10-1) to go more than 10 minutes without a score from the Eagles (4-7).
EWU’s Mark Dunn made the first basket of the game, but the team didn’t score again until Jeffrey Forbes sank a free throw with about 9 minutes left in the half.
Dunn and Forbes each finished with eight points to lead the Eagles.
The Cougars shot 64 percent from the field, including 7 of 12 from behind the 3-point line.
Fredette had a game-high 20 points, followed by Emery Jackson with 15, Haws with 14 and Brandon Davies with 12.
After Dunn scored Eastern’s first basket just 46 seconds into the game, the Eagles didn’t score again for a span of 10:20 until 8:54 remained in the first half. In the meantime, Eastern missed 13 shots and had seven turnovers as the Cougars went on a 33-0 run to take a commanding 33-2 advantage.
The Eagles trailed at halftime 55-14, and the Cougars led by as many as 58 points in the second half before winning by 57.
“We did a good job of coming out and opening the game by playing the right way Thursday night in Reno,” Eastern head coach Kirk Earlywine said of his team’s 73-70 loss Dec. 17 at Nevada. “Tonight we took a knockout punch early and we were not able to regain our composure.”
Eastern closes its pre-Christmas schedule with two games at the Hoop TV Las Vegas Classic at the Orleans Arena (Tuesday and Wednesday). Eastern will take on Chicago State in a night game Tuesday, then turn around less than 24 hours later and play an afternoon game versus either Wagner or Jackson State. Both games will be available via Web cast at www.hooptv.net.
Following a short Christmas break, the Eagles play at Gonzaga on Dec. 28 before hosting Sacramento State in a Big Sky Conference game on Dec. 31.
The Eagles made only 27 percent of their shots (13 of 48) from the floor, 1 of 7 from 3-point range and 7 of 16 free throws for 44 percent.
Brigham Young made 64 percent of its shots and outrebounded Eastern 45-17.
“I told our players that I hope and expect this to be an aberration,” Earlywine said. “We were only 48 hours removed from playing pretty well. For some reason, tonight we lost our poise on both ends of the floor.
“We couldn’t get our players in the right spots to run our sets. And when we were in the right spots, we didn’t execute. We didn’t throw the ball to the right spots and we took bad shots. I didn’t know what I was looking at in the first half – it didn’t look like our team. We lost our poise.
“On the other end of the floor we didn’t guard the ball, we missed simple rotations and we didn’t block out. BYU is not a good rebounding team and they outrebounded us by almost 30. We played as bad as you can possibly imagine. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what happened to our team.”
The margin of victory was the largest over a Division I team in BYU’s history.
It also came on BYU head coach Dave Rose’s birthday.
“I was extremely proud at how we kept progressively getting better throughout the first half, and through the whole game in general,” said Rose. “Our first half was one of the best halves I have seen this team play in a long time. This is definitely the best this team has played on my birthday.”
BYU 91, E. Washington 34
E. Washington (4-7)- Dean 2-7 0-0 5, Forbes 1-6 6-6 8, Gibbs 1-3 0-0 2, Brunell 1-6 0-2 2, Dunn 4-11 0-0 8, Gibson 0-0 0-0 0, Griffin 2-6 0-3 4, Winford 0-5 0-0 0, Demissie 0-0 0-0 0, Moore 2-4 1-5 5. Totals 13-48 7-16 34.
BYU (10-1)- Hartsock 1-3 0-0 2, Miles 3-3 0-0 6, Emery 6-7 1-3 15, Haws 5-6 2-2 14, Fredette 7-14 5-5 20, Davies 5-5 2-2 12, Abouo 2-3 4-6 9, Morgan Jr. 0-0 1-2 1, Loyd Jr. 1-3 1-2 3, Magnusson 0-0 0-0 0, Zylstra 1-3 0-0 2, Anderson 1-1 0-0 2, Tavernari 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 34-53 16-22 91.
Halftime—BYU 55-14. 3-Point Goals—E. Washington 1-7 (Dean 1-3, Dunn 0-1, Forbes 0-1, Brunell 0-1, Winford 0-1), BYU 7-12 (Haws 2-2, Emery 2-3, Abouo 1-1, Tavernari 1-2, Fredette 1-4). Fouled Out—Griffin. Rebounds—E. Washington 17 (Brunell, Dean, Moore 3), BYU 45 (Emery, Haws 7). Assists—E. Washington 6 (Dean, Forbes 2), BYU 18 (Fredette 6). Total Fouls—E. Washington 17, BYU 14. A—8,003.
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