PROVO — Noah Hartsock knew BYU needed a little extra energy Tuesday in BYU's 76-56 win over TCU in the Marriott Center after an emotional battle with rival Utah before a packed crowd last Saturday — so he delivered.
Instead of 20,000-plus fans the No. 12 ranked Cougars saw three days previous, about half that showed up Tuesday night to watch the Cougars. Jimmer Fredette, who had 26 points, admitted Tuesday's game, which came earlier than a normal in the week and so soon after beating the Utes left the squad drained.
Hartsock, however, looked as consistent as anyone in the win over the Frogs.
"Maybe I ate more pregame dinner," he said.
Hartsock made 6 of 9 shots from the field, hit both his free throw attempts and had six rebounds and 14 points. It was his second-highest scoring effort of the year and tied his season high field goals made.
"Noah shot the ball really well," said Fredette. "He was aggressive and that's what we need out of him, to be aggressive. He is a really, really good shooter from 18-foot range and if they double team me, I know if I can get him the ball he's going to make his shots and he's going to continue to do that."
Hartsock's effort shined offensively among BYU's three main post players who combined for 4 of 10 for 11 points in a loss at New Mexico and went 5 for 12 for 11 points in the win over the Utes.
On Tuesday, it appeared the Cougars made an effort to attack the Frogs inside. Still, starting center Chris Miles, who had a game-high 11 rebounds, was 1 for 5 from the floor and scored 3 points. His backup, freshman Brandon Davies, fought a stomach illness since the Utah game and played just 3 minutes with a shot and miss. The third center, James Anderson got 10 minutes and scored 4 points on 1 for 3 from the field.
"Noah was terrific," said BYU coach Dave Rose. "He was really active. He had a tough guard. They are very tough on the perimeter and you have to get out on them because they can shoot it and penetrate. When you do, they can take it inside. I thought the way they defended Jimmer (double team), Noah was going to get the ball and get good looks and he was confident and made the most of it."
Hartsock's previous high came against UNLV at home in BYU's first MWC game of the season. The Cougars play the Rebels in Las Vegas on Saturday.
"I think we've been emphasizing that, to get the bigs involved, especially in conference play," said Hartsock. "You have to win with both the guards and inside. I think the guards do a great job of penetrating and kicking and Chris Miles and James Anderson did a good job coming in and getting shots and passing to the shooters."