Jaren Wilkey, BYU
PROVO — If BYU basketball coach Dave Rose was hoping for a good sampling of what his players can do against someone other than their own teammates, he got it Friday night in the Cougars' 101-55 exhibition win over Laval.
All 12 players scored, led by Jimmer Fredette's 16, Jackson Emery's 13 and Brandon Davies' 10. Logan Magnusson was the low scorer with four, but he still played great during his 11 minutes and hit 2 of 3 shots and had four rebounds and a steal. Those kind of numbers were the typical line for every Cougar.
"I was really happy tonight to get a lot of different combinations on the floor," Rose said.
In looking at the stats, there really isn't much negative to find in BYU's first effort of the season. The Cougars shot 53 percent from the floor, 58 percent on 3-pointers in the second half, had 24 assists to four turnovers, and 11 players each had at least one of the team's 13 steals.
"All in all, for an early season exhibition game, I was pleased. But there are a lot of things we need to work on and get better at," Rose said.
The main sour note is BYU's free-throw shooting. The Cougars hit only 15 of 28.
"We led the nation last year. We were No. 1 in the country. Tonight we wouldn't have led the nation with our percentage," Rose said.
Early in the game, while the new guys worked out the first-game jitters, seniors Fredette and Emery carried the load. Fredette, in only 17 minutes, was 6 of 6 from the floor, 3 of 3 on treys, with four assists. Emery hit 5 of 6 shots in 14 minutes, with two assists and a steal.
"Early in the game you could see that Jackson and Jimmer were really comfortable, and the rest of the guys were trying to find their way, but that can be expected," Rose said.
But once the supporting cast had wet feet, everyone's game shined. Charles Abouo, who started at the 3, led the team with seven boards and also scored nine points. Davies started at center and contributed five boards, five assists and two blocks.
The Cougars led 42-22 at the half, but the game really became lopsided when Brock Zylstra went on a one-minute tear in which he hit back-to-back threes and then stole the ball near midcourt and banked home a layup, doubling up Laval 76-38 with eight minutes remaining.
"It's fun to get out and run and get layups and get open shots in that stretch," Zylstra said of his 8-point spurt.
Down the stretch, with the outcome well in hand, it was just a matter of how wide the final margin would be. With Kyle Collinsworth running the point, the pace picked up and the Cougars rolled — pleasing the crowd when Nick Martineau's end-to-end layup put BYU over the century mark.
"I just wanted to push the ball and spread the floor, and get open shots for my teammates," Collinsworth said.
Overall, Collinsworth's line was the team's best — seven points, five boards, six assists, two blocks and two steals.
"He can do some really good things for us. … He's going to have points, he's going to have rebounds, he's going to have assists and he's going to have steals. That's how he plays," Rose said.
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